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« on: December 13, 2020, 15:32:53 »

I think it's about time the forum software was updated, we are stil on V1.1.2 but SMF are now on 2.1.1 so we are well out of date, and certain things in the security areas are not functionng as they used to.
As there is not a lot being posted at the moment as nothing much is happening in the world, it's probably a good time to take the forum off line make backups and bite the bullet.
I have a few days off between Christmas and New year so I will do it then so if you find the forum inoperative, this will be why.
Some of the customisations will be lost and need to be re-patched so access to the gallery, website and Paypal for example may disappear until I can re apply them so if it looks back up but isn't all there just wait a day or so and try again before emailing me to tell me.
If it's not back up by new year then send out the search dogs 
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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2020, 18:52:00 »

Thank you, Dave.

Have a good Christmas.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2020, 10:03:57 »

Right I downloaded all the latest forum software and uploaded to our host servers and ran the update tool only to find our host is running an old version of the database SQL so the new forum wouldn't link to the current database.
Upgrading to V2 of the forum software would mean all our extra menu buttons and links and custom headers etc would all be lost and need re-programming, so I think we will stay as we are but I will look into adding more security so things like registration can go back to running in the background, so bots and trolls would be filtered automatically, rather than manually as it is now.
Maybe if it ain't broken, don't fix it and it isn't totally broken, just a few of the tweaks no longer work as the versions we have installed have become obsolete and discontinued but don't affect the basic running of the forum. I'll keep tinkering!
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2020, 11:43:26 »

Thank you, Dave.
As usual I will go with the flow, being totally incapable of making any practical contribution!

I wish you and fellow forum members a Happy New Year, hoping it will be a darn sight better than 2020. Scotch
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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2020, 11:53:10 »

I haven't given up yet...cleared out some junk and made space on the server to run a parallel forum with latest version and if I can get the host to tweak a few settings it may still be possible to get on to the latest version and patch the tweaks again without taking down the current one, then switch over later so if the forum goes off line again that will be why.

2021 can't be much worse can it? Happy New Year.
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2021, 21:19:22 »

The site will go off line for a couple of days soon as the server we are on is being retired and we are being migrated to a newer one. This means all the forum files and database will need updating as the old files won't run on the newer versiond of PHP and SQL.
Backups in progress...
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2021, 13:11:00 »

OK lots of issues. The server we were swapped onto still hadn't got the necessary versions of PHP and SQL to run the latest forum software, so after a few days tinkering, they moved us again onto their newest server then the database got corrupted but luckily I had backups and all is working again now but without updating the forum software.
I might leave it alone for a bit now as I thing WHUK are getting a bit fed up with me!!
I will have another go at updating the forum in a few days time. I'm also buying a house in Cumbria so along with working from home I have a lot of time juggling to do.
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2021, 11:48:58 »

Keep twerking Dave...I mean tweeking 

Where will your place in Cumbria be?
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2021, 12:40:07 »

We have bought a small terrace in Millom to rent as an airB&B when Covid is over and now looking to move nearer to there, somewhere north of Lancaster, maybe Morecambe, Carnforth areas with good links to the M6.
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