Discussion in 'General Questions' started by KenM, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. KenM

    KenM Member

    I do not see why people have to change a good thing. This site was a lot better before the changes.
    What is up with the stupid adds it the middle of a post!!???!!!
    Give me the old forum anytime! Rant over! Ken.

  2. canalcat

    canalcat Member

    Change is always good especially for some one to expanded horizons!!
  3. Anton

    Anton Administrator Staff Member

    Sorry about that, there should be no ads anywhere for logged in members ever - with the exception of the sponsored ads.

    Things may look weird and different at first but it's all for the best.

    There are so many reasons for the upgrade:
    1. Mobile compatibility - 55% of people are viewing this forum on mobile or tablet devices.
    2. Security - The old vBulletin software was end of life. So many bugs and security issues with it that were never fixed.
    3. Compatibility - The new forum should work on all newer devices.
    4. Interactive - You now get notifications in real time.
    5. The media gallery: http://motoredbikes.com/media/
    6. Speed - The new software should be super fast once I tweak everything.
  4. KenM

    KenM Member

    Thank you sir. Change is good when it is needed. I use an IPod for all my computing , so that will be good!
    In was just those ads!! Can not stand them. Thank you sir! For all your work here. This is a good site to learn, and have fun.
    Keep looking up! Ken.
  5. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

  6. Anton

    Anton Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for letting me know, the permissions weren't set correctly. It should work ok now!
  7. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    I am liking the new format Anton, well done!
    Adjusted images for screen width with the option for full screen view is awesome.

    It looks like you don't have your side bar ads up yet so when that is adjusted to fit it should be fine, but I am sure enjoying no side bar ads while it lasts.

    As I type this reply in 'quick reply' I see it has all the formatting and seems to grow in size as I need it.
    Now THAT is some clever forum software and I envy you.

    I see some user settings were lost but it only took me a couple of minutes to handle that.
    Was keeping everything intact as much of a pain as it looks?

    So are you happy the XenForo software so far?
    Do you have to pay them?
    Will it run on an NT Windows server?

    Naw, you don't have time for those questions, I will go see for myself, but suffice it to say nice choice for an upgrade!
    KenM likes this.
  8. Anton

    Anton Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks KC!

    The importer did most of the hard work. I did a test upgrade about a week ago and wrote down 13 pages of notes in Microsoft word about all the things that needed tweaking after the import.

    I am still working on the character encoding of special characters so you may see some gibberish instead of a special characters (eg. quote, full stop or comma) in some of the older posts. Oh and smileys, only basic smileys are working at the moment. ;)

    Xenforo is incredible. It's actually made by the same two guys who wrote vBulletin back in the day. There's an upfront fee which gives you 1 year support and upgrades. After that year you can still run the software but no more support and upgrades until you renew your license. It will run on NT Windows I believe.
  9. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    I am running 15 year old Snitz Forums 2000 and old Access DB's on all of mine, but I really really like this.

    I remember vBB well, but it was geared to unix/.psp and I did all my coding back then on Windows based hosting in .asp so I went with the flow.
    Then again I had to write my own code just to make the thing do things it was never meant to do, like a form template for the first post which was fun, but not so fun now ya know?

    I love a good forum so I'll check it out and see if it will run on my own Win2K3 free private server, (like I need another project), but I really like some of pic features.

    Just get the Preview thing right, and maybe display the date of the post on top, and I would be in nirvana ;-}
  10. KenM

    KenM Member

    This place looks just like Electric Bike Reviews forum now!:eek:
    Anton and Court must be Bros!:rolleyes:
    Keep looking up! Ken.
  11. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    so how do i add pictures that arent url linked?

    cant seem to directly access my attachments.

    media gallery? i havent added any media.. then off i go chasing geese again. gallery. hmm, i have no gallery. oh. libraries! oh. nope, theres a goose...

    upload a file? well...hmm...custom files...wheres my thumbnails?
    i cant see thumbnails of the pics in the file uploader... so which one to add?

    what, open up my folder, find out the file name, and do it that way?

    all this extra work seems involved now. just to post a pic?

    so no more pics from headsmess which is no great loss i guess.

    i suppose if i hadnt had a notification recently i maynt have come back at all...
  12. Anton

    Anton Administrator Staff Member

    Upload a file should do it.

    What type of file are you uploading?
  13. Anton

    Anton Administrator Staff Member

    Currently the forum accepts the following file extensions.


    We can add more file types if needed.
  14. bakaneko

    bakaneko Active Member

    The upload file button is at the bottom near the post reply button. Took me a while to realize that is where you post a picture... :eek:
  15. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    the problem is that the uploader wont display thumbnails it seems.... and relying on thumbnails to select said pics...

    default it asks for custom files. nothing is displayed. change to all files and thats it...no thumbnails. just a default icon symbol thingy. i can view it as large medium or small, but its still not a thumbnail of the pic im trying to find amongst thousands....

    png is two nice flowers. jpg is a lovely view of a mountain and some type of waterway... default icons.

    i dont wanna start naming files to suit one site.

    and once again, i cant seem to find the previous direct link to "my attachments."
    i merely wanted to repost a previous pic... cant even figure out how to do that easily now.
    the previous system worked and was logical.

    ah well, such is the advancement of technology... less practical and more confusing :)
  16. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    1. this bits new
      1. as is this
      2. but thats weird
    2. hey look ma!
    • this seems a sort of useless feature....
    1. but maybe i never looked before...
    2. and it was here all along.
      1. very likely
      2. thats still not the answer though.
      3. [​IMG]
      4. i can insert a url....
    3. :p a smiley
    and thats about it :)

  17. Anton

    Anton Administrator Staff Member

    I'm not sure why you can't see your images when you Upload a File. It seems to be working ok for other members. I will PM you for more details as this could be an issue with your browser and the forum.

    That's a very good point you've brought up - how to re-use an attachment.

    There's no attachment gallery as yet with the forum so I've implemented a solution.

    Hover over your username at the top of the forum and click My Attachments.

    reuse attachments.jpg

    Click on the attachment you want to re-use and then copy the URL.

    In the post reply box, click on Image and then paste in the Image URL. :)
  18. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    the media gallery embed feature seems to work better than the normal attachment system
  19. Anton

    Anton Administrator Staff Member

    The media gallery embed works really well. It's seems silly that the software doesn't use the same system for the attachments!
  20. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    I think pictures like .jpg and .gif should be separate from Attachments like video or .txt or .pdf files with a direct access url like "http://thisSerever .com/pics/ ThisPic.jpg" so the pics are easy to display, use elsewhere, and often reused direct here.

    I know what that means for bandwidth, you become a host for file sharing from any other site you can just enter a URL to display a pic, but I have found that is not always a bad thing these days for a site like this one, and for sure mine.

    Internet calls to your web site for specific content does a lot in search engines rankings for relevant placement in search page results.
    You just got keep the content MB related pics is all.

    You got a place to put them online as a file.

    If you let it be a shareable URL for pics of cute cats or whatever to be shared on social media it will get taken advantage of, but not some much these days, it's easy and cheap to Store media these days, it's all about the sharing it elsewhere AFTER it 'changed format' part that screws most people.

    Simple pics like .jegs's and animated gif's are nothing in their upload form bandwidth wise these days.
    Just a suggestion, personally I am as happy as can be with the new format and ease of use, and I take a share a LOT of pictures!
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