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Offline VladTepes

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TinyPortals name?
« on: February 23, 2021, 05:26:30 PM »
I'd suggest TinyPortal is the most powerful and flexible of the portal apps available for SMF.

I think however that the name TinyPortal doesn't capitalise on this and sounds like a portal 'lite' rather than the feature rich and flexible platform it actually is.

Has any consideration been given to a name change?  Just curious more than anything.


Offline lurkalot

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Re: TinyPortals name?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2021, 12:54:42 AM »
I was trying to find some old post where the name was touched upon, but they must have disappeared when we lost the site several years ago. 

Yes the name does kind of imply TinyPortal might be a bit lightweight in some way. But look at it like Little John from Robin hood. ;) 

If I can find the info regarding the naming I'll post back here.  ;)

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Re: TinyPortals name?
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2021, 10:43:39 PM »
I believe it's because it's simple and lightweight, particularly compared to other solutions that were available at the time (such as bridging SMF with Mambo/Joomla). I'll do some more digging when I get a chance and see what I can find.

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Re: TinyPortals name?
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2021, 01:26:57 AM »
Thanks Oldies.

Hopefully bloc will pop in and enlighten us with the answer to this.  I think the info I was looking for disappeared with one of the past site crashes, because I'm sure the TP name was talked about at some point.

Offline bloc

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Re: TinyPortals name?
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2021, 05:25:42 PM »
As Oldiesmann mentions it was chosen because of its lightweight nature, especially the v0.9.8(I think?), when compared to Joomla or even Wordpress solutions. We did discuss a few years later on changing the name becasue it was well, not "tiny" anymore. On the other hand SimplePortal wasn't quite "simple" either(it has quite a few features).

I did suggest at that time to rename it "TPortal", mainly because the code has lots of functions named "tportal_"..but ultimately it didn't say anything about the script as much as "TinyPortal" did - even if its a bit misleading.

Nowadays I think it should keep the historical name since its become a household name of sorts..and because it really should be majorly rewritten/feature-changed to change the main name. IMHO anyway.