Site Upgrade

Any site announcements will be made here. Also the place to make suggestions to help improve this site. Also use this forum for reporting suspected errors or for asking 'how to' questions.

Moderator: Gazza

Post Reply
User avatar
Robert T
Site Admin
Joined: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 11:35
Posts: 10047

  Z3 roadster 1.9
Location: Cheshire

Site Upgrade

Post by Robert T » Tue 21 Feb, 2012 10:16

The planned upgrade is progressing well with most of the groundwork now done and the final stages of planning the switchover underway.

We have now have a new hosting provider, with a better server, more space and better technical support that should hopefully stand us in good stead for quite some time. The old hosting was not capable of supporting the new version of phpBB, so it made sense to switch providers at the same time as doing the upgrade.

phpBB3 is up and running on the new server with all current features of the site preserved - this includes things like the zed models, country flags and the portal page which give zroadster some of its character - as well as all users, posts, PMs and file attachments. The new site also has a more modern look and feel, which we hope you will like.

The next big step is to move to using the new server, which unfortunately means a small amount of downtime for the site, as whilst you are all still posting on the old site, any backups we run the new server from will get staler and staler.

The current plan is to first get the zroadster.net domain moved to the new provider, where it will be under our direct control. This takes time but should not in itself cause loss of access to the site. Once under our control, we can point the DNS at the new server, and it is at this point that the site will be taken offline, the database backed up, upgraded and restored onto the new server. This is about 4 hours work, and the changes to the DNS server will also take several hours to propagate. When everything settles down again, you should all be looking at the new server and your existing logins should all still be valid.

In case of DNS problems, we do have a contingency plan that will allow you to use the new site without having to rely on DNS, but we will hopefully not need this.

Finally, with the move to phpBB3, we will be able to support Tapatalk, and this will be turned on soon after the upgrade is completed.

We will set a date for the switchover once the domain has been transferred, and details will be posted here.

Best wishes,

The ZRoadster.net Team
Last edited by Robert T on Tue 28 Feb, 2012 22:27, edited 1 time in total.
Arctic Silver '99 Z3 1.9 & Black '59 Frogeye 1275cc
Image

User avatar
stu
Joined: Fri 10 Oct, 2003 18:49
Posts: 3540

  Z3 roadster 2.8 supe
Location: On the edge!

Post by stu » Tue 21 Feb, 2012 10:55

Robert, thanks for the amazing level of effort you've put in and to Tim for helping us carry this vital work out.

What dates are we looking for this to happen?

Cheers & fingers crossed for a smooth & successful transfer.

Stu
someone in a minority once wrote:I know I'm in a minority
Image

User avatar
Robert T
Site Admin
Joined: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 11:35
Posts: 10047

  Z3 roadster 1.9
Location: Cheshire

Post by Robert T » Tue 21 Feb, 2012 11:16

The domain transfer can take a week or so to complete, so once that it done I will come up with some dates for the upgrade - as I have to take the site down it will be announced beforehand - it will have to fit in with my work as it is requires hands on for most of it. At the moment, barring any problems, I am looking at having it up and running in the first week of March.

Cheers R.
Arctic Silver '99 Z3 1.9 & Black '59 Frogeye 1275cc
Image

User avatar
John1950
Joined: Tue 15 Mar, 2011 18:49
Posts: 655

  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Baarn, Holland

Post by John1950 » Tue 21 Feb, 2012 11:35

Robert T wrote:The domain transfer can take a week or so to complete, so once that it done I will come up with some dates for the upgrade - as I have to take the site down it will be announced beforehand - it will have to fit in with my work as it is requires hands on for most of it. At the moment, barring any problems, I am looking at having it up and running in the first week of March.

Cheers R.

Yes, well done Robert. I'll be looking forward to the change, new presentation and extra functions.
Keep it up (and the site)
John Walker
Baarn, Holland
Image Image
_____________________________________________________________________
The Zed | 2.8 | Topaz Blue | Z4 alloys |97K

rgf
Joined: Sat 23 May, 2009 09:09
Posts: 570

  Not specified
Location: York

Post by rgf » Tue 21 Feb, 2012 18:38

Well I understood very little of that but I gather it is going off, will come back on and will be better - so that's all I need to know. Thanks for your efforts.
Image

User avatar
Robert T
Site Admin
Joined: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 11:35
Posts: 10047

  Z3 roadster 1.9
Location: Cheshire

Post by Robert T » Tue 21 Feb, 2012 19:37

rgf wrote:Well I understood very little of that but I gather it is going off, will come back on and will be better - so that's all I need to know. Thanks for your efforts.
Very succinctly put. You don't need to worry about my fiddling about with it in the middle. :wink:

Cheers R.
Arctic Silver '99 Z3 1.9 & Black '59 Frogeye 1275cc
Image

User avatar
Jonttt
Z Register member
Joined: Sun 28 Dec, 2008 16:32
Posts: 6543

  M roadster S54
Location: Liverpool

Post by Jonttt » Tue 21 Feb, 2012 19:38

Cool
Happiness is not around the corner........happiness is the corner
Image Video or Journal Garage: 2015 FFRR Black Edition, Porsche Boxster GTS, 1997 Porsche Carrara C4S, Ex 2001 BMW S54 Z3m Roadster

User avatar
TitanTim
Joined: Mon 23 Jun, 2008 19:56
Posts: 5488

  Z3 roadster 1.9i
Location: Stafford

Post by TitanTim » Tue 21 Feb, 2012 20:30

Cheers Robert and for all your efforts and hard work :)

Tim.
Image
2001 Z3 1.9 Roadster Sport - 2012 Z4 sDrive 2.0 M Sport

Jamezee
Joined: Sat 21 Feb, 2009 23:46
Posts: 1411

  Z3 roadster 2.2i
Location: Royston Vasey

Post by Jamezee » Tue 21 Feb, 2012 21:45

Great stuff :thumb:
Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one. Harry Callahan.

BMW dust caps x 4 (replica)
Little Tree Air Freshener-Vanillaroma (now worn out and in the bin)
2006 AA road atlas (with the latest safety cameras)

User avatar
Deano1712
Z Register organiser
Joined: Sat 05 Aug, 2006 13:56
Posts: 1394

  M roadster S50
Location: Leeds

Post by Deano1712 » Tue 21 Feb, 2012 22:18

Good work Robert. Three cheers!
Z3M with a few mods...and a little bit more power

///M_aniac
Z Register member
Joined: Sat 30 Jul, 2005 20:34
Posts: 4051

  M roadster S50
Location: Belfast

Post by ///M_aniac » Tue 21 Feb, 2012 22:48

Thanks for the update, Robert, and for all your hard work in the background to upgrade the site. :P Can't wait to see the final result in March.

C
BMW Z3, the only way to build a true roadster

Image - The most powerful letter in the world.
Cloz wrote:There is something that will never change is my love for Z3
smartypants wrote:Conor?

With an M??


The World's gone mad :D
smartypants wrote:The Z3 rear is a great thing to behold ;)

User avatar
Cloz
Joined: Fri 30 Jun, 2006 02:41
Posts: 740

  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Boucherville

Post by Cloz » Wed 22 Feb, 2012 00:45

Many thanks Robert :bow :thumb:

User avatar
whiteminks
Joined: Tue 26 Sep, 2006 10:58
Posts: 2765

  M roadster S54
Location: Lincoln

Post by whiteminks » Wed 22 Feb, 2012 12:27

Excellent job! I am looking forward to the all dancing/singing new site! 8-)
big cheesy wrote:'I nearly cacked my trolleys till I quickly tuned in'. Yorkshire Cruise 2008.

User avatar
Boysie
Joined: Sat 23 Apr, 2005 15:24
Posts: 1642

  M roadster S50
Location: Wallington Surrey
Contact:

Post by Boysie » Thu 23 Feb, 2012 09:18

:thumb:
Ray

Image
S50 ///M Roadster, Arctic Silver, Imola Red/Black interior
1970 Austin Healey Sprite, Original ' Now Sold :-(
2002 Harley 1130cc V Rod Custom

Image

User avatar
PCSAM
Joined: Sat 13 Aug, 2011 02:19
Posts: 1002

  blank
Location: Taynuilt

Post by PCSAM » Thu 23 Feb, 2012 11:05

its thankless processes you lot are going through . I know i did a few years ago..........
a big thank-you.. the result will be impressive .......a pint for each of you :D

User avatar
Robert T
Site Admin
Joined: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 11:35
Posts: 10047

  Z3 roadster 1.9
Location: Cheshire

Post by Robert T » Tue 28 Feb, 2012 22:32

Just to add to this - the domain transfer is now complete, so the upgrade will be going ahead very soon.

Please make sure you read the post on the home page/top of this forum regarding when the upgrade is happening and how long the site is expected to be down.

Cheers R.
Arctic Silver '99 Z3 1.9 & Black '59 Frogeye 1275cc
Image

Jamezee
Joined: Sat 21 Feb, 2009 23:46
Posts: 1411

  Z3 roadster 2.2i
Location: Royston Vasey

Post by Jamezee » Wed 29 Feb, 2012 22:43

Farewell old site.... hello new site..tomorrow :)
Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one. Harry Callahan.

BMW dust caps x 4 (replica)
Little Tree Air Freshener-Vanillaroma (now worn out and in the bin)
2006 AA road atlas (with the latest safety cameras)

User avatar
Robin
Joined: Sun 14 Dec, 2003 18:35
Posts: 2685

  M roadster S50
Location: Southampton
Contact:

Post by Robin » Wed 29 Feb, 2012 23:19

I hope the latest posts will scroll up the page as they do now.
Image
'High G' motoring enthusiast

User avatar
BBZ149
Joined: Mon 30 May, 2005 15:19
Posts: 851

  Z1 roadster
Location: Planet Mars :-)
Contact:

Re: Site Upgrade

Post by BBZ149 » Fri 02 Mar, 2012 19:00

WOW, forum is looking awesome! Loving the look and feel of the site. Well done guys bloody good job :cheers
Open and close with German style and ingenuity!
Image

User avatar
John1950
Joined: Tue 15 Mar, 2011 18:49
Posts: 655

  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Baarn, Holland

Re: Site Upgrade

Post by John1950 » Fri 02 Mar, 2012 20:45

Well, well, well....
Not bad at all - it looks much smarter and newer.
Does it do more things?
John Walker
Baarn, Holland
Image Image
_____________________________________________________________________
The Zed | 2.8 | Topaz Blue | Z4 alloys |97K

User avatar
Cloz
Joined: Fri 30 Jun, 2006 02:41
Posts: 740

  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Boucherville

Re: Site Upgrade

Post by Cloz » Sat 03 Mar, 2012 12:40

Nice our new site. I like it.
The only thing I don't like is in the Recent Topic it is not easy to read.
I don't know if it's possible put a line between the topic and the authors or change the color of one of line.

TWO
Joined: Tue 05 Apr, 2011 23:04
Posts: 175

  Z3 roadster 2.2i
Location: Chelmsford

Re: Site Upgrade

Post by TWO » Sat 03 Mar, 2012 12:49

Cloz wrote:Nice our new site. I like it.
The only thing I don't like is in the Recent Topic it is not easy to read.
I don't know if it's possible put a line between the topic and the authors or change the color of one of line.
Here here!!!!
Image

daverave
Joined: Thu 15 Jun, 2006 21:42
Posts: 203

  Z3 roadster 3.0i
Location: San Isidro, Cartagena

Re: Site Upgrade

Post by daverave » Sat 03 Mar, 2012 16:12

Cloz wrote:Nice our new site. I like it.
The only thing I don't like is in the Recent Topic it is not easy to read.
I don't know if it's possible put a line between the topic and the authors or change the color of one of line.
I thought that at first then found the increase font icon ( top right below the search box ) and that made it much easier.
ImageImage

User avatar
snoops
Joined: Sat 12 Jun, 2010 18:08
Posts: 971

  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Lancashire

Re: Site Upgrade

Post by snoops » Sat 03 Mar, 2012 16:55

Suggestion - I don't know if you can change the wording on the search panel for finding a member but having now worked it out it might help others if it were on there in the explanation.. or whether the functionality of the search can be tweaked??

When searching for a member by user name, whether you know the full or part name (using * wildcard) if you are on the "All" page when you carry out your search then it can appear that your result is nil - no-one found, but if you then choose the 1st letter of the user name you have searched on it will display your matches.

Edit, the reset button isn't working (if it's supposed to clear all your search fields??) you have to manually delete

A nice feature though that isn't obvious is the column headers are "clickable" to sort Ascending or Descending whether displaying "All" or a filtered search, I think the default sort is joined date.
Image...........No Mods...... I like him just the way he is

User avatar
Zmeagol
Joined: Wed 08 Oct, 2003 16:38
Posts: 1375

  Z4 roadster 3.0i
Location: Putney

Re: Site Upgrade

Post by Zmeagol » Sat 03 Mar, 2012 18:22

The normal default for phpBB is date of joining in ascending order which means you list the oldest members first. This seemed illogical, so yes, the default here is newest members first.

Tim

User avatar
Cloz
Joined: Fri 30 Jun, 2006 02:41
Posts: 740

  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Boucherville

Re: Site Upgrade

Post by Cloz » Sat 03 Mar, 2012 20:19

TWO wrote:Here here!!!!
:shock: :puzzle:

User avatar
Gazza
Site Admin
Joined: Tue 04 Oct, 2005 21:58
Posts: 9316

  M roadster S54
Location: East London/Essex

Re: Site Upgrade

Post by Gazza » Sat 03 Mar, 2012 20:21

Cloz wrote:
TWO wrote:Here here!!!!
:shock: :puzzle:

He agrees with you ;)
Gazza

"Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car, oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car. Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall and torque is how far you take the wall with you"

S54 M roadster Image, BMW Z1, BMW M3 CSL, Z4M Coupe
ImageImage

User avatar
Cloz
Joined: Fri 30 Jun, 2006 02:41
Posts: 740

  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Boucherville

Re: Site Upgrade

Post by Cloz » Sun 04 Mar, 2012 14:01

Thanks for the modification :thumb:

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest