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    Sorry for the delay in response to the thread, I've had a long runs of kids being ill, various family commitments, and a wedding in the last few months.

    Small updates:

    * The issue we had with the advertiser is now resolved finally, so that is a huuuuuuge relief. I can now concentrate on the updates
    * Tapatalk should be working now. Let me know if any issues.
    * I'm sticking with Basenotes Green for the colour scheme

    I'm going to commit to doing a weekly-ish update on the thread so people know what's going on. Communication isn't my forté, but I'm going to try and do better.

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    Default Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Sorry for the delay in response to the thread, I've had a long runs of kids being ill, various family commitments, and a wedding in the last few months.

    Small updates:

    * The issue we had with the advertiser is now resolved finally, so that is a huuuuuuge relief. I can now concentrate on the updates
    * Tapatalk should be working now. Let me know if any issues.
    * I'm sticking with Basenotes Green for the colour scheme

    I'm going to commit to doing a weekly-ish update on the thread so people know what's going on. Communication isn't my forté, but I'm going to try and do better.
    Thanks for the update Grant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Sorry for the delay in response to the thread, I've had a long runs of kids being ill, various family commitments, and a wedding in the last few months.

    Small updates:

    * The issue we had with the advertiser is now resolved finally, so that is a huuuuuuge relief. I can now concentrate on the updates
    * Tapatalk should be working now. Let me know if any issues.
    * I'm sticking with Basenotes Green for the colour scheme

    I'm going to commit to doing a weekly-ish update on the thread so people know what's going on. Communication isn't my forté, but I'm going to try and do better.
    All this is greatly appreciated, but my greatest concern is, how are your kids now?

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    Default Re: Still making Basenotes Awesomer / more info / cake sale / new BN Plus

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Sorry for the delay in response to the thread, I've had a long runs of kids being ill, various family commitments, and a wedding in the last few months.

    Small updates:

    * The issue we had with the advertiser is now resolved finally, so that is a huuuuuuge relief. I can now concentrate on the updates
    * Tapatalk should be working now. Let me know if any issues.
    * I'm sticking with Basenotes Green for the colour scheme

    I'm going to commit to doing a weekly-ish update on the thread so people know what's going on. Communication isn't my forté, but I'm going to try and do better.
    I'm the weirdo who uses mobile browser in desktop mode and pinches to expand/zoom so Tapatalk was never on the table for me, but glad to see the certificate renewed, cuz it was making my security plugins on my desktop browser go nuts XD

    Also, hope the kids are well, congrats to the newlyweds, happy holidays to you, and keep smellin' like a felon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    I'm the weirdo who uses mobile browser in desktop mode and pinches to expand/zoom so Tapatalk was never on the table for me, but glad to see the certificate renewed, cuz it was making my security plugins on my desktop browser go nuts
    Yeah, I do that on my iPhone, too.

    But, regarding security: while technically, the site loads in my desktop browser if I switch to https, it's pretty much unreadable and unnavigable if I do. Grant, is this something that can be addressed? It would be best if the site (including all internal links) defaulted to https.

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    Okay, as promised more updates.

    The plan originally was to have the new forums and new directory pages launch at the same time. One of the main reasons I wanted to do this was because the directory would need a lot of code-fiddling to get it working with the new forums, and it seemed like it would be a better idea to just launch everything at the same time.

    However, I've not had the opportunity I'd have like to work on this, so we are going to PLAN B

    Plan B is -- do the forums first, do the directory later.

    The forums are in dire need of upgrading. The software that runs them is donkeys years old. So here's the plan:


    1. Update the current directory code to work with the new software. This would normally be fairly straight forward but there's a slight complication. The new forum software needs a newer version of PHP than we currently use. All of the ancient directory code works fine currently, but won't work on upgraded PHP software. This means me basically going through each line of code that won't be compatible and rewriting it. Time consuming, but quicker than re-coding the whole thing.
    2. Do a test import. Get all of the 20 years worth of forum posts in the new software, and allow access to any members who want to test it
    3. Do lots of testing
    4. Go live, and switch out the old forums for the new forums. This is likely to include a bit of downtime. It will likely be over a weekend, and I'll give you all plenty of notice.
    5. Bug hunting and feature requests. Once the new forums are up and running, there will likely be lots of bugs and things to fix. I'll deal with all that, then it will be on to stage two, which will be ALL NEW DIRECTORY and general site relaunch.


    Wish me luck - currently still on Stage 1, but this should be done by end of year, providing no weird emergencies come up.

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    Sounds like a plan, but best of luck if it helps, and may the force be with you, etc.

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    Thanks for updating us. Really appreciate it.


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    Literally the best news of 2019 so far
    Many thanks for what you do, Grant!!

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    Great news, Grant, and I volunteer in advance to help with testing.

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    Thanks Grant, l'll volunteer too. Good luck, & a Merry Christmas to you & yours!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    <br>Wish me luck - currently still on Stage 1, but this should be done by end of year, providing no weird emergencies come up.
    I'm going to commit to doing a weekly-ish update on the thread so people know what's going on. Communication isn't my forté, but I'm going to try and do better.

    Any update on this in the past couple of months?

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    Hello!

    I'm still ploughing through on this! I'm having to go through the code line-by-line essentially and update it. It's slower and a lot more boring than I would like, but its slowly happening.

    As mentioned before, I'm going with making the forums better first of all, and scrapping the re-design until later (so trying to keep things as familiar as possible)

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    Kids are off school now due to Covid-19, so things are on a bit of a work-when-i-get-the-energy-or-spare-five-mins situation

    Current job, is getting the forum on a https:// server finally

    Didn't to well at weekly updates did I? Will try harder guys, sorry.

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    Thanks, Grant! l understand the difficulty of getting things done when other people/children are getting under your feet. Hope you & your family stay well through all this!
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    Pro tip: under general settings, near the bottom, forum skins, POL-eque (i.e., Perfume of Life - esque). Lots of pastels. The site even seems to work faster - although it might just be that I like the pastels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    Pro tip: under general settings, near the bottom, forum skins, POL-eque (i.e., Perfume of Life - esque). Lots of pastels. The site even seems to work faster - although it might just be that I like the pastels.
    Bavard, I think you’re right. It does seem faster and it’s pretty.. It’s real tiny, of course, on a phone, and I couldn’t find a way to have separate settings on Macbook and phone.
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    Grant, I wonder when the next food sale will show up. Pizza would be nice
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