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A few back end, mid-end, and front end updates to APH Networks

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In the last week weeks, we've been working quite hard to update the stuff that keeps APH Networks up and running. I won't bore you guys with too many details, but exciting things are going on with some plans under way :)

Firstly, on the back end:

  • I didn't realize we were running very outdated versions of PHP and MySQL. Auto update was on, but it doesn't do it for major revisions and since I do all the server management, I wasn't paying all that much attention to where things are at.
  • As such, we updated everything to the latest version of PHP and MySQL, which broke a few other things that needed to be fixed on the mid end.
  • Updating the caching methods, so this along with the new versions of PHP and MySQL should deliver slightly better loading performance.

This brings us to the mid-end...

  • Main content management system has been updated with supporting modules updated to their latest revisions for new PHP compatibility.
  • Some libraries also had to be updated to comply with the latest modules.
  • Forum software is updated to the latest revision
  • Configuration settings updated to improve performance

And on the front end:

  • The code that supplies forum thread info to the main page was updated. There is a bug where if we delete a spammer's thread, it still shows up on the front page. This has been fixed.
  • The forum's mobile site has been fixed. The top menu bar won't show the buttons correctly because of a theming error.

What's in store?

  • @thund3rPunch and I are looking into a major CMS overhaul that will bring the code further up to 2019 standards with a new design. Development is in progress right now. I know we talk about this a lot, and we're all busy at APH Networks, but I promise this is something that we're doing.

Let me know if you guys have any questions, comments, or suggestions!

 

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Haha we definitely are a bit behind, but we're working on it!

I'm really open to hearing what you guys say in terms of possible changes in terms of page layout. What are some things on the front page you like, and what do you think can be improved upon? Feel free to sound off! 

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On 3/19/2019 at 11:04 PM, thund3rPunch said:

Haha we definitely are a bit behind, but we're working on it!

I'm really open to hearing what you guys say in terms of possible changes in terms of page layout. What are some things on the front page you like, and what do you think can be improved upon? Feel free to sound off! 

I think a mobile site and nicer graphics is nice - not this one is bad but all the latest news sites are laid out in a similar way. See https://www.forbes.com

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On 3/19/2019 at 11:04 PM, thund3rPunch said:

Haha we definitely are a bit behind, but we're working on it!

I'm really open to hearing what you guys say in terms of possible changes in terms of page layout. What are some things on the front page you like, and what do you think can be improved upon? Feel free to sound off! 

i like news tile blocks as well

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On 3/19/2019 at 11:04 PM, thund3rPunch said:

Haha we definitely are a bit behind, but we're working on it!

I'm really open to hearing what you guys say in terms of possible changes in terms of page layout. What are some things on the front page you like, and what do you think can be improved upon? Feel free to sound off! 

More Graphics on the front page is nice - I agree with the other Posts.

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On 3/25/2019 at 5:53 PM, chconline said:

I'm seeing a trend here lol :lol:

I think it's just how all websites look and what we expect.

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More updates: Work is actually in progress for the new website. We've manage to update to the new platform and theming is in progress. Gina is also part of the dev team. Should be ready in the next 1-2 months!

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On 7/4/2019 at 12:00 AM, chconline said:

More updates: Work is actually in progress for the new website. We've manage to update to the new platform and theming is in progress. Gina is also part of the dev team. Should be ready in the next 1-2 months!

😲 So this is finally in progress?

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On 7/4/2019 at 12:00 AM, chconline said:

More updates: Work is actually in progress for the new website. We've manage to update to the new platform and theming is in progress. Gina is also part of the dev team. Should be ready in the next 1-2 months!

😯 Gina is part of the Development team?

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I'm super excited and I see the results.

Made some headway on our redesign and hopefully will be made public soon :P

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We're working hard on the site. Things are not completed yet, but here's what we have so far:

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I'm liking what I'm seeing so far.

😮 Also APH Networks purchases 20 F-22 Raptors?

Edited by TL6MT

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Glad you liked it! Haha those are placeholder articles and of course the reviews are from 2013, the last time we've made the test platform.

We'll fix some of the spacing issues of the articles too.

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