The website is long overdue a heafty upgrade from its current format, including lots of behind the scenes updates to the server. I'd like to get this done over the Xmas hols, and so far things are progressing well but I'll hold out on a launch date as it's still an awful lot of work.
In summary; - The whole website is moving to https and will use secure connections throughout, including the apps. So all traffic will be encrypted including usernames, passwords, stored cookies, everything.
- No more flash plugins required. Flash is currently used in a couple of areas and will be replaced with HTML5 which is much cleaner, lightweight and in line with future standards.
- Upload limits will be gone. You'll be able to upload as many files and photos as you like per post, along with this, a new media viewing interface has been crafted. I say media, as files are also acceptable everywhere, not just in the forum area.
- Full Emoji support. Smileys will be replaced with emoji's, this is especially important for the mobile apps where smartphone entry typically can include emoji.
- New posting interface across the website. Creating new posts will be cleaner and standardised across the website.
- Profile pages will be updated, again, with a much cleaner design, focus on member rankings, recent posts and harbour boats.
- Retina support, mainly for people viewing on macs, iphones, ipads - many graphics have been updated and will show in their full resolution glory.
- Goodbye to the legacy server version. This isn't something anyone will notice, but to upgrade all the server code to more compatible modern standards is the majority of the upgrade work.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support in keeping this website going! 👍
Yep, more than 4 pictures will be allowed... and files too, so if you want to include PDF's, word documents, PowerPoint files, CAD drawings, ZIP files etc, it'll all be uploadable.
Pesky punctuation problems will be fixed too, along with a lot of currently unsupported special characters.
I don't want to promise too much yet, but I'd like to allow uploads in response posts as well. Let's see on that one mind 😊
Hoping for a seamless upgrade. It's likely I'll shut the site down for a short while when the actual upgrade happens. For now I'm working on a duplicate copy (which I can break without causing any harm 😀 )
So far I haven't made any progress on the apps, but I'll do my best to implement as many of the features mentioned into the apps too.
In general they'll be less feature rich than the full website, but this is the same for any mobile app as they're generally designed for smaller screens.
They will use a secure connection and updated server version just like the website and in a few areas I'll be tidying up the code. I know there are problems with notifications, also with uploading photos in new posts. Everything will see an overhaul.
Progress update. The new website is now 95% ready for launch, a few final tweaks will be needed, but otherwise it's ready to go. The mobile app however, is only 50% ready, visually it's working, but functionally not there yet. I'll be continuing to work on the final parts for the next few days, with the aim to launch everything on Sunday the 1st! It's been a busy Christmas break for me, this website update has consumed many hours, but hopefully it'll all be worth it 😊
The website will be down for a few hours on Sunday while I copy everything across.
@Onetenor, live chat was once part of this website, but it was removed again for a few reasons. By nature they're temporary, if knowledge is shared within them, they're lost in time. They also can't be moderated and are unfortunately prone to misuse.
Another update from an early announcement too; I have done lots of work on response posts, so I'm pleased to say, it'll be possible to include as many photos/files as you wish in responses too! Also, all posts will be modifiable, attachments included, and can be deleted as well.
You'll see all changes when the website goes live on Sunday. I'm still hoping for a seamless transition. Let's see!
Thanks FB .I thought it might be a good Idea as modration seems t o work put OK on the Aeromodeller site.People can be banned. However we will have to accept your decision and good luck with the transition.
Hi Stephen. Congratulations on your successful upgrade of the site, I have just submitted a couple of build blog updates and I'ts a so nice not to have to go back in to correct the punctuation and odd capitalisations, and it's really great that I can post more than four pictures now 😊. On minor niggle... the smileys or emoticons, whatever the are called, seem to have lost their appealing characteristics and look a bit dull compared to their previous incarnations 😡. Curiously, they look better and in colour on my 'phone using the mobile app but just grey 'ghost' outlines on my PC....spooky !. Despite that I'm quite impressed and grateful for your efforts, and I have to say that it's now very deserving of another donation to the fund, I'm sure many would agree 😉. A Happy New Year to all. Robbob.
"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana"
Yes I fully agree with you robbob, the website is a credit to you, regarding the upgrade I think all active members should donate at least a fiver lets see the January donation list number grow from its present miserable 2! well into the twenties and even thirties, show your appreciation, and a happy new year to all.👍😊
I've just put the ships horns back! They used to use a flash plugin so I removed the feature to speed up the website and avoid all the warning messages browsers give about flash.
Now they're re-implemented using HTML5 which is much cleaner.
@Robbob, pleased you like the site upgrade too! The world of emoji/emoticon/smileys is confusing. The website has replaced smileys with emojis now. Smileys were little pictures that replaced text characters, I did have control over how they look, but it becomes messy as many people use smart phones and you get a mix of smileys and emojis. Emoji are actual characters, like letters. The problem is though, they're displayed in a whole range of different ways. An emoji in Firefox will look different in Internet Explorer, different again in Gmail, different again on an Android phone, different again on an Apple device. It is a pitty there was no alignment by companies!
It does save downloading many little graphic files though and it helps the website speed. Also.... there are hundreds of emoji's to choose from. The website has a handful of common ones to pick from, but it's not limited really.
All donations gratefully received. Unfortunately no big company pays me to keep the site afloat! I just know a lot of people enjoy it and I take some personal pride in having built it up to where it is today. It's all hand coded, no bought packages, I don't think any off the shelf package would give the same experience!
Hi Stephen. OK, I now understand the emoji thing, I have just installed Firerfox and they appear in colour in that and I have also installed a plug-in into Chrome (my default browser) that also now shows the things properly. Cheers. 😁👍👌🇬🇧🛳☢🍌...just having a play with some !! Rob.
"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana"
Thank You so much for bring back the Ships Horn. I use it to let me know when someone has stopped by the website. I'm hoping that theirs is know problems after implementing the ships horn sound. If there is it's understandable if you take it off. Also if their is a degradation in the website performance it would be advisable to disable it.
I'm really going to have to do my best, to make a donation to the website in the near future! 👍
I usually just lurk since i have been too busy to spend time over the holidays but I would like to thank you for doing all the hard work for your upgrades I know what a pain that can be been there done that. but again thank you i really like learning from this site being so new to boats and all
Having dabbled with building websites, many many moons ago, I can appreciate the work that goes into projects like this. We're blessed to have someone with the talents and energy you have Stephen looking after us.