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Major forum update coming soon
« on: February 21, 2011, 03:45:29 PM »
During the time that this forum exists I've been adding a lot of extra functionality to the software. However I won't deny that not all functionally has been implemented the way it should be, making the code on the background really messy and hard to change. So while this forum is still running perfectly, changing/adding extra functional is a long process.

Add to that a set of three themes which all have there own set of pages, which basically means that I have to do every update not once but three times. Those using the Shiny Blue theme might notice, or not, that not all functionality has made it to there theme.

Looking at the newer version of the forums software I noticed that the later version are making use of a much more admin friendlier environment. So with that in mind I started testing out if I can upgrade this forum to a later version.

Right now I've got a working version running on a dummy server and I self am pretty pleased with it. I'm currently working on fully integrating the review/guides section after. After that I'll need to update the main side a bit to work with the upgraded forum.

You can see the working version here: Test forum. Just log in with your current username/password combination.

What will effectively change by upgrading:
In short nothing besides the available themes. I've managed to set over all functionality (or I'm still working on it), but the current themes will be lost as the newer version works with a different kind of themes.


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Re: Major forum update coming soon
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2011, 06:10:29 PM »
I'll miss this one, but I'm liking the new one, moving in the right direction, as there are stock websites using the current layout (the standard) that I'm pretty tired of seeing.

What can you say about the new themes? Designs, etc.


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Re: Major forum update coming soon
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2011, 08:32:35 PM »
The new forum looks great, good job :)


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Re: Major forum update coming soon
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2011, 10:35:43 PM »
What can you say about the new themes? Designs, etc
What exactly do you want to know?


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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2011, 10:53:51 PM »
Except that they look awesome, and that as soon as Bram gives me the files, i might be able to make new ones. ;D


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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2011, 02:23:19 PM »
It would be tough to get used to it, but it looked great! And I really liked it, got the silver neat look with soft and modern cuts.

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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2011, 03:10:47 PM »
I got the Ferrari theme. It looks awesome.


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Re: Major forum update coming soon
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2011, 04:05:38 PM »
It would be tough to get used to it,
Almost everything remains the way it was, the only big changes are the looks and feel.



Also I'm done integrating the Review system. As user you might not notice much differences, but at least the background looks really neat now. It has a neat approve/reject system and as a user you can finally edit your uploaded reviews ;D

Now up to the guide and faq system. That system never worked 100% correctly, but I finally should be able to fully integrate this as well.



Done implementing the guides and faq system, its now also fully integrated within the systems software. Still couldn't create an update feature though, probably still missing a piece of the puzzle ???

As last I've just finished coding the signature of the week feature. I've also added an option to disable the signature of the week feature, for those who don't want all the extra content on there page.


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Re: Major forum update coming soon
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2011, 04:29:31 PM »
I like it, has the same option for the blue/text only format. No images which take too long for my older Mac to load. Only had one "old lady" issue, had to increase the text size on the page 3x to be able to see it, man is that text small.


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Re: Major forum update coming soon
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2011, 06:46:10 PM »
Like I said I'm making sure that all functionality will remain, in fact I'm now even capable of creating new functionality ;D

BTW with increasing text you mean you'd had to modify the size of the text in your browser? I noticed the text are a bit smaller, but I don't feel like altering a few hundred lines in the css to increase it. Must be a better way for that though :-\



Like life couldn't be easier. I'm really starting to like the themes more and more, it seems they are build in such a way that I can easily overwrite them with a single line ;D

I've increased the default value to roughly match the font size of this version. And specially for the elderly people under us I've added an option to change the overall font size of the forum ;D


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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2011, 09:03:22 PM »
So how long till everything is ready and we get swapped over to the new one?


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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2011, 12:34:00 AM »
Elderly people?? You mean like Sixty?  ;D


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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2011, 06:30:04 AM »
I'm loving the new forum layout, looks nice! I'll have to get used to the light blue theme again though, haha! I've been using Black Rain for a long time now.


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Re: Major forum update coming soon
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2011, 06:50:04 AM »
like the new layout, but the new versions of the emotes are either creepy or lame :P

not much we can do about that though, i guess


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Re: Major forum update coming soon
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2011, 08:52:24 AM »
So how long till everything is ready and we get swapped over to the new one?
Maybe this weekend and else somewhere in the upcoming week. I'm guessing the whole update takes roughly a small hour. After that I still need to reset a thing or 2, but that can be all be done once the forum is back open.


like the new layout, but the new versions of the emotes are either creepy or lame :P

not much we can do about that though, i guess
We can, I just hadn't got to that part yet ;)


Elderly people?? You mean like Sixty?  ;D
Including me as well. I won't deny that I setted the default font size to the size that originally should have been big ::)