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It's live!

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 13:15
by Rachael
If you visit the DRD Team forums now, you've probably noticed things look a little different.

The upgrade to phpBB 3.1 is now live. I have converted all hostee's portal pages to be compatible with the upgrade - if I missed any, or if anything broke, please let me know.

Re: It's live!

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 14:30
by Tiger
I think what you really meant was...

Re: It's live!

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 14:52
by Rachael
Yes, it is quite alive. I'm still going through all the settings to see what's new, there's so many new features. ^_^

Re: It's live!

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 15:52
by Graf Zahl
How can I change the theme? The current one makes it very hard to make out new posts.

Re: It's live!

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 16:06
by Rachael
For now, I've only included the prosilver variant that I customized (partially with colorize-it, partially by hand), but I've gone ahead and enabled the base prosilver as well, but it will have problems with reading people's usernames (since the colors are bright and based on dark backgrounds). I can go through and enable a few of Arty's styles as well, if it would be better. Do you have any that suit your taste?

They must be 3.1 compatible, but you can find some at these sites:

Now that I turned on prosilver, the option should be on this page: link

If you do find one you like, let me know.

Re: It's live!

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:57
by Blue Shadow
Just wanted to say thanks. I'm loving the notification feature!

Re: It's live!

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:11
by Rachael
You're welcome. :)

The reason for the upgrade was more than just new features though. I don't know how long until phpBB 3.0 reaches its end of support life, but I know I didn't want to be in a position where I couldn't just quickly patch out a vulnerability if one was found.

Also, in a way I do see 3.0 as "clinging on to the past". It's a very nice system overall, and the support and features it has is really nice. A lot of sites still use it and probably will for a long time. But ultimately, the world does not wait. This is part of also why I did not replace the styles that were present before the upgrade. It's time to move on. The old site was broken, in my opinion - the default style required Javascript to function properly, it was glitchy as hell, and it was getting annoying enough that I just wanted to "start fresh", so to speak. Also, in my hard learned experience, I've found that sometimes the longer you wait to move on to something new, the harder it becomes later on when you actually need to.

For all my criticisms about the styles the old site had though, I don't mind installing new ones, as long as they focus more on thematic appearance than functionality. I don't need gidgets and gadgets and gizmos flying all over the page - that's what the addon system is for - and I've already found several that I liked - including "Lightbox" which shrinks people's images and allows you to click on them for fullscreen.

Here's a preview of "Lightbox" in action -
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Upgrade to phpBB 3.1

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 20:33
by Edward-san
Can you improve the color difference between 'unread post' and 'read post' icons? They seem a bit similar, giving me hard times discerning the differences.

Re: It's live!

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 21:56
by Tiger
Eruanna wrote:including "Lightbox" which shrinks people's images and allows you to click on them for fullscreen.


Nice, really nice.

Re: Upgrade to phpBB 3.1

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 23:24
by NeuralStunner
It would be fantastic if I could have post profiles on the left side again. (Why this option isn't part of the provided styles baffles me. Have they never looked at one single other forum software?) :?

Oh, and while you're updating stuff, how about this fella? :)

Gez wrote:Looking into it with Firebug, I have come to the sobering conclusion that I really don't understand how HTML and CSS work anymore.
The most CSS I've done has been trying to make a phpBB forum look right. I've also had to redo it once... The design is nice but I'm starting to wish I'd gone with something like SimpleMachines.

It woudl be nice if phpBB 4 rolled out, with a more maintainable "mod" approach. Maybe I was just spoiled by pmwiki. :P

Re: Upgrade to phpBB 3.1

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 23:49
by Rachael
Edward-san wrote:Can you improve the color difference between 'unread post' and 'read post' icons? They seem a bit similar, giving me hard times discerning the differences.


Yes, I can, but it will take a few days. My laptop cannot handle Photoshop, it causes the hard drive to overheat, so I will have to put it on one of my stationary computers and that will take a few days because I am a little overwhelmed with other obligations right now.

NeuralStunner wrote:It would be fantastic if I could have post profiles on the left side again. (Why this option isn't part of the provided styles baffles me. Have they never looked at one single other forum software?) :?

Oh, and while you're updating stuff, how about this fella? :)

Gez wrote:Looking into it with Firebug, I have come to the sobering conclusion that I really don't understand how HTML and CSS work anymore.
The most CSS I've done has been trying to make a phpBB forum look right. I've also had to redo it once... The design is nice but I'm starting to wish I'd gone with something like SimpleMachines.

It woudl be nice if phpBB 4 rolled out, with a more maintainable "mod" approach. Maybe I was just spoiled by pmwiki. :P


Holy crap. I forgot all about that. It's on my to-do list. Really sorry. :shock:

The profiles on the left side thing - eh, it seems to be more common to have them on the right side, now. If I do find a mod that lets you choose I'll put it on.

Re: It's live!

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 0:07
by Rachael
The icon is added. Thank you for making it! :)

Re: It's live!

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 23:42
by Rex Claussen
The old format had something called "View New Posts" or something similar. I found that to be a very useful feature that appears to be missing in this new format. Am I simply not looking in the correct place?

Also, nice and shiny new pages. Thanks.

Re: It's live!

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:54
by Rachael
It's now under "Quick Links" on the top.

search.php?search_id=newposts

Re: It's live!

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 14:03
by Rex Claussen
I don't have a Quick Links. I'm using Safari on iPhone. Pretty sure I haven't seen it on Chrome for MS Windows either. Does it need to be adjusted in Settings? Because I looked in Settings and didn't see anything that I could change.

[EDIT: I looked at the page in Google Chrome & do see Quick Links. I missed it in Safari, as the icon shows but there is no descriptive text. Now I know what to look for. Thanks.]