Announcement Site Updates Thread

Discussion in 'Club Announcements & News' started by DeviateDefiant, Wednesday 5th Mar, 2014.

  1. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    As the site is newly launched, I find myself continually jumping and making small adjustments. Most of these changes are small optimisations and refinements, generally not worthy of publicising as an announcement or noting in its own thread.

    It is however nice to keep members informed of changes regardless, and may prove useful for bug tracking in the future, should the need ever arise. This thread will track these small changes as they're made.

    I'll apologise in advance for any tech jargon, I'll try add brief notes explaining what each changes means for the site.

    Changes:
    • Various images optimised, compressed and converted into sprites containing multiple images in one file. Less requests to the server.
    • Total page weight reduced by a further 400kb, bringing the index load to approximately 500-600kb for a first load, and a 300kb load from caching after the first visit. By comparison, the AOC loaded at approximately 1800kb. This cuts down on bandwidth use and should aid mobile devices greatly.
    • Unnecessary scripts, such as Facebook/Twitter buttons, adverts and analytics deferred to load after the rest of the page. Less waiting on external servers, and the actual page content now loaded faster.
    • Further changes to the icon set.
     
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  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Optimisation rules:Devil:, VB was so ckunkly with the addons we had and some poor scripting :Whistle:
     
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  3. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    For sure mate, I couldn't resist taking a stab at VB with a comparison :Grin:
     
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  4. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Update:
    • Various changes to the email templating system, currently a work in progress. The finished product should mimic the site's template as best as possible. Current version shown below:
    mail.google.com 2014-3-6 7 15 58.
     
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  5. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Updates:
    • Thread prefixes updated, all generation related prefixes (such as "Intake System" or "In-Car Entertainment & HFT") added to all models. All car model prefixes added into the Projects, Discussion, Reviews and Detailing sections.
    • Removed the ability to create new threads in the "Club Announcements" section unless you belong to the staff team.
     
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    Updates:
    • Multiple files can now be uploaded at once, just select a group of files and you'll see be shown a live progression of each file's progress as it uploads. This feature is dependant on flash, the automatic fallback is the previous more basic uploader for individual files.
    • Attachments can now be copied and pasted into other posts and the whole image will show as opposed to the "Attachment ###" link. This also applies to the Guides/Garages sections. This will make populating the new sections from existing threads much easier.
    • All external images which are being hot-linked from other sites, such as using the "Image" editor icon or relevant BBCode, will automatically be downloaded and seamlessly converted into attachments embedded into your post, this guarantees that no image will ever go dead and there's less dependency on other sites to view a particular thread.
    • All previous images that were hot-linked from other sites have now been saved using the method outlined above. From 70,000 posts, only a couple of odd exceptions remain and are being ported across manually right now.
    • Old attachments which where lost due to problems with the AOC's vBulletin software and have since been dead are also being changed to display:
     
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  7. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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  8. MickyB Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I'm not too techy but as long as I can read everything,add posts and photographs,like posts and send annoying messages to CJ thenI'm a happy bunny.
    But we'll done things seem just to be going from strength to strength without any major problems or down time which I've seen in other places.....no names mentioned.:GoodJob:
     
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  9. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Updates:
    • All threads created by Sponsors in their sections are now prefixed as such, this has also been backdated for all previous posts. This should point out clearly to other members which posts are advertisements.
    • Threads by others in the Sponsors sections have been prefixed as "Feedback & Queries", this should help visually distinguish between offers from Sponsors and feedback/questions to Sponsors.
    • Various revisions to the automatically generated posts in our News Feeds section, including manual moderation by the staff for quality control. More improvements to come later.
    • Honda Tuning Magazine and Import Tuner have been added to our generated content above, elaborate custom preprocessing will strip everything down to just high quality shots, a brief tagline and an opening description. Example here.
    • Continued development on what will eventually be our home page, a new separation of site news and image-focused stories. Currently the responsive grid system may seem a bit laggy, and images are served far larger than needed - this will be revised at a later date, along with a site introduction and other information. Very much a work in progress.
     
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  10. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Update:
     
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  11. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Its spot on bud.. a long time coming! :beer
     
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  12. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Changes:
    • New ranking system added in, with automatic promotions based on contributions. Full announcement and guide/details coming soon.
    • Evangelist rank has been moved to a "VIP" medal, same permissions and special access section work as before. This is to fit in better with the new ranking/reward system.
     
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  13. nigeljcook Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Although I wasn't unhappy with the AOC site, this does work far quicker.

    Well done to all those involved, and I look forward to ongoing upgrades over time. :GoodJob:
     
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  14. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Thanks for the feedback , this is exactly what we needed to hear.
     
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  15. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Changes:
    • Now running an updated version of the forum software.
    • Various speed and caching optimisations for faster page rendering and less load on the server.
    • Facebook, Twitter and Google+ registration and integration into existing accounts added. You can manage what external services are connected to your account here, this is completely optional and doesn't degrade the site experience in any way by not utilising it. The way these platforms can be utilised will be coming in future updates.
    • Various smilies merged and the order rearranged into a more logical fashion.
    • Multi-quote system enabled whereby you can use the "+ Quote" button to add numerous post content from across the site into a single reply. Useful for showing a member where information they require can be found.
    • Subtle tweaks to the appearance of threads with dashed/dotted dividers removed.
    • Subtle tweaks to the editor bar when creating or replying to content, including a new "Spoiler" code. This will later include a way to include your car modifications in your signature without taking up space and only showing when clicked.
    Just to note more permissions changes will be coming to all the various site ranks, and a full announcement with a comparison between them will be published.
     
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  16. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Changes:
    • [table], [tr], [th] and [td] BBCodes added to fix old threads from vBulletin, these can be used by members however are not currently shown by default in the editor.
    • Search input has been moved to the sub-navigation bar to prepare for future changes to the header.