Forum update; Official JSF Facebook page is launched.
Yesterday afternoon I shut down the existing JSF Forums and began migrating the data over to the new forum software. The JSF Forums database contains a massive amount of information and knowledge, generated by a collective of more than 30,000 members over nearly 13 years. It’s a really big database. 🙂
Over the past week I’ve done extensive testing on the new system using the actual forum data, so I was reasonably certain there would be no unexpected issues during the migration. Sure enough, the data import went 100% to plan, and the new JSF Forums now contain all the existing forums, posts, avatars, private messages, images, file attachments, user groups and so on.
Now comes the labor-intensive part. There are literally hundreds of settings, adjustments and modifications that I need to perform, many of which require a significant amount of time to accomplish. This process will take me several days to complete, perhaps even most of the week. I promise to work as quickly as possible.
I will not be using the stock style that comes with the forum software. It’s not bad, but it’s fairly pedestrian. Instead I will be purchasing a couple high-end, beautiful styles. These themes are not merely skins, they also add quite a bit of advanced functionality.
I can now confirm that you will use a single account to log into the JSF forums and the main JSF web site. I can also confirm that you will be able to use your Facebook account to sign in if you like! This is something a lot of you have been asking for, and I’m pleased to report that your wait is almost over.
Another feature that I’ll be adding (this is not a stock feature), is that I will be able to automatically post my morning blogs to the forums. The cool part is that the discussions will be seamless: comments are synced between the blog and the forums in real time. This will bring a whole new level of interactivity to JSF.
Yesterday afternoon I launched the official John Stone Fitness Facebook page. I’ll be posting my daily blogs to that page, along with all kind of other JSF-related stuff. I’ll also be posting sporadic progress reports as I work on the forums. If you’re on Facebook, please give the page a like!
You can always find the link to the Facebook page at the very top of any page on JSF (along with links to various other JSF services, such as Twitter, Youtube, MyFitnessPal and so on). It’s also on the contact page.
I’m going to wrap this up, I’ve got a lot of work to do! 🙂