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Announcement Preparing for ZRoadster.org 2.0

Discussion in 'Site Announcements and Feedback' started by GazHyde, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. GazHyde

    GazHyde The Gaz Monkey
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    Hi all,

    This is a bit of a heads up for you all. The current version of the XenForo forum software we use is going end of life in the near future, which means we (or rather I) need to look in to the new version that's replaced it.

    I'm currently investigating what work is involved, and the feature changes that are likely to happen as a result. There is a good chance it will include some nice new features, but also that some of the add-ons we use here aren't available in the new version (either now, or have been discontinued). For example, the member map was written by a third party and it isn't being updated for the new version.

    There will also be some costs incurred for licenses and so on (I haven't worked out the total cost as yet).

    I'll try and keep you up to date as I progress through the research, and there will hopefully be chance for me to document the key changes for you beforehand. I'll also let you know in plenty of time before the work is carried out live.

    Gaz.
     
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  2. Tfp

    Tfp Zorg Legend
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    Appreciate the work you do.

    Happy to make a contribution towards costs if needs be.

    Hoping the new format will still include the like, agree etc options. They're a nice touch that many other forums don't have.
     
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  3. andyglym

    andyglym Shiny Dust Caps Make Your Zed Go Faster.
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    Thanks for the heads up. I'm sure that we as a group can assist in any additional costs :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Mazza

    Mazza Zorg Guru (III)
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    I’m sure I say this on behalf of all the members on this forum, Thank you for all your time and effort for keeping this forum going. Without all the effort that you put in, there would be a lot of Zed owners new and old who would struggle to keep their cars on the road.
    I for one, find this forum invaluable as a source of knowledge and help and long may it continue.
     
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  5. GazHyde

    GazHyde The Gaz Monkey
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    I've just in the last couple of minutes found that there does seem to be a similar add-on by a different developer that will import the current ratings. Looks like that one is covered!
     
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  6. Grumps

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    As Said Gaz, really appreciate all you do for the forum and it's members. If any contribution is required more than happy to help.
     
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  7. Keet

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    I'd like to add my thanks and appreciation as well. Thanks @GazHyde.
     
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  8. Brian H

    Brian H Zorg Guru (V)
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    Subscribed, superb forum with superb people, thanks for the work you put in. I’m sure the upgrade costs can be covered.
     
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  9. Bampz

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    Can only agree with all above comments , thanks for all the work undertaken on our behalf to keep this excellent forum on track to grow and grow
     
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  10. Chrisr1949

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    Yeah Gaz, thank you for all you and I'd be glad to contribute to any costs. Chris
     
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  11. GazHyde

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    I'm a bit closer to a plan having had a run through everything in my head. I've tied up some of the sticking points I had the last time I looked and I think it *should* be relatively straight forward - but time consuming! Timings will be complete guesswork at this point. Then I have to think about when I attempt the upgrade itself. Thinking I should try and get it done before the end of May.

    Rough estimate of license costs I've totted up so far is $327.00 (roughly £260). That includes the main core software licenses, and the key add-ons and themes. There is £50 in the forum PayPal account right now, so not too far off!

    I'll keep ya'll posted though.
     
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  12. Brian H

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    @GazHyde can you remind us of the PayPal details pls so we can maybe top up the tank a little.
     
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  13. Springers

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    Would like to endorse all of the above comments re the forum and appreciate all the effort and work people put in to make it a success
     
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  14. GazHyde

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    Initially we will roll with their out of the box default style which will look something like this. I'll then spend some time working on the new look styles (one light, and one dark) and release them a few weeks later.

    upload_2019-4-27_19-2-20.png

    Something which has made it in to the core, which was previously add-on code. Hover over a members name, and the Start Conversation button is available!
    upload_2019-4-27_19-14-9.png
     
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  15. GazHyde

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    Any donation towards the upgrade costs would be greatly appreciated :thumbsup:

    The sites PP address is : gazhyde@zroadster.org
     
  16. Brian4

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    Thanks for all the work you do Gary and the other administrators please keep up the brilliant work and let us know how the pay pal is looking.
     
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    As others have said more than happy to help. If you need some test support let me know.
     
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  18. Brian H

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    I little juice added to the tank, thanks Brian
     
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  19. gookah

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    'Friends' payment sent so you don't get charges.....



    I wan't a refund if the new version is an Audi TT forum though..... ;)
     
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  20. Alan Slade

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    Friends payment sent to assist with your costs. Alan
     
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