Precisely the moment I post this message, it is 4:26pm local time, and 4 years to the minute (let's pretend daylight savings doesn't exist
) since I created the CricketMX forum.
It’s been a great journey, it is hard to believe it has been so long. It is hard to believe we have over 80,000 posts! What is special about this year though, is that the forum has had its first major change. We are now using phpBB v3 and we have a brand new website to go with it. It is a very exciting time, and I know everyone will have fun exploring the new features
Firstly, thanks need to go to our moderators. In March, talk of the new website first started privately. By June preparations were well underway, and maybe in the coming months I will post a page showing all of the different preparations we had
Moon, P2P and Grinch all provided a lot of valuable input into the new website. A lot of ideas were bounced around, and I think we have come up with a pretty outstanding final product.
For everyone impressed with the new logo, new ranks, coloured images... pretty much everything that is graphical, thanks must go to prototech. He spent many hours creating (and often re-creating) images for the new site. Thanks for putting up with my perfectionistic demands prototech
The theme was a complicated creation. It first started with Grinch in March when we had a completely different design in mind, but due to some technical problems we were not able to proceed with that. So I went ahead and created this one which we have now. It is not perfect, but the main forums look good, which is the main thing. Features like PM’s and the User Control Panel still need a few coats of paint, which I hope will happen very soon.
The main website is my favourite part of the revamped CMX. Areas like “Articles” and the categories like Computers, P2P File Sharing and Web Design will all be expanded over time to provide great content. I do have small request to ask of everyone - please keep an eye on a certain user we have here. He’s very new, and hasn’t quite understood the concept of forums yet. His name is “Articles Bot”, and he will post in Updates quite often seeking attention
So if you see a post from “Articles Bot”, such as this one
please view it, follow the links within it, and post your thoughts about the articles. Article writers (such as myself, Grinch and Layzie Bone) will write articles in such a way that they will be of interest to everyone and will hopefully spark some discussion
Finally, there are a few problems with the new site which are difficult to resolve. The first one is that some posts may not have been completely transferred correctly. So, if you see a post that is looking strange (it might have word’s like: Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ throughout it), it is because the encoding was incorrect on it. It is not hard to fix, so please either PM battye
, both of us know what to do to fix this problem.
Some peoples avatars didn’t make it. I still have a lot of them on the webserver, so they aren’t lost if you desperately need to get it back, but it will be a lot easier if you have it on your computer and you just re-upload it. As I said, if you don’t have another copy of it, I can retrieve it for you. Please PM me if that is the case.
Attachments are back! As you can see if you look over old posts, you can view every attachment that was made. Also, you can add new attachments now if you wish. Cash will be coming very shortly.
The new forums are pretty much the same. It might take a few days to get used to the new features, but if anyone has any problems I or one of the moderators will be more than happy to help you out. Please make a post in Site Comments or OT Forum and we’ll sort out any problems you are having
I hope everyone loves the new look as much as I do - it will be tweaked a bit because there are still a few strange colours here and there - but overall I am very happy with it and the imageset to go with it.
Happy 4th anniversary CricketMX users! To everyone, thanks for contributing so much to the forum. Here’s to the next anniversary!