Forum Software Update

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Forum Software Update

Postby Hooligan » Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:12 pm

Hello everyone!

I know I have been absent from the boards for many months now, but I hope to be spending more time with the group again. Over the next few days, the board will be up-and-down while I put some software updates in place. The hosting company will be upgrading the platform the forum resides on, so I need to act fast in order to keep any downtime to a minimum. So, if you visit and see an error, just check back.

Thanks to FZRDude for keeping you guys happy during my absence, whose help has been fantastic in keeping the board going.
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Re: Forum Software Update

Postby davemfox2 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:36 pm

Welcome back mate :)

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Re: Forum Software Update

Postby Hooligan » Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:43 am

Thanks Dave. It's good to be back.
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Re: Forum Software Update

Postby Hooligan » Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:59 am

Forum software update complete! Hopefully many of you weren't too inconvenienced by the upgrade. I am assuming it was mostly our friends on the other side of the world that might have hit the board while it was down for maintenance. Everything should be working well, but please post here if you come across an error. I had some SQL errors during the update process, but I think I got them with a completely clean install of the forum.I tested a few things without problems, but I won't have a chance to give it a complete rundown until tomorrow (it's 2:00 AM here now).

Some of you might have recently had some log-in problems a few weeks ago. The hosting company platform changes I mentioned were the cause of that. I hope that by updating the forum to the latest version will prevent that from happening again when the hosting company rolls out their changes. If the problem happens again I'll be sure to stay on top of it this time (thanks Tim).

Continuing with the updated software trend, I think this new version of phpBB has some updated features I might look into installing. We have had tons of problems in the past with spam and hotmail/gmail accounts, so getting that sorted will be first on the agenda.
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Re: Forum Software Update

Postby ThomVis » Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:37 am

Looks good, and welcome back!
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Re: Forum Software Update

Postby Hooligan » Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:41 pm

Hi Thom, good to see you're still hanging around!

I will update the logo soon. I updated the forum software to the most recent release of phpBB 3.1 and from what I have it came with plenty of changes on the back-end from 3.0.xx versions. Two of the biggest changes that impact our board are the revisions to styles and extensions. It's one of the reasons that now pretty much everyone SHOULD be seeing the board in the default blue/light blue/white color scheme. I have also read that admins of larger forums running the 3.0.xx software may hold off on the update or be prepared to handle problems with moving lots of mods and/or custom board styles. Apparently 3.1 has gotten rid of some bloated code that it was using to serve up the site to ancient browsers that should have been ditched long ago.
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Re: Forum Software Update

Postby davemfox2 » Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:04 pm

This update certainly looks very good; it's a lot cleaner and clearer and precise.

Is there a spell checker with this version?

What other add ons have they got? Only curious as I'm a mod on another board using SMF..

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Re: Forum Software Update

Postby Hooligan » Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:23 pm

Hi Dave,

I am pretty sure there is a spell-check function built into the "post reply" submission box. I think it might be dependent on language sets installed on the forum (we are running the default phpBB British English language pack). My errors are flagged on the fly with recommended spellings and auto-change when the word is complete if it is known to be wrong. I'll have to dig into further settings if you would like more specific info.

As far as add-ons, so far I think it is a bit slim. The old 2.0/3.0 software packs had tons of mods and styles available (check them out here: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/ and here: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/modifications-1). The new 3.1 software apparently doesn't play so well with the old stuff so I think it will be awhile before we see developers revising their code to work with the new software. I'm sure the more popular mods will be updated to extensions first.

I am only slightly familiar with Simple Machines Forums, and mostly as a user. I am a member of only a small handful of sites that use that package. These days it seems like the largest forums or those with corporate owners/advertisers prefer to run vBulletin. When I moved this board over from the ancient ezboard site, I considered using SMF due to good reviews. However, the process of getting data from ezboard to SMF was more than complex. Tim and I also discussed vBulletin due to their support services, but the cost was prohibitive.
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Re: Forum Software Update

Postby YZFRob » Sat Nov 01, 2014 7:38 pm

You were gone? :mrgreen:
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Re: Forum Software Update

Postby spook » Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:30 pm

Hi Hooli, all looks good Mate! Cheers,
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Re: Forum Software Update

Postby ThomVis » Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:05 am

Hooligan wrote:Hi Thom, good to see you're still hanging around!

From time to time.

davemfox2 wrote:Is there a spell checker with this version?

It's easier to have the Spell checker enabled in your browser.

Hooligan wrote:As far as add-ons, so far I think it is a bit slim. The old 2.0/3.0 software packs had tons of mods and styles available

On the 3.0.x board I'm running I've kept the mods installer on 0, only some skins to supply some dark/light themes. I'm waiting a month or two before upgrading to 3.1.x, let them supply some skins for 3.1 first.....
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Re: Forum Software Update

Postby sickle44 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:20 pm

Noticed some issues with folk's avatars and my own being all squished at the top, other than that looks good.
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