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Douglas C
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Forum update?

Post by Douglas C » 27 Aug 2021 15:25

Is the forum software/certificate due an update?
I'm getting a warning in the browser bar that the connection is not secure.
All other websites or forums I regularly use show secure connections verified by various digital security providers.
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Post by Stewart » 27 Aug 2021 15:47

A certificate to allow us to use https costs money so, as we don't take payments via the forum, we don't need one. The membership renewal site very definitely has one as that takes payment details.

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Post by Rob Frankhamr » 27 Aug 2021 19:18

Stewart wrote:A certificate to allow us to use https costs money so, as we don't take payments via the forum, we don't need one. The membership renewal site very definitely has one as that takes payment details.
It's getting to the stage now that a lot of browsers actively try to stop you visiting insecure pages and that could put off a lot of potential users. May be time to bite the bullet. The certificates aren't expensive (I know that when I was maintaining one site, you could get a free certificate but I don't know if that still applies).

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Post by John King » 27 Aug 2021 21:50

This has been on the cards for quite a while, but it isn't it as straight forward as closing this forum and launching a new one. There is a bit more to it.

This is in part due to the workings of the forum which is interlinked with the club website. This interlink allows us to have both non club members and club members sharing the forum, but denying non club member access to certain sections in particular those dealing with club matters.

Non club members naturally do not have to pay but get free access to most of the forum.

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Post by Firstpeke » 27 Aug 2021 21:59

It is also possible that you have had either a Microsoft "update" or you need an Anti-Virus update that brings your AV database back up to date....

OR not.......

Microsoft Works - still the greatest oxymoron in IT.....


Mind you if it all worked as Microsoft thinks it should, I wouldn't have had a job for years...
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Post by AndrewH » 29 Aug 2021 15:18

I tried converting a heavily modified http phpbb2 forum (my own site but not a motorcycle forum) to a secure https phpbb3 forum about 3 years ago. The users and posts didn't migrate across properly, only the forum layout. I ended up getting people to re-register on the new forum. There was a known issue at the time with phpbb2 to phpbb3 migration but I believe this is fixed now. I still have the older phpbb2 forum running for archive reasons though and it doesn't interfere with the newer phpbb3 one.

Modern browsers do tend to throw a tantrum and not like non-secure http websites. Non-secure sites tend to get downgraded on search engines too.

You can still set up groups for different levels of access on the boards on phpbb3. I'd be pleased to help out if required.

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Post by Stewart » 26 Oct 2021 17:21

Hou'll see from your browser address bars that we're now using https here.

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Post by Rob Frankhamr » 26 Oct 2021 20:00

Stewart wrote:Hou'll see from your browser address bars that we're now using https here.


:smt023

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Secure

Post by John King » 26 Oct 2021 20:02

I was just going to mention this but you beat me to it.

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Post by FixItDik » 27 Oct 2021 08:20

AndrewH wrote: I'd be pleased to help out if required.
Hi Andrew, I have successfully migrated a copy of this forum to PHPBB3 once on my local server and plan to do it on the live server when I get a chance but I would welcome some help in case it all goes pear-shaped.

The delay in doing it "for real" has been because of the extra little bits we have added for the club, none of them too onerous but the biggest one is the ability to purge users who have not logged in for 13 months (having sent them a warning at 12 months). PHPBB2 provides a facility that (almost) does this but I had to tweak the code, ideally I would like it to do it automatically so the admin team don't have to remember to manually kick off the process.

I have promised the Forum team that I'll look at getting the upgrade done before the end of 2022 now that we have the membership database handed off to a 3rd party, so if you are available do let me know :)

cheers

Dik

PS Yes, the SSL certificate was paid for from the saving of not having to pay for the one that used to secure the membership database - these certificates cost £50-£60/year as hosting companies will not use the free ones (funny that)

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