New website concerns (fixes, suggestions, etc)

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  • #1487575

    Clay
    Keymaster

    Mike, I’m afraid that going back to the old format is not an option, though we are trying to make the new system as similar to it as we can. The entire site was migrated from our old platform (Drupal) to the new one (WordPress), and WordPress has its own modules (called plugins) for every site feature (forum, classifieds, galleries, PMs, etc.). In order to make the transition as easy as possible for everyone, we are trying to replicate the look and workflow of the old system as much as we can, but it won’t be exactly the same. In the long run it will be better, and will have some nice features that the old site did not have (though that may be hard to believe at the moment). During this transition, the person who had been in charge of the classifieds for years (and would have been setting up this new system) left Windstone, so that’s an extra challenge. Hang in there, it will all get sorted out soon.

    #1487576

    Jennifer
    Keymaster

    Mike, to expand on Clay’s excellent reply, and to take my official hat off for a moment: The big reason we had to move to this new format in the first place was that the bugs that were building up more and more on the old Drupal platform were either impossible to fix, or impossible to fix with the type of budget that a small company like Windstone has. Drupal is a bit of a niche platform compared to WordPress (which runs our new site). Approximately 2% of worldwide websites use Drupal, whereas over a quarter of worldwide websites use WordPress. Why does this matter? In a nutshell: Very few people could help us with our Drupal problems. It was rather awful to learn, understand, and manage. Can you tell I hated it? Fixes were usually mere bandaids to make sure that people could use the website (but sometimes barely… the last few months, the forum barely loaded). It was not sustainable.

    Bear with us, we’ll get this figured out! The good thing with WordPress is that there are a lot of options and it is well supported. It won’t ever be exactly the same, but we can get it working nicely in time. 🙂

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    #1487578

    dragonmedley
    Participant

    I’m having a blast with the new size of the avatar 😀

    We also now have the option of a cover page, which I think will only be seen when we look up members’ accounts and the individual ads.

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    #1487579

    dragonmedley
    Participant

    The feedback thread was a sticky under Community, as well as the rules and regs for posting, I think.

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    #1487582

    fatalbeauty
    Participant

    new issue, threads are now loading all the replies on one page…so like 100 replies on page and really slow loading times….

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    #1487583

    Kelsey
    Participant

    I’m not sure if this was already talked about here but I got a message and I never got an email letting me know that I got a message. Has anyone else been having this problem?

    #1487587

    Clay
    Keymaster

    Fatal beauty,

    Thanks for pointing that out. I had turned on “reply threading (nesting)” not realizing that that option also disables pagination, so all replies are loaded on a single page. It’s a nice feature, but with some of the larger topics (hundreds of replies) it’s prohibitively slow. So I turned it back off. The makers of the forum plugin (called bbPress) are working on a way of having nested replies and pagination at the same time.

    #1487588

    Landipan
    Participant

    I too haven’t been getting emails when I get a private message.

    Also, I kind a miss how we used to be able to see who’s online at the bottom of the forums page.

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    #1487593

    dragonmedley
    Participant

    I received an email when I got a new PM, but no notification when I got a reply to my reply to same PM.

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    #1487594

    fatalbeauty
    Participant

    no problem Clay, much better now….

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    #1487595

    Skylover
    Participant

    I’m really liking the new format so far! I’m just curious if I can change my name back to my forum name without messing with my billing information. Leaving my name as Jennifer is bound to confuse some people since there’s a lot of people named Jennifer including a forum moderator.

    #1487603

    Susie
    Keymaster

    Pegasi figured out how to change your display name:

    “To update your display name, go under My Account and click profile. Then click Edit. On the “Base” grouping is na name field. That is the name displayed for everyone to see.”

    Please feel free to change them to your preferred forum name – it won’t mess up anything.

    If you get an Error message when you try to go into your account, please email me and I can change the display name back to your old forum name – which seems to make that error problem go away at the same time. susie@windstoneeditions.com

    #1487604

    PrairieVixen
    Participant

    Hi Clay, just a heads up; I still can’t get any of my classified ads to post. I tried gutting an old ad as recommended by Natasha and now it says:

    “This Ad is currently disabled until the Administrator approves it. Only you (the author) can see it.”

    Does every classified ad now need to be approved by an Administrator before it will post? Additionally after several tries I still could only get two photos to attach to the ad. I guess that doesn’t matter if my ad is disabled, lol, but I wanted to make you aware of this also. I’ve got quite a few items I’d like to list up for trade and sale but just can’t seem to get them to go through no matter what I do.

    Thanks!

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    #1487605

    Scathach
    Participant

    White type! Yippee!!!

    Thanks for listening. 🙂

    #1487606

    Ela_Hara
    Participant

    Yes! Much better! I like the font as well… It looks a little like Gill Sans, but isn’t. Very pleasant though. 😀

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