So as most members know BDWF (bestdamnwatchforum) has been upgraded and dion made some repairs today to both forums. There is going to be a test forum for WL setup in the next few days and after it is approved data migration will begin. Mast head photos can be rotated as is being done at BDWF. The current mast head has been part of WL for 9 years although at one time Watchnoob went rogue and changed it to -
and it also had this when it started
And this was the very first masthead photo but people were caught in some "we look like snobs" mode so it was changed.
At any rate, would members like to have a rotating masthead and if so let me know or I can put up a poll. If the members choose to go that route then we will ask for photos. All of this should be done and in the meantime Dion has been kind enough to not only give us a price break but allowed me time to pay for it all on both forums. So, decide what you would like to see here besides the image rotation.......or not.
The new Watchlords will have two themes, Watchlords and BDWF, and users will be able to select one or the other. It will also have the image rotation in the masthead, so if you have some images that you think would look in the masthead, pass them along and I'll get them added. It currently uses the current WL masthead image and the one that was used on the old Watchforums board.
Racer-X reported that Google wasn't indexing BDWF, so I did some checking. The robots.txt file was messed up (and quickly fixed), but I found something far more serious. Apparently cPanel, the beast from hell, created a bunch of subdomains of watchlords.com when the watchforums.net and bestdamnwatchforum.com DNS records were created. That caused duplicate content issues, which explains why Google would not scrape Watchforums/BDWF but it had no issues with Watchlords.
I went into WHM and removed all the rogue subdomains from the DNS. It will take a few hours for the changes to propagate, but afterwards, BDWF should be in much better shape.
While I was fixing the DNS issues, I took a look at some server logs to see if there were any other issues. I found literally thousands of attempted FTP login attempts in just the past week, and I suspect this has been going on for years. I'm sure this is because FTP is set up on its default port of 21.
It will also have the image rotation in the masthead, so if you have some images that you think would look in the masthead, pass them along and I'll get them added. It currently uses the current WL masthead image and the one that was used on the old Watchforums board.
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