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AGN update announced! [Mostly complete!]

Postby Doctor Azo » Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:56 am

We're just about ready for a major update to the website! This'll update the forum software and allow more extensions and enhancements, as well as fix one or two issues. Due to the amount of work and testing required, I'll need a clear day to start and to ensure that it can be left running afterwards. Please keep up-to-date for further announcements and changes.

Things to look forward to after the main update:

  • A new dark theme/style/skin/template, which is also more touch-screen friendly.
  • Browser responsive elements, automatically adjusting for mobile users and navigating.
  • A new portal extension, which is similar to this one but better in most ways. Also the home/root will no longer redirect and instead copy the portal index.
  • Notifications, to alert you to particular (and optional) activity.
  • Multiple Likes listed in posts will display more names in the way it should, as well as list date and times.
  • Automatic time zone/DST setting (it may auto-set this after registering, otherwise it might only adjust DST depending on timezone setting).
  • More BBCodes.
  • And more!

There's also more to expect afterwards, including a point/currency system which can be used for various things including rewards in our game servers and AGNIM!

Start date: 20th July at 5:00 AM BST (12 AM EDT)
Estimated maintenance duration: 2+ hours.

Note: It's very likely to take a lot longer than 2 hours, during of which all website services will be unavailable. If it takes far too long and a major problem occurs, it'll be reverted from a back-up and the update postponed to another date. Even if all goes well, the forums may be abruptly disabled again while a fix is applied or such. Please keep in mind there could be undiscovered glitches, and there will be a few minor issues and some more graphical work required. The URL ending with /portal.php will no longer work.

Update: It's set for Thursday 20th. Please bare in mind work will begin before that although it should remain running until then.

Update #2: The update is mostly complete, however please be patient as things get polished.
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Re: AGN update announced! [20th July 2017]

Postby Doctor Azo » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:45 am

The date is set.

What to expect: The whole site should be unavailable for at least 2 hours, however it could a lot longer. When it's open again, the forums may still be under maintenance mode for a while. There's a chance it could all be offline for 24+ hours, or the original restored and the upgrade postponed. We'll have a new look, using a dark and browser-responsive theme and new top menus. Some more work especially graphical will be done but everything should function well enough. However some URL's/links will not work anymore (at least temporarily), including the /portal.php one. The home URL will no longer redirect and will instead copy the new portal index. The time/DST settings should set automatically but it's recommended you check it and change it if necessary. There will be other new settings to check too including in-forum notification settings. A few portal modules/blocks will be unavailable at least for the time being, most of which would be deactivated, however there will be a new one containing a calendar.
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Re: AGN update announced! [Mostly complete!]

Postby Doctor Azo » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:48 am

Update success! However please be patient while we polish things up. Please alert me ASAP if you find any bug/mistake, and feel free to post a suggestion.
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