We are changing our Domain & Forum

Welcome to the Reef! Forums Website Layout and Issues We are changing our Domain & Forum

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  • #3848
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    modernknight1
    Keymaster

    This week has been the last straw for me with regards to Go Daddy! support. Not only have they been horrible in support, usually they have no idea about what is wrong when you contact them.

    They can’t break up forum pages into smaller bits and their registration process has been broken almost from Day 1

    I didn’t want to use them from the beginning because of their stance on SOPA and after some of the things that have happened right here, I suspect we might be the victim of some shady stuff. I happened to view our site on an international app which appraises its traffic free of Google meddling – which if you wanna talk about Google, we have never been able to get a proper Google recognition from day 1 – so ZERO Google viability or appraisal and no one at Go Daddy has been able to figure that out! I don’t buy it. Here is what I saw when I looked at our traffic with no manipulation:

    real views

    I knew we were getting a much larger chunk of international traffic simply because all of the emails about my articles and the numbers of likes on them.

    So lets say good buy to this clunky old wordpress forum and Go Daddy site hosting. So here is where I am thinking about moving us: https://www.namecheap.com/hosting.aspx

    I am still searching for some alternatives for the forum. I actually don’t like Xenforo because they lack security support. So if any of you have some recommendations on good alternative Forum hosting that we could tether to the new site over on Namecheap let me know.

    I will let you know when I am ready to pull the trigger as it will be about a 10 day ordeal to get everything moved over. For much of that time the site will be off line. We will have the same address.

    Been really quiet here the last couple of days which is really demoralizing for me after all of this work. I think I may just get this transfer done and give Jeffrey my new city stuff to port in for next year’s version – and then go on another vacation for a while.

    You my members will determine what my next actions are.

    MK

  • #3857
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    Orazio
    Moderator

    I know vBulletin and phpBB are among the most used, but I’m not sure about their security.
    They should be pretty secure, but every once in a while a new zero-day gets discovered and many sites get hacked. I guess you can’t be 100% sure with any software you will choose..

    Honesly I feel it was about time to change the forum software. This site is very very slow, and have problems with caching I suppose, I usually have to refresh a page several times to see the new content, especially new messages on the forum. And the registration seems broken too.
    I believe the use of a specific forum platform will drastically improve the site. WordPress is not really good as a forum, from my point of view.

  • #3861
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    Devoidbrah
    Participant

    well if you look here, first thing I do before making deals with business partners, is i check them out through previous reviews:
    https://webhostinggeeks.com/user-reviews/godaddy/?page=3

    I think GoDaddy was not the best choice, but afterwards everyone can lament. Its the wise decisions we dont aknowledge 😉

    If you need any help, feel free to email me, I wrote you a PM 😉

  • #3872
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    Hraktuus
    Participant

    I tend to use Zetaboards for making forums. They’re free and the forums are fast and well designed, but I can’t say anything about their security. Forums that can be well organized by admins and mods and easily navigated by users are really needed for Buccaneer’s Reef. Right now I’d say that’s one of the biggest weaknesses holding it back from getting a more active community. It’s rather difficult to find things on this site. There’s not good organization of forums, subforums, and threads. So good riddance to GoDaddy/Wordpress. Hopefully you can find a really good service with great forum design.

  • #3875
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    modernknight1
    Keymaster

    Thanks for all the great recommendations my friends. I will look into every one of them!

    MK

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