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First and foremost, welcome to the new site. I, with a bit of help from the rest of the gang, have completely revamped absolutely everything and implemented a couple of new features that we think will benefit the community.
“The biggest change is obviously layout, but we will talk about every new little thing in an upcoming post by Stu Grubbs, who stayed up for two days straight to make sure everything was working smoothly.” -Thomas “Shoes” Gribble
I did stay up for two days straight, meaning there were two sleepless nights in a row for a whopping near 72 hours straight of being awake. I wanted to make sure that while we captured all the benefits of the new system, that we didn’t lose anything or inconvenience our community. Over the last few days I was able to transfer every user, forum post, and piece of content from one system to our entirely new and different system with out losing a single person, reply, or word from those items. All the links have been formatted just as they were on the old site so no link will be broken. Check out the forums and pick up where you left off in conversation.
Couple things to note: All users will need to do a “lost password” check in order to get a new password for their account. This is due to the fact that I could not transfer the passwords because they are encrypted differently in each system. The other is that we won’t have the comment from the old system. Unfortunately, there was no feasible quick method to transfer them from the old site, so our articles won’t have any comments until you start commenting on them again!
So… what’s new?
Front Page/Main Site
I brought the idea to the guys about a week ago of moving the site to a new system with a different kind of layout and we all quickly agreed that this would be the best move. The system we have move to for both the main site and the forums is INCREDIBLY faster than Joomla and Fireboard (the old site). The old site used a total of 100+ database tables, whereas the new site uses less than 30. You’ll notice the speed increases both here at the site and even more over on the forums. I know this was one of our primary complaints, so enjoy the speed boost.
We have also opted for a more clean layout that is not only easier to navigate, but offers more features and more fun. I urge you to check out the site from literally top to bottom on every page to see all the cool features available to you at the speed of light.
New features include a awesome gallery system that we are still migrating into, a tag system to help you find more of what you love, and more! Everything about this new site is better, and we think you’ll agree.
I can’t say enough about the new forums system. It’s lightweight, fast, and very community friendly. 20 of the most recent threads/discussions appear first, then the listing of all our forums. You will find you have the ability to tag your forums posts, you can paste a link to a video at your favorite video site and its autoconverted into an embed, you can upload your avatar, and all the other good stuff you were able to to at our old forums. SO MUCH FASTER. It was quite the experience that has caused the sames words to be uttered by everyone who tries out the new forums: “Holy shit!”
As always, I, and the rest of the team, want your feedback on the new site. As I do all the development here at FPSLabs, I urge you to drop me a PM on the forums or email me directly with any bugs, glitches, complaints, or suggestions you may have. You can also leave some feedback right here: http://forums.fpslabs.com/topic.php?id=3350
Thank you so much for your continued support and we look forward to continuing to bring you the best in gaming technology news and reviews. You guys are awesome and the reason we continue to strive in bringing you the best experience possible when on our site. As for now, I am going to get some sleep as the gallons of coffee are starting to wear off.
Stu, Thomas, and the rest of Team Amazing (FPSLabs Staff)