I now have a new server. A Virtual Dedicated Server to be accurate.
It’s been commissioned awaiting the migration of all my hosted sites from the existing server to the new VDS.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the 4 core processor in action as one of my personal sites, yellowandblack.com.au has been experiencing some issues of late. Here’s hoping that the server upgrade will fix that.
In addition to the server upgrade, I’m currently testing a replacement for the XenForo forum software that yellowandblack.com.au currently runs. I’ve created some test migrations of the site to IP.Board and vBulletin so I can evaluate their suitability. At present, I favour a move back to vBulletin which the site used for several years.
I’ve recently started using the Invision Power Board (IPB) IP.Content component on the Yellow and Black website. IP.Content is a CMS that integrates into the IP.Board software to enable the publication of articles and the creation of databases that can be used to display various data on the site.
Having tested it for a few months and now implemented it, I’m not sure if it’s what I want on the site. Much to my dismay, I’ve found that the database component isn’t a relational database. I had hoped to use it to drive the Yellow Sash Award on the website but this isn’t possible the way that the IP.Content databases have been written. I may have to learn some PHP and do everything directly from a MySQL database myself.
In any case, I’ve migrated a copy of the current database onto another server and have a working copy of the IPB site there. I’ve also converted this to run on vBulletin 4.1.3 and am in the process of migrating to XenForo 1.0.1. The end result will mean that a backup copy of the data from the production site will be able to run in my “lab” on 3 versions of software. I’m looking forward to testing them all to see which software performs the best.
At present, the current IPB installation is performing terribly slowly. I’m having difficulties migrating to vBulletin 4.1.3 as the post attachments are unable to be migrated without throwing an error. I’ve raised a ticket with the vBulletin support team but have yet to hear back from them after over a week. I purchased XenForo this morning and am currently migrating the IPB database over to run on this software. So far, (51.85% into the Thread and Post migration) everything has gone well. Fingers crossed that it migrates without any issues so I can give it a good test.
From what I’ve seen so far, XenForo is pretty responsive and easy to use. If XenForo continues to perform this well, I may seriously consider moving Yellow and Black to use this software in the future.
I’ll post my findings here when I can.
I’ve been thinking about another site for some time now. I already have a successful Football fan site – Yellow and Black and a moderately successful site dealing with another of my favourite subjects – the TRIM User Network.
Initially, I was looking for a site with which I could use my vBulletin 4.x license. I installed it and created The Aussie Forum; a site where just about anything goes! I needed somewhere where people could swap jokes, talk about their problems and desires, discuss sex, talk politics, and generally talk about anything they want to. The Aussie Forum is that place!
I’ve now replaced the vBulletin forum as it didn’t suit the needs of the site. Tonight, I’ve replaced it with the phpBB software. It’s their latest software – phpBB Version 3.08. In the next few days, I’ll add a Joomla CMS to the site to enhance the user experience.
I hope that you’ll call by and check out the site. I also hope that you’ll start a topic and or add your opinion to an existing one.
For many years now, I’ve run another footy forum – it started out its life as “My Footy” and recently changed its name to “FootyBeat”. My time is a little more limited now than when I first started the My Footy website, so I’ve decided to do away with it and redirect all the site’s URLs to the Yellow and Black website.
I’ve run the AFL WebRing for nearly 10 years now and have used the My Footy/FootyBeat website to provide support, tips, and discussion about the WebRing with it’s members. I’ve also moved this forum to Yellow and Black so that members of the AFL WebRing can still get support where needed.
To get started as a member of the AFL WebRing, simply visit the WebRing Hub page and sign up!