Dear KAP Friends,
I wanted to share with you all that our illustrious Admin, Cris, has taken up my offer to take on the running of the Notes on Kite Aerial Photography forum that we all value so much.
Cris has invested over 2 decades of his time looking after the KAP forum and is understandably ready to step away.
As many of us are very aware, the site is still 'housed' at Cris' former workplace and there is an ongoing feeling that there is a danger that it may be switched off imminently. As the person who recently raised this question in last July's Zoom meeting, I feel it is right that I drive a migration project forward to a platform that can be our new home for decades to come.
While I have no technical background, I believe that my epic Googling skills can help us find a suitable solution at minimal cost!! If there is anyone out there with experience of porting data between software platforms then please do speak up and share your valuable knowledge. The exercise at hand is essentially transferring a large amount of text from over 6000 discussion threads. I believe the trickier aspect will be dealing with the almost 2000 member accounts that have accrued over the years.
I have done some research on the options available to us and am gravitating towards one of two options (please note that I am very open to suggestions on a potential new home for the forum - share on this thread or drop me a message):
Option 1: phpBB (the forum software used by our French KAP friends), or
Option 2: Use a forum/community template available from Wix.com.
It's relatively early days yet and some bright spark might have a very clever, simple and painless solution to make this happen that I would never think of! If there are no quick wins to be had then that is no problem - I will crack on by whatever means necessary to retain all the wonderful information that lies here.
Best wishes to all,