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New Domains! (18th Dec 09 at 1:08pm UTC)
We've got two new domains for use on our free forums.
I'm sure this is a new feature which will be welcomed by both our American and European users. We've enabled the use of two new domains on our system, domains which you can use for your forum.

These are vforums.us and free-forums.eu

Until the end of the year these domains will only be available to existing forums. After that time, we will enable new forum registrations on them.

To change your forums domain, just login to your admin panel and go to the "SEO Settings" page (second link down on the left hand column). From this page you can choose which domain to use through the field marked "Preferred URL". If you change it to one of the new domains, we will do our best to ensure that existing links to your site are redirected to your new URL.

The setting can only be changed once, although if you make a mistake and need it changing/resetting then just let me know via a topic in the support board and I can override that for you, I can also arrange for new forums to be setup on one of the new domains.

During February 2010 we will change this setting for all forums who have not already done so in order to ensure future stability of the forum system and to open up a wider variety of sub-domains which new users can use.

The christmas goodies just keep on coming {Smile}


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Re: New Domains! (18th Dec 09 at 1:10pm UTC)
Sounds nice

Edit: After changing it one one of my forums I had to re-login

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Re: New Domains! (18th Dec 09 at 1:51pm UTC)
Yeah, because of cross-domain cookie policies you have to login to the different domains separately. Unfortunately there's nothing we can do to prevent that {Sad}

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Re: New Domains! (18th Dec 09 at 1:52pm UTC)
Oh, alright
I made sure to change my bookmark to my new domain

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Re: New Domains! (18th Dec 09 at 4:36pm UTC)
Ross, ok I love the fact that you're trying to make everything universal, so forums from the US have .us and likewise change for UK forums.

Ever since oh I say 2007 I look a bet on with a UK friend of mine that I would keep everything possiable in a .co.uk format.

In other words, I would love it if you allowed existing forums to keep their .co.uk addresses indefinitely.


Absolutely. We're not forcing anyone to move off of their vforums.co.uk address. We're just offering two alternatives for those who want to use them. When I say we will change "this setting for all forums who have not already done so" I mean we will set their preference for them to be vforums.co.uk as that is already their established domain.

Hope that is a little clearer {Smile}

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Re: New Domains! (18th Dec 09 at 7:29pm UTC)
 
Yeah, because of cross-domain cookie policies you have to login to the different domains separately. Unfortunately there's nothing we can do to prevent that {Sad}




Really? o.O 'cause I swear what you could do is take the cookie being sent from the old domain before redirection, store it, redirect, replace the cookie on the user's account for the new domain, and BAM. It should work. {Tongue Out}
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Re: New Domains! (18th Dec 09 at 7:47pm UTC)
Oh nice! {Grin} and I like the new smileys. {Cheesy}

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Re: New Domains! (18th Dec 09 at 11:11pm UTC)
 
 
Yeah, because of cross-domain cookie policies you have to login to the different domains separately. Unfortunately there's nothing we can do to prevent that {Sad}


Really? o.O 'cause I swear what you could do is take the cookie being sent from the old domain before redirection, store it, redirect, replace the cookie on the user's account for the new domain, and BAM. It should work. {Tongue Out}


Not while still keeping 301 redirections. We'd have to either load a script from the new domain which sets the cookies before doing the redirect or redirect to a new URL containing an ID which identifies the cookies to load. Neither are particularly secure, reliable, friendly to spiders or really worthwhile given that this would be a one off redirect. Unless I am misunderstanding what you are suggesting? {Confused}

Thanks for the update Ross, that does clear things up.

Also, if I do decide to change the address and oh say forget to update a few of the change they will still have access through the old address correct?


For at least the next two months redirects will exist pointing from the old URL to the new one, eg. yoursite.vforums.co.uk to yoursite.vforums.us, in reality the redirects could stay in place indefinitely {Smile}

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Re: New Domains! (18th Dec 09 at 11:18pm UTC)
Ok now just wondering, will this have any effect on people that have paid to use their own domain?
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Re: New Domains! (18th Dec 09 at 11:45pm UTC)
Posted By dog199200 on 18th Dec 09 at 11:18pm
 
Ok now just wondering, will this have any effect on people that have paid to use their own domain?


It should have no affect on custom domain setups {Smile}

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Re: New Domains! (19th Dec 09 at 1:05am UTC)
Ok i was just checking, but i'd imagine it would effect the API since I need both the forums original url and my own domain to process the API, but as long as i don't change the original subdomain for the forum the one within the API should be fine correct?
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Re: New Domains! (19th Dec 09 at 11:00am UTC)
Posted By dog199200 on 19th Dec 09 at 1:05am
 
Ok i was just checking, but i'd imagine it would effect the API since I need both the forums original url and my own domain to process the API, but as long as i don't change the original subdomain for the forum the one within the API should be fine correct?


The API would continue to use your current base URL - yourname.vforums.co.uk {Smile}

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Re: New Domains! (19th Dec 09 at 12:03pm UTC)
ok, just was checking
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Re: New Domains! (1st Jan 10 at 12:08am UTC)
Since it is now 2010 in the UK, these domains are now available for anyone to register new forums on {Grin}

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