We will be changing forums software in the next 48-72 hours.

Discussion in 'Tech Support, General Q&A, Site Feedback & More' started by Spark, Apr 12, 2017.

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  1. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    Hey guys, thanks for your patience. I've completed testing and we will be switching over to the new software in the next few days. I am coordinating with the tech guys and while we will strive to minimize downtime, there will be a period of 12-24 hours that the forums will be inaccessible, followed by a time of limited accessibility as we configure & make changes.

    The process:
    1. The forums will be closed to new activity.
    2. The forums database(s) will be exported & then converted to the new software format. Existing db issues will be fixed
    3. The databases, attachments & the rest will be imported to the new site
    4. I will configure various settings on the back end
    5. Site will be brought up to confirm operation
    6. Site will change over to replace existing http://www.bladeforums.com landing pages

    Questions you may have:

    Will my paid subscription / iTrader stats / postings / avatar / etc transfer over?
    Yes. Though the software will change, there you won't lose any post counts, stats or anything else. Active posts in the Exchange will still be there.

    Will the forums work better?
    Ideally yes. We're switching over to a new database configuration and a much better software platform that is supposedly more stable, scalable, and doesn't have the same sorts of issues that vB has. Hopefully that means less database errors, more uptime, and a smoother experience.

    Will old threads still show up?
    Of course. Redirects from google & such should still happen as well for all the good search engine stuff.

    Will the new site be friendlier for phones & tablets
    The new site uses "responsive" site design to provide a better experience across all platforms. I'm debating supporting Tapatalk though.


    Feel free to ask questions and I'll answer until we shut down for the switch over.
     
  2. T.K.C.

    T.K.C.

    May 7, 2005
    Thank you Spark for doing this, and for updating us.
     
  3. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Thanks Kevin, great news.......best of luck for the changeover.:thumbup::)
     
  4. t.willy

    t.willy Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    Thank you for the heads up :thumbup:
     
  5. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    Hey folks, don't forget the Blade Forums Facebook page to get your BF fix while Kevin and the software guys work their magic. Don't forget to like the Blade Forums Facebook page while gettin' your BF fix, Click the link to take you to BFC's Facebook page.

    See you folks there. ;)

    ETA while the forums are down, BF may be the best place to get any updates. Just remember Kevin's gonna be busier than...(pick one)

    1. ( )a one-armed paperhanger with a case of the hives.( )
    2. ( )a one-eyed cat watching nine rat holes.
    3. ( )a one-legged man in a butt kickinÂ’ contest.
    4. ( )a one-toothed man in a corn-on-the-cob eating contest.
    5. ( )a mosquito at a nudist colony.
    6. ( )a one-armed paper hanger.
    7. ( )a cross-eyed air traffic controller.
    8. ( )a set of jumper cables at a country funeral.
    9. ( )a cat with puppies.
    10. ( )a weatherman in a tornado.
    11. ( )a desert cobra at a mongoose convention.
    12. ( )a termite in a saw mill.
    13. ( )a dog scratching fleas.
    14. ( )a one-armed trombone player.
    15. ( )a rooster in a henhouse.
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017
  6. Crossdraw

    Crossdraw ~ Rob ~ USAF Retired ~ Platinum Member

    968
    Oct 13, 2013
    I know from experience this is no small task. Everyone should expect a few growing pains and initial glitches, as with all new software implementations. Bravo, Spark... and thank you.
     
  7. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Thanks for all your hard work to keep the forums up and running. And we appreciate the heads up.

    I prefer to view the desktop version of a webpage even from my mobile device. Will the new site automatically direct moblie devices to a mobile version of the site? I hope not.
    Firefox lets the user request the desktop version but some browsers like Opera don't.

    Thanks.
     
  8. TommyBBQ

    TommyBBQ Gold Member Gold Member

    602
    Mar 13, 2013
    Thanks for letting us know in advance!!!!
     
  9. Acadian

    Acadian Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2015
    Thanks for working hard in improving the forums.

    Fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly and as planned.
     
  10. TheFactor

    TheFactor Life is good ! Platinum Member

    Feb 26, 2015
    Thanks for the update and heads up 👍
     
  11. lieferung

    lieferung

    May 24, 2016
    Rooster all the way!
     
  12. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    Excellent news, Kevin. I hope all goes smoothly.
     
  13. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    Best of luck in the changeover and full speed ahead!
     
  14. EyeDog

    EyeDog Semper Fi

    Feb 10, 2014
    YES...please support Tapatalk. If not I may be gone.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  15. Fred Sanford

    Fred Sanford Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    Sounds good. Thanks for the update.

    I can take or leave Tapatalk.
     
  16. EyeDog

    EyeDog Semper Fi

    Feb 10, 2014
    If not Tapatalk...have an iPhone Android app made.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  17. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    Awesome news!
     
  18. 1234

    1234 Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    Buckle up & see ya all on the other side!



    1234,,:D
     
  19. Sigsog226

    Sigsog226 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2013
    Sweet, im pretty excited about it! I really enjoyed using the beta of it.
     
  20. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    First, turn off your Tapatalk signature.

    Second, you can see what the new forums will look like by going to http://xf.bladeforums.com where we have the test boards set up. Tapatalk is not installed, but the forum is phone friendly
     
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