Posts Tagged ‘WP-United’

Website revamp (again)

By K2 on March 23rd, 2017 at 12:05 am EST

It’s about that time again. The bridge plugin (WP-United) I have been using here for years to integrate WordPress and phpBB 3.0.x had been abandoned years ago. WordPress kept updating, and luckily it did not break the plugin. The messageboard however, could not be upgraded any further. And as more WordPress updates kept coming out, the more sloppy patches I’d have to cobble together to keep the site running normally. I’m tired of fixing errors only to have more crop up to take their place, and I want to bring the theme up to something that’s inline with current standards (mobile friendly being a big one).

So right now, WP-United is gone. In it’s place is BridgeDD Pro, and it’s doing its job nicely so far. Cross-posts and user integration appears to have transitions seamlessly. This post will be the first test after the fact, verifying a lot of different functionality. The debug log so far is empty, which is good… haven’t seen an empty one in years ;) The WordPress portion of the site looks fine, although the sidebar widgets could use some work. The messageboard, while functional, needs some serious attention theme-wise. And eventually I’ll upgrade it to 3.1.x some point soon.

Lots to do…

EDIT – forums look much better now. This new bridge basically disables how the forum parses its theme and template files. You’re forced to hand-jam a few files to tell it where to look. Still some work to do, but we’re in a much better place.

EDIT #2 – forum has been updated to phpBB 3.1.10, which fixed a lot of other back-end issues not outwardly visible. I’ve also identified a small issue with why replying to a comment via WP to a cross-posted post wasn’t working. I’ve been hanging on to this theme *forever* which is causing the issues, it’s time to find a modern theme and edit it the way I want it to be. Still lots to do ;)

Belated Happy New Year

By K2 on January 13th, 2013 at 12:19 am EST

Hi all. Happy belated New Year!! Hahah… ok. I think we can all agree that it’s good to see 2012 put away and retired, time to usher in a new year. Lots of crazy shit went on, but at the same time I gotta say that 2012 will be one of my best years ever for the simple fact that my daughter was born in 2012. She’s eleven months old today, can’t believe she’s coming up on one year already. Those of you that are parents weren’t joking around, the time really does go by fast. I will NOT miss diaper changes… the faster that time goes by, the better :-) Anyways, I hope all of you had a great Christmas and New Years holiday.

Hardfought stuff – I have been fixing a LOT of look n’ feel stuff on the site over the last month (see the phpBB modification log for a lot of the fixes and changes). With WP-United back in full force from a couple months ago and being able to update the site, that really gave me the ‘bug’ again. I feel like I have a better handle on things this go-around, which is making things easier to identify and fix and/or tweak. Just resolved a glaring issue with private messages. Comments on the wordpress side look much cleaner than previously. A lot of areas now have a more polished and rounded look. So on and so forth. If any of you notice something that isn’t right that I’ve missed, please lemme know. I was looking back in the news archives, specifically back in the spring of 2009 when Hardfought got it’s first real overhaul… holy crap I remember a lot of the mess I had to fix back then, hah! Several of ya were pretty good at helping me find issues for me to fix… would be nice to see that level of participation again someday. Not a lot of traffic nowadays and that’s ok, I get it. Ah well. It’s all good.

So. Again, Happy New Year!

Just a quick test…

By K2 on January 31st, 2010 at 11:18 pm EST

Just doing a quick post to test out some timezone issues for the MOD author of WP-United. Feel free to post some comments to see if the time posted matches up with your timezone.

FYI – if you do post a test comment, make sure to go into the UCP (user control panel) of the msgboard and dbl-check your board preferences to make sure that you have the right timezone selected. And just in case ya don’t know, Daylight Savings Time is NOT in effect currently – it begins in the spring, ends in the fall. Thanks gang.

EDIT – bug has been fixed!

Test post (phpBB3 3.0.6/WPU 0.8 update)

By K2 on January 17th, 2010 at 9:17 pm EST

Test post…

OK, if you’re reading this, then the major backend updates I performed were a success. There are a few bugs, such as the ‘recent forum posts’ widget on the sidebar showing every single post ever made, as well as a couple other minor bugs, but overall it’s gone smoothly. I’ve let the WPU mod author know of the issues I’ve discovered, so hopefully we’ll have some fixes soon.

I have many more updates and tweaks to do regarding 3rd party phpBB3 mods, as well as a few more look n’ feel tweaks. The worst is over and done with though ;)

EDIT – if ya guys could please, go through various functions here and on the board, use the comments function here for this news post (you’ll notice it’s now fully integrated between WP and phpBB3) and so on. Some bugs the WPU author has already fixed and I’ve implemented, but if you find any other bugs or notice any weird behavior, lemme know. Thanks.

Site backend update, some downtime

By K2 on January 17th, 2010 at 4:37 pm EST

Just an FYI folks, the website is going to be down later tonight and probably the better part of tomorrow as well. A long-anticipated new version of WP-United was released today, and in turn I’ll need to update phpBB3 and related mods at the same time as I update WP-United. That’s a lot of work ;) I’ll need to restrict access to the site during this time to ensure everything goes OK, and that no posts are lost in case I have to roll everything back to current versions. I’m performing a full site backup right now. As soon as that’s finished, the site will be locked down – no access will be permitted until the updates are complete and I’m happy with the results.

In the meantime, go watch the Jets/Chargers playoff game, kickoff is in three minutes ;) See ya soon.