Using MaxCDN has Turbocharged my Web Sites

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen Google’s Pagespeed recommend using a CDN to reduce load times, but ignored it for whatever reasons. I finally bit the bullet and signed up for MaxCDN’s service, then implemented it on 2 of my websites. The first website was VAGunTrader, where the traffic is very high ( approximately […]

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An Intelligent Thermostat linked to my iPad

I’ve been looking at this puppy and finally pulled the trigger the other day. It is an intelligent thermostat from Nest that learns your habits over time and acts accordingly. The overall goal is to watch energy used to heat and cool the house and to be as efficient as possible. So far, I must […]

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Bob is the Oil Guy

I just finished up a remake of a highly trafficked UBB.Threads forum and it turned out very well. The UBB.Threads forums are the number one ranked for their category on Google, but the front portal was an aging Joomla install. Enter WordPress. With a very nice theme to start from (Glance ) and some custom […]

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Custom Vimeo BBCode for UBB.Threads

I’ve had quite a few customers request a custom BBCode for Vimeo, so rather than go into a long post about it, I will post the file and some short instructions on how to implement.

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A Better YouTube custom BBcode

A forum that I consult to ( SimHQ ), recently informed me that YouTube has changed the URL format for when you click the “Share” Link below the video. It no longer matches the URL in the address bar and this was causing some confusion.

The URL in the address bar remains the familiar one that links to youtube.com, adding the ?v=xxxx parameter as always, but the Share link has gone a different way now.

So… how do we modify the existing custom BBCode tag to accomplish this, you ask?

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UBB.threads user selectable tooltip preferences

In version 7.3 of UBB.threads, we introduced tooltips. This allows users to hover over a topic title in a lists of posts for a forum and have a sneak preview of what was inside, so to speak.

Well, the mistake I made was to make it only an admin selectable option. In other words the entire user base for a particular forum would either have it or not have it. This caused problems, because I’ve found that users either love it or hate it and the middle ground is rare.

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Image upload directly into your post

A feature that has always been needed is a simple way to upload images directly into a new post without having to either upload to a gallery forum first or a popular picture sharing site, then link to it.

There are other methods too, including having a companion photopost installation that links the board members together, but in the end, you can’t beat, just clicking on a button in the editor toolbar, selecting a number of images and uploading them right into a post.

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Upcoming events Custom Island

Ubb.threads has a very underused, but powerful capability in what are called “Custom Islands”.

You essentially can have a php code module be scheduled to run at whatever interval you want to produce output to be used as one of the custom islands (left or right) on your forums.

This will show you how

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