META: Site updates mostly complete

As you can see, things look quite different around here. Here’s the recap:

  1. I upgraded the Forums in an effort to fix some of the problems they were having (like being unable to upload TXT files and IE not working).
  2. This broke the forums.
  3. I figured out that it was the iFeature Pro base them I was using that was breaking the new forums (and probably the old ones too), so I replaced it with the one you see now.
  4. Now you should be able to make new posts in the forums in any browser. At least, all the ones I tried, worked.
  5. For some reason this new theme takes a nice wide one-column layout (like I use for HeroMachine 3) and shoves it way over to the right. That meant I had to make the size of the HM3 app much smaller, like by 33%. Unacceptable. But the only way to fix it was to break the layout with an extra DIV tag.
  6. I decided having a nice big HM3 app window was more important than the layout, so now you may notice that the right column on the HM3 page is shoved way down below the footer, where it doesn’t belong.

So the site was ok, then I broke it trying to fix it, then I fixed and broke some other stuff on purpose. Now it works, even though it’s not at all how I want it to ultimately look.

Once I have a full time personal computer again, I’ll pretty it up.

Feel free to chime in with problems you find — I apologize for being grumpy about it while I was in the middle of it.

Edited To Add: To upload images or text files into your forum posts, use the new “add attachment” button below where you type your reply.

Edited Again to Add: Check the comments for further updates, but basically I got the one-column thing working properly.

30 Responses to META: Site updates mostly complete

  1. Thanks for putting in the time, Jeff. I actually like the revised forums at the moment. And sorry for harrassing you with problems while you were trying to fix them.

  2. Thanks for the fixes Jeff.

    Question – In the forums, when I now look at my pics that I have posted, they are all very small. Some I can click on and enlarge, but most not. Any suggestions?

  3. Ok I am having a problem uploading pictures. I have tried 3 different browsers ( IE 8, Firefox, and Google Chrome ) I have tried both .png, and .jpg pics and I keep getting this error message.

    Error 105 – Invalid file type

    Edit to add: I am able to upload .txt file with no problem, just pictures are giving me problems

  4. ok, I found out what the problem is, the images formats are case sensitive. My files are saved as .PNG and things are currently on the forums are sent for .png ( lowercase )

  5. MartianBlue

    Do you think the forum will stay like it is for a little while? or are you going to try and spiff it up soon?

    Was asking because as it is now, it cuts off half the users, such as Hammerknight’s names, and I was curious as to whether bother lining everything up again or just wait?

    I hope you get everything on your end, computer and files and what not back to where you need them, the theft is a real shame.

  6. Hey Jeff

    The forums work great with IE now, top stuff!!

    Scorp

  7. Besides the lay out which you said would change, the only problem I have is figuring out how to Private Message some one.

  8. Definitely feel your pain Jeff. As someone who works with websites (at a mediocre/average level compared to the rest of the modern tech world) I understand the frustrations of trying to make all things work properly and for every user no matter their OS, screen resolution, browser, etc.

    Hope no one gives you too much beef and you’re allowed to beat your head on the keyboard in peace.

  9. Hammerknight:
    Besides the lay out which you said would change, the only problem I have is figuring out how to Private Message some one.

    Just looked on the Simple Press forums about this, for the new version of Simple Press we just upgraded to, Jeff will need to download and install a plugin for Private messages, and make sure it is enabled for all users.

  10. ams: Question – In the forums, when I now look at my pics that I have posted, they are all very small. Some I can click on and enlarge, but most not. Any suggestions?

    I noticed that and it’s very irritating. I think it has to do with the inexplicably narrowed single-column layout this template has. Once I’m a little more computer independent I’ll see about fixing that. But the good news is, the images are still there in their proper size, they’re just auto-minimized due to the narrower column width.

    Also, I used all three variations of there/they’re/their in a single sentence. I rule.

  11. Kaldath: Just looked on the Simple Press forums about this, for the new version of Simple Press we just upgraded to, Jeff will need to download and install a plugin for Private messages, and make sure it is enabled for all users.

    Good catch, I meant to install that one yesterday and just overlooked it. I have remedied it now and the PM plugin is live. Holler if there are problems.

  12. MartianBlue: Do you think the forum will stay like it is for a little while? or are you going to try and spiff it up soon?

    Was asking because as it is now, it cuts off half the users, such as Hammerknight’s names, and I was curious as to whether bother lining everything up again or just wait?

    As soon as I have a personal computer again (next Saturday at the latest, today at the earliest, depending on corporate IT), I’ll be working on it more. The main problem seems to be the narrow width of the single-column layout, which I think is fixable without having to change the entire template again. I think.

  13. Kaldath: ok, I found out what the problem is, the images formats are case sensitive. My files are saved as .PNG and things are currently on the forums are sent for .png ( lowercase )

    Lame! I didn’t realize that would happen. I have now gone in and added uppercase extensions into the “permitted files” box so hopefully it won’t be an issue going forward.

  14. Thank you very much for all the work you are doing Jeff.

  15. Thanks, Jeff! Cheers!

  16. Latest update: I figured out the one-column issue — it turned out to be super easy. So the forums are now full-width and the application pages are also full-width without breaking anything. Hurrah for doing things right!

    I also changed it so your images show at full size.

  17. PM’s are working some what. It doesn’ let you open replys until you send a new PM. The inbox in the forum shows you that you have messages but where you get there it reads zero.

  18. MartianBlue

    @Hk I received your PM and sent you one back. If that helps

    Thanks Jeff for making the forums BBcode I had just gotten used to that on UGO, and actually it’s a lot simpler than html.

  19. MartianBlue: Thanks Jeff for making the forums BBcode I had just gotten used to that on UGO, and actually it’s a lot simpler than html.

    Oops, I forgot to mention I did that. Thanks for reminding me and I hope it’s working all right. The TinyMCE rich text editor toolbar I thought was more confusing than it was worth.

  20. MartianBlue

    It seems to work great, the only problem I’m having is every time you edit the same post, it adds 1 space between a list of multiple html <p padding (indent). Is there a way to indent in bb? The [ indent ] [ / indent ] doesn't seem to be implemented. It's not a huge deal but for someone who likes to keep their original post updated, like myself, with all their links it seems a bit annoying to have to re-space every few times so not to have huge spaces of nothing in between each piece of code.

  21. MB, this is where I get a slack-jawed look on my face and admit I have no idea. Sorry, my man.

  22. MartianBlue

    not a problem Jeff, if I can figure something out I’ll let you know

  23. Jeff Hebert:
    Latest update: I figured out the one-column issue — it turned out to be super easy. So the forums are now full-width and the application pages are also full-width without breaking anything. Hurrah for doing things right!

    I also changed it so your images show at full size.

    Doing some stirling work here Jeff!!

    Ouch though, blowing those images up to full screen has made my pictures hhhuuuuuugggeeee!! I think i preferred em the smaller size.

    Scorp

  24. MartianBlue

    Scorp: Doing some stirling work here Jeff!!

    Ouch though, blowing those images up to full screen has made my pictures hhhuuuuuugggeeee!!I think i preferred em the smaller size.

    Scorp

    I don’t know if it will work or not, but I ran across this a minute ago
    http://www.bbcode.org/examples/?id=10
    if you want to try it. [bbcode resizing]

  25. MartianBlue

    I found a work around and a long way of doing things
    [list]
    your text
    [/list]
    can be used to indent like a margin for the whole text within the tags. Can’t indent deeper than one time.

    The other thing I did was just used white text to achieve my desired spacing, not idea, but it worked.

    This is alot better than the infinite spacing.

  26. This website is updating so fast. First it was the old one, then the new one, and then this. Wow.

  27. Hey Jeff,

    I encountered something weird, it could be (and probably is) on Chrome’s end, but I figure you should be aware of it in case it’s happening to others. Chrome detected that the page was in Italian. :? Like I said, I’d bet that the error is on Chrome’s end, but you might as well know.

    Keep up the good work!

  28. tigerguy786:
    Hey Jeff,

    I encountered something weird, it could be (and probably is) on Chrome’s end, but I figure you should be aware of it in case it’s happening to others. Chrome detected that the page was in Italian. Like I said, I’d bet that the error is on Chrome’s end, but you might as well know.

    Keep up the good work!

    For the record, I’ve been using Chrome exclusively on my computer since the updates, and I’ve never encountered this. It could be a config error on tigerguy 786’s browser, but it hasn’t happened to me.

  29. Myro: For the record, I’ve been using Chrome exclusively on my computer since the updates, and I’ve never encountered this.It could be a config error on tigerguy 786′s browser, but it hasn’t happened to me.

    Yeah, I use Chrome also and have not seen this.

  30. Fair enough. I haven’t seen it since. I mentioned it just in case.