In the coming weeks I will be migrating all the blogs to the latest WordPress. The addresses will be changed to ravingatheists.com/blog/YOURSITE. I will do my best to make sure all linked files stay intact, however, with all moves there will be bugs and glitches.
The reason I’m doing this is because the current install is dreadfully out of date. The current site uses wordpress MU which has been replaced. At it’s present state it is not possible for me to upgrade the site, the plugins or the themes. I cannot install the new over the old, for obvious reasons.
The entire process will take me a while to complete and I will post updates here as I make headway. But in the end what you will have is a more usable space and a space that I can again offer to people. As always, it will remain free.
The forum will be accessible in the same place it has always been. I apologize that there have been so many issues with it lately. I’ve fought back and forth with the host to figure out what was causing the issues. As it turned out, the site was on a server with a corrupt install of mysql, which the host has fixed and there shouldn’t be anymore issues (I hope).
The forum is also out of date but in its present state it is still very functional and stable. I believe it will remain so for a long time. Because vBulletin isn’t free and the current releases they offer do not give me the options I’d like to have, I’ll be content to hold on to it as is until there’s a suitable upgrade.
If you have questions, comments or if you completely disagree and hate the whole idea, use the contact link to email me.
I’ve added about eight new themes and just like everything else gets outdated so do themes. There will be some oddness going on here (on the main blog) as I switch my theme to each available theme to test it out. I know this makes the main blog a mess but it’s actually the easiest way for me to do it as all the option are available to me, you know, instead of using a test blog.
So if you could please refrain from sending me “Your blog is broken” emails, I’d appreciate it. All other emails worshiping me will be welcome.
The whole site has been upgraded to the latest and greatest WordPress MU. There are some things that are gone now. Sadly some plugins were very outdated but I have added some new plugins. So make sure you look closely under your “Settings”, “Manage” and “Design -> Widgets” menus, you might find something neat. Also if there’s any plugin you’d like added, email me and I’ll do my best to get it installed (if it will work with MU).
I’m putting a lot of time into trying to figure out the best way to include a list of recently updated blogs+latest post in the forum. For some reason it’s not as easy as I originally thought it should be.
The back end has been upgraded. Everything seems to be working properly but let me know if you have issues.
I want to thank everyone who donated. You gave $195! $160 of which has gone to the purchase of a lifetime vBulletin license.
Over the next two weeks I’ll be working to get vBulletin installed and hopefully import the current forum posts and users.
I’ve banned a few blocks of IP addresses, of which were used to register splogs here. If you’re getting a 403 error or if someone you know is, please contact me, you’ve accidentally been included in a block of banned IP addresses.
I hate resorting to IP bans and it will only be temporary.
I’ll be upgrading the blogs today. There shouldn’t be any noticible changes. Mostly bug fixes and security fixes.
Hopefully, I will find a solution that works for stopping spam blogs.
What’s going on is a new domain and a new place for the forum users of the RavingAtheist.com Forum. There will be more information in the future but for now what you need to know is the forum will be moving (I’ll announce the when in the future) and there will be a place for the forum users and new users to start their own blogs.
First, I want to dispel any nasty rumors: I am not defecting from RA’s site. Nor is it my intention to convince people not visit his site. The forum is and always has been my personal project. What I’d like to do here is create a community around the users, not around the RA blog but keeping in mind what originally brought us all together, hence the domain name.
Second, a time line, I am an extremely busy individual. I am hardly able at this time to nail down a deadline of any kind. The forum will be moved sooner then the blogs will be ready. There will be announcements made both here and on the current forum.
Last, what I need is a few volunteer testers. You need to have some general knowledge about the web and how websites and blogs work. Knowledge of WordPress and php are a plus but not necessary. The pay is low, in fact it’s none. I’m a perfectionist and care little about your feelings or patting you on the head. If you feel you meet these requirements, and can put up with me, please email me at admin [at] ravingatheists.com/blog/.
Just a post marking the date the new domain was registered.