In February 2000, the two decided that it would be better to write their own solution as both were unfamiliar with the software's code and thus unable to optimize it.
Initially, it was designed solely as a rewrite of UBB, in PHP using My SQL, and was meant only for their own forum.
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During this time Jeremy Hutchings joined the development team, a.k.a. However, version 3 was finally released in March 2004.
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As their site grew, they noticed that their software, written in Perl using a flat-file database, could not always cope with the number of users they had.
On 4 July 2007 Jelsoft announced that Jelsoft had been acquired by Internet Brands, which promised significant investment in software development.
In 2009, long-time developers Kier Darby, Mike Sullivan, Scott Mac Vicar and Jeremy Hutchings left the company.