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15th August

The rollout from two weeks ago seems stable (no complaints at least) and an SSL security test today yielded A+ across the board, meaning that your commuications with the site are secure.

Google ranking will be a shambles for a while for various reasons but I let content take care of...
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15th AugustThe rollout from two weeks ago seems stable (no complaints at least) and an SSL security test  today yielded A+ across the board, meaning that your commuications with the site are secure.Google ranking will be a shambles for a while for various reasons but I let content take care of SEO and a lot of that has been moved inside the wall recently. News is back out there tho there is a system level bug in that the public cannot access all articles but that has been picked up by the support team who develop the core system and may get a patch in a week or two - once done then the Google bots will have more to spider.

30th July

Well okay then - for those of you who follow the development side here's what was in tonight's rollout from the dev server

- cleaner menu system that present fewer options and is more mobile phone friendly (mobiles lack the 'hover' ability which can cause problems)

- News is public again - I...
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Apologies for the site downtime since yesterday – it was necessary to roll out and test a list of upgrades that had been building up.

Nothing much has changed visually beyond a tidy up of the menus and the ‘bringing inside’ of several areas like news and blog – anything that allows user comments...
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Well that was one hell of day

The site started doing crazy inexplicable stuff so I rolled it back and things just kept getting worse - browsers even reported it insecure and I am not about to allow that!

We don't host it ourselves so that lack of transparency meant that it was a few hours before...
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New day new issue - comments on the public blog

That's excellent and I'd love people to be happy to comment but the flip side is that peopel may not realise its public (for SEO reasons else the site is unchanging)

To ensure that comments on the public blog are only visible to those logged in is a code...
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Phil This is turning into a much bigger job than I had hoped - new dev VM built on the hypervisor here (Windows 2019 server), Plesk, Joomla etc installed, plus an Eclipse PHP IDE.. slowly but surely moving me from easy integration & config towards full development on someone else's codebase. PHP isn't my core language but it looks like I don't have much choice if I want to make ostensibly simple mods like these one 'going forward'. Still the upside is no more cooky behaviour of the live site whilst I'm working on it in plain view so that will make the club a tad more professional. 5 months ago
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01 June 2020

The site's email is down - that is I think a datacentre problem as we have to use their SMTP host and nothign has changed outr side (if it aint broke..)

A ticket has been raised - chances are either something needs kicking or a licence expired

For now there won't be any notifications...
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admin This is now fixed - for those interested this issue was server side caused by .. "There was a problem that arose on the 31st which was because the CA bundle that is issued by Comodo with all of the certificates expired, they were aware in advance that this was coming up but had released statements about how this would not have an impact only for it to then cause problems with a lot of the certificates they have issued in the past. The certificate on your server hostname which is used to connect to plesk and which is used to send mail securely would have been one of those effected but that certificate has now been replaced and running a check with SSL labs it is showing the SSL scores perfectly so that should not be causing any problems from what I can see. I will test restarting the mail service to see if this will update to use the re-installed SSL and see if that makes any difference. 5 months ago
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We now have Local News (covering BCP & Studland) and World News (covering the rest of the world beaches.. that seems a fair split)

The World News blog is mostly an excuse to show beautiful beaches that we can't currently go to and perhaps help plan future trips

If you'd like to post on either blog...
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I have finally got around that niggly bug caused by me wanting the Club Blog to be the landing page - usually that's one click but for reasons of boring it really screwed the menu system up

- Now, if you are logged out, the Blog menu item shows the Blog and the Club menu item shows Login

- Once...
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BeachPeople Groups have now been broken down
into individual sports (kite surfing and windsurfing are totally
separate disciplines after all ) Events
will now be created in the relevant groups - the advantage of that is
that it keeps it tight and the event itself is only emailed to the group...
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Sometimes on Android mobiles, trying to paste a link or block of text into your stream doesn't work (the 'Paste' option doesn't pop up) - just type a character, space etc and then it will work fine - when the box is empty it sulks a bit

02Aug2019 A small but important change to Event functionality to increase Club members' privacy

Public can no longer see who is going to events, just numbers attending - you will need to be a registered user and to login in order to find that out

02Jul2019

There is an issue when following external links to events if you aren't already logged in.

The system doesn't handle the login process cleanly in those circumstances and may throw an error page up

A ticket has been raised with the vendor

admin 02Jul2019 - as a result of this, the Club has changed its policy regarding privacy of events - the Events menu item and the main page of each events is now public (that gets around the links issue) but the final arrangements, chatter, discount codes etc are all only visible to paid up members. 1 year ago
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admin added a photo to Stream Photos album in Support page 1 year ago

11Jul2019 "Not authorised to view this resource" message

..this most likely means you are registered but your subs are not up to date - in which case certain areas of the club site are off limits

11Jul2019 "Not authorised to view this resource" message ..this most likely means you are registered but your subs are not up to date - in which case certain areas of the club site are off limits

02Jul19 - 502 server error

Staggeringly - and this is huge - Cloudflare experienced an outage today

They are an absolute titan of defence and content deployment - for them to be affected by a bad software rollout taking down God knows how many sites globally makes me feel a tad better about...
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29June2019

Meetup list email vs Hotmail

Occasionally we send emails to Meetup using their email list feature to let non-members know what's coming upon the Club

The Meetup software that assembles the HTML email doesn't appear to be compatible with Hotmail when viewed on old iPhones so things like...
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27Jun2019: RSS module added to show weather warnings from the Met office, tides from tidetimes.co.uk and the BBC's wild guess at what the weather is today. Hover over to see the detail or click

There is an option to add a 3 day forecast but thats a lot of screen space

I can't find a reliable RSS...
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25Jun2019 Past Events are currently appearing out of sequence with 'Pagp_pago' timezones - ticket raised

Phil The reason for this, it transpires, is that Past Events are listed in the order that they were created - not the actual event date. That's counter intuitive and a patch is due for that soon. 1 year ago
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Phil Re the Pago_pago timezones - no idea - I'll fix that manually. 1 year ago
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25Jun2019 - recent upgrade of the Club site may have caused a minute or so outage but it fixed a lot of bugs, viz:

- inserting links in your thread now automatically created a neat little thumbnail of the site you are linking to

- the little map on the corner of events now works