[DEV] Important news & Site updates (2012)

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[DEV] Important news & Site updates (2012)
Hey all! Just some few site updates. First off, we're transitioning our service to a more powerful server. However, as the new server runs a higher version of PHP (the system that powers all of neomallers) that is incompatible with the code that is currently present here, there will be some downtime as the incompatible code is updated to take advantage of the newer APIs. This process is scheduled around April 21-23rd and at that point I will also update the Drupal Core to the latest version which will bring better performance in general. Unfortunately, I will have to take down the main site around April 23rd so I can do a final sync of the databases. At this point I am not sure how long it will be down for, but Im hoping it will be less than a day - the new site will return but it will be pretty messy but since functionality is what we want - i'll bring it back up anyways and fix it up while it's live.

Counter service Your counter service will be up and down even before April 21st since I'll be re-routing the service the new server very soon for a few load tests so if you find that your hits are lower than normal, that's probably why. So what's in it for me Good question! Mostly importantly, site performance should be faster! Which could be a very good thing. There will also be some few interface updates such as threaded messages in PMs, optional integration with facebook, and finally, you can have your active pet show up right inside neomallers forums. I won't say anymore than this for now... If you have any suggestions, please post them here! More to come as things unfold

Things that are broken

- who's online (partially fixed, still cannot calculate # of online members) - stealth feature (fixed) - forum layout (partially fixed) - profile pictures (fixed) - general css fails around the site (mostly fixed) - general image fails around the site (low priority) - abuse moderation - like feature - PM system (fixed)
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NeoMallers graphics service is now running off the new server! No change on your end for now. The gfx.neomallers.com domain is automatically sending the request to the new one

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It would be nice if we were able to edit the first post to a thread. i don't know how difficult that would be to integrate, but i'm just throwing it out there (:

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hey all! This site is now stable enough that it can now be open to the public. However, because it is running in a completely new environment (new PHP, new drupal core), things are quite broken so please bear with me. I know this forum sucks but at least it works. (the old layout is incompatible)

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PMs are still broken. (they send a message you write randomly to one other person)

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Sounds kinda like my phone before it got an update.... text messages could go to someone random... NOT a good thing Lol

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i dont know why it does that! upgrades are most annoying

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Well good luck Biggrin I'm enjoying the new look, once these minor things are cleared up I'm sure it'll be great.

I especially like the word "Test" hanging out right under the preview button for the post Blum 3

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I was unaware of the conversion, as I have not been on here in awhile. Neo went down (last week?) & I tried to sign in here to see what was going on. Got no search hits & stated the site no longer existed! I was broken hearted thinking that the site became a MIA site.

Saudor, the new layout is cool, I am so happy that you are back up and running. I do not even mind the few things that are not working... as of right now they specifically are not affecting me.

Thanks to everyone that participated in the conversion, all your Moderators, & Administrators hard work. The site features that I see as new will work awesome once some of the little kinks get worked out.

Hugs, Suz

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I like the new site. I have my shop counter page open all the time when I am on Neopets. And the portal sales tracker is great.

Thanks for all you do!

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Good to hear! I'm mostly working on the backend (mostly performance tuning) Once i get that sorted, i can fix the issues in here directly and then the web portal can be released for load test.

On another note, i see that the online user thing always shows me as online for some weird reason...

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