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#24

Upgraded to Discourse 1.5 beta 8. Minor visual tweaks as well.


#25

Discourse upped to beta 11+ and Docker to 1.10.


#26
  • Major back-end changes, as I decided to try another VPS hosting provider that provides more resources at a lower price point. So we have a new server with double RAM.
  • Discourse now at 1.5b13

#27

More back-end tuning. Attached images and other files are now hosted in Amazon S3.


#28

We have just enabled https / SSL encryption on this site, courtesy of Let’s Encrypt. Let me know if you notice any issues.


#29

I’m also using let’s encrypt; it’s nice but I wish you didn’t have to renew so often, even if it’s schedulable :stuck_out_tongue: . Anyway, this is a nice site to see if the ssl/https is implemented properly:

https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=cd-rw.org

You can get an A+ if you set up HSTS to be more strict (my site:
https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=toxme.io&latest )

Otherwise, yay for SSL!


#30

Let’s Encrypt support is baked into Discourse so, that it should auto-renew the cert and therefore be “set it and forget it”-solution. There has been some bugs in the implementation during spring, thus I have not enabled it earlier. Bu tnot it seems to be ready for production, so let’s see how it goes.

Also the solution here is two-fold, as I use CloudFlare CDN in front of this website. I have not yet enabled HSTS is CloudFlare settings, but the support is there.


#31

Some back-end updates today:

  • Updated to Discourse 1.5.3
  • Migrated to an energy efficient server at ScaleWay. We were running out of disk space, and even their cheapest offer has 50GB of SSD.
  • Discovered issues with out Twitter authentication - this should now be fixed.

#32

A post was split to a new topic: Affordable VPS hosting


#33

It seems that we have had a very sneaky issue of our ISP blocking the outgoing emails (SMPT ports) for a few days. Should be now fixed.

As a result a bunch of failed emails will now be sent out at once. Sorry for the inconvenience.


#34

We just upgraded to Discourse 1.6, which brought a number of changes to the UX.


#35

Discourse security update to 1.6.1.


#36

Yesterday we did a Discourse security update to 1.6.2.


#37

Did a complete front-end and back-end update. Now running on Discourse 1.6.6.


#38

Brief downtime today, as we switched to a different server. Site should be a little more snappy and responsive now. While at it, upgraded everything so now running Discourse 1.6.9.


#39

Advertising on this site was just reduced by ~50%. There is now only one ad banner per view, making the site faster to load and smoother to use.

So we are not shoveling a screen full of ads on your screen - please disable your adblocker for this site. Servers cost money.


#40

Google sign-up and login had silently broken at some point. Noticed today and fixed. Should work now.


#41

We are experiencing near zero organic growth. Ever since the Linx Tablet discussion cooled that, there has been almost zero user submitted posts. I would like to see this as a community rather than a blog.

Therefore we are taking a risky approach and implemented a full page Call to Action to our index view. Let’s hope that it encourages more people to sign up and discuss.


#42

Discourse 1.7.1 maintenance upgrade.


#43

Discourse 1.7.2 and also some server maintenance - the site should be a bit faster and more responsive now!