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BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 9th 2019, 9:35am
by koimaster
Dion has set up a test site (photos below) of what BDWF will look like after the software upgrades are complete. We are going to upgrade the existing version of phpBB which is dated. There may be a need to re-book mark the site by members if the portal url is switched with the index url. Dion who in 2013 rebuilt the watchlord site after importing from forumotion and has maintined this site as well as doing the BDWF conversion from watchforums.net will be doing these upgrades for us. While there is a cost to this I believe that it is well worth it for the future of the forum. I expect that Dion will be posting something about it here and at BDWF as well.

I would like folks to understand that while the admins and mods at both sites take care of most day to day stuff, it is DIon who does the heavy lifting with software updates, changes to the forum software and such.

The test site looks good so I am giving the go-ahead to do this to the regular sites.


As per Dion -
The default theme is fully responsive, which means there would no longer be a need for the mobile theme. It also uses modern HTML, so it will generate much better SEO.


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Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 9th 2019, 9:56am
by conjurer
:Thumbsup:

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 9th 2019, 11:20am
by 3Flushes
Noice!

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 9th 2019, 12:40pm
by JAS1125
Excellent...thanks!

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 9th 2019, 12:49pm
by Racer-X
Great!

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 9th 2019, 4:24pm
by biglove
Looks sharp

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 10th 2019, 6:41am
by Britboy
That does look good

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 10th 2019, 2:22pm
by ocean
Nice!

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 10th 2019, 3:07pm
by koimaster
we plan on something similar for this site as well in the next few weeks.

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 10th 2019, 6:42pm
by artman
Cool! What about the request I put in for the shag carpet and the chocolate fountain??

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 10th 2019, 6:58pm
by koimaster
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artman wrote:Cool! What about the request I put in for the shag carpet and the chocolate fountain??


A bit too expensive but the future could bring pong and egg creams.

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 15th 2019, 3:40pm
by koimaster
Dion is the single source of contact for this upgrade and migration which is needed after almost 6 years of using the same software version. This will increase our visibility on search engines which in turn allows more red meat for members to chew up. I do want to point out that Dion has given this forum a break price wise over the years which I appreciate more than words can say. He has also protected this forum with his work and advice.

You will note that we have never been hacked, never had personal data stolen and only recently and it was my fault, had some son of bitch try to spam the forum. That is due to the advice I follow from Dion and a small part of my own experience in the IT world.

I would also like to thank Racer-x, Ocean, Jas and John for the work they do to maintain BDWF the reprise.

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 15th 2019, 4:37pm
by biglove
koimaster wrote:Dion is the single source of contact for this upgrade and migration which is needed after almost 6 years of using the same software version. This will increase our visibility on search engines which in turn allows more red meat for members to chew up. I do want to point out that Dion has given this forum a break price wise over the years which I appreciate more than words can say. He has also protected this forum with his work and advice.

You will note that we have never been hacked, never had personal data stolen and only recently and it was my fault, had some son of bitch try to spam the forum. That is due to the advice I follow from Dion and a small part of my own experience in the IT world.

I would also like to thank Racer-x, Ocean, Jas and John for the work they do to maintain BDWF the reprise.


Damned fine work by all involved. Kudos!

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 16th 2019, 6:59pm
by Dion
Thanks, Alain! I appreciate the kind words.

After BDWF is migrated to the new software in the next few days, folks here can head over to https://bestdamnwatchforum.com to get an idea of how Watchlords will look and work.

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 16th 2019, 7:19pm
by foghorn
This place is gonna work differently?


Uh-oh

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 17th 2019, 5:13am
by JAS1125
koimaster wrote:Dion is the single source of contact for this upgrade and migration which is needed after almost 6 years of using the same software version. This will increase our visibility on search engines which in turn allows more red meat for members to chew up. I do want to point out that Dion has given this forum a break price wise over the years which I appreciate more than words can say. He has also protected this forum with his work and advice.

You will note that we have never been hacked, never had personal data stolen and only recently and it was my fault, had some son of bitch try to spam the forum. That is due to the advice I follow from Dion and a small part of my own experience in the IT world.

I would also like to thank Racer-x, Ocean, Jas and John for the work they do to maintain BDWF the reprise.


Don't forget Artman :D

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 18th 2019, 10:08pm
by Dion
foghorn wrote:This place is gonna work differently?


Uh-oh

You can get a good idea of how Watchlords will look and work by heading over to the updated BDWF:

https://bestdamnwatchforum.com/

Re: BDWF/ Watchlord upgrades

PostPosted: July 19th 2019, 3:55pm
by biglove
Dion wrote:
foghorn wrote:This place is gonna work differently?


Uh-oh

You can get a good idea of how Watchlords will look and work by heading over to the updated BDWF:

https://bestdamnwatchforum.com/



Looks fantastic on mobile. MUCH easier on these old eyes. Great job, Dion.