Moving to Vanilla
A forum that I manage is dying all sorts of technical deaths because it is a very old version of phpBB, and I'm looking at migrating it to Vanilla- I've been reading through documentation, and I'm pretty sure I've got a handle on it, but I wanted some clarifications/input-
1) When I migrate from phpbb, that'll bring everything over? Users & passwords, group settings, posts, etc? What will need redone once we're in Vanilla? How much getting into the code and back end will need done?
2) Is admin-only registration (that is, no user reg, an admin has to add you and sort you into your group) native, or does it need a plug in? Does such exist?
3) Global notifications. I see that there's a setting for admins and moderators, and it can be turned on for users in the back end, but that's a Bad Idea- and I know it's a Bad Idea, but it isn't something I've been able to talk the forum owners out of (the existing forum has them. It's a small, low-activity forum, so we got it to work) Is there anything similar, like a emailed digest list of new posts/topics? Something that tells users there's conversation happening without them having to turn on individual bookmarks/following?
4) Any highly recommended tutorials/sites about customizing the appearance/theme? Keeping the general appearance of the site will be important.