The Caperton Society Website is based on the Joomla! Content Management System. I have been working with Joomla! for a number of years and have grown to really like Joomla! Additionally, my sponsor White Rose Web Design, uses Joomla! for virtually all of their websites so there is a built in support system when I need help! The version I am currently using (1.5) will reach End Of Life in April of 2012. The new version (2.5) is significantly different and does not use the same components I have built the site up with over the years.
The good news is that most of what I need is available in a 2.5 version so once I move over to the new version I can use the new components. The bad news is that there is no easy upgrade process and the move will be time consuming and will result in some initial website usability issues.
One of the biggest roadblocks to the upgrade, believe it or not was the forum. The original forum was built on Agora, which used to be free but I now have to pay for to use. Additionally, there was no upgrade path for the forum software, even though I had to pay for it! so I have chosen to move the forum to a different package, and this process (which was a challenge in itself) is now underway. I am now using a forum called Kunena. The biggest difference you will notice is that the colours no longer match the website theme. Once I get moved onto Joomla! 2.5 the theme should sort itself out. In the meantime you can still use the forum, but please let me know if you have any problems with it and I will look into them.
So why am I going thru all of this? simple. Once a software maker announces "End of Life" it means they will stop issuing security patches for their software. Caperton.info for some bizarre reason seems to be a magnet to hackers. the site is constantly under seige, so it is important that all of the software I use on the site has the latest updates, and is as secure as possible. The irony of all this is that if you register for the site, you have access to virtually the entire site anyway!