Offline time due to upgrades, different theme coming

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Offline time due to upgrades, different theme coming

Post by Allan » 21 Dec 2016 08:06

Hi.

The software that runs the forum needs to be upgraded. Normally, I can do the upgrade with very little downtime. This time, however, I need to move everything to a new server, and I'm choosing to the do the upgrade while I do that. I need to put the forum into read-only mode for about a half a day or maybe a bit more.

When it comes back up, it will have a rather dramatically different theme; the stock theme that comes with the software. This is probably just a temporary thing for a few days, but, frankly, it's not very high on the priorities list. The new version of phpBB breaks something in the custom theme that I wrote for the older version. I've actually tried 2-3 times already to fix it with no luck, but now things are such that I'm forced to upgrade at the cost of loosing all my work :roll:

The new theme isn't great, but it's usable. I'll do my best to make it prettier and smooth the transition as much as possible.

Questions?

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Post by Tjuggles » 21 Dec 2016 14:12

Allan wrote:Questions?

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Re: Offline time due to upgrades, different theme coming

Post by Allan » 22 Dec 2016 19:30

So, this happened. There are some other casualties of this move: badges and Ianek's freestyle moves list, as well as the image uploader. All these things will come back in the coming weeks/months and more.

This move & upgrade took me way longer than expected, and I'm not really very happy about it :( But it's important to me that it's done as the way I had hosting setup before ended up costing me way too much money ...

More laters.

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Post by Allan » 22 Dec 2016 21:13

Testing on the new server now that the domain is pointing in the right place and the certs have been renewed...

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Post by Tjuggles » 23 Dec 2016 03:45

Thanks a lot for continuing to maintain modified Allan.
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Post by Allan » 23 Dec 2016 10:01

Apparently there's an issue with video embeds. I'm aware of it and working on it.

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Post by Dio » 23 Dec 2016 10:45

looks great Allan, thanks! It's certainly easier to navigate a traditional forum template instead of the grid format.

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Re: Offline time due to upgrades, different theme coming

Post by Allan » 23 Dec 2016 11:25

Dio wrote:
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It's certainly easier to navigate a traditional forum template instead of the grid format.
Interesting; I've heard more positive feedback about the grid format than negative. Can you explain what you mean by "easier?" Just that it's "easier" to scan straight up and down that across? I think this is where "easier" is pretty subjective, though that is not to say that your opinion is in any way invalid. When I introduced the grid format, I did, actually, intend to add a switch in the UI so that folks with your preference could default to a more traditional list.

Personally, I think the traditional layout looks incredibly dated; in general, I really hate the default theme :) The grid just has so much more room and, I believe, creates a better separation between the different forum purposes; cramming them all together into a table/list might be more efficient in some ways, but my eye finds that really unattractive and I don't find the grid to be any slower; there are actually more forums shown at one time on the grid that in the list.

Thanks for the feedback :D

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Re: Offline time due to upgrades, different theme coming

Post by Dio » 26 Dec 2016 06:07

Allan wrote:
23 Dec 2016 11:25
Dio wrote:
23 Dec 2016 10:45
It's certainly easier to navigate a traditional forum template instead of the grid format.
Can you explain what you mean by "easier?"
You're right, it's certainly my preference. For example I had a grid format on my music player and found that it slowed my search time for artists and albums. Perhaps I could correct it with an altered scanning algorithm :P

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Post by SlashC » 26 Dec 2016 19:21

I liked the previous custom theme the best, but this one works too for the time being! I appreciate your hard work at getting this upgraded and back up and running again.
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