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Good morning everyone.

I've known this for quite some time but we are now approaching the end of support for our current PHP version on the hosting server.

To make a long story short, MAACA is running an older version of the forum software that is NOT compatible with PHP 7+ and needs 5.6 in order to work properly.
The PHP 5.6 and 7.0 versions are no longer supported by PHP.net, and as such, are no longer receiving security updates or bug fixes which could lead to vulnerabilities.
This means that I need to upgrade MAACA to a newer version of the software which is NOT compatible with the themes and plugins that I was using currently. This is A LOT of work and frankly, I am not really motivated by this, especially since I was slacked on monday and will be working only 1 out of two weeks now because of the crisis.

Yesterday we were upgraded automatically and it didn't work (of course), I knew that. I then contacted the host to see for how long I could use the old PHP version while trying to upgrade this all, here's the answer:
Since these PHP versions are now obsolete they will not be available much longer on your Shared server! Once your server is fully upgraded, which will occur (within the next 4 weeks/on Thursday, 23 April 2020), PHP 5.6 and 7.0 will be fully removed from your server to improve the overall security of your site's hosting environment.
So yeah, just wanted to let you all know that if you depend on this site for communications and have no way to reach someone with an email or a phone number in the next couple of weeks, now is the time to establish contact.

Also, every customisations that I have made to the template and site cannot be upgraded because I have to start fresh since they changed the code architecture in the latest version. It is more than likely that the site will be a bit different at first, since I have to redo everything I have done and I don't remember everything. So be aware of that, don't freak out if the active topics button vanish at the top for example of if the post colors does not alternate. I will eventually get there but I'll start a thread after the upgrade in order to track everything that needs to be done. My main focus will be to convert the database and keep everything that was posted, including pms and images. I've done it before... but it takes time I don't really have or the motivation to do so.

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Thank you for doing all this....folks like you let morons like me stay online and be part of a social circle.
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Azatotht wrote: This means that I need to upgrade MAACA to a newer version of the software which is NOT compatible with the themes and plugins that I was using currently. This is A LOT of work and frankly, I am not really motivated by this
Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

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This reminds me that it's time to make another donation to the site.
(... hint hint all you MAACA Wacko's ! ;-)

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Thank you!
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Me too
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PHP is such a pain in the ass. I remember running an old forum that was using it and the same thing happen so I just let it go. What ever happened to new software being added to old software to make it better? Instead they take the Microsoft approach and just release new and stop supporting the old. Bah!

Maybe it's time to move to a different platform? I hear Tik Tok is pretty popular lately. I'm not really keen to start licking airplane toilet seats any time soon.

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Donated!!! I can't do much, but I gave what I can.
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I have 2 weeks left to do that so I've spent the whole afternoon yesterday working on it, trying to upgrade a local copy.

I broke it at my first try but I am currently on my second pass. I have good hopes.

I am writing the steps down properly, to make sure to upgrade the real one successfully.

So far I know that I have to remove ALL extensions and the current theme in order to succeed. The datatabase (posts, private messages, etc..) will convert properly.

After that I will have to add everything that have a compatible version back and work a bit on the theme. Some things won't be like they were but I will try to make it as close as possible.

I will build an online test using another domain before going forward with the real one, I will need help identifying what is wrong and what needs to be done. I'm not there yet but please, if you want to help me with this step (mainly testing and finding what needs to be done) then please msg me and I will let you know once I have something running.

We may be down for a bit when I'll do it for real, we can't escape this, database conversion takes a while and so does the steps to upgrade this all.

Thank you.
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Hey thanks Sylvain for all :)
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Merci Sylvain, prends soin de ton entourage aussi. On s'en va vers des jours meilleurs.....
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Ok guys and girls, I have a dev upgraded version working now on PHP 7.3 (on another domain) with all the posts and accounts (backed up from yesterday).

If you want to help me by testing and listing what needs to be done please pm me.
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Sylvain j'aimerais ça t'aider mais je suis dans les visières par dessus la tête :FP:
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Chnillapoil wrote:Sylvain j'aimerais ça t'aider mais je suis dans les visières par dessus la tête :FP:
T'inquiètes pas Alain, je pense que je suis bien partie et j'ai déjà eu des offres d'aide.

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OK, if you want to help, now is the time.

I am almost done converting everything, I have a brand new MAACA running and I made it look as close as possible to this one.

The only thing I need to fix in order to move forward is the iPhone/mobile vertical rotation that I had fixed on this board. The fix is not compatible with the new one...

Other than that, I think I'm ready. It is your last chance to help me find any remaining bug so please do if you can.

PM me for infos. Otherwise, you will eventually wake up to a new site (or a down site, cause the upgrade will take a while so we'll be a few hours down for sure).

I spent way too much time on this already so I am very eager to make the move.. it will happen soon, maybe tomorrow, who knows.

Thanks to those who helped me already, much appreciated.
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Well I've just fixed the mobile picture orientation bug... pretty much ready.
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Will pin ball games be cheaper? *fingers crossed*

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Merci pour ton travail !
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Ca m'a l'air ok du premier coup d'oeil!
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Change is good. Posting works fine and so does the editing which is something I usually abuse.

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Had to stop in the middle, apparently kids were hungry :oops:

Will reactivate the donation section as soon as I can get back to it.

Ads seems to be acting weird, I will take a look at that too. I had less in the new template but I see more :FP:
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Donation script is back ! Please someone test it :mrgreen:
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very fast to load like i told ya. look good! thanks

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Donation done, work nicely!
Hope many will recognize your work and how important is this place for the community.
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Merci Maxime :D
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