December 2015 Website Updates and Changes

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  1. Mike

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    Greetings to everyone who visits and participates on WindowsForum.com. Since this will be (likely) the last update of the year, I thought I'd go into some full details, for those who are technically inclined, or perhaps, just like reading about software updates.

    On December 1st, XenForo released 1.5.3 of their software. In accordance with best practices, we waited about a week to adopt this software.

    Here is a run down of changes in the forum software:
    On that very same day, it was time to update a number of other modifications to the software. These include:

    Enhanced Search updated from 1.1.2 to 1.1.3 (Elasticsearch engine interface). This is arguably one of the most important changes for awhile, as it included the following:

    We also updated the Resource Manager from 1.2.1 to 1.2.2, which provides the ability to link to many important downloads. Here's some information on that update.

    And, finally we updated the Media Gallery, from 1.1.1 to 1.1.3:
    While many users may not get the full "this is an entire new website" vibe from these changes, they are always significant, so I thought I would be extra meticulous in crafting out what has changed in these updates. While, admittedly, filled with technical jargon, 90% of which doesn't apply to this website, our update process slowly does improve the software, so this should be a good maintenance update run going into next year.

    Tapatalk API was also updated from 2.4.7 to 2.4.10 which will allow for better communication for future versions of our mobile apps, which are coming.

    Elasticsearch updated to 2.1.0. This should drastically improve site search and results.

    Privacy Options now allow you to block OS/Browser display.

    Thank you so much for your support! Have a great holiday!
     
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    Nice.. Thanks for the update Mike.
     
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    I am pleased to announce a number of back-end updates that we have been working on since Monday. We are now on a new web host! The cloud itself. I would like to thank those involved in making this possible, especially @Josephur at Stack-Tech.com, @nmsuk, and @kemical . A lot of work went into these updates, so we hope you will enjoy a faster and more stable website experience.

    • FontAwesome updated from 4.3.0 to 4.5.0. Resolved.
    • Entire operating system updated to RHEL 7/CentOS7. Resolved.
    • Server migration (Project Bigfoot) to Google Compute Engine Cloud successful.
    • E-mail issues resolved. Some issues still pending.
    • CDN issues resolved: KeyCDN and MaxCDN now fully functional.
    • Page rendering issues resolved.
    • Reconfiguration issues resolved.
    • Website now exists in virtual cloud environment. Resolved.
    • DNS issues and cloud DNS hosting established. Resolved.
    • Image optimization performed. Resolved.
    • Defer javascript. Resolved.
    • Similar threads updated at the bottom of threads. Resolved.
    • Cache issues resolved to improve performance. Resolved.
    • PHP update to improve performance**. Resolved.
    • WindowsForum.com 1.0.1 theme updated for 4K monitors. Resolved.
    • Numerous additional configuration changes and workarounds.
    ** Expecting PHP 7 next month for evaluation purposes.

    What we expect from this update in general:
    • Better website loading times.
    • Scalability for CPU, memory, and network utilization.
    • Better overall experience when browsing.
    • Easy migration and operating system updates for main server resources.
    • Better network backbone access.
    • Always-on technology to prevent any possible downtime whenever humanly possible.
    • Near infinite resources are now assignable for any given server reason or task.
    If you notice any bugs on this site or have feedback related to this website please use the Feedback Forum or Contact Us.
     
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    Further changes today:
    • PHP updated to 7.0.1 (dev) and will be updated as changes present themselves that affect our code.
    • XenForo updated to 1.5.4.
    Thank you.
     
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    December 24, 2015 - Tonight, more back-end changes before the Christmas holiday:
    • Tapatalk API update
    • WindowsForum.com iOS app update
    • Litespeed Web Server updated tonight.
    • PHP 7.0.2 Release Candidate 1
    Have a wonderful and super jolly day! Don't download all the cookies! Leave some for Santa Claus.
     
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