new server coming

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new server coming

Postby HughSpencer » Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:17 am

I have a new server to replace the 11 year old one the the Bodger's website has been running on for 8 years now.

I'm going to use a content management system called Joomla! for those who want to get technical. I will import the gallery, forums and blogs more or less untouched but the existing static content will be under CMS control. I intend to introduce a registered users area which will have stuff like archives of minutes, APT business and so on. I will also be able to delegate the ability to add and edit content and whatever else anyone comes up with. Ideas welcome - as long as they are legal and I can secure the server.
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Re: new server coming

Postby gavin » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:36 pm

HughSpencer wrote:I have a new server to replace the 11 year old one the the Bodger's website has been running on for 8 years now.

I'm going to use a content management system called Joomla! for those who want to get technical. I will import the gallery, forums and blogs more or less untouched but the existing static content will be under CMS control. I intend to introduce a registered users area which will have stuff like archives of minutes, APT business and so on. I will also be able to delegate the ability to add and edit content and whatever else anyone comes up with. Ideas welcome - as long as they are legal and I can secure the server.


Perhaps we can improve the Bulletin Board software ?

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1) the reputation of the poster
2) the 'value' of the thread as rated by the readers of it.

As our postings increase in number, some way of ranking what's presented here will greatly increase its value.
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Subject headings

Postby Robin Fawcett » Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:30 pm

Subject headings . . .

When you send a PM you have to put in a Subject heading.

Why don't you have to do this when you put up a post ? Would it make it easier to look for things on the Google search on the Bodger's Home page ?

What I'm really interested in with this new server is .. will we we be able to upload photos directly Hugh ?

(now I've just about learnt to use Photobucket)
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Re: new server coming

Postby Andrea L Willett » Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:47 pm

gavin wrote:Do look at www.britishblades.com - this is a thriving site, and you can get an idea of the value of any contribution by:

1) the reputation of the poster

I've seen that on other forums. It's called Karma on http://www.livinghistory.ie/index.php .

When you're a member and you're signed on there's also a little button in the top R/H corner above each topic called "First unread post". It's extremely useful when you're following a long topic with multiple pages.

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Postby HughSpencer » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:29 pm

The BB software for the british blades is no longer supported, its dated 2004 and the website the footer links to is no more. If its written in PHP and that old it is a security risk.

the living history one is phpBB3 which is the next generation to this one.
If I can migrate the existing content to version 3 I will do so.

As for uploading photos, I hope to make a lot more things like this available. The main limitation on the current server is disk space. It has a total of 9GB. The new one will start at about 80GB to which I can add in the future.

Please have patience as I have to do my day job as well and I have to make sure the whole thing is as secure as it can be before it goes live.
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Postby Bob_Fleet » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:57 pm

Here's another one in phpBB3
http://forum.darkskyscotland.org.uk/index.php?sid=84a2e014c81fcff42c9f96d880427de1
so you can see what it looks like.
Some of the functions available depend on how the admin/moderator set it up but you can see the similarities.
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Re: new server coming

Postby ToneWood » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:31 pm

DeeperBlue.com has some nice forum features (inc. image upload that auto-shrinks big images to fit). They last updated the software this time last year (or possibly even more recently, see copyright below). It has a lot of fancy features, some useful some not*, but the image upload is the one I miss here.

*e.g.They recently disabled its blog feature, wasn't v. popular.

It has this at the bottom of their page:
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Re: new server coming

Postby rodtermaat » Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:50 am

I know running this site is a task and I want to thank you. I you change nothing I will continue to be a happy user and read everyday. I do have 1 question: Have you considered enabling mobile browsing? I am a everyday user of TapTalk and the I know vbulletin uses Forum runner at least for iPhone.
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Re: new server coming

Postby ToneWood » Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:32 am

rodtermaat wrote:I know running this site is a task and I want to thank you. I you change nothing I will continue to be a happy user and read everyday...
Well said. :)
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Re: new server coming

Postby HughSpencer » Wed May 08, 2013 4:39 pm

The new version of the main site will now adapt to mobile phones and ipads etc..
Try shrinking your browser on the front page to the size of a mobile phone and you'll see what it does.
I will next tackle the Forum as the software needs to be updated. I'll look for a template that is responsive if such a thing exists.
I aim to make it visually match the new look of the main site and if possible make it respond nicely to mobiles and the like.
The gallery needs more thought and a fresh approach as well as re-skinning it to match everything else. I may just get radical with it.
Suggestions welcome but bear in mind I tend to get busy with real work so it takes time to do anything major. The Bodgers' ball this weekend is a welcome break but I'm in Edinburgh Monday morning so it will be later next week before I get back on here.

Hope to meet lots of new folks at the ball this year - we are expecting about 500 or so. If we are wrong there will be a hell of a lot of spare beer to drink.
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