And we’re back, Part III

Posted on Feb 19 2014 - 9:29pm by Leon
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Apparently we can’t be on a shared server despite the fact that we had a clean WP installation, two text posts, and zero images.  The host blamed our plugins (we had 2-3 standard ones running) and then blamed Google and Bing for crawling the site two much.

It just wasn’t working, so we just signed up for a VPS  and it’ll hopefully resolve all those previous issues.

Things to do:

1)  Install nifty looking theme
2)  Migrating usernames (you will likely be prompted to recreate passwords)
3)  Implement coupons
4)  Post deals
5)  Think about migrating forums

Migrating the old forums is going to be a challenge.  We are coming from a highly customized vBulletin platform to a lightweight BBPress platform.  Something is bound to break along the way.  We’re also not sure if BBPress can handle the sheer amount of forum posts we’ve accumulated along the way.

*cross fingers*

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  1. Sung February 20, 2014 at 5:36 am - Reply

    good luck x1000! Leon, I’m going through major got apex? withdrawal syndrome. yes that’s the clinical diagnosis.

    wish the best, can’t wait to see the new G/A

  2. Corey February 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Just wondering what prompted you to make the change? I’m just trying to learn.

    I did not see, nor read, the Part 1 and Part 2, only Part 3. Forgive me if it was written prior. It looks like parts 1 & 2 are not available to read.

    • Leon February 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Corey,

      Sorry about that. Parts I & II were on the previous “hosted” server plan. Since there were only two posts, we didn’t migrate anything over to the new server.

      We switched from vBulletin to WordPress for several reasons:

      1) Change in priorities – The old site format takes up a lot of time to keep updated and we wanted to spend more time with family.
      2) Huge overhead – Since our original vBulletin was heavily customized and had a ginormous database attached, the server requirements were huge.
      3) New platform – We have decided to go with a blog format, which WordPress is the platform of choice.
      4) More interesting – We can write about what we think are a few really good deals rather than posting a bunch of one-liners. We believe this will be much more useful to our readers. Let’s face it, if you want a ton of quasi-deals, there are plenty of other sites that do it better.

  3. Christine Manson February 21, 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply

    I have always counted on coming here when I have money to spend. Thanks for the memories and hope you can get back on line!!

    • Leon February 21, 2014 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement, Christine! We’ll try our best!

  4. a-10tankkiller(Bob) February 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Happy to see you are continuing on in some form. I have used deals and even better has been the help and advice I have gotten to questions on the old site. I hope the new site frees up time for your families. I have been guilty of too much work and forgetting what is really important.
    Peace, and look forward to the new site.

  5. JEP February 25, 2014 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Don’t like the change. Less information, harder to use, and way too much whitespace. It suffers from slashdot beta syndrome.

    • Apex February 25, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, we appreciate it. We’re still working on tweaking (read: fixing) the look & feel.

  6. Ufcrusher February 25, 2014 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    A funny thing happened on the way to the forum — it disappeared! I take a couple of days off from the site to draft a complaint and when i come back its gone…..

    I know that Gabe mentioned that you were all going to have a think session, but I guess I never expected the forums to completely disappear.

    With that said, as a father I know that our kids grow up in a bat of an eye and to say time is at a premium would be an understatement, I fully understand the desire to minimize the amount of time that is spent on each item as for every minute saved can be spent elsewhere. I just hope that you find a way to reincorporate the forums into the new version.

    Now to look for tickets to SD.

    • Apex February 25, 2014 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      Working on importing forum data as we speak.

  7. Markel February 25, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I realize that GotApex does not owe us anything, but forum data would be awesome. I often foundd myself going back in them to “research” recent history.

    • Apex February 25, 2014 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      Working on it! 😀

  8. nickel March 30, 2014 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Still working on it? I feel like I lost my youth here :p

  9. Apex March 31, 2014 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Definitely still!

  10. mechmike0034 April 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Dropped in for the first time in a long while – life’s kinda gotten in the way here over the last few years. Glad to see GA is still around!

  11. renovation April 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    wow has it been a while that i have stop in !

  12. Ray May 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    So-Cal G|A? Get Together 2015!!!!!

    • sourdough June 2, 2014 at 8:23 am - Reply

      haha! I’m game as long as you all don’t slaughter me like the last few gatherings I was at.

  13. Alvin May 27, 2014 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    :wave: <– does this work???

    Hi Ray!

  14. nickel July 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Still going to happen? Or should I get ready to play Taps? :p

  15. Apex July 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    We just lost our coder. :( Got to figure out what to do.

  16. Ray August 4, 2014 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Lost your coder? That’s balderdash!

    I blame DF.

  17. Apex August 5, 2014 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Indeed, DF must have scared him right out of the country.

    If anyone knows of good candidates, lemme know. 😀

  18. Thesifer August 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    What do you need done specifically?

  19. Apex August 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    First thing that comes to mind is transferring the VBB forums and members to a WordPress forum like bbPress, and integrating it.

  20. Thesifer August 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Not sure I’d have time to take on another project right now. But that doesn’t sound like it would be that difficult.

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