After a bit of work I managed to bring back the recent content panel. Even though everyone pretty much just uses the forums these days it's nice to have something other than the news on the main page, and it might get things going with the gallery again.
We're back online! Unfortunately I've been unable to get the PHP Fusion 8 to 9 upgrade to work successfully so for now I'm going to leave it on PHP Fusion 8, even though there are some features of 9 I would like. We also lost a few days worth of posts on the forums since it took me longer than hoped to do the conversion, I'll see if I can manually copy over those posts later.
Other than that, there's a few plugins that did not work in the new version, most noteably my custom one that showed the most recent posts. I'll have to rebuild that one. There's also no longer a video gallery as that plugin never got updated past version 6. No one seemed to use it anyways and just posted the links in the forum so that's probably not a big deal.
I had always intended to leave the old version online after upgrading however since my webhost forced a PHP update on me I cannot do that. Unfortunately it just errors out.
But anyways, try out the new version, let me know if you encounter any issues withy anything.
Due to the amount of spam I have to delete every day I've made some tweaks to the forum section. You now need to have at least one approved picture or video in the gallery in order to post on the forums.
After a bit of a slow period I've been inspired to get things rolling again. I have been silently working on a new version of this site and have neglected the current one in the mean time -- no more. I just reinstated the registration system, except users will require administrator activation. Which brings me to my next point, please help welcome our new admin joseo85! He has graciously offered to help out around the site. I have downloaded and installed a module to help manage pending user submissions, it seems a bit glitchy so I am working to get those resolved as PHP Fusion seems to have no native support for this (despite having the option to require admin activation). Hopefully this allows us to get new users on the site without opening the doors to the spam bots once again.
So far I've only made a few other changes. I fixed the broken images so you no longer need to click View Full Image, you go straight to the preview and then click the image to see a full sized version. I also made some tweaks to my pending images module to make it a bit easier for me to go through the submitted images and process them. It used to be a two step process, I'd go to a link, then click another link to see the image, then close that tab and approve it, then go back to the menu and repeat. Now it goes straight to the image with the option to approve it. The end result is I will hopefully be more inclined to sit down and go through all the images in the queue so you can all get some new content.
Next up I disabled the ads. There might be a few buried around the site still but the two sidebar ads are now gone. This site has always been a labour of love and not about money. That being said, I have fixed up the PayPal donation page a bit and added BitCoin as another payment option. Several people have been generous over the years and that has helped me cover my hosting costs, and I will always appreciate that. So I will keep that door open for those who choose to be generous.
So that's it for now. Hopefully more will follow soon.
Not sure if everyone is experiencing long loading times or if is just my shoddy internet connection, but I am trying to track down what is causing it. Some nights I can't even get onto the site :( Tried disabling some of the intensive SQL queries but it didn't have an effect, so it could just be the server :(
Please let me know if any of you are having issues as well, so I'll know what to focus on. Thanks!
Karin lets readers vote, what jewellery they want her to wear in her next column. One choice is "Creolenkombinationen", e.g. all kinds of hoops combined. Until now this choice has only 20% of the votes and trails. As I would very much like to see her wearing all kinds of hoops, please vote: http://karinkoller.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/umfrage/
I've been playing with a JQuery Twitter feed for some time now, haven't found a solution to filtering out the blatant spam, but honestly I don't think there is one. I decided to enable the feature to anyone, as I enjoy seeing what the world has to say about hoops -- even from those who are not fans of them.
Let me know what you all think, feedback is always welcome.
Sorry for the downtime, my registrar decided to not renew my domain despite having set it up for auto renew. Luckily it didn't happen while I was out of country or I may have missed the grace period and lost it.