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FORTHCOMING FORUM DOWNTIME (completed)

Postby KGAdmin » Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:02 am

Dear All,

We are moving Kitchen Garden's website to our super new server in Derby over the next few days.

Whilst we will try to keep the interruption to the minimum, it may be required to close the forum whilst we also perform a required upgrade to version 3 of the forum software.

This upgrade (made after the move) may effect how the forum operates and may introduce different controls and features.

Version 3 has much better security features and changes - but this may also mean it is not compatible with the templates currently used (wimpole / subza).
We WILL do our best to ensure once complete the forum will look the same, but as with any 'upgrade' - there will always be differences.

TIMELINE

The basic move from old to new server may take place Early next week (starting 15th Dec) - with a background upgrade and test going on next week. If successful, we will switch the public forum over end of next week.


If you have any questions on the upgrade - please let me know by replying below.

Thanks

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Postby garden_serf » Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:44 pm

Good luck with the move and upgrade!
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Re: ** FORTHCOMING FORUM DOWNTIME **

Postby KGAdmin » Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:48 pm

Move and upgrade complete!

Please let me know your thoughts and comments - and if you spot any problems, please let me know too.

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Re: ** FORTHCOMING FORUM DOWNTIME **

Postby peter » Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:16 pm

Looks very different.
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Re: ** FORTHCOMING FORUM DOWNTIME **

Postby KGAdmin » Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:26 pm

Yes - sadly after my optimism - we could not keep the old design, so I've gone for a simpler design similar to the old subza that most people liked.

To newer members, this will look very different, but much more like other forum layouts, and easier to read.

Thanks everyone for their patience - and apologies over the login worries whilst we moved!!


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Right, first gripe.

Postby peter » Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:27 pm

No longer have the Next and Previous Topic buttons at BOTH top and bottom of a topic.

So if you view by Ascending Post Date within Thread, when you get to the bottom then you have to go to the top to see the next Thread.

Any chance of restoring this functionality?
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Re: ** FORTHCOMING FORUM DOWNTIME **

Postby KGAdmin » Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:32 pm

Hi peter,

I'm sure I can - I see they are showing at the top of the page (in text) - but missing from bottom.

I will look into this once we have finished the remainder of the site moves - I'm working on Twist & Go now!

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Re: ** FORTHCOMING FORUM DOWNTIME **

Postby peter » Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:34 pm

Ta.

BTW, "Registered users: Google [Bot], KGAdmin, Magic Beans, MSN [Bot], oldherbaceous, peter, Primrose, Yahoo [Bot]"

Is this site now open to "Bots"?
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Re: ** FORTHCOMING FORUM DOWNTIME **

Postby peter » Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:37 pm

Notification e-mails are now coming from "<jason@mortons.co.uk>" rather than "kgwebmaster@kitchengarden.co.uk"
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Re: ** FORTHCOMING FORUM DOWNTIME **

Postby KGAdmin » Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:42 pm

Thanks Peter I've corrected the email address now.

Search [Bots] were always around - just this new forum now shows them - but does now also offer us the ability to block them should we want to.

However, they are indexing posts so more people can find articles in search engines - so I'm happy to let them snuffle around.


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Re: ** FORTHCOMING FORUM DOWNTIME **

Postby Chantal » Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:25 pm

I think it all looks great, well done KG :D
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Re: ** FORTHCOMING FORUM DOWNTIME **

Postby garden_serf » Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:35 pm

I have just had a really good look around, tested avatar uploading, error messages for that, signature changing, accessing, text changes etc.... can't see any problems. Good job!
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Re: ** FORTHCOMING FORUM DOWNTIME **

Postby Shallot Man » Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:46 pm

Seems very strange, still I suppose we will get use to it [eventually]
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Re: Right, first gripe. Now Right First Fix.

Postby peter » Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:58 pm

peter wrote:No longer have the Next and Previous Topic buttons at BOTH top and bottom of a topic.

So if you view by Ascending Post Date within Thread, when you get to the bottom then you have to go to the top to see the next Thread.

Any chance of restoring this functionality?



Thank you for summoning the additional Topic hopping buttons out of the ether.
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Re: ** FORTHCOMING FORUM DOWNTIME **

Postby alan refail » Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:54 pm

Great job :D

Looks good - and that coming from one of the past complainers when subza was lost.

I'm sure we'll all learn to find our way about.

Pity about the initial difficulty about logging back in, though :(

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