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Psy
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.
#GROVEstreeter!
I know this may sound stupid but...you wont change tha name will you? sad.gif
Zacko
Wow sounds awesome new site design possibly a skin and faster biggrin.gif
OG-Loc
sounds fun. respect 2 it being faster cos when i come on this site it is often slow..
Spence
Coooool! new site design i have to see this.
Solid-Snake
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?
Smooth101
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.
R3D_WUD
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.
DAMIAN91
Wow that will be nice.
matmu52
I cant wait to see the new site!!!
But, will the URL change or will it stay the same???
Miami13
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!
calimann83
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.
Psy
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.
Psy
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.
FreemanXtreme
this is great news! Who cares about two small ads, i dont get why everyone makes such a big deal about them.
Pitbull
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?
iSpyware
Bleh, I can't get anon access to the server to view files...tongue.gif
Psy
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.
EMBO
When getting onto the site, will the UGO "Click here to proceed to *Insert name here*" pages come up?
Smooth101
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.
Pitbull
Is it weird that the Advertising on soccergaming doesnt appear for me, all i see instead of it, is Action Cancelled where the Advert is meant to be. tongue.gif

Anyway hope nothing goes wrong with the files getting transfered sad.gif
Psy
QUOTE (EMBO @ Feb 18 2005, 03:18 AM)
When getting onto the site, will the UGO "Click here to proceed to *Insert name here*" pages come up?

Nope, just the actual banner ads.

As for the banners not being there, yeah, using certain programs or settings you will be able to hide the ads, although we need people to see them to pay for the server tongue.gif
EMBO
QUOTE (Psy @ Feb 18 2005, 01:25 AM)
QUOTE (EMBO @ Feb 18 2005, 03:18 AM)
When getting onto the site, will the UGO "Click here to proceed to *Insert name here*" pages come up?

Nope, just the actual banner ads.

That's good to hear smile.gif
Impala72
This is great, i am good at getting shoutboxes if you need one, and i can get rid of pesky ads, but this will be very good for the site. You will just move the site over there right, or are we starting over?
Psy
To clear up any concern, all that's happening is the site will be literally copied onto the new server. Nothing will be deleted apart from a few posts from tonight and the banners will be added. Everything will be the same as it is now just on a different (faster) server.
EMBO
QUOTE (Psy @ Feb 18 2005, 01:35 AM)
Everything will be the same as it is now just on a different (faster) server.

Including member numbers, join dates, etc?
Passionate Homo Sapiens Ingester
Tnx psy. i <3 j00.

a skin at long last!!!! sorry to hear about vendetta though, whats wrong with him? Tell me it aint bird flu...

I though u told me on MSN before that you werent going to cos itd leave to big fugly banners? meh well ur definition of huge and fugly must have changed. gl XD
Psy
QUOTE (EMBO @ Feb 18 2005, 03:36 AM)
QUOTE (Psy @ Feb 18 2005, 01:35 AM)
Everything will be the same as it is now just on a different (faster) server.

Including member numbers, join dates, etc?

Everything.
iSpyware
QUOTE (Psy @ Feb 17 2005, 08:25 PM)
QUOTE (EMBO @ Feb 18 2005, 03:18 AM)
When getting onto the site, will the UGO "Click here to proceed to *Insert name here*" pages come up?

Nope, just the actual banner ads.

As for the banners not being there, yeah, using certain programs or settings you will be able to hide the ads, although we need people to see them to pay for the server tongue.gif

I will fix that situation for certain people.

Sticky'd on new server.
Impala72
The more we keep this up guys, i think we will be the biggest forum site on the web, are we now?, i am not sure cool.gif
Miami13
I have this Forum in my bookmarks...Will I have to change the URL to get to the newer Forum or not?
Smooth101
He said everything would remain the same. And I doubt Psy would change the URL of the site. But do correct me if I am wrong.
Pitbull
Only thing that i see changing is that everyone will now see two banners on each page.
Impala72
Im sure it wont bother alot of people, it will just take a little getting used to
gonetgo
Using my leet skils, I have seen these adds.


Charlize Theron
Edgecrusher
QUOTE (Impala72 @ Feb 18 2005, 01:41 AM)
The more we keep this up guys, i think we will be the biggest forum site on the web, are we now?, i am not sure cool.gif

Not sure what the biggest is, but GTAforums has 40,000 plus members. I'm sure the site will rock, and a few new ads never hurt anyone. I've never had a problem with them, the only things that are annoying are pop-ups, but Psy has already said we won't have them, so it's all good happy.gif.
Passionate Homo Sapiens Ingester
If we bothered to make an effort and actively recruit members like many sites do i bet wed have well over 20k happy.gif
DAMIAN91
QUOTE (mello_yello @ Feb 17 2005, 11:17 PM)
If we bothered to make an effort and actively recruit members like many sites do i bet wed have well over 20k happy.gif

I will try to get more people.
Pitbull
Yeah, this site has been kida dead the last few days. More Non Noob newbies would be good.
bronco92
I am the person responsible for providing the new hosting for this great site.

The first and most major part of the move is complete. This involved moving the database to the new server, and then pointing this server to the database on the new server.

The final step is now in Psy's hand which involves him changing the DNS so that the web pages also move to the new server.

Until the DNS move is done (should be complete by tomorrow) the site might not be as fast as it potentially could be. This is because the web pages are drawing the database from a different server. For the technical minded out there this makes sense. For everyone else, just sit tight as within 24-48 hours things will be faster than ever.

And yes, just to re-assure everyone. The only change you will notice will be the the two ads (one at the top, one at the bottom). No name change, no URL change and nothing else. This new server will give Psy the ability to really grow the site to its full potential.

A big thanks to Psy for all the hard work!
FreemanXtreme
Thanks to bronco92 and Psy for all you've done! clap.gif I'm sure we'll all appreciate the new server, I know I will. wink.gif
Pitbull
woah, another Admin.

Anyway Cheers Bronco thumbup.gif
FuddMan
Yeah cheers Bronco biggrin.gif.
Fran
who's bronco?
Edgecrusher
The host.
Pitbull
QUOTE (franny @ Feb 18 2005, 09:04 AM)
who's bronco?

Franny, read his post, he tells you who he is rolleyes.gif

Anyway, i was just wondering, as i know little on servers and running sites, and all that. But with the faster Server, Is there more Bandwidth space?
Fran
QUOTE
If we bothered to make an effort and actively recruit members like many sites do i bet wed have well over 20k happy.gif


i'll go do some advertising there is this site i go on which has 59,000 members
Impala72
Sounds like a pretty big site you go to! lamo.gif
Mekstizzle
Yeah, this should be good, although i dont understand what people have been saying about this site being too slow, its being actually very fast lately.
almost instantly pages are coming up n whatnot.
But, that's just me (probably).
oh yh and im only running on a 256k conection...
I just hope that the site is kept bright like it is now, not dark like other forums wich i aint mentioning.
goti
yeah same here, and i only have a 56k modem O_o...but if the site gets faster for the price of only 2 ads, than thats fine with me =) thumbup.gif
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