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What's going on with the forum? Nov 2019

Post by p51 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:40 pm

Since I'm removing the yellow information bar from the top, I figured I'd edit this post for those who pop on here occasionally. So, on November 4th, I was forced to upgrade the php on this server. Sadly, the new version of php didn't play nice with the forum software, which is phpBB. That caused the forums to have all sorts of major issues. The phpBB software was behind quite a bit, and mostly on purpose as at one point, they upgraded the software to the point all older versions weren't compatible. So, now being forced to update phpBB, I spent most of the day migrating and converting the old phpBB software to the latest version. We are not updated and on the latest version, but that meant we lost the old theme/style of this board. I went and found something that had similar colors as the old theme, but I still need to change the header graphics and tweak some things. We didn't lose any posts, we didn't lose any members, but we gained some awesome new features, responsive theming (so this forum will work great on a phone and fill an entire desktop!), and overall it should be a lot faster! The only downside is we lost all the avatars. So you can re-upload a new avatar, or just save your old one (go to the user panel) and reupload it. Enjoy the modern era of phpBB!

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Post by p51 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:52 pm

Lots of great new features, especially the responsive formatting for mobile devices. We jumped a LOT of updates, and sadly that broke the old theme and I can't migrate that over. So I'll be either making a custom theme or finding a theme that is similar and just modifying it. Until now, enjoy the boring basic blue/silver theme!

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Post by [CAT]CplSlade » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:19 pm

Blue/silver? All I see is green and gray.

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Post by p51 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:21 pm

I just test-changed it to a new theme I quickly found. Didn't think it would be this quick to get a new theme added! It's still basic, but it's 'closer'.

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Post by p51 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:25 pm

Looks like everyone might have to reinstall their avatars, only major issue I'm seeing so far. It shows up in the user panel, but you have to download your avatar, then reupload it.

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Post by tmanthegreat » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:44 pm

Except for my avatar, the new site seems to be working on my end, but it sure is different! Then again, when we had basically the same formatting since 2004, it was time for an update :D
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Post by p51 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:54 pm

Yeah, that was an ooooooooooooooold version of phpBB. I would update it every now and then, but it took a bit of work to keep that theme alive. This brings us into the latest version, which seems faster and really looks nice on mobile. The previous theme had no clue what responsive device formatting was. Ha ha.

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Post by Axis Nightmare » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:38 am

Looking Good!! :salute:
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Post by Cascabel » Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:21 am

Good morning, all is looking good !!

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Post by NWarty » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:55 pm

Sweet! Looks pretty good so far Britt!

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Post by Axis Nightmare » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:28 pm

Don't know how it looks on everyone else's screen, but it's BIGGER on mine. Got an avatar back I haven't had for years. Was able to upload a different way now.....or maybe I always could? but it worked and that's what counts. Will take some getting used to all the little squares but it does look great. :)
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Post by p51 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:25 pm

The previous design was made back in 2004 or earlier when web responsive designs weren't a thing... so it was set to a fixed size for smaller monitors at 800x600 size. This new theme, and the new forum software, will resize itself based on your monitor size. So it should fill the entire monitor now.

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Post by grunt1 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:13 pm

Wow, what a surprise! :-) Thanks for the update, it's much zippier.
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Post by Eddy10440 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:41 am

The update looks great, thanks!

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Post by Crazy Kraut » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:45 am

Everything is fine
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Post by normandy » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:15 pm

Thanks Britt for keeping things going!!

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Post by Studly » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:30 am

Comming together nicely Britt,still so uste to the Old look, But looking Goog.

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Post by Studly » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:34 am

Comming together nicely Britt,still so use to to the Old look, But looking Goog.

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