I started this website in late 2004 when I needed to find information on my Trailblazer and I didn't see any good online Chevy communities. It started as a hobby, then turned into a passion. Several major upgrades have been made over the years. None of them have been easy, but until recently I have not second-guessed my decisions to move forward in order to advance the community. Here's some history on the site, followed by my thoughts on the current site slowdown that we're all experiencing. The early days of GMTruckClub.com My background is in web design and marketing, so I started out with some of the simple open-source website packages that I tweaked myself. It was PostNuke and phpBB2, which Postnuke isn't even around anymore. In late 2006, after struggling to make the site advance like I wanted to, a large move was made to vBulletin 3. It took a week to move over, but the end result was a full-featured forum that was the framework for the GMTC website that still exists today. Yes, it changed over time - we redid the style a few times, added in blogs, photo galleries, user-experience bars, arcade games, and just tried to make a strong community. The People make the community What really mattered was that we have strong user-generated content and activity. Plus, we don't have flame wars, no name calling or personal attacks, no 3rd grade stuff ... just a solid forum that was very attractive to a lot of people. It worked. We used to get 10 visitors per day, now somedays we see 10,000. Recent GMTC Upgrade to vBulletin 4.0 - can you say SLOW? So, in an effort to move the site forward and in-pace with current standards, I made the descion to move from the very stable vBulletin 3.8.6 to vBulletin 4.0 CMS system. Some of what I was hoping for when doing this upgrade. - Improved Articles section on the front page - Better ability to include other pages into the front-end - Faster system!(HAH!) - Improved optimization for search engines - Better use of widgets for sidebars - Easier text editors with more features and functions - Better way to upload large photos to each account - Easier to attach photos and files to each post - etc, etc, etc The features on the demo sites are pretty impressive, but there are some bugs (all software has bugs) and some slowdown issues. I figured I could work through those issues and find a way to get the site to run faster pretty quickly. Online Communities in revolt against vBulletin 4 After nearly a month - many of the issues still exist, and vBulletin has really not been very responsive in fixing issues that thousands of site owners are complaining about. On a technical note, we used to see server loads around 1.5, now they are 3.5 to 4.3, so we're hammering the server a lot harder than we used to. The problem is that vBulletin was created by a company called Jelsoft out of the UK, beginning around 2000. They were bought by Internet Brands a couple of years ago, who's trying to make money off the software. That means that they are trying to make a profit and keep costs down. They're not interested in trying to make the best product, that's my conclusion. It's been reported that top developers have left vBulletin and have taken their talents to other companies, including Invision Power Board. A lot of vBulletin site owners are just fed up with the slowdown on vBulletin and have moved over to IPB as they have really done a nice job improving their product. Even though I invested $600+ in vBulletin 4 I am thinking of doing the same thing. So, that's where we are at - Feedback, thoughts, ideas, comments, concerns? I know that the current site is slower than it used to be. I also know that some people understand that and can live with it as an annoyance, and some people want it to change back to the way that it used to be. I'm very hesitant to revert back to vBulletin 3.8 (the old site) becuase I have done a lot of code changes and even DNS changes to re-route the website to what it it now. That would take 20+ hours to revert and then I would still need to move to something else to keep up with industry standards for what a forum needs to be. I am very interested in working with vBulletin to see if we can get the site working faster - I might even hire a consultant to help me on this. I am also very interested in taking a look at IPB and seeing if that's the right move for the site. I invite all members to go to www.invisionpowerboard.com and take a look. In any case, I thought I would share my thoughts with everyone as to the current un-satisfactory state of the website. Feel free to leave comments as we can all work through this together to get the site back on track.