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I'm having trouble with some of the social elements after last weekend's attempt at a remote edit (without enough service). Working on fixing it today.
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Added SSL for wranglerriders as some of the links are still being sent to that domain (still fixing that). The site is auto-generating a forum topic for each site article, but I thought it would only make a post for active articles, not those that do not have a menu. Turns out it is making a forum post for each of these articles that have long-since been taken off the site, but I didn't delete those articles to keep them for historical reference... however I didn't disable them (my bad), I just unlinked them. Now I have to go through all these old articles and archive them (disable them) and then delete the forum post or toss the forum post in an archive folder. 

In our quest to speed up the site, I broke some things. It's been a major headache that's been taking hours and hours and hours to fix. We gotta get the speed up and take away bloaty programming so this site works great on cell phones back in the sticks. Some of the stuff we use is just too resource-intensive. 

Some of the fixes stopped the reply button from working in the forums. While the post did submit, and it shows up on the site, the user only saw the button hang and do nothing. We're also having issues with the community news feed that we're working on. 

We're working on adding events, store, and Trail Ambassador pages to the directory and making that the main focus of the site going forward. A bunch of directory criteria is going to change and we'll be adding seasonal info, the ability for users to add businesses along a route, making the directory look and work better, etc. As you've seen, you can now write a forum post in every article (instead of using a different program) and you'll also be able to upload updated trail map files to posts so if you have a new route to an existing trail or tour, you can share that. 

and finally... making the directory an app for android and apple. 

 

1/8/20 Community fixes - 

Appear in search engine privacy setting now shows in the backend profile type

Page owner now properly shows on the followers' tab

Sidebar statistics now show properly when users view their own about page

Stream items now load properly when certain apps are disabled by admin

Mailchimp field in the backend registration form now properly respects the field's default value

The conversation button from profile pop box now properly opens Conversekit chat when applicable

User profile page now shows correctly on multilingual sites

Photo upload option now shows properly from clusters story panel form

Twitter title metadata is no longer missing from stream item page

The conversation form no longer gets reset when a giphy item is added into the form

Event meta is now properly deleted when deleting an event

Created and participated pages counters now show correctly when visiting other user's profile page

Moderators can now properly access clusters that are under moderation

User icons on thel Videos module now properly link to video creator's profile

Addressed a possible issue on events pagination when the 'past events' filter is enabled

Core apps on user profile header no longer show if their respective features are disabled in the community

Addressed an issue with regards to group's SEF url on info and apps page

Links from certain domains are now being parsed correctly in story form

Event QRCode now displays correctly

Initial upload ordering for photos in albums now follows the ordering settings

Pull to refresh in the mobile template is now disabled for guest users

Guest users can no longer access other user's friend's list (couldn't see anything, but could get to the list)

Reactions on albums now properly bump up certain stream items

Duration for Youtube videos are now properly fetched when using Youtube API

Group or page event type is now properly stated in backend pending events listing

Liking page event's uploaded cover stream as the page itself no longer produces an error

Loading more stream items on the timeline no longer produces duplicate stream items

Addressed an issue on several instances where the notification popbox in mobile view cannot be closed

Albums can now be properly created on-site after install or updates.

Notifications for reactions made on video comments are now properly removed when the video has been deleted

Single cluster category view now loads the correct stream items

Addressed an issue with regards to unrecognized keyword for user suggestions

Updated community URL plugin instruction text to avoid confusion

Image pop up no longer show when usesr try to react on a photo stream item

The pagination on the upcoming birthday module now works properly

Event SEF routing now works properly when the url shortener and language filter plugin are enabled

Pagination SEF links for user's groups listing now works properly

Addressed a redirection issue on user's participating group's filter when the community URL plugin is enabled

Pagination SEF links for user's pages listing now works properly

Banned user's notifications and conversation notifications are no longer shown

The date that is appended to the title recurring events now properly matches the start date of the respective recurring event

Addressed an issue with regards to pagination links when guest users view another user's participated events listing

Sidebar counters now show correctly on certain pages when viewing as a guest user

Pagination for events listing now works properly when viewing events under the 'Tomorrow' filter

Addressed an issue where invite-only events are visible to guest users on user profile

Hashtag permalinks with umlaut characters now properly show

Comment's react notification now works properly when the user updates the comment

View all videos link on videos module now properly respects the 'Display All Videos Links' setting

The sidebar module now properly shows in the profile page

Pinned posts with background no longer stay in edit mode after they are updated

Conversations are now properly marked as read when users receive and read new messages on the spot

User permalink field now properly factors in clusters alias in the validation process

Missing hits count has been added on the videos widget

Logging in and out from Joomla's login module now works properly

Text avatar storage path now properly respects the storage path setting

 

1/8/20 Blog fixes - 

Duplicate content no longer shows on the post preview page

Shortcodes from Regular Labs are now properly removed from schema content

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Substantial server work has been done today. Multiple improvements to image processing. The site should be noticeably faster.

WATVA and maybe Trail Ambassadors are preparing to launch their app and all of this needs to be done in preparation of that. Being that it's all on the same server we benefit as well.
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Lots of site work being done yet. bad plugin was removed giving us issues yesterday. The forum content plugin is going rogue and making duplicate posts for the same listing so it's been disabled and is being looked at. This plugin would allow each site article to have a forum post under it, eliminating the need for additional programs to do that part.

I've deleted hundreds of unused programs and plugins we've tried over the last few years. Server work is being done to comply with app needs and it's getting faster too.

Hang in there, we're getting it fixed. Sorry about the mess. Old articles need to be disabled, stuff moved to the forums and directory, directory narrowed down and fixed... lots and lots of work yet. Thanks for understanding.
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More updates today. Also changed when someone joins as a free member, they will need to confirm their email address and we'll also have to vet the profile with a valid address and contact information. I'm tired of having to change usernames on free profiles to their real names as it's clearly written to do so. People don't ready though and their auto-fill programs see that field as username and auto-fill it.
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Push notifications should be working again for chrome, safari, etc. on phones.
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Turned off page likes notifications

Turned off group likes notifications

Too many notifications for little things flood the system and hide important info.
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Is this something everyone has to do or can the site be set to limit the amount of messages? I agree it's not necessary to see who likes whom.
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I'm seeing it up so it just doesn't do it. When we have 10,000 members it would be insane lol
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Google maps API fixed. Maps should show up now. I still have to go through all the listings and double check that the drive-to directions will show up, that requires more than coordinates, it needs an address (dumb I know but).
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We've had some issues with the membership program allowing people to sign up as premium members without paying. I've taken down the ability to choose premium membership from the get go, but you can still go to your membership page and upgrade to premium.

I've also added the membership to the store here https://www.rl4wdstore.com/product/PremiumMembership/12 with a number of different payment options including Google Pay, PayPal and more kinds of credit cards. I've asked the board to review additional options and rewards as well as new discounts for the upcoming mech we'll have.
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All map files and gps downloads are now available for premium members. More directory work continues this week. Premium membership signup has been moved to the online store and now features multi-year discounts, specials, and family memberships.
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After a lot of cuss words and things thrown, it looks like the membership program is fixed.
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https://rl4wd.com/shop is now right in our site. It's not 2 different sites. The corp has taken over the store expenses going forward and product and clothing will be added starting today. You should also be able to log in using your current email for this site to quicken checkout.
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Switched to open street maps which now works in the directory.
Added map sort by reviews, popularity, etc.
Added proximity filters to the new map.
Added proximity to nearby trails.
Adding maps based on pages you're visiting.
Added latest listings to main directory page.
Added latest images and videos to main listing page.
Took out specific filters for trails and businesses and only have them now showing in their respective areas.
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Updates -

The start/end date time in event's information section now displays the correct date/time
Reactions made on comment notifications are now deleted when the corresponding stream item is deleted
Addressed an issue with regards to incorrect actor alias for events created in pages
Improved page load performance of the clusters listing page through the REST API
Improved page load performance of the clusters listing page through the REST API
The email digest content no longer show multiple links to the same stream activity
Optimized stream item deletion process
Improved page load performance of the audio listing page through the REST API
Improved page load performance of the videos listing page through the REST API
The system now properly logs and exclude storage items that no longer exist on Amazon S3 remote storage
Added a missing plugin which resolves an issue that occurs while updating community via Joomla's updater
User's cluster subscriptions are now properly deleted when the user is removed from the site
Smart search data is now properly updated when albums are deleted
Added onBeforeGroupJoin and onAfterGroupJoin triggers when someone joins a group
Addressed a php warning when clicking on the loadmore button in cluster advanced search
Video creation in groups now correctly respects the category ACL
Removed debug messages when site hits an error trying to download the app from the server
App Store synchronization should also remove orphan items stored locally
The upcoming birthday module now properly shows today's birthday for users that are born in non leap years
Added missing alert rule for files uploaded through the files story form in pages
Users are now redirected to the dashboard when stream items are deleted from their single stream entry page
Default privacy options are now properly assigned to the default profile type during fresh installation
Associated reports will now be deleted when their corresponding stream item is deleted
Added missing alert rule for files uploaded through the files story form in events
Searching using the 'All' option in the gender field now returns correct results (admins only)
VK social video link will now be parsed correctly in conversation messages
Distance search now returns correct results when the distance supplied is too larg
The correct author is now shown for page's audio and video in listing
Addressed an error that occurs when viewing photo repost in groups
Old video files are now properly removed when users update videos
Stream deletion will now properly delete any leftover attachments from comments
Unused attachments will now be removed when the cron kicks in
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Fixed error when making a review or trying to make a review.
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Disabled the donation program. If people want to help raise funds, we'll toss something through the store. It's very hard to process memberships and donations and I need to streamline the systems being used. The donation program was due for renewal, so not renewing that license.

I'm also having a lot of trouble with the membership payment program, it takes me many hours to process memberships and with the virus, I haven't been able to print cards from the office (we don't own the $2k card printer) so memberships have been delayed by a few weeks. It's very frustrating, I don't like having orders and memberships sitting and waiting.

As product sales ramp up, it's going to be very hard to manage the duel income streams. I have another PayPal account I can switch to so memberships don't interfere with the products so I may just do that. Can't really get away from the membership program though as then people won't be able to see or renew their memberships.

Still working on the directory revamp, apps we want, it's just so much work on top of events, online training, filming, making signs, etc. Too many irons in the fire right now. This is now an unpaid full-time job.
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Still getting complaints that people can't figure out this website. Tracking where people get stuck, it appears people forgot how to use drop-down menus. The new homepage will likely be the new directory homepage instead of the social homepage. It'll still feature all the events but will instantly pull up a mini map and then at the bottom all the same stuff you see in the community homepage will be there but I'm not going to nest the menus so basically everything's going to show up on that landing page... I'm trying to make this thing as easy to use as possible so I do apologize if some of you can't navigate through it very well. I do appreciate the feedback and look forward to providing you with a excellent website experience for 2020.
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I disabled emails from the website until I can move to the new event management program. We need to move events as the directory is soon going to be the home page and I'm tired of getting complaints when the site sends emails on events people are subscribed to but don't want emails. Will set up a more simple layout. It won't be as pretty, but it'll allow Trail Ambassadors to make tickets and all that jazz and have PayPal payments go right to their club.
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We've been slowly updating the backend of the site for the streamlined revision or the site for 2020/2021. With all the event overloads and training needed, I'm beside myself in volunteer work on top of the daily membership processing, sign work, mapping, etc. etc. etc. This is a huge workload and extreme burden that we can't afford to offload on paid developers who get $100-$300 an hour.

We're trying to support this thing with product sales, sponsorships, memberships, donations, and alike. Frankly, I'm burnt out. We're making progress, but sponsorships have been lacking, and I don't have time to wine and dine, new sponsors when I'm drowning in daily workload already.

This virus killed or delayed a lot of what we were working on and zapped funding so our ads stopped, marketing stopped, etc. It is what it is, we're in a world of hurt, but who ain't. Like you, I'll just soldier on and keep my nose to the grindstone as best as I can. I thank all of you who've helped, all who've donated, all the Trail Ambassadors and clubs trying to take the event load off of me so that we can have a nice website, training, etc. This is easily the hardest time in my life right now.

A HUGE HUGE thanks to the paid members. You're the knights in shining armor here. Without you, we'd have zero funds to keep doing what we're doing and this site would just go nowhere. Without you, we'd lose our landowner contracts and landowner insurance. Without you, we wouldn't have money for trail signs or trail rock. You get a shirt, patch, stickers, membership card, and I'm working on more discounts and value that'll be worth many times more than what you paid, but it takes time, and honestly, it's the chicken and the egg. Can't land big discount contracts without proving we have ____ (usually thousands) of base members. For those that see the value of the $50, thank you so so much. Many compare it to being cheaper than a night out on the town or heck, even just going to the movies or a ball game... $50 for a year to help fund trails means the world to us. It's not a lot of money, but without it, we'd be toast.
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