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Website update
« on: Jun 26, 2015, 11:28 AM »
Folks,
  As LS4 Racing said late last year, we're working on some changes to GMLS4.  The updated version is very close to ready and, hopefully, we'll be able to get it launched soon.


  One bit of news is that GMLS4 is being moved from its current platform (BlueHost.com) to a dedicated virtual server hosted in the cloud.  This'll be more expensive than BlueHost, but it ought to offer unparalleled performance moving forward and the ability to closely network with our sister sites (forums for LSx tuning and manual transmission enthusiasts).


  Another bit of news about the updated site is that we're merge the LS4Store.com website into GMLS4.  The goal is to unite LS4 fans from both sites into one community.  As an intermediary step, you may notice that the menubar on GMLS4 now has links to LS4Store (the parts site) and the GMLS4 Store (the shop for GMLS4-themed merchandise (shirts, mugs, etc.)).


  So everyone knows, the ads that we have on here and the stuff on LS4Store results in some money coming in (e.g., commissions).  The money is used to pay for hosting and such associated with the website.


  Lastly, a few things about the new GMLS4 site itself:
  • it's built using Responsive Web Design techniques (so it works great on laptops, tablets, cell phones, etc.)
  • it'll integrate content from the Facebook and Google+ GMLS4 / LS4Store communities
  • it runs on top of WordPress with bbPress, BuddyPress, and some other nice plugins
  • the design has been ready for a while now; we've been focusing on getting the platform just right
  • almost all of the content (user accounts, posts, etc.) will migrate over from the current GMLS4 to the new site, but some things have been a bit of a challenge (like avatars)
There's a lot more coming as we get closer to launch..  so, hang in there -- it's going to be fun!


Wes
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Re: Website update
« Reply #1 on: Aug 25, 2015, 12:30 PM »

Just a few more quick updates..
  • we'll have a mobile app (Android, iOS, etc.) that'll access the forums; it'll be ready when the site's done
  • we're bringing in back the CloudFlare CDN (Content Distribution Network) so access to a lot of the site will be faster
  • the site's functionality is now done as well as the design -- we've just one more small bit to finish up before we can go live



This last delay in moving forward is on account of our building a new hosting platform for the site.  We've one last piece to finish up before we can go live with the new platform.


This platform update will distribute the media (e.g., uploads, images, etc.) storage through a cloud layer so that we can have as many web servers hosting the site as we want, all with access to the same storage.  It's a fun project and we've brought on an dedicated an additional developer just to finishing this piece up.


When all's said and done, we'll have build a completely custom platform that's tailor-fit to run in the cloud with more flexibility and a greater ability to scale than has previously available for sites this size.


I hope to have some more good news for you soon.
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