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5th Jul, 2008 at 9:40pm
 
All,

And now the good news ... Wink

The website and discussion forum is now residing on a dedicated, private server with far more processor capacity, memory, bandwidth and components all running on the very latest, stable versions. This will go an extremely long way to support the growth and future development of the S.A. experience and of course, result in much faster and stable use.

Also, the discussion forum has been upgraded and is now running on the very latest version - 2.2.2. As you've no doubt already noticed, all of the membership details, topics, threads and posts are completely intact and functioning under the new version. There really is a huge amount of new features, enhancements and background, administrative elements. A lot of these new features will be apparent and hopefully easy to use but of course, all of the online help guide information has been upgraded, providing detailed information as to what is new in this very latest release.

It hasn't been as easy to upgrade to this new version as in the past, with a great deal of manual configuration and tweaking needing to be done myself to ensure that the forum is functioning as it should. But I'm delighted with the results thus far and am still finding my own way around some of the new features.

As you've also no doubt noticed, the default template has changed. There are a couple of cosmetic amendments that I'm going to be making shortly - to enable certain lines of text to appear clearer than they currently do, as an example but on the whole, I personally like it. Also, there are several other 'skins' to choose from if you're not personally happy with the default 'black look'. Simply visit (the new and expanded !!) User Control Panel, go to 'Profile > Options' and choose an alternative theme from the drop down list. Again, there may be a little cosmetic tweaking needed but all of the themes that I have loaded are fully functional and working.

Oh yes, the 'Media' tag now works across the entire forum and not just in the Media Centre so feel free to embed 'YouTube' clips and the like in any given post you make. In saying this, I will be keeping the Media Centre well and truly open and plan some further enhancements for this section soon.

There are many other, smaller enhancements that have been made (extra Avatars spring to mind), so feel free to ask away - either by PM'ing me personally, replying to this thread or starting a new thread within the Ask The Admin section.


Enjoy !!

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Reply #1 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 1:31am
 
..and we're finally up! Looking good Darran. Worth the wait. Will be exploring all the new features..nice look!
-Hm (Don) Smiley

P.S. Nice Zao track by the way
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Reply #2 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 1:37am
 
Superb new forum features D!!And of course worth while for the wait!


Also the new website is quicker!


Cool
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Reply #3 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 1:46am
 
Thanks guys, pleased to hear you approve. Cool

Trust me when I say, a lot of work has been going on this end ... Roll Eyes
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Reply #4 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 2:06am
 
Well done D!
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Reply #5 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 2:11am
 
Cheers mate !! Smiley
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Reply #6 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 8:56am
 
So glad it's back up & running & it all looks great! Smiley
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Reply #7 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 8:57am
 
sorry the picture's so huge but it's a worthy one--a detail of the Chamberlin used for the song "Mac the Knife"!
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Reply #8 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 4:56pm
 
Thanks Dan !!

Love the pic - good stuff. Cool
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Reply #9 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 6:01pm
 
Back online YESSSS

Good job Dee, very good looking!

Thanks Dee!
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Reply #10 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 6:24pm
 
Like I've said, Max - it's taken a lot of work to upgrade everything - the forum in particular but I'm sure you'll all agree, it's been worth it. Smiley

Enjoy the new look and new features !! Cool
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Reply #11 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 8:46pm
 
Croeso nol! (Welcome back)

Thanks for all your hard work getting us back up and running.

Cheers Darran Smiley
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Reply #12 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 8:54pm
 
Cheers mate !! Cool

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Reply #13 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 9:32pm
 
Joepieeeeee! The forum is back up!
Thanks! Now I can give my praise again.

Hope you had time to enjoy the music between the upgrade processes!
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Reply #14 - 6th Jul, 2008 at 9:34pm
 
Thanks Tux !!

Indeed, it's good to have the forum online again. Cool
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