Today I published the phase 1 changes to my forum. The new structure is currently in Beta testing phase. Most of the changes are invisible. I recreated the entire structure of the site to allow for future changes more efficiently.
Some of the changes that have already been made are as follows:
- The location of the forum has changed to http://forum.matlipe.com, don’t worry, all the old links and site location will still bring you to the new home.
- The url structure is now google friendly. Old pages that used to be linked to with a series of ?page=&forum= etc are not linked to with a hyphen separated name.
- You may now sort the threads by subject. Just click on subject on the threads list page and they will sort alphabetically.
- One of the first things you will notice is the new login process. I wrote a much more secure login which takes you out of the normal site structure to log you in.
- The contact form now only has one options. Also many of the links through the site no open a email in outlook instead of redirecting you to the contact form.
- Some of the messages have changed.
- The reply form now shows up under the message you are replying to instead of always at the bottom. There is still a reply form at the bottom of each thread to reply to the thread itself, but you may now reply to a reply right under the reply.