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Re: Advantages of XOOPS over other CMS
  • 2007/4/18 9:14

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Take you time choosing though, as it is an important decision and one that is different for each user depending on their technical aptitude and what they are wanting to achieve. The last thing you want is to chose your CMS only to find 6 month down the line after you've put in hundreds of hours into content creation that it isn't going to be able to do everything you want.

I used to solely use Xoops, but now I primarily use Drupal. My reasons for switching were more technical (including SEO) than usability, but that was my choice and everyones will be different. Have a read of this article I wrote on why I switched from XOOPS to Drupal. No CMS is perfect, so it is a matter of finding the one that suits your needs now and making a best guess on which CMS is going to evolve in a way that suits you.
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Re: How do I install Xoops on IIS ?
  • 2007/4/18 9:02

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Hi Paul,

Few questions for you, sorry if they seem simple but I have to be sure what I'm dealing with;

1. Have installed PHP, and if so what version?

2. If PHP is installed have you verified that it is working using the phpinfo() function?

3. What version of IIS are you using (5, 5.1, 6 or 7)?

4. Have you set a default document for your XOOPS website (this is what will be causing your "Directory Listing Denied
This Virtual Directory does not allow contents to be listed." error)?

5. Do you have MySQL installed, and if so what version?
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Re: AMS article content teaser length?
  • 2007/3/30 7:58

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Yep, there are two tags for AMS that help you manage paging;

Use Quote:
[extend]
to mark where you want AMS to end the teaser section. Only code above this tag will be displayed in index and topic views.

Use Quote:
[pagebreak]
to mark where you want AMS to start a new page.
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Re: 2.0.15 Continual Looping
  • 2006/9/1 11:26

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Ted shares a VPS with me. Particulars are;

PHP 4.4.1
APC 3.0.11
FastCGI
Windows 2003
IIS6
MySQL 4.0.20
IE7 B3
FF 1.5
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Re: Perfomance Issues & Upgrading
  • 2006/7/16 12:58

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*Whoops, Double Post*
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Re: Perfomance Issues & Upgrading
  • 2006/7/16 12:58

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Quote:

technobia wrote:
WOW! Brash,

That is some of the best documentation I have seen, especially for open source! You are a gem!!!!

I have a few questions:

1. Since I enabled HTTP Compression in IIS the sites work fantastic however I have seeing pretty regular spikes in CPU utilization. Is this because perhaps all the sites are not yet compressed? I have 30+ include the XOOPS site which does not seem to be compressed.

2. In installed Zen Optimizer but do not see much of a difference with that. Do I need to do anything else with it?

3. I did not install accelerator as there were no real instructions for Windows 2003 / IIS server. Perhaps you can assist with this and/or location the proper documentation.

I love your website too!!!
Thanks so much Technobia

P.S What is your latest version of AMS (2.4?) I would like to try it? Is it compatable with XOOPS 2.0.14 /PHP4.3.11/ MySQL 4.1?


Hi technobia,

Glad you found the article useful. To answer your questions;

1) Compression of dynamic content such as PHP will put more load on the CPU, so it is matter of finding a balance between compression level and performance.

2) Zend Optimiser won't do big things for you. In fact I've even read some articles claiming it slowed things down marginally.

3) I don't have an article on Opcode accelerators for IIS yet, but they are very much worth pursuing. You'll get somewhere around a 50% performance increase just there.

Last version of AMS was 2.4, and it should have no issues running on XOOPS 2.0.14 /PHP4.3.11/ MySQL 4.1.
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Re: Perfomance Issues & Upgrading
  • 2006/7/15 0:28

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Hi technobia,

Have a look at the Performance Tuning XOOPS on IIS article I wrote a while back. If you have installed on IIS using the standard PHP installer, then it will not be tuned for performance. Using my guide you should be able to reach performance increases of nearly 1000% for PHP execution times.
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Re: Blocking an IP range due to comment spam?
  • 2006/7/12 22:47

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That seems to work in a very similar way to the system already built into Xoops, except with yours you are able to direct the user/bot using the banned IP(s) to you a custom page.

Anyway, in the end I could not get XOOPS to ban only the IP range I wanted, so ended up making a compromise and added these to rules;

^85.255.11|^85.255.12

This will still block a lot of IP's that aren't coming from the offending network, but it is WAY better than blocking out an entire class B network.
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Re: Blocking an IP range due to comment spam?
  • 2006/7/11 2:43

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Quote:

skenow wrote:
Have you tried it without the literal slashes?

^85.255.1(1[2-9]|2[0-7])


Sorry skenow, I should have mentioned that. Yes I have tried without the literal slashes and still no luck. Might just have to use ^85.255. as DefianceB0y pointed out. I was hoping I could block just the offending network range rather than an entire Class B.
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Blocking an IP range due to comment spam?
  • 2006/7/10 23:07

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Hi All,

A few months ago I started being spammed from a porn site in the comments section right across my site. This wasn't a big issue at first as I've set all anonymous comments to admin approval before posting. However the last few weeks it has been getting progresively worse and I'n now getting spammed several times a day.

I was going to just add the comment captcha hack, but seem to be having a little trouble gettig it to work. Only real alternative is to block the IP addresses the spambot is whposting from. It seems that all the offending IP's are coming from the 85.255.112.0 - 85.255.127.255 range which is from a hosting company called Inhoster in the Ukraine. I am basically wanting to block this entire network range (85.255.112.0/20) from Inhoster, and have been using this regex rule in my banned IP list;

^85\.255\.1(1[2-9]|2[0-7])

Problem is it isn't working. Anyone have any ideas where I have gone wrong with this rule?
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