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Title: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Rowan on April 05, 2018, 10:36:07 AM
So, it's been ages since anything was done with the Reporter thing here, and dandel has been indirectly prodding me towards getting something done to improve the front page in regards to that. I'm hoping to see about starting a news thingy for each of the major systems, like with weekly deals or something (for example, with Steam, I could post the midweek and weekend deals, along with major game announcements, I guess).

In order for this to work, I'd need a minimal number of sites to go to to hear about said ews for the consoles. Preferably with ninimal ads, cause those are annoying, especially when you have limited sight. Any help would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Reliable and preferably unbiased gaming news sites?
Post by: Golden Warrior on April 05, 2018, 08:13:02 PM
Why not also feature some Youtube game review channels? That's how I find out about most things going on in the gaming world.

Most of the game review sites I know of are pretty ad heavy and even with an ad-blocker they're hard to look at even with better eyesight so I pretty much ignore them. :-\
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Rowan on April 06, 2018, 01:05:49 PM
I've changed the title of the topic, since I'm going to expand the discussion. How should I split up the Reporter stuff on the home page? System specific? Brand? "This world needs an enema? >.>
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: KingOfHumans on April 06, 2018, 03:13:17 PM
Just take the hottest news articles and tweak it I guess.
The goal would be to always stay trending for search results!
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Golden Warrior on April 06, 2018, 06:26:13 PM
Start with simple topics like

New Games - new games regardless of system

Industry News - Things like politicians bringing up video games causing violence again and the loot box controversy with Battlefront 2, games as a service, ESRB shenanigans, etc., would go here.

Hardware News - the latest GPUs/CPUs and how they affect gaming, new console announcements, the latest controller we're all going to hate, etc.


Get it up and running with stuff like that and split it up as needed as it grows. BTW yes, the world does need an enema, but that goes beyond gaming.  :lXD
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Rowan on April 07, 2018, 02:37:16 PM
Good old Jack Napier ;)
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Golden Warrior on April 07, 2018, 09:14:05 PM
And now I lost my train of thought... :rolleyes:
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Rowan on April 09, 2018, 11:50:36 PM
https://youtu.be/UAfwxdxBw6c
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: KingOfHumans on April 10, 2018, 03:21:53 PM
That's news that 2 years old.
Talk about the latest PS5 info. Possible specs released, or that's the dev kit specs!

(PS. I'm not a PS fan, but still interesting)
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Rowan on April 10, 2018, 04:04:27 PM
Train of thought...train derailment video...come on, KoH, you're not daft.
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: KingOfHumans on April 10, 2018, 10:27:47 PM
hehe..
but I am serious on the Ps5 suggestion.
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Golden Warrior on April 13, 2018, 08:54:29 PM
https://youtu.be/UAfwxdxBw6c

That reminded me of the movie Unstoppable. :rolleyes:


Getting back on topic: Ps5 and PS5 work :P

As does anything going on in the industry. I'd also suggest avoiding opinion pieces as much as possible and leave that to the forums.


You may also at some point want to consider switching the site over to HTTPS instead of HTTP. You can use letsencrypt.org to get the SSL cert to import on the site for free. The reason why I mention HTTPS is even putting security aside by encrypting the website, HTTPS gives a website more 'validity' to people hitting it for the first time. Also letsencrypt.org is a certificate authority recognized by the key store used by many of the common browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc.) so you shouldn't have to worry about SSL certificate warnings with it.
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Rowan on April 14, 2018, 07:08:21 PM
I dunno what all I'll need to do to make that happen, but seriously, ANYTHING to get rid of that blasted security warning when I try to log into cPanel.
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Golden Warrior on April 16, 2018, 07:28:52 PM
I don't know what the exact procedure will be for you, but the general procedure is as follows:

1. Generate an RSA keypair (2048-bit if it asks)
2. Generate a CSR (certificate signing request)
3. Submit the CSR to the CA (certificate authority)
4. Go through verification (email or DNS is most common)
5. Download the generated certificate from the CA
6. Install the certificate on the web server

It's generally straight forward.

Here's a quick video of the steps in cPanel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0IyUF9pM8k

They aren't using letsencrypt.org but the steps will be very similar. There's other quick videos/tutorials on how to it as well. cPanel will usually generate a new key pair for you when you do a CSR so step one will likely be combined with step 2 for you.

For verification, usually the CA will do either email or DNS. Email will send the verification email to webmaster@domain.com or what ever admin email you have and all you need to do is click the link to verify you're the admin of the domain.

If they do DNS, they will require you add a DNS record with the name they give you. EX: a TXT record blablabla.thegaminguniverse.org with data like 'blablala8128da;"

After you add the DNS record, they do an nslookup for it and if they find it, they confirm you're the admin of the domain since only the domain admin can add DNS records. This DNS record can be safely deleted after you're done getting the certificate. It's a one time use thing.


I also recommend going through letsencrypt.org's website and looking up their documentation. There is also plugin for it available for cPanel: https://www.hostinger.com/tutorials/ssl/installing-ssl-letsencrypt

I'd look at getting the plugin first. It'll make it a lot easier since they automate everything for you. Otherwise, you'll need to go through the manual steps.
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Rowan on April 16, 2018, 10:18:03 PM
The plugin is apparently already installed, but I was looking at doing a signing request already, and it expects a "legal company name." I'm fairly certain I don't have one of those laying around :/

Edit: I'm under the impression that something is borked, and I'm not smart enough in my old age to figure it out on my own. I'm going to open a support tiket with Mochahost in the morning. After I've dealt with furniture delivery and had coffee. And had coffee. Maybe more coffee.
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Rowan on April 17, 2018, 03:33:13 PM
Ok, I seem to be one step closer. Now I just need to figure out how to get the formatting working on the board. When I load the forum using https, it appears to strip the CSS out of the page. I'll keep working on it tonight.
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Golden Warrior on April 17, 2018, 06:45:35 PM
Cool, sounds like you're pretty much at the end game now. XD

Sounds like you may have some absolute path links in the theme there it references the whole URL complete with http:// instead of relative links.

~Edit

When you get HTTPS working correctly, don't forget to put in an HTTP 301 redirect so that when people try HTTP they get flipped over to HTTPS automatically, (I do this by hand at work, but I imagine it's a an option somewhere in cPanel). ;)
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Rowan on April 19, 2018, 10:48:31 AM
Sounds like you may have some absolute path links in the theme there it references the whole URL complete with http:// instead of relative links.

~Edit

When you get HTTPS working correctly, don't forget to put in an HTTP 301 redirect so that when people try HTTP they get flipped over to HTTPS automatically, (I do this by hand at work, but I imagine it's a an option somewhere in cPanel). ;)
Indeed, the way SMF does things in clunky, and I don't think I can use a relative path to the files.

I have hit another snag, and that is that the certificate checker thingy (yes, that's a word) that is linked to from this article on SMF's site about using SSL (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=555034.msg3934593#msg3934593) says that my certificate is a "self-signed" certificate, and that it will throw errors on people's browsers unless it's manually added locally as a trusted certificate. I'm gonna check with the host again to see what they can tell me. I don't mind doing the work myself, if that's what has to be done, I just don't know exactly what I need to do.
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Golden Warrior on April 20, 2018, 10:39:44 AM
Yup, that's a self signed cert alright. Issued in 9/2017 and expires in 9/2018. That's pretty typical of self signed certs. Usually when a site has HTTPS capability it generates the self signed cert to be able to get HTTPS up and running so at least the module will work. It is then intended that you'll replace it later.

What you'll need to do is replace the self signed cert with the cert signed by Let's Encrypt and possibly also restart Apache for it to take effect. Since you have the plugin in cPanel, you shouldn't have to worry about establishing a chain of trust for it.

Once that is done you should be able to manually browse to https://thegaminguniverse.org and have no certificate errors.
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Rowan on April 23, 2018, 11:27:28 PM
Ok, hopefully everything worked. I've made all the changes (in the order suggested) from that page I linked to. I dunno about the redirect, though
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Dandel on April 23, 2018, 11:46:10 PM
Ok, hopefully everything worked. I've made all the changes (in the order suggested) from that page I linked to. I dunno about the redirect, though

I can confirm that the HTTPS/SSL is now working.
Title: Re: GU Reporter remodel
Post by: Golden Warrior on April 24, 2018, 12:07:40 PM
He got it working! The HTTP 301 redirect is working as well!  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: