PPlanet

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  1. PPlanet added a post in a topic: IPS Marketplace Checkout Problem   

    Unsure whether to report this as a bug, or maybe it's just a configuration matter. I'm trying to buy something from the marketplace. I cannot go past filling in the address. Even when I select Australia as my country, the states remain just for the USA. Also it forces me to fill in the address field, and when I click inside, a popup message in my browser (Firefox) asks me if I want to share my location. It doesn't matter what I choose, the address field just doesn't get populated, not even by typing (which it doesn't let me do anyway).
    Some weird fields belonging to Nexus are present too; please see screen capture attached.


  2. PPlanet added a post in a topic: (DP34) Global Sidebars   


    From what you say, it looks like you may be trying to upload the folder called "Upload". Generally you are not supposed to upload this folder but only its contents.

    PS, and just in case, before you try again, please make sure that your FTP program's upload preferences are set to merge folders, not to replace them.
  3. PPlanet added a post in a topic: Constants.php to external url?   

    Thanks for the reply, I'll need to play around with this.
  4. PPlanet added a post in a topic: Constants.php to external url?   


    Well, basically I was wondering if there was something with the same behaviour achieved via constants, but instead of pointing to an IPS application, do it to an external url. For example, take my subdomain forums.mydomain.com. Let's say that via constants.php instead of the forums application, I made the Portal the home or landing page. So, when someone would type forums.mydomain.com it would load the Portal; however, when clicked on it, the Forums tab still would take people to the forums index or application Forums. I think that's the normal behaviour, right?

    So, I was wondering about somehow achieving the same behaviour but instead of being an IPS application like the Portal or IP.Content, do the same with an external url.

    At some stage I thought that maybe I could simply redirect forums.mydomain.com to mydomain.com, but any direct link to forums.mydomain.com/index.php remain unaffected by the redirect. I don't know if this is the case, as the Forums tab on the main menu seems to connect to the app as such and not to any url that I could change and test. The questions in that case are, if I redirected forums.mydomain.com, would forums.mydomain.com/index.php also redirect as a consequence? (Are they always the same?)... and if not, how could I make the Forums tab link to forums.mydomain.com/index.php? (Hide the app tab and create a menu item with IP.Content maybe?).
  5. PPlanet added a post in a topic: Constants.php to external url?   

    I know that the use of a constant.php file allows to to set another IPS application as the default homepage. However, I wonder if it's possible to set one up with an external url as the homepage.
     
    For example, I have mydomain.com, that's meant to be the homepage of my site, from there you have several options, including my forums, and the subdomain for them is forums.mydomain.com
    Now, too many members skip mydomain.com and go directly to forums.mydomain.com either because they have it bookmarked or it's in their browser's history.
     
    So, I'd like to make it that even if someone type forums.mydomain.com they go to the top domain instead, but once on the forum, if they click on the "Forums" tab or button, they go to the forums index.
     
    Is there a way of achieving this, either using constants.php or any other way?
  6. PPlanet added a post in a topic: How to configure IPB for many hundreds of subforums   

    Not particularly proud to admit it but I have 1000s of subforums... yes, I know. If someone knows of an easy way of counting them I could give you an exact number. How am I coping? I'm using a virtual server with 8 Gig Ram, I also use Cloudflare. The site works fine, and starts struggling only those nights when in a space of an hour we've had approx 900 users connected. Except in peak hours (Monday and Tuesday nights 10pm to Midnight) we always have anything between 500 and 800 people who have connected in the last hour. And all is gradually growing evenly.
     
    Now, I'm waiting to see what happens with IPB 4, as some queries are meant to be more efficient, but the problem is that 4 years ago I set it up with an ever expanding structure of sub-forums, which was very naive from me. Funnily enough that same structure was a huge success for all other reasons (I'm certainly not talking of technical performance now). But, one day soonish I'll need to bite the bullet and change the structure to something a bit like what Adriano suggests.
     
    Now, what do I do during peak hours? I deselect most subforums from the search manually, and just leave on a few (yet important) discussion forums that don't have subforums. There is an additional menu for the latest threads that come from the 1000s of subforums, and I use an old application for that called "Topics Wall v1.6 for IP.Board" by devRegan. This app is not fully compatible with 3.4.5 any longer, but the mode I need and enable (Simple List view) luckily still is. So, I end up with IPB's native New Content menu just handling a dozen or so of discussion forums, and devRegan's one pulling out the latest 100 threads that are topic specific (reviews). I'd say that 9 out of 10 users just hit the New Content and keep refreshing when the use the site, and only 1 out of 10 is methodical enough to use the additional menu.
     
    Not that I'm suggesting to follow my example if you have the chance to start something fresh (as I said Adriano's suggestion is a much healthier one). But based on my experience, I'd say that it depends on how many users you foresee using your site too.
  7. PPlanet added a post in a topic: Problem with the Friends function after merging two accounts   

    Great. Thanks Andy; it worked, all sorted.
  8. PPlanet added a post in a topic: Problem with the Friends function after merging two accounts   

    Or if someone knows a database query I could run via the ACP in order to remove a member's friends, that may help too, as they are not that many and I could add them back for her later.
  9. PPlanet added a post in a topic: Problem with the Friends function after merging two accounts   

    Hello,
     
    after merging two accounts of one member on my board, it looks like a couple of friends this person had in one of the accounts have not merged completely; they are there on her list when someone clicks on the friends tab, but not on the listed ones at first sight of the overview details of her profile. I thought that solving this would be a case of this person "unfriending" these couple of members and "befriending" them again. However, when any of them go to "Manage Friends", they are on the list with the (+ add) icon, you click on it and it tells you they are already friends, because in reality they should have the (- remove) icon instead like all their other friends on the list.
     
    So, it looks like something went wrong. I thought that maybe it could be fixed by editing this on the database; the problem is that I can't find the right table where this can be edited, that is, removing a member's friend directly in the database. I couldn't find anything inside the members table, so I wonder where is it. Anyone has an idea about where to look into, or any other way of solving this?
  10. PPlanet added a post in a topic: Dealing with many (many!) subforums   

    Thank you, that's good to know. Any little saving is good. Cheers.
  11. PPlanet added a post in a topic: Dealing with many (many!) subforums   

     
    Does anyone have an answer for this question? Thanks
  12. PPlanet added a post in a topic: url4short.info nightmare   

     
    Have you tried what I posted here above ? The problem keeps happening because the code is probably in one of the skin templates, not just in your cache. See my previous post and hopefully it will help you fix it.
  13. PPlanet added a post in a topic: url4short.info nightmare   

     
    For example you have to include in your .htaccess file:
     

    order allow,deny deny from 64.34.197.105 deny from 114.79.0.191 deny from 84.16.92.56 allow from all  
    Apart from your hacker's, I give you a couple of IPs that have tried to hack me.
  14. PPlanet added a post in a topic: Dealing with many (many!) subforums   

    My forum has lots of subforums, and I know that many will recommend me not to have as many given the strain this puts in the system (I won't even tell how many to avoid some well-deserved abuse thrown at me) ;)
     
    However, cutting down is not an option at this stage, so I need some other solutions, even if they may be just a patch to buy me time in the long run.
     
    So, I was wondering if changing the permissions of some subforums from the general membership to just a few restricted membership groups, may help from a resources point of view. I get the impression my site is faster when I'm there as a Guest (before logging in) than when I'm there logged in as an Admin. Is this just an optical illusion or does it make sense? Guests on my site only see a small percentage of it.
     
    Before embarking in the tedious task of changing permissions, I'd just would like to know if it would be worth my while doing so, or just a waste of time?
  15. PPlanet added a post in a topic: url4short.info nightmare   

    Yes, last week I went through this, and luckily it's sorted now. The difference with the first time I got this infection, is that back then (before December 2012), rechaching files and skins did the trick. This time recaching skins was doing the opposite. I found two infected files in the cache (both skin_global.php) and I removed the bad code. All was fine until I recached the skins, as by doing this the code was re-inserted again.
     
    Looking at my ACP logins, I saw a couple of unauthorized accesses using my login details (I own up to keeping a same weakish password for too long), and the code was put and well hidden down the bottom of the global skin template (it made perfect sense then why recaching the skins was reinserting the code in the cache - skin_global.php).
     
    So, yes, if you have this problem and it keeps coming back no matter how many times you recache files, skins, languages, etc, first change all your passwords at once, have a look at your admin logins and see if you spot any unknown IP address. Then if you've found the same code from page 1 in one or more of your cache files, see what sort of cache is it. For example if it's a skin cache file, apart from cleaning that cache file, go to Look & Feel in your ACP and do a search of the templates using a little snippet of the malicious code, in every skin you use... for example, for the same code of page 1, I found it very useful to use the last line of code: $ipd=preg_replace($i,strtr($mds,$jsa,$jsb),'css');
     
    Once you remove the inserted code from the actual template (not just the cache files), the problem will stop. Changing passwords is also a must, as the following night after I had changed my passwords, there were failed login attempts from the same IP address, that of course I also banned.

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