Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

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Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by Yoda » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:43 pm

We have several site changes in the works that we wanted to share.

First, we've significantly upgraded our site hosting package, which will should make the site faster and allows us to host user images. Unfortunately, as part of this upgrade, our hosting company moved us to a new server without telling us. As a result, the sites (main site and forums) went offline yesterday (July 31st) evening. For most users, everything should be back up and working normally now. Sometimes it takes a while for a new address to propagate across the Internet so there could be some more hiccups over the next day or so.
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Second, we've enabled the ability to attach photos to your forum posts. This means you don't have to use Postimage or Photobucket anymore. As you're composing or replying to a post there should now be an "Attachments" tab at the bottom. Each post is limited to 20 attachments and attachments may not be larger than 4MB.

Finally, we're aware of the new "paywall" that Photobucket has created trying to get users to pay a significant annual fee for 3rd party image hosting. We're in the process of replicating those images on VTCI. This is a multi-step process and it may be some time before we're able to modify all of the historical posts (over 6000) to point to VTCI, but we are working on it. Note that if you've used Photobucket in the past, you should be able to access and download all of the images you have posted directly from your account. It's the links on other sites (e.g., VTCI) that are gradually "breaking." Eventually we may work to copy all externally hosted images to VTCI so that our links/images don't break with the passage of time.
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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by Yoda » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:11 pm

Forgot to mention that I've requested an updated SSL certificate so hopefully that will be in place soon for those of you using https.
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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by redstangbob » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:55 pm

Thanks for all the work Brian, it will make using the forum much easier to use.
It's gonna be cool when it's done
And now it's really cool !!


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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by RAVEN » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:13 pm

And I thank you also, plus look forward to using the up grades.
The behind the seen people never get the credits they really deserve.

THANK YOU

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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by Joe Johnston » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:20 am

Thanks for everything - should make the forum work better and easier. The direct picture posting will be appreciated by all!

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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by sseebart » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:42 pm

This is awesome--thanks for the hard work. Definitely above and beyond working to archive the images from photobucket!

Amazing!

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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by Yoda » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:49 pm

You're welcome. Glad I can help.

I think the photos are safe now, but fixing the links poses a few challenges. Everyone's patience is appreciated while I mull over some options.
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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by Karl » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:57 pm

G'day Brian.
I would like to thank you as well for all the work that you have done.
I am looking forward to using the direct method of posting images.
I can access the forum on my phone but my computer is still no go.
I have purchased a new P.C. with windows 10, not because of the forum but this is long overdue.
Maybe because of the SSL is why I can't access the forum. I can accsss the VTCI home page though.
Once again thanks for all the work
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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by Alan H. Tast » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:55 pm

Brian - well done. There's a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on here on Brian's behalf that should make for a more-interesting and informative Forum. The photo attachment function will be very helpful for replying to questions or demonstrating a point, especially since I can now go out to my workshop or into my library, snap a photo on my phone, upload it virtually immediately (come to think of it that can be a bad thing, too) and we can retain it for future use in the Scoop or here. Now if I can just get time to learn Photoshop and related programs...
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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by GeoffInCarlsbad » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:51 pm

Yes, thank you very much. this will make everything much easier. Thank you for all of your hard work.
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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by ICON 1961 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:01 am

Thank You Brian for all your hard work in keeping this forum alive, If it wasn't for this forum I would be lost when it comes to knowing about my car. Steve
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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by stevegintn » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:12 am

This is a test (wanting to see if an attached image file appears DIRECTLY in the post (as with HREF image tag)?
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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by stevegintn » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:13 am

Yay! - great job, Guys - I love it!
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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by GeoffInCarlsbad » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:21 am

Great job! So much easier, and without all the crap that comes with those posting sites. Thanks so much!

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Re: Site Upgrade, Attachments, & Photobucket

Post by Yoda » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:51 am

Glad it's well received. I will eventually fix most of the legacy PhotoBucket links in the old posts, but it's going to take some focused programming and I haven't had time to mess with it.
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