Weekends are my time to upgrade our forum and publishing sites, because most of ya’ll are getting epic family or game-time in rather than trolling Off Topic.
There have been several significant updates with the latest versions of Discourse and Ghost. Here are the highlights.
You can now set your polls to automatically close! Finally!
“Likes” have become a heart icon. Heart icon is now empty if you haven’t liked a post. Spread the love and fill some hearts.
Group cards now shown in user profile. This is a feature I’ve been waiting for for a most evil plan I’ve had since the beginning. Muhaha. Muahahahaha! (You’ll hopefully see this in use soon.)
Relative dates and times. You can now insert a time that will be automatically converted to the reader’s timezone. Like so: May 6, 2018 2:00 AM (America: Los Angeles), May 6, 2018 5:00 PM (Australia: Perth), May 6, 2018 6:00 PM (Japan), May 6, 2018 5:00 PM (Asia: Hong Kong).
Allow multiple authors per post (I’ll try and update our theme to make use of this as soon as possible).
Dropped Node v4 support
Various fixes and improvements
Nearly messed up big-time
In an effort to keep the hosting bill as small as possible, I was testing to see if it would be possible to migrate Discourse to a smaller droplet at Digital Ocean (it’s just $5 a month, but if I can save R60 a month, why not?).
Lesson learnt: don’t do this tired (which is difficult when you’re trying to do this stuff late at night when no-one else is on). I accidentally did the copy from the existing droplet to the new droplet in the wrong direction, overwriting key files on our live server.
No downtime, mercifully, and I made a backup before attempting anything, so I restored the backup and everything should be fine.
Please let me know if you run into any issues. Just want to make sure my idiocy hasn’t caused any lasting problems.
Here are links to the full Discourse and Ghost release notes for those who want to take a look.