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roddy

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roddy

Just a quick heads-up - will need to take the site offline for a while sometime this week (I'm hoping tomorrow, but will depend on work) for an upgrade. Nothing very substantial on the front end at least. We'll have a new search option (Elasticsearch, for those in the know), native emoji support, better notification emails (can include recent topics / recommended content). Dismissable announcements, which will be handy. Will also be bumping up a php version (7.0 to 7.2). I'll probably also have another shot at using a content delivery network - tried it before but it was causing some problems so turned it off, but there are benefits that make it worth trying.

 

Hopefully won't be too long, but could be a few hours. Will give warning before starting so you don't lose any long posts. 

 

Lots of hugs and kisses

 

Roddy

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Jim
1 hour ago, Lu said:

@roddy, change your password before this hacker takes over.

Looks like our leader has some downcoming uptime!

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roddy

Won't happen today, could get to it in the afternoon, but would rather have a full clear day in case things get tricky. 

 

Lots of hugs and kisses, except for Lu and Jim.

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roddy

Doing it! I'm only going to have half a day at the moment, but the chances of a full clear day this week are slim.

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roddy

That seemed to go quite smoothly. Need to do a bit more figuring out before I make changes to search. Had to remove the blogs blocks from the home page until I can update them (or manage to completely redo the home page. Now, everyone look at how emoticons work now and start complaining...

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Lu

Where did your hugs and kisses go 😭☹️😱❤️💋

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roddy

They got hacked...

 

Mucking about with something - we've got a database function which could allow for managing an FAQ, having listings of products, schools, services, etc. This is just how it looks as a default, could fancy it up with images and so on. Feel free to add some unserious entries if you want. 

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somethingfunny

Is this where I ask about stuff that's not working?  I'm trying to paste text into a forum reply but it's not showing.  This might just be me being inept though - although I have tried pasting it somewhere else and it worked.

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roddy

Works here. Can you try CTRL+F5 to force a reload, maybe try another browser if you have one handy. 

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Shelley

Tried to add a link to a website (Pleco) in a post but the link is not actully working and is not in hypertext ie underlined and in blue. I have just got my desk top PC back today so this is the first day I have been on the forum with it so I don't know if its me or the upgrade.

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roddy

Pleco

Will take a look tomorrow. 

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somethingfunny

Yeah, it's a problem my end.  I tried copying something from a different source and it worked no problem.  Must be something about copying from a word document.

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mungouk

Site just slowed to a crawl and even timed out just now... not sure if it's a routing thing or related to the site but thought I would mention.  It was around 01:30-01:45 UTC, 18 May.

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roddy

@Shelley can you try posting a link or two in here so I can try and see what's happening. 

 

@somethingfunny Should still be possible to copy and paste from a Word document, and I was just able to, so if it's a persistent problem let me know. Editor problems can sometimes be caused by a clash with browser plugins and the editor code. 

 

@mungouk Nothing to do with me, mate, I was fast asleep 😉  I can't see anything that would have caused that but if it's frequent or at a regular time let me know. 

 

 

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Shelley

Test:

 

https://www.pleco.com/

 

Oh and now it works.

 

Okay well problem solved, not sure if it was you or me. Can't see what the diference was between the 2.

 

I will go and check my post.

 

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roddy

Apologies for recent error messages - the host took a more immediate and hands-on approach to troubleshooting than I was expecting. Can't guarantee it won't happen again in the next few hours. 

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somethingfunny

It's a browser issue.  I'm using Opera on macOS High Sierra.  I just tried Safari and it worked no problem.

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