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I think most of the major changes are done, I think. Now I will be just doing small stuff to improve security and hopefully make everything look better. :)

For help for existing users prior to website update read these posts:

Activating account:
http://spacesimcentral.com/forum/discussion/7019/troubleshooting-my-account-from-the-switch-over

Download Area Info
http://spacesimcentral.com/forum/discussion/7020/download-area-info


Please post to the administration area if you have any problems:
http://spacesimcentral.com/forum/categories/ssc-administration


-D1-

SpaceSimCentral Maintenance Area

sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
edited 4:34PM in SSC Administration
Hey Everyone



All site updates will be placed in this thread so check back here from time to time to see anything that has been fixed or added to SSC. Please notify me if you see something wrong, even if it is a simple spelling mistake.



Have fun and make sure you tell a friend about SpaceSimCentral.com





Update 7/17:



- Updated Arcade Mod to latest version (1.0 RC9) from (1.0.RC8)

- Updated Download Mod to latest version (6.2.19) from (6.2.15rc1)

- Fixed RSS block on portal page to reflect the correct link after SEO adjustment

- Updated about page with updated version info
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  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 7/21:



    - Updated links page

    - Added a few more videos to playlist

    - Uploaded a few more MODs for Nexus to the download area

    - Tested and confirmed donation page is working



    SpaceSimCentral has now attained Google Pagerank 2... Whoohoo!



    So keep spreading the word and posting in the forums on your opinions and tracking down all the new and obscure games out there for the space gamer in all of us.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 8/12:



    - Added the new forum 'ArcNebula' to the Standalone SpaceSim Area. So go and check it out and ask questions the devs are good at answering all of them.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update: 8/14



    - Updated the download mod for the site to the latest version (6.2.20).

    - Updated about page with site changes

    - Changed Google Ad color scheme to more match the site
  • BasBas
    edited 4:34PM
    Huhu,



    There is something that annoys me - The notifications about new downloads...>_> ^^
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    It should be all set now but if it shows up again in your UCP you can disable the popup or PM's under the Download tab in the UCP.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 8/28:



    - Added a new area for FFED3D view it here: ffed3d-f53/

    - Added a new area for Combat Simulation System (CSiS) view it here: combat-simulation-system-f54/

    - Coded some rules and stats for the download are to show up above the download category when clicked on. This way it is more noticeable and readable.

    - Added a Hardwar patch download area.

    - Updated links page.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 9/7:



    - Added the Vendetta Online RSS feed to portal page.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 9/11:



    - Updated download mod from v6.2.20 to v6.2.24

    - Added 2 new game links to links page, and fixed a link

    - About page updated for changes
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 9/28:



    - Added a new BBcode button to your Post/Reply window. You should now see a button called 'HSimg', what this does is now take any image you link to in a post and thumbnail it but also keeps the resolution of the original image. Not like the 'Img' bbcode which crops the pic automatically and you cannot see the pic in a bigger resolution.



    So remember to use this tag for when you are linking to an image. Especially if it is a larger image.





    Code in action:



    Using the 'HSimg' bbcode tag. as you can see it creates a thumbnail that you can now click on to show images true size.



    [hsimg]http://www.affuniverse.com/artdepot/public/Misc/newhuginn3000x.jpg[/hsimg]





    Using the 'Img' bbcode tag



    newhuginn3000x.jpg





    See the difference now :) Have fun with this one.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 10/5:



    - Updated the links page (combined and added about 10-15 more links)

    - Extended the View Recent Topics area on portal page to show more posts

    - Added another 8 videos to the videos on the Portal.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 10/23:



    - Updated the download software to latest version v6.2.26

    - Updated links page

    - Updated about page

    - Added a Miner Wars section to the MMO area

    - Installed two different galleries for testing purposes and it looks like 'gallery' software is winning over coppermine. You can see the gallery here: ssc_gallery



    Will be doing an entire site download today so if there is some lag that might be why.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 10/27:



    - Turned off captcha on downloads to see if that helps with the failing download issues some people are having.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 11/14:



    - Updated the download mod to the latest version v6.2.31 from 6.2.26.

    - Updated links page with some new games.

    - Updated about page with version changes.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 11/23:



    I know posting this a bit late.



    - Updated the download mod to the latest version v6.3.0 from v6.2.31.

    - Updated video streaming mod (still configuring and testing) not available to you yet

    - Updated photo gallery mod (still configuring and testing) not available for wide use yet.

    - Updated SPAM filter mod to latest version v1.02

    - Added a Ajax Chat mod to top of forum and also has its own page as well

    - Added books/story forum to general area

    - Updated links page with some new games.

    - Updated about page with version changes.





    As always feedback is welcomed and anything I can do to improve SSC the better.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 12/23:



    - Consolidated the PS3, Xbox and Wii forums into one forum called 'Console Gaming'

    - Created a forum area for 'Shattered Origins'

    - Tweaked some phpbb settings to fix a lag I was seeing during the portal page loading

    - Looking into redoing my google adsense stuff to hopefully make a dollar or two to help pay for bandwidth/hosting.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 1/16:



    - Added a new video area. Over time you will be able to watch most of the great space game videos. Remember to post the videos you find to the link on the video page to be included. And if you have a great playlist of space games let me know.

    - Added a forum area for Starpoint Gemini

    - Cleaned up a menu issue

    - Redid the download area to be more user friendly and to make it easier to add new areas. And disabled admin approval of uploads.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Update 3/18:



    Been a long time since my last update.



    - Added new forums for X32i: Redemption and Pioneer

    - Updated links page

    - Enabled the Gallery for everyone. Enjoy.



    Note:

    For the gallery you will need to create a new login to upload and comment on pics. I put the gallery on a separate database to help with site performance and to lessen the risk of total loss if something should happen to SSC.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Hey Everyone



    This weekend I will be removing the Arcade mod from the site since I don't see people really using it. And another mod people don't see.



    Doing this for my upcoming site update and trying to get the DB in shape for the upgrade so I can have as minimal issues as possible. Hopefully if I do everything right people won't even notice I did anything. Or if anything you might get a page errors or something while I am doing it if people try to access certain things while I am uploading the fixed files.



    I will more than likely do this in the late evening hours to have the least impact on users.



    Also, over the next few weeks I will be parsing the forums and deleting old posts that are really not needed and renaming some titles to help with people finding information of certain topics and maybe even combining like posts. I have noticed there is several posts about the same game and things like that. We'll see....



    So if anyone does have any new feedback or improvements they might want to see for SSC please let me know now while I am building the changes and testing them :)





    Thanks



    -D1-
  • edited 4:34PM
    Darkone wrote:
    I will be parsing the forums and deleting old posts that are really not needed and renaming some titles to help with people finding information of certain topics and maybe even combining like posts.




    Outstanding, D1. A little moderation will improve site organization.



    Please don't be afraid to move threads to proper locations, either.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    I will probably make a new forum 'miscellaneous' to put posts that don't really fall in any category and to talk about topics outside of space games. Thanks everyone for the feedback on the site and it will all be included in the next update, promise :)
  • edited 4:34PM
    Darkone wrote:
    -snip-




    Remove the Arcade?

    Or perhaps I misunderstood, (mod)?



    I hope you wont remove the arcade but it could use some trimming and cleaning up.

    Well, it is your site of course ,) so I shan't tell you what to do.

    I will just go and cry a bit in the corner for a while, then return as usual.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Bouitaz wrote:
    I hope you wont remove the arcade but it could use some trimming and cleaning up.




    What do you mean by this Bouitaz? Can you give me some specifics on this?



    I just looked at stats, which was 388 total plays in 1.5yrs. That's not even on game play a day. but I can keep it and add to the game pool. I just didn't even bother with it because no one really seemed to be playing it all that much and got no feedback on it at all. So if people really want it in there I will keep it and update the games in it.



    There has been no updates to this arcade (mod) since i installed it so any issues I might have to custom code something. But I have used this before and the arcade itself usually runs fine.



    But please post your thoughts on this.
  • edited 4:34PM
    Darkone wrote:
    What do you mean by this Bouitaz? Can you give me some specifics on this?




    What I meant by cleaning is that at least one game does not work (rescue someting),

    and others are perhaps a bit crude or, how to put it, less than stellar work.


    Darkone wrote:
    I just looked at stats, which was 388 total plays in 1.5yrs. That's not even on game play a day. but I can keep it and add to the game pool. I just didn't even bother with it because no one really seemed to be playing it all that much and got no feedback on it at all. So if people really want it in there I will keep it and update the games in it.




    The Arcade is usually played when one first arrives I've noticed,

    and adds to the whole "flying thing" you've got going here.

    It could perhaps be modified to work in a community with competitions and such,

    but would probably involve way to much work, so that is a no go.

    However, when one has read all there is one can always relax with some casual games.

    Unless it takes too much to maintain, space, or integration problems,

    then I see no harm in letting it be?

    I am of course only one voice, and as I said earlier,

    you can go ahead and delete it (if no one else feels like me),

    I will just morn some, then move on.



    They usually say that if no one complains, then you are doing things right, you know. ,)
  • edited 4:34PM
    Bouitaz wrote:
    Darkone wrote:
    They usually say that if no one complains, then you are doing things right, you know. ,)




    Or, don't care .. :P
  • edited 4:34PM
    micmanos wrote:
    Or, don't care .. :P




    Well, yeah ok, that too. ,)
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    More than likely Bouitaz you will see the Arcade mod after the upgrade. I just wanted people to step forward and let me know they use it :) I will look to add new games before the upgrade when I get the time to search for them. If you have a list of the games that do not work please post them so I can remove them.



    I don't have the bandwidth to try all of them out so I depend on the community to let me know when stuff in the arcade needs fixing :)
  • edited 4:34PM
    I believe Rock Face Rescue is the only one that doesn't work;



    arcade.php?mode=play&g=23
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Did a bit of spring cleaning last night in the forums and moved some attachment pics from the forums to the gallery and relinked. If people spot any bogus posts or posts you think should be moved just let me know.




    Bouitaz wrote:
    I believe Rock Face Rescue is the only one that doesn't work;



    arcade.php?mode=play&g=23




    Took car of it :)
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    More than likely unless something comes up between now and this coming weekend. I will probably be doing the site update then since it will be a long weekend for me here in the states (Memorial Weekend - Remember the troops). I am hoping that it should only take a few hours, but you never know with these things. Moving a database that is several releases old to something new always seems to have some issues.



    Here is the tentative schedule for it all:



    - Friday: Disable user registration and lock the forums (about 9-10pm) this will stay this way until I think everything is working. I have to install something during this process after the database is migrated over and all new files are FTP'd to the server.



    - Sat: Mainly testing and last min tweaks and I hope to have the site running by the evening. So basically a 24hr downtime. So I hope you can survive until I have it all running :)





    I have been trying to do the small things to help speed the process up but there is still a lot to do once I re-upload everything. If all goes well everything should look generally the same but there will be a few new things and all the programs and scripts have been updated to their latest versions. I have done so much custom stuff to the site that its hard tracking it all down.
  • sscadminsscadmin DarkOne
    edited 4:34PM
    Going to enable gzip on the server and see if that helps with page load times. Google is complaining that some of the pages take up to 3 sec to load and they recommend I turn it on. Your damned if you do and damned if you don't because when you enable it the server has to extract the contents to display it anyway so I guess i'll try it and see how it goes for a month.



    So if anyone notices a degrade in the performance just let me know.
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