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post Feb 17 2005, 09:58 PM
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Well this is not so much of a question as a warning. Just letting everyone know that you may be unable to reach the site for a few days as we're moving onto a new server which should run faster for everybody. A lot of people have complained about the problems with site slowdown during peak hours, but thanks to SoccerGaming.com we are getting a server which should be more than capable of handling the traffic. Advertising banners will appear on every page on both the site and the forums, however a full site redesign is on it's way too and possibly a new forum skin. It may take some getting used to, however the site speed should definitely be worth the added advertising images. There will of course be no pop up's, just some static banners to help pay for the server costs. We're still working on some of the behind the scenes stuff for now, but over night and during tomorrow the full database and site will be copied onto the new server and bug tested. Some of the forum posts made this evening may not be saved so just bear with us. I will post a temporary link for people to find the site once we have it ready while the domain name moves across, but people trying to get to the site via the domain name may have some trouble. The move should be completed within 48 hours, give or take 24 hours for all of the ISP's to recognise the domain location change. Thanks for your patience, and hopefully the move will be worth it.


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post Feb 17 2005, 10:16 PM
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I know this may sound stupid but...you wont change tha name will you? sad.gif


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post Feb 17 2005, 10:21 PM
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Wow sounds awesome new site design possibly a skin and faster biggrin.gif


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post Feb 17 2005, 10:28 PM
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sounds fun. respect 2 it being faster cos when i come on this site it is often slow..


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post Feb 17 2005, 11:06 PM
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Coooool! new site design i have to see this.


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post Feb 17 2005, 11:10 PM
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I can't wait to see the new site deisgn either. biggrin.gif I guess I'll just have to wait.

By the way, are you on a free package (hosting) or what?


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post Feb 17 2005, 11:12 PM
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QUOTE (Shift @ Feb 18 2005, 12:10 AM)
I can't wait to see the new site deisgn either. biggrin.gif I guess I'll just have to wait.

By the way, are you on a free package (hosting) or what?

Yes, it will be free.

I am curious to what the admins will decide the new fourm skin will look like.


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post Feb 17 2005, 11:35 PM
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QUOTE (Smooth101 @ Feb 18 2005, 12:12 AM)
QUOTE (Shift @ Feb 18 2005, 12:10 AM)
I can't wait to see the new site deisgn either. biggrin.gif I guess I'll just have to wait.

By the way, are you on a free package (hosting) or what?

Yes, it will be free.

I am curious to what the admins will decide the new fourm skin will look like.

It'll be interesting.

Im excited, can't wait to see it.


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post Feb 18 2005, 12:02 AM
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Wow that will be nice.


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post Feb 18 2005, 12:04 AM
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I cant wait to see the new site!!!
But, will the URL change or will it stay the same???
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post Feb 18 2005, 12:31 AM
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I don't like the Ad Banners on the site but if there are no popups and it runs faster then it's definitley worth it. I guess this is GTA-SanAndreas's B-Day Present-A Faster Server!


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post Feb 18 2005, 12:43 AM
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Well you got to do what you got to do.
I can't say I'm over joyed by a change, the site has more or less stayed the same since it came back up last August, but It should be intresting.

Good luck PSY, sorry you have to resort to banners. I've always wated to send mony, but never had any, unless I droped out of school.


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post Feb 18 2005, 01:05 AM
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I don't need to resort to banners. I could pay for a better server, but the cost wouldn't really be worth it when I'm getting about 200 per month's worth of server for the price of two ad banners. It's not like they're huge and stupid either, check out http://www.soccergaming.com. I'll have the two banners they have. The longer one at the top and the square one will be at the bottom of the page. I had originally intended to move the site over as the birthday present, as well as have it redesigned, but we haven't had the time so the redesign will be taking place over the next month. The new design will include a lot of more interactive features too, such as a java chat room, possibly a shoutbox (which no doubt will get flooded), random screenshot rotation, a much better menu system and a new downloads database. I've been thinking about this since christmas, and I've finally decided that a few small images are definitely worth the price of the server I'll be moving onto, hopefully many of the site fans can understand that too. Who knows, the banners might bring some life into the normally static pages. I'll keep you lot updated too, we'll release BETA screenshots of the new design so you can see how it's going. We'll be making the site like the fans want, not just some generic design which you either love or hate. We'll show you what we have, and you can let us know how to improve it.


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post Feb 18 2005, 01:11 AM
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QUOTE (Compton G @ Feb 18 2005, 03:08 AM)
This is bullshit! and soccer doesnt have anything to do with GTA

So? What does that have to do with anything? Just in case you're too stupid to work it out; they have offered me a server. I don't have to make a soccer site... God, what the hell am I wasting my time explaining this for. Go back to bed.


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post Feb 18 2005, 01:13 AM
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this is great news! Who cares about two small ads, i dont get why everyone makes such a big deal about them.


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post Feb 18 2005, 01:14 AM
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Like a said in some other topic, thats a sweet deal. Two banners for a free and fast server.

So another year goes by, and a new site change. But whatever you do mate, dont make the forum skin dark. It makes forums look boring and uncolourful, who's making the skin? Vendetta?


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post Feb 18 2005, 01:15 AM
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Bleh, I can't get anon access to the server to view files...tongue.gif


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post Feb 18 2005, 01:16 AM
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Vendetta was working on the new design, but he's not been too well lately (get well soon), so the work had to stop, although a lot of the soccergaming network people will be helping out with the designs, and most likely the forum skin will be made by one of their professional graphic designers. I'll look into getting a few different skins made so people can choose their own preferred style.


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post Feb 18 2005, 01:18 AM
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When getting onto the site, will the UGO "Click here to proceed to *Insert name here*" pages come up?


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post Feb 18 2005, 01:22 AM
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QUOTE (Psy)
I'll look into getting a few different skins made so people can choose their own preferred style.

Pick your own skin, eh? Thats a good idea. Should be a good feature.

PS: Hope you get better soon Vendetta.


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