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Site Updates, Changes, etc.

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:53 pm
by atom0s
Hello everyone,

I have done some reorganization on the site and forum which was much overdue. I am aiming to make the forums a bit more public-use friendly and have done some cleanup and updates.

Forums Updated
  • I have started by updating the forums to the latest version of phpBB. While upgrades are a great thing this did land up breaking some of the previous plugins I was using and some custom edits etc. I have done my best to find alternatives and fill in the gaps myself where possible. Casual users should not notice any difference in the forums on that end though, most things were admin-only features.

    I also changed the forum theme due to the upgrade to the latest forum version. The previous theme was no longer supported, so I had to find something different. I made some modifications to this new theme to fit my preference in how I like the forum system to look. If you find any issues, feel free to let me know.
Changing Forum Sections
  • I have renamed the 'My Blog' section to better fit its purpose. The idea of having it as a blog is no longer fitting to the purpose of the forums. Because of that I have also added a new section 'Rants / Opinions' and moved all relevant posts from the original blog section there. These no longer fit the "front-page" aspect I have planned for the new site when I have time to work on it. I would rather the main website contain posts and information regarding my actual work and site news rather than me bashing a company/brand I dislike.

    I plan to add and redo some other sections in time as well. So this is an ongoing change that will continue over the next several weeks.
New Forum Features (Upcoming)
  • While most of my work is free and released here with nothing more than a donation link somewhere in the project, I want to test the waters on bringing in some more money to continue my incentive to work on various projects. I plan on creating a Patreon page in the near future and with that, I may add some perks for various donation levels that will affect this site in one way or another. Such as Patreon pledgers being added to special user groups, gaining access to certain apps before others (like closed-beta testers) and so on. So there may be some upcoming changes that will alter how some content is handled on this site/forum in the future.