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Chris
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12/11/2017 6:33 pm  

The web site has recently undergone a complete style makeover, I've also designed a new website banner, all this to reflect the enhanced site content coverage, that being all vintage home entertainment equipment.

The menu system has equally undergone a refresh & reorganisation with fresh content added. You'll notice a new sub main menu under the primary menu, this has quick links to the forum, contact, guest-book and news. Things should be a lot easier to find now, I personally feel the new look is an improvement over the old.

I have also migrated the forum here to a new software application. The addition of the new data library software went well, gradually more and more data is being added as and when time permits. I hope you agree that the single, centralised data library access point is a lot more helpful especially the search new facility.

That's it for now, more updates to follow and some news about the old Vrat forum

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Cathovisor
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12/11/2017 6:35 pm  

I like it 🙂


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Katie Bush
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12/11/2017 7:00 pm  

Freshly minted forum!

Quite tasty I reckon, but I can't find the smileys. Have we lost them? Likewise, I'm not seeing the user stats at the foot of the page, unless of course they're not there anymore? Which is a pity.

Anyway, it reminds me, my sat-nav needs updating!.... {;¬)

If it ain't fixed, don't break it!............


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Chris
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12/11/2017 7:22 pm  

Of course there are always negatives to a major migration. Thankfully smilies & extended stats are very  minor in the grand scheme of things and the least of my concerns, considering what could have gone wrong and that I was facing running a uncertain future forum package.

In time smilies & stats may be addressed. For now I'm happy we have a working forum and whats more all the posts came over with their attachments intact. I remember migrating years ago and no attachments came over which was a nightmare.


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PYE625
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12/11/2017 8:48 pm  

Even me, a computer ignoramus at the best of times, seems to quite successfully navigate the new style.

Do still like the serene green, very easy on the mince pies  🙂

To understand the black art of electronics is to understand witchcraft.
Andrew.


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Cathovisor
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12/11/2017 10:13 pm  
Posted by: PYE625

Even me, a computer ignoramus at the best of times, seems to quite successfully navigate the new style.

Do still like the serene green, very easy on the mince pies  🙂

One of the saner choices of the Murphy "Coloured TV" range!


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Cathovisor
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12/11/2017 10:45 pm  

This new module also works in a far superior fashion on my phone compared to the previous version 🙂 


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Chris
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12/11/2017 11:52 pm  

I'm also glad the blog linking is working, all these posts in this section as configured,  are appearing as comments on the main sites associated article. In fact its better than the old forums as its creates the bi-directional links at both ends for people to click and follow, the other only did one link. Also the comment button appears in the forum section too as well as the standard forum "add reply". Comments get queued for approval but not sure about std add reply.

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Chris
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15/11/2017 11:01 am  
Posted by: Katie_Bush

Freshly minted forum!

Quite tasty I reckon, but I can't find the smileys. Have we lost them? Likewise, I'm not seeing the user stats at the foot of the page, unless of course they're not there anymore? Which is a pity.

Anyway, it reminds me, my sat-nav needs updating!.... {;¬)

You'll be pleased to now see after a few days of getting my head around the new software, I have enhanced things operationally and visually. Now to the right the forum has its own specific side-bar. This currently shows the most recent forums posts and below that, the most recent topics, both showing the members avatar.

Also you will note the who's online is back but now on the side-bar. It shows the online members avatar which is also click-able to view their profile.

You will also note for those members who like to see their stats, they have now made a reappearance on the left of every post you make. They show the following :-

  • Light bulb to indicate if member is online or offline and forum name
  • Rank group
  • User group
  • Rank Badge
  • Number of posts
  • little arrow, click on this to reveal access to profile,pm, etc

 

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Marc
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25/11/2017 2:49 pm  

Nice to see 'VRAT' making it's way back to the website & forum logo in it's 2.0 version 🙂

Marc


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Chris
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25/11/2017 2:53 pm  

You and others may be equally pleased to know all the data from the old VRAT will be migrated into this forum and assigned to the appropriate members. So expect your post count to treble.

All threads, posts and attachments will be imported hopefully late Jan early Feb. In the mean time I have my work cut out re-formatting the old VRAT to match this new forums structure so the external company can logically see where and who the posts go to.

Once the data is here, the old site will be finally deleted.

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PYE625
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25/11/2017 4:03 pm  
Posted by: Chris

You and others may be equally pleased to know all the data from the old VRAT will be migrated into this forum and assigned to the appropriate members.

 

That's the best news I have heard all week....Brilliant !!

To understand the black art of electronics is to understand witchcraft.
Andrew.


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Marc
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25/11/2017 5:05 pm  

That's great news Chris, well done that man !

Marc


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Chris
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03/12/2017 7:11 pm  

In an attempt to simplify things, I have made further changes this afternoon.

This website ( Radios-TV)  now by default, loads the forum up as the home-page.

Members now login, logout and register via the forum module not the wordpress site. The wordpress side of things you can forget, its hidden now.

log 1

Navigation

The very top menu which we shall call "Menu 1" is an always on top menu,  it has single links to Contact, the guest-book, overall site news ( forum and website), Trade tales and the website document search (not forum search)

Menu 2: Under the banner,  has the home button which always returns you home ( the forum). The Intro is about the Radios-TV project. Then we have all the quick access points to the brochures, trade magazines, trade papers, service tips, stock faults and data etc.

Finally Menu 3,  the forum menu, this gives you access to recent posts, your account/profile stats, private messages, the rules and login logout.

I hope this helps to make navigation simpler to understand, any problems you're best clearing your browser cache first.

log 2

 

Edited: 1 month  ago

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Katie Bush
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03/12/2017 7:47 pm  

Ha-Haaa,

You got me fazed to begin with. I could I 'eck as like find where to login when I first came on line tonight - I just went round in circles at first, but it didn't take long for the penny to drop, like about 20 seconds or so!

Funnily enough, I've always landed on the forum 'front page' even though it used to mean stepping out to login, and then stepping back in -this is even better!

Just one thing, can we have the test-card in full screen, and with music next time? 😆

If it ain't fixed, don't break it!............


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Nuvistor
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03/12/2017 8:56 pm  

I think the new layout is easier, Forum and login on the home page but every other link is easily available at the top of the page.

Frank


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Chris
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10/12/2017 1:01 pm  

To conclude the weeks of upheaval the forum module has been upgraded to the latest version. That's it for 2017.

Among many bug fixes there are also some new features, one of them being smileys make a return to the forum post editor. Click on the face icon on the post editor, a drop down menu will load a whole raft of the little blighters, there might be a delay as they all load in for you.

Another added feature is mentions. If you're familiar with social media platforms, you will be aware of what "mention" does. If not then in a post you can type @xxxxxx where xxxxx is the user you wish to draw attention to the post your making. When the post is saved the system sends an e-mail notification to the mentioned member, drawing their attention to your post. Your mention tag appears under your forum username.

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Cathovisor
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10/12/2017 2:50 pm  

You've gone for the full Emoji look, then!


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Marc
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10/12/2017 3:09 pm  

'Reply request error' keeps appearing on top right of screen when I place posts or edit. PM doesn't seem to work either.

Marc


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Cathovisor
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10/12/2017 3:19 pm  

I suppose that, in the time-honoured tradition, have you tried clearing both cache and cookies?


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Marc
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10/12/2017 4:25 pm  

Hi Catho,

Yes, did that before making notifying post.

I'm hoping that things have settled down now, time will tell.

Marc


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Katie Bush
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10/12/2017 7:44 pm  

Just testing - been getting "Reply Request Error".

Cleared my cache, so trying again!

>>>EDIT<<<

Ca bugguerre! - I can reply and post, but not allowed to insert these little 'Emoji' guys..?

Edited: 3 months  ago

If it ain't fixed, don't break it!............


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Marc
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10/12/2017 8:00 pm  

Test 2nd attempt

Just tried to post reply to Marion but refused again...Request Error

Marc


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Cathovisor
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10/12/2017 8:00 pm  

Ah - just had the same message as you, Marion, but only when I included an emoji?

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