"Doubtless that you noticed, but we’ve had a few new updates with the goal of building a strong foundation for future expansion. Summarized below is by no means an all-inclusive list:
Complete Forum software overhaul - the old software was dated at best and patched together from dozens of mods of the years - most of which became unsupported by their makers. This led to lagged processors on the server, muddled editing for admins/mods, but more important bad usability for the member. The new software is top of the line - the best money can by, Xenforo. Its a relative newcomer to the market known for its sleek design architecture and great features.
Overall sleeker UI
WYSIWYG Editor - What You See Is What You Get Editor, so no more editing with BBcode tags just to make a post (although that option is still there)
Faster, more organized attachment system - Faster to download, secure to retrieve, removes burden on database backed system
Search Engine Optimization - Google will have a much easier time indexing us
New functions like Recent activity: http://www.gamersrealm.net/recent-activity/, reorganized Members section with better clarity
Greatly improved speeds for the User! Everything should load faster!
Many, many, many more!
New theme - Brand new custom designed them that should clearer, easier on the eyes, and overhaul a better ““grab”” at getting attention. Also gone is the old placeholder banner - amazing how a banner that was supposed to last mere days stayed up there for years. This is a work in process - if you have any suggestions on theme let us know!
New mobile optimization - One of the other main reasons for shifting to the new forum backend was its fresh codebase which allowed a much more functional and adaptable design on a screen of any size - go ahead and resize this window and see what happens. Works great on phones!
[*]Addition of Clash of Clans forum - a game I’m very much addicted to at the moment, I’ll credit it with resparking my interest in the forums.