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aj_iamawitch

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Hi,

I run a Geeklog site (version 1.3.9.sr2) and have been running GL since mid-2003 on my eight year old Pagan web. IAmAWitch.Com has had about 4 million hits in it's lifetime and we are a fairly ancient web entity that only went to portal life in July of 2003. We started on GL 1.3.8 and have never looked back... I've got 500+ articles in the current system and a really active user community who contributes a lot of articles ranging from historical to current day to poetry and more.

I'm using a fairly wide range of plugins and custom code, including some simple astronomical PHP blocks of my own creation to add special functions to the site, like a cool little JavaScript/PHP combo that lets the user know of the phase of the moon that is coming...

I've integrated 4images into the site recently. Had a lot of fun with that upgrade, but finally figured it out. Turns out my 2100 users like to use single quotes in some of their usernames (and emails) and it caused the migration script no end of headaches.

Frankly, I think there is a need for a JavaScript to limit usernames to legal characters, because this isn't the first time I've run into these strange errors, which always end up giving poor SQL queries and updates a range of fits. I'm an experienced web developer and use Cold Fusion quite a bit, so know what is going on, but feel that by speaking up, perhaps future versions of Gl will work better if some character limitations are placed on the user registration forms.

I have a fairly active forums section, still running 2.0 and am comtemplating a move to the newer forums. I also run a Pagan web builders site called www.codeofisis.com, and it is just starting out. I've got troubles on that site, because the provider has some fairly non-standard practices with their site directory layouts and such. I'm reworking the site to accomodate these problems, but at least have the basics up and running.

The chatterblock on my main site at IAmAWitch.Com is *really* active. We get a load of traffic on that thing. I introduced it this summer, and people just love to use the thing. I'm thinking of getting the commercial version that is out, but, again, this will take time to download and test.

I would like to see the links function evolve too.... It would be nice to get the "Links 2.0" (Gossamer-Threads) style catalog built right into GL. I've used Links2.0 and Links SQL, and think it would really pay GL to take the next steps with developing the link pages into a more mature part of the portal... I'm considering writing a custom section to do that myself, but need to familiarize myself more in depth with PHP before I dive into it... I'm truly a Cold Fusion kind of guy, but PHP does seem quite robust and my Dreamweaver tools have everything I need to get going

Just downloaded the latest GL 1.3.10 release and did a test upgrade against a copy of my existing system. It went pretty well... the usual issues with forgetting my custom functions and having the resculpt all the usual config files, but other than that, pretty stock upgrade. I test all my upgrades on a development copy before I apply it to the production system... I get 60,000 hits a month or better on the main site, so it does pay to have a test box to be sure all is running well before going forward.

Anyway, I sure love Geeklog and swear by it - Love the forums and community here on the main site and look forward to hearing from some of you,

Sincerely,

AJ - aj@iamawitch.net

AJ

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Dirk

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Quote by aj_iamawitch: I would like to see the links function evolve too.... It would be nice to get the "Links 2.0" (Gossamer-Threads) style catalog built right into GL.

There's a phplinks integration. It may need some work to make it compatible with 1.3.10, though.

bye, Dirk

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aj_iamawitch

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Dirk - I appreciate that! I'll certainly take a look at it - Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving - Take care!
AJ

anonymous

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I like the snow effect on your site. I found the directions on your site for the script, but I am not sure where to put it. Any help would be appreciated.

Thx.

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aj_iamawitch

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Quite simple!

I just edited my header.thtml file in the layout/themename (Where themename is replaced with what theme(s) you are running) and planted it there. If you run multiple themes, you'll need to edit all of them to have the script run in each...

Hope that helps
AJ

anonymous

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Thanks for the help.

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aj_iamawitch

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You are quite welcome! Happy New Year!
AJ

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