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Just Plain Folks Music Organization #178032 02/09/2007 2:30 AM
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Hi Folks,

I thought I would post our site on here as another example of a look I haven't seen elsewhere. We used an old version 5.47 UBB from the end of 1999 until a few months ago when we updated to the newest version. Our members were very used to the look and colors of our old boards, so we were very concerned about being able to mimic it while also taking advantage of the giant leaps forward in features. Thanks to the help of Rick (we used some of the tech hours we got with the upgrade/install on having him approximate the former colors and look) our members were amazingly comfortable with the gigantic changes.

Our music organization has grown to the largest in the world with over 41,000 members. We've only been able to get about 1/3rd of them to register on the message boards (and I'd love to hear ideas of how to covert more of them from anyone out there with success) but it's got to be one of the more active boards for musicians and songwriters in the industry.

Here's a link: http://www.jpfolks.com/forum/ubbthreads.php

We're still learning the potential of all the features and hope to learn how to create some custom boxes for the side. (We have no tech person on staff).

Thanks to the UBB team and to Rick for really helping the transition and doing a great job getting us going.

Brian

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Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: ] #178036 02/09/2007 3:25 AM
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I quite look forward to talking to you in the future. cool

But in the mean time, I've never seen this before: "Zlib compression unavailable." -- I've only ever seen enabled/disabled... ? Maybe someone more experienced than I (most everyone lol) could explain...?



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Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: ] #178037 02/09/2007 3:27 AM
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ARGH! w/ the moderated board already!! :/

(don't post this one - lol)



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Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: jgeoff] #178117 02/09/2007 8:25 PM
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It means zlib support is not even compiled into PHP on that server.


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Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: jgeoff] #178583 02/17/2007 10:59 AM
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Hi JG,

I don't know what it means either. If you find out, please let me know!

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Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: ] #178645 02/17/2007 6:50 PM
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Certain "features" have to be compiled in to use; if it's not compiled in it's "not available" to be enabled.


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Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: Gizmo] #178692 02/18/2007 2:47 PM
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but what does zlib actually do? Are there features we're missing because of this limitation?

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Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: ] #178700 02/18/2007 3:22 PM
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Not sure if this helps - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zlib


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ZLib compresses the output of your web-files to save bandwidth at the cost of a minor spike in cpu time. Basically the same ammount of content can be provided with a smaller impact on bandwidth.


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Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: Gizmo] #178714 02/18/2007 8:32 PM
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works wonders on larger forums where there is a ton of content.

Check here for an example:
ZLib check on UBBCentral's Main Page


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Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: Gizmo] #178837 02/20/2007 4:46 PM
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Would ours be considered large? I really don't know.. I know it's large for music industry boards.. but tiny compared to some gigantic message boards out there..

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Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: ] #178841 02/20/2007 4:54 PM
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Seems fairly large to me -- and numbers like this are very good anyway, so I wouldn't sweat it right now. But if you grow further, I'd definitely look into zlib compression to save bandwidth...

Generated in 0.072 seconds in which 0.006 seconds were spent on a total of 9 queries. Zlib compression unavailable.


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(NA) Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: jgeoff] #178881 02/20/2007 8:26 PM
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It is fairly decently sized; myself I like having the optoion to have it or not, not having it is definately not industry standard on any server...

ZLib will serve content to users faster, this means that people on slower connections will recieve content much faster, which in itself may make you more poplar (think of it, a 33.6k internet connection operating like a standard cable line on your site).


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(NA) Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: Gizmo] #178903 02/20/2007 10:39 PM
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Gizmo,

I see you're in Portland, OR. Any chance you know Ryan O'Neil over at CD Baby/Hostbaby? We are hosted by them. Is it something in their settings that keeps us from having that feature?

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(NA) Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: ] #179962 03/04/2007 2:40 AM
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Is that a no? = )


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I've never heard of them myself... lemme go look them up...


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It looks like they're about 10 miles away from me... I wonder where their servers are... brb


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Hmm, seems theres a datacenter in vancouver, I didn't know that...
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Interesting, turns out that the people they're leasing their bandwitdh from is the same people who provide the telecommunications for my mom's office in Vancouver at her mortgage company lol... Integra Telecom


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Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: Gizmo] #181726 03/29/2007 8:06 AM
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Ryan's a great guy. You folks should know him!

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Re: Just Plain Folks Music Organization [Re: ] #181811 03/31/2007 7:05 AM
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I'm more a homebody... Unless it's at night, then you can find me at any number of steak houses, bars, or clubs wink...

Even though Vancouver is only a few miles away, I don't make it up there much; but my drinking buddy and his wife live up there.


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