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Al
10-10-2017, 10:14 PM
Many of you will be aware that the forum was hacked some time ago, and has subsequently been blacklisted by Google, Facebook & Safari (and maybe others that im not aware about).

The above totally destroyed the traffic coming to the forum (SEO) along with some other small issues, so I was just about ready to throw in the towel after nearly 15 years of us being online as it was doing my head in!

Well today is good news, I found a really good PHP developer through another VB forum who was familiar with the forum software that we use. He has gone through all the issues and corrupted files in the back end of the forum and sorted them out, he has also altered files so that we will no longer be vulnerable to hackers. This has all happened over the last couple of days but you wouldn't have noticed any outwardly differences as its all in the background!

On top of the above, the following known issues have been sorted:

1. No one has been able to register in a long time as we had to close registration due to spam bots, this has now been rectified so that we can take on new registrations without the fear of getting bombarded with fake bot generated users.

2. Upload files issue, you may have noticed this issue when trying to link pictures from another website? Well this is now working, so that if you do link a picture from another website and then that picture or website dies. The picture will remain on this website regardless.

3. To help generate traffic and try and get everyone back on the forum from facebook, a social media plugin has been added to the site. This means that users will be able to login to the forum using their social media login details. I have only setup Facebook at the moment, but its not currently working due to the website URL being banned from Facebook just now. But I have contacted them so hopefully that will be sorted before long. So it will be interesting how that works out!

Once things are sorted and back to normal with the browsers & search engines etc. I will look a freshening the site layout up a bit which will also help mobile phone / Ipad access

Al

tontoe
10-10-2017, 10:50 PM
Great news!

dirtbikedave
10-10-2017, 11:10 PM
Please donít let it die. Itíll be a waste of my 10138 posts!

13
11-10-2017, 11:20 AM
Great, nice work Al.

Does point 2 mean that "upload external references" check box will work? :thumbs_up

Keep meaning to sort out my thread from photo fuckit, but haven't had a chance yet!

13
11-10-2017, 11:21 AM
Also opera browser still works on mobile :thumbs_up

13
11-10-2017, 11:50 AM
Also opera browser still works on mobile :thumbs_up

Al
11-10-2017, 12:27 PM
Great, nice work Al.

Does point 2 mean that "upload external references" check box will work? :thumbs_up

Keep meaning to sort out my thread from photo fuckit, but haven't had a chance yet!

Yes, monkey tested it last night with that "kjet" picture in your clear out thread :td

Elroy
11-10-2017, 12:30 PM
Also opera browser still works on mobile :thumbs_up

What do you mean Al?

Mike.F
11-10-2017, 02:00 PM
Quality work Al

13
11-10-2017, 03:19 PM
What do you mean Al?

Look in the play store for opera mini browser. My favourite

webb-781
11-10-2017, 04:11 PM
Fantastic news!!!

I don't don't post much but visit daily. I'd be lost without this place.

I thought it was a gonna when it got blocked the other week.

Glad you've decided to save it.

P.s I still can't access the forum at home unless I use my mobile and turn the wifi off as virgin media have blocked the site due to it being a "suspected phishing site"

fuus
11-10-2017, 05:01 PM
Firefox seems to have removed you from the suspicious sites list as I'm not getting any messages about that anymore :)

whelp
11-10-2017, 05:26 PM
great news.

the offer of a payement still stands, let me know and i'll sort it.

gggti
11-10-2017, 08:58 PM
Great news. It would be such a shame if this forum was to die. I'm another that doesn't really post much but I do log on everyday to see what's going on.

13
11-10-2017, 10:12 PM
We just all need to start building interesting projects and useful how tos :D

dirtbikedave
11-10-2017, 10:18 PM
I was thinking of the how to’s ages ago and thought they could do with an update or six.

ScotClayShooter
12-10-2017, 09:35 PM
I was thinking of the how toís ages ago and thought they could do with an update or six.

mk2 van ignition switch change ....
i must have sent people pics and a description 30 times.

13
13-10-2017, 01:57 PM
Write it up!

13
14-10-2017, 08:14 AM
Corrrr it's so much easier to upload photos now. Nice one Al