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    Default New Search Engine for the Board and Site.

    A new forum search engine has been added taking advantage of the Google Custom Search Engine feature. It makes searching just a wee bit easier ...

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/search.php

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    Hi Jagan,

    I noticed that a large percentage of the links on the 'Links' page now go to redundant sites. I seem to recall at some point in the past there was a thread running in which people gave links to useful websites (or did I imagine that?). Perhaps a new thread along the same lines would be a way of gathering a new set of live and useful links?

    Also (sorry, I'm on a roll!), it took me a long time to realise that the route to get from the forum to the RAF Commands front page was a link in the bottom bar of the page. Would it be possible to make the Royal Air Force Commands logo at the top of each page a hyperlink to rafcommands.com instead of to the forum as there are already other links available to get back to the forum?

    Thanks & keep up the great work
    Linzee

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    Linzee, good suggestions ..

    Quote Originally Posted by Linzee View Post
    I noticed that a large percentage of the links on the 'Links' page now go to redundant sites. I seem to recall at some point in the past there was a thread running in which people gave links to useful websites (or did I imagine that?). Perhaps a new thread along the same lines would be a way of gathering a new set of live and useful links?
    Agree with you that there should be a better set of links to use - there has also been some discussion on starting a Recommended Links/Resources section. Will definitely work on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Linzee View Post
    Also (sorry, I'm on a roll!), it took me a long time to realise that the route to get from the forum to the RAF Commands front page was a link in the bottom bar of the page. Would it be possible to make the Royal Air Force Commands logo at the top of each page a hyperlink to rafcommands.com instead of to the forum as there are already other links available to get back to the forum?
    I noticed that as well and like you I prefer an easily accessible link at the top of the page. Though many folks would be used to clicking the Logo to go to the forum home page.

    I will see if I can add a "link" at the top of the page next to the "forum" text. Right next or to replace "Whats New".. Anyway the Whats New link is non functional (its a "Search feature that is broken)..


    Added Later:

    Second Request was easier than I thought. Right now a "RAFCommands Home" button appears on the top replacing the rather useless "Whats New".. enjoy!
    Last edited by Jagan; 18th October 2013 at 15:51. Reason: Header change made

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    Yikes Jagan! That was a super fast response, thank you. The new 'RAF Commands Home' button is great, hope others find it handy too. I found I was neglecting those pages because I was too lazy to scroll to the bottom bar to use the link there, good to have them handy to get to now.

    Thanks for taking a look at the Links page suggestion too, it isn't urgent but something that would be good to have tweaked in due course. It's always really good to have suggested links from others as I tend to get in a rut and stick to those I have bookmarked previously and therefore probably miss lots of interesting things.

    Thanks very much Jagan,

    Linzee

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    The Forum went down yesterday because we hit the top limit for DB space. I have contacted the Provider and ordered extra space for our database and did some stuff to bring it back up.

    I dont yet have a confirmation from the provider that the change has been made (though it should automatically happen when I made a payment). Its almsot 24 hours .. So hopefully the DB space has increased and the forum should work without issues from now on...

    Now there could be a slim chance that the host provider has not increased the space and may take a day or two to do the same and we will hit the limit and it will stop working again..

    That said if the fix is in place - we are good for a few more years. And I have this on my radar so I will keep monitoring it going forward.

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    The forums are now RSS feed enabled.

    You will note an icon appear on the forum home page - that shows the latest posts in an XML format.

    What is an RSS feed?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS
    http://www.whatisrss.com/

    Its most useful if you are visiting a hundred different sites a day, and you dont want to keep track by visiting all sites. RSS feeds allow new content to be "Delivered" to an inbox..

    All your browsers usually have an RSS feed feature. so the moment you start a browser it will notify of new content in the forum you wish to track.

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    Forum currently has Google Maps BB Code enabled.

    example of usage:

    [map ]The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, United Kingdom[/map],
    [map ]51.481129,-0.280455[/map]

    Output
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    Added a "Google Custom Search" box right on top of the forum page. to make it easier to search this site. Right below the RAFCommands Logo and above the "Whats New" link.

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    That is gonna be used a lot (once people notice it).
    Good work.
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    Added a strike through BBcode.. just encase the text between [s] and [/s ] tags (no spaces in the tags)

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