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vBulletin has served us well over the last 10+ years but the time has come to move on as the Gersnet forums become increasingly popular. As such, as we notified to members in early December, later tonight (provisionally early on Friday 5th January) we will be commencing a move to the latest version of IPS Community.

Unfortunately, as much as this is really positive news, it will mean the forums are closed for up to three days as our technical team migrate all our data over to the new software.

However, IPBoard offers a lot of advantages compared to the existing software: it's faster, gives us improved functionality, reliable updates, flexible themes and increased security so it's well worth the short period of downtime. After a very busy month of competitive football for Rangers in December, the SPFL has now closed for its winter shutdown so with a couple of weeks to spare before our next competitive match against Fraserburgh in the Scottish Cup (notwithstanding the friendlies in Florida) it's the ideal time for us to move forward with this.

We're hoping the process will be as seamless as possible but if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please let us know on social media or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll get back to you asap. However, we've already undergone a trial migration and have tested the software with an older database to good effect.

Fingers crossed the real thing goes well over the next few days! In the meantime, please check out the FAQs below and we'll keep you all informed throughout the process via our main site and social media accounts.

Update 1 - 11.55am 05/01/18

The move to our new software is going to schedule and we'll hopefully have more news on its availability later on Friday night/early Saturday morning.

FAQs

Q. Will I need to re-register?
A. No, all active existing accounts will transfer straight across to the new software. Contact us with any issues in that regard.

Q. Will I need to change my password?
A. No, your existing password should work fine once your account is transferred. Any problems, get in touch and we can reset manually.

Q. Will Tapatalk worth with IPBoard?
A. Yes, although the new themes are fully responsive (i.e. resize automatically across all devices) you'll still be able to use Tapatalk if you wish.

Q. Will my profile have new options?
A. Yes, as well as being able to upload a new avatar, you can add other data to your profile as well as a cover picture and the ability to join 'clubs' of people with similar interests.

Q. I can't seem to find my old account?
A. As part of the migration process we deleted user accounts that hadn't accessed the site in the last year. Feel free to register again using your old details.

Q. What other content will be moved to the new site?
A. All existing threads, posts, private mails, banned users and most of the main bulk of the forum will transfer and be accessible once the move is completed.

Q. When can I access the new forum?
A. The migration is expected to take anything up to 72 hours so we apologise for any inconvenience. Keep an eye on Twitter for updates.

Q. Will the new forum have advertisements?
A. Yes but these will be kept to the absolute minimum and tailored for each user-group. For example, guests will have more adverts than registered users. Similarly, site contributors (such as article writers) can request to have ads switched off completely!

Q. Will the new forum have a new address
A. Yes and this will be released once the move is completed. You should update any bookmarks but old ones should work initially at least.

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