Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3.2.x

This section will contain posting guidelines for the forum along with any other information that is relevant to this forum.

Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3.2.x

Postby neptronix » Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:37 pm

Hi all. We are running a version phpbb that is 10 years old.. It's well past time to upgrade our system!

Me and gammaray have put together a test copy of the latest version of phpbb. It has better mobile support, and probably scads of other features we're not even aware of.

A couple things are currently missing:
1) endless sphere logo and a few themes.
2) the ability to keep/track edit history ( we'll figure that out later )
3) tapatalk is not installed - we are hoping that mobile works well enough that we don't have to.

If you notice some other functionality missing, please let us know about that.

But in particular, i'm wondering how this new phpbb works on your mobile devices.. is it better.. worse..?

PS, you can trash up the test forum as much as you want. It's running on a separate database. Whatever you do there won't affect the main ES.

http://52.40.19.214/forums/
Last edited by neptronix on Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:30 am, edited 1 time in total. View post history.
My first major build: 8T MAC motor on a Trek 4500.
The new all-arounder: Leafmotor 1500w on a Turner O2 full suspension.
The wheelie machine: 20" Rear Magic Pie II on a Trek 4300 MTB

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."- Chinese Proverb
User avatar
neptronix
100 GW
100 GW
 
Posts: 12963
Joined: Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:56 pm
Location: People's republic of Petrolistan ( Utah, USA )

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby linkdown » Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:56 pm

Way better on mobile
linkdown
1 mW
1 mW
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:08 pm
Location: Auckland, NZ

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby cal3thousand » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:50 pm

Mobile is certainly better in this version, but I really enjoy Tapatalk for the ease of posting images. Part of the reason why ESFB is popular is the relative ease at which we can post photos vs using MOW or a full browser.
Get a Cycle Analyst and a Multimeter, you're still a noob if you don't have at least one of each.

Planning on posting questions or buying anything on this site? Put up your country (at minimum) on your profile. This is a worldwide forum and we haven't reached clairvoyance.
User avatar
cal3thousand
10 GW
10 GW
 
Posts: 4041
Joined: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:47 pm
Location: California

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby neptronix » Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:50 pm

cal3thousand wrote:Mobile is certainly better in this version, but I really enjoy Tapatalk for the ease of posting images. Part of the reason why ESFB is popular is the relative ease at which we can post photos vs using MOW or a full browser.


I'll have to play with tapatalk then and see what makes it better.
Thanks for pointing it out.
My first major build: 8T MAC motor on a Trek 4500.
The new all-arounder: Leafmotor 1500w on a Turner O2 full suspension.
The wheelie machine: 20" Rear Magic Pie II on a Trek 4300 MTB

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."- Chinese Proverb
User avatar
neptronix
100 GW
100 GW
 
Posts: 12963
Joined: Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:56 pm
Location: People's republic of Petrolistan ( Utah, USA )

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby amberwolf » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:17 am

Can you put up the subsilver2 theme so I can at least start testing it out?

Whatever theme it has now isn't very friendly to me or my eyes (at least it's in blue shades like subsilver2...).
User avatar
amberwolf
100 GW
100 GW
 
Posts: 23315
Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:43 am
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA, Earth, Sol, Local Bubble, Orion Arm, Milky Way, Local Group

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby marty » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:42 am

Looks good from here. One difference I notice that phpbb3.2.x don't fill the whole screen side to side. Viewing with Windows 7 desktop and Mozilla Firefox 54.0.1 Not a problem because I always hit Ctrl and + button to make text bigger. At 120% forum fills the whole screen perfect. If I am viewing my computer settings correctly? My monitor resolution is 1920 x 1080.
MARTY
Volt Electric Vehicles
http://www.voltev.com
User avatar
marty
1 MW
1 MW
 
Posts: 1965
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:44 pm
Location: Buffalo, New York USA

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby cal3thousand » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:12 am

marty wrote:Looks good from here. One difference I notice that phpbb3.2.x don't fill the whole screen side to side. Viewing with Windows 7 desktop and Mozilla Firefox 54.0.1 Not a problem because I always hit Ctrl and + button to make text bigger. At 120% forum fills the whole screen perfect. If I am viewing my computer settings correctly? My monitor resolution is 1920 x 1080.


I'm running the same resolution as well and welcome the change. On a 24" monitor, I have to do a good deal of horizontal and neck eye scrolling to read through a block of text as the forum sits now. With phpbb3.2.x, It's located centrally on about 8" of width, making it feel more like paper to read.
Last edited by cal3thousand on Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:13 am, edited 1 time in total. View post history.
Get a Cycle Analyst and a Multimeter, you're still a noob if you don't have at least one of each.

Planning on posting questions or buying anything on this site? Put up your country (at minimum) on your profile. This is a worldwide forum and we haven't reached clairvoyance.
User avatar
cal3thousand
10 GW
10 GW
 
Posts: 4041
Joined: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:47 pm
Location: California

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby zackclark70 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:15 am

just swap it and see what people complain about far bigger problems in life to care about
zackclark70
100 W
100 W
 
Posts: 210
Joined: Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:46 am
Location: My House UK :)

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby nicobie » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:23 pm

Looks good on my 12" Samsung tablet.

Nick
Image

May your tote always stay tight and your edge eversharp :wink:

my eTownie build thread: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=23701
User avatar
nicobie
10 MW
10 MW
 
Posts: 2416
Joined: Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:48 pm
Location: Central Coast CA,USA

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby greyphantom » Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:55 pm

neptronix wrote:
cal3thousand wrote:Mobile is certainly better in this version, but I really enjoy Tapatalk for the ease of posting images. Part of the reason why ESFB is popular is the relative ease at which we can post photos vs using MOW or a full browser.


I'll have to play with tapatalk then and see what makes it better.
Thanks for pointing it out.



Please do not add tapatalk if that means getting that nauseating popup shoved in my face every time I visit the site. (which is quite often) There is no need to add tapatalk, if anyone wants it they can get the app from the playstore. I HATE tapatalk with a passion, it is riddled with ads and snoops, also I refuse to have anything to do with any service that uses rude militant-like tactics (years of annoying popups). If I ran my business like that, I wouldn't have any business. Please do not ruin my experience here with the dreaded TP.

On another note, (and the most important), GOOD job. The site looks TIGHT. You must have read my mind, as I spent a good portion of yesterday trying to see if I could solve the unreadabilty problem on my Galaxy phone (no regular home computer) I use my phone for all internet, and Samsung lacks the size to fit feature that I once enjoyed on my HTC Droid.

Thanks for all your hard work and time invested in this project, now I can really get on here and plow through mountains of info, unimpeded :mrgreen:
greyphantom
10 W
10 W
 
Posts: 65
Joined: Fri Oct 24, 2014 3:48 pm
Location: Kansas

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby amberwolf » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:29 am

Any news on this?

I checked and it's still just like it was before, AFAICT, making it difficult to test.

amberwolf wrote:Can you put up the subsilver2 theme so I can at least start testing it out?

Whatever theme it has now isn't very friendly to me or my eyes (at least it's in blue shades like subsilver2...). it also has all the avatar/etc stuff swapped to the wrong (righthand) side, and buttons in the wrong places, etc.
User avatar
amberwolf
100 GW
100 GW
 
Posts: 23315
Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:43 am
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA, Earth, Sol, Local Bubble, Orion Arm, Milky Way, Local Group

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby cal3thousand » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:14 pm

greyphantom wrote:
neptronix wrote:
cal3thousand wrote:Mobile is certainly better in this version, but I really enjoy Tapatalk for the ease of posting images. Part of the reason why ESFB is popular is the relative ease at which we can post photos vs using MOW or a full browser.


I'll have to play with tapatalk then and see what makes it better.
Thanks for pointing it out.



Please do not add tapatalk if that means getting that nauseating popup shoved in my face every time I visit the site. (which is quite often) There is no need to add tapatalk, if anyone wants it they can get the app from the playstore. I HATE tapatalk with a passion, it is riddled with ads and snoops, also I refuse to have anything to do with any service that uses rude militant-like tactics (years of annoying popups). If I ran my business like that, I wouldn't have any business. Please do not ruin my experience here with the dreaded TP.

On another note, (and the most important), GOOD job. The site looks TIGHT. You must have read my mind, as I spent a good portion of yesterday trying to see if I could solve the unreadabilty problem on my Galaxy phone (no regular home computer) I use my phone for all internet, and Samsung lacks the size to fit feature that I once enjoyed on my HTC Droid.

Thanks for all your hard work and time invested in this project, now I can really get on here and plow through mountains of info, unimpeded :mrgreen:


ES doesn't do that annoying stuff. Maybe talk to your other forum admins to fix that. Tapatalk works just fine right now on ES and there is no pop up asking you to use Tapatalk.
Get a Cycle Analyst and a Multimeter, you're still a noob if you don't have at least one of each.

Planning on posting questions or buying anything on this site? Put up your country (at minimum) on your profile. This is a worldwide forum and we haven't reached clairvoyance.
User avatar
cal3thousand
10 GW
10 GW
 
Posts: 4041
Joined: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:47 pm
Location: California

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby Dauntless » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:14 pm

cal3thousand wrote:ES doesn't do that annoying stuff. Maybe talk to your other forum admins to fix that.


That's right, its the trolls doing the annoying stuff. I'm using my 2014 droid, never had phone issues here that weren't the phone itself. Don't use tapatalk, I assume that's now the built in application I have that keeps turning itself on. I can't think of a request to make. But it looked fine when I just tried it out. But I do get tregular internet mode rather than a mobile version. So that's the best.
Last edited by Dauntless on Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:16 pm, edited 1 time in total. View post history.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM MAGIC!
- Arthur C. Clarke
User avatar
Dauntless
100 GW
100 GW
 
Posts: 5676
Joined: Sat May 29, 2010 1:49 am
Location: Coordinates: 33°52′48″N 117°55′43″W

Re: Let's get your feedback - upgrading the system to phpbb3

Postby neptronix » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:05 am

amberwolf wrote:Any news on this?

I checked and it's still just like it was before, AFAICT, making it difficult to test.

amberwolf wrote:Can you put up the subsilver2 theme so I can at least start testing it out?

Yes, we have some news. We've tried several other forum softwares and found them to not work as well as we'd like. Either portability of our content.. big bugs or future support burdens.. or a user experience that would so different that existing users would probably sour on it were all big barriers. The current thinking that we just stick to the idea of jumping 2 big versions ahead of phpbb.

Fact of the matter is this.. we DID give it our best try.

Whatever theme it has now isn't very friendly to me or my eyes (at least it's in blue shades like subsilver2...). it also has all the avatar/etc stuff swapped to the wrong (righthand) side, and buttons in the wrong places, etc.


Sorry, i missed your post amongst the noise of the internet. Just spent 2 months slaving away in the code mines and didn't have much time to focus on ES work. Anyway, i use subsilver 2 also and the sad thing is that it's not present in the new phpbb.. :/

We have not sorted out what to do with themes just yet, but here is a current idea that at least 2 of us like, so far..
give the user a selection of 3 different themes:
+ the classic look: the standard phpbb theme you see in the test.
+ the upgraded choice: a version of SE Square that i will hack some modern features into: https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/style/se_square/
+ the modern look: some kind of eye candy modern flat theme.. like this: https://themeforest.net/item/milk-multipurpose-responsive-phpbb-31-theme/16119149

Upon login, the user would get the choice on which type of theme they like. Of course, that could be changed at any time.

As for the comments on tapatalk.. i've never seen those popups before.. but really, i hate to have to install external software for little benefit. It's be better to install a plugin that helps upload images easier if that's the only benefit of tapatalk on the new version of phpbb.
My first major build: 8T MAC motor on a Trek 4500.
The new all-arounder: Leafmotor 1500w on a Turner O2 full suspension.
The wheelie machine: 20" Rear Magic Pie II on a Trek 4300 MTB

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."- Chinese Proverb
User avatar
neptronix
100 GW
100 GW
 
Posts: 12963
Joined: Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:56 pm
Location: People's republic of Petrolistan ( Utah, USA )


Return to Forum Rules and Features

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest