New T3A Website
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Author:  Paul Raven [ Tue May 22, 2007 4:17 pm ]
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Andy wrote:
Thanks Paul, I will get round to that...

Meanwhile, I've done a little bit more bodging and even though he still needs some sorting I thought Malcolm might as well go live now. But -- and this is going to sound really stupid, and I had it clear in my head once what I had to do -- how do I replace the current with so that Malcolm becomes the


Hmmm. That's going to be a pretty packet of work. You'll need to:
    clear out everything in the root directory

    backup the blog SQL database (for safety's sake, and making sure you have the settings from the wp-config file written down)

    backup the theme, and page templates etc you've made

    delete the files from the /malcolm/ directory

    re-install (*don't just copy the files across*) into the root directory, using the same wp-config settings, *apart from the one to do with the directory where the install is to be located*!

It's been a while since I did anything similar, so I sincerely recommend checking the online documentation, which if I remember correctly has a page telling you exactly how to go about it. Whatever you do, *don't take the above as a blueprint - it's just to give you some idea of the tasks involved*.

What's gonna happen to the existing TTA material? Why not move malcolm into a subdomain (eg, if your host allows it?

Author:  Andy [ Tue May 22, 2007 4:34 pm ]
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On the other hand I could just change the wordpress/blog URL from to and delete all the stuff that's at now? (Not becessarily in that order.)

Author:  Paul Raven [ Tue May 22, 2007 6:16 pm ]
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Andy wrote:
On the other hand I could just change the wordpress/blog URL from to and delete all the stuff that's at now? (Not becessarily in that order.)

Noooo! Whatever you do, don't change that URL setting, because it'll banjax the database - I know this from bitter personal experience, and I'd have been mighty screwed if it weren't for the fact that VCTB is hosted on a home server by a friend who's very patient and very good with computers (and willing to answer frantic SMS messages at 3am).

Sure, you can just delete the old TTA content, and sure, you can move the blog to that URL. But there are no shortcuts that won't mess things up, I promise you - it has to be done properly. It may seem like a lengthy chore, but trying to get a borked database fixed will be much more of one. Seriously.

Author:  Andy [ Fri May 25, 2007 1:28 pm ]
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Just in case anybody does scroll down on the banjaxed and borked mess that is the new T3A website and finds the forum link and comes here in search of some sort of explanation: I cocked it up, despite Paul's warnings. Fixed soon hopefully, one way or another.

Meanwhile, the 'shop' link on what is does still work and does still take you to the shop where you can still renew and take out subscriptions. Or if you came here first and want the shop now:


Author:  Andy [ Sat May 26, 2007 9:13 am ]
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Fixed! Well, almost.

Author:  Andy [ Sat May 26, 2007 11:02 am ]
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We'll be improving and enhancing the website as we go along but it'll always be updated far more often than the old website, and will include many reviews (some book reviews by Peter Tennant are already there, as an extension of his Case Notes column for Black Static), downloads, blog-style entries and so on. So please visit often, bookmark, arrange a link exchange, etc, etc.

I should work out how to add a link on this forum. Meanwhile, it's where you'd expect it to be:

Author:  Foxie [ Sat May 26, 2007 12:05 pm ]
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I know you that there's probably a very good reason why you don't, but I'd find it bloody useful if I could purchase individual issues through the website. My finances are such that, unfortunately, I can't afford a subscription, and I've not been able to find anywhere in a reasonable drive that sells the magazine.

As for a link back to the website, if you can't set the link back through the admin tools (which, apparently, you normally can) then you should be able to add a link back to the tta site by editing the header file. My partner - who has made something of a hobby of editing forum templates - says that if you tell her the name of the forum template you're using, she can fix the header to link back. Says it'll take no time at all. Personally, it's all Greek to me. Anything beyond HTML starts sounding like gibberish.

Author:  Roy [ Sat May 26, 2007 4:20 pm ]
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Foxie, For subscriptions the admin is spread over 6 issues, or more when we get renewals. For individual issues this becomes very time consuming and adds to postage costs so we can sell them at the back issue price but that tends to annoy buyers who find they have to pay £5 rather than £3.75.

If you have a local newsagent even a WHS, they can order it for you via Warners our distributor but I think they'll expect you to get every one thereafter.

By subscribing you can get six issues for the less than the cost of 15 pints of Holts bitter, as sold in Macclesfield. If you can go without your favourite tipple for two or three weeks not only will you be healthier for it but you'll also have Iz to anticipate for the year to come. Admittedly a drastic solution but worthy of consideration?

We do expect to be selling IZ at Nottingham BFS in September.

Author:  Foxie [ Sat May 26, 2007 8:32 pm ]
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I knew there'd be a perfectly reasonable, logical explanation. I've never been the sort to engage in discourse with people in shops . . . from the moment I walk in through the door, I feel intimidated and scared, an invader in a land where I'm not welcome, where my presence is adhored . . . If they don't have what I want, then I skulk out the door, ashamed. Heavens forefend if have to go to the till . . .

But for Interzone, I'll ask! I'll do it! What's the worst they can do, after all?

Author:  Roy [ Sat May 26, 2007 9:26 pm ]
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Good stuff Foxie. Let us know which retailer(s) you try, how you get on and if they manage to provide you with a copy .

If they try and fail we'll have evidence to complain to Warners. They charge plenty for their service.

Author:  Paul Raven [ Tue May 29, 2007 3:03 pm ]
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New features now enabled on the T3A site!

Yours truly has been having a fettle behind the scenes, and you can now comment on posts. The feed has been redirected too, but thanks to some subtle techno-magicks, that shouldn't actually be apparent to anyone in the course of day to day use. Please have a poke around, and if anything seems broken, drop me a line.


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