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Say hello to your new owner – 45gratest!

After some waiting and thought, Michael Power has given ownership of Escargot Spaces to me, 45gratest.

 

I usually go by the handle of OhHelloThereImTheGuy on the MessengerGeek Wink forums or assholishkirk on Escargot, just so you know, and I had been saving some things for Spaces, not necessarily when I would get ownership, but back when Escargot Spaces was in its infancy, and now that I’m the new owner, I can easily put those things into action, of course with Michael Power’s permission, still.

 

The To-do List of Escargot Spaces:

 

#1 – Get HTTPS implemented ASAP

 

Not only will we be up to par with current internet standards, but it is DESPERATELY needed, since user credentials on here could be at stake when sent in the clear.

 

#2 – Fix the dashboard problem

 

So there’s been a problem with the WordPress dashboard for logged-in users where you can’t do anything in the dashboard since the options are not there. I have gone over why this happened on a thread over on the MessengerGeek Wink forums, so I may be able to uncover the problem, which most likely has something to do with the core of the site.

 

#3 – Make the blogs consistent in design

 

Ever since the theme change last year, there are still a few blogs with the default Twenty Seventeen theme stuck onto them. Plus, the ability to request a completely different theme for your blog breaks the flow of the whole site overall. So what I plan to do is go through each existing Spaces blog and make their themes match the one the site has, which is “Emesen”. This also means eventually removing the “Requests” tab that lets you replace the theme of your Space. Speaking of “Emesen”-

 

#4 – Get around replacing the current theme with a more polished and less buggy one

 

Before “Emesen,” Escargot Spaces was using the default Twenty Seventeen WordPress theme, which didn’t really look good for the site. Everything was bland, flat, and had nothing to do with the original MSN Spaces. Until one of the members, Nintel, had gotten to creating a theme for Escargot Spaces at an attempt to mock the original MSN UI. Funnily enough, I started to create my own before he had gotten to creating one himself, with the accuracy and functionality of MSN Spaces in mind. However, Nintel had beaten me to it, and “Emesen” was the default theme for Escargot Spaces. That was when I ditched my theme and left it unfinished.

 

Now, there isn’t anything wrong with the theme itself, but if you examine it, you’ll notice that it doesn’t look that good with the meat of the pages not being consistent with the intended design, and in cases, can even get buggy at certain points. Also, you can edit the Escargot Spaces logo on your blog, making things more inconsistent, and the blog’s logo doesn’t even link back to the home page and instead to the aforementioned blog.

 

This is where my theme will potentially come in.

 

Instead of mashing a static header and a body together, I had planned for there to be headers based on where you are on the site. So if you were on the home page, the logo would link to Escargot’s site, and if you were on a blog, the logo would link to Escargot Spaces’ home page. Something like that. And as for the body, the same variations apply.

 

Not only that, but I also wanted to implement as much as the original MSN Spaces as possible. That meant the themes, modules, and whatnot, all without hastily meshing it together and end up with a buggy mess of a site.

 

As it is unfinished, I will have to take some time to finish the thing, especially since some of MSN Spaces’ assets are missing from archives (e.g., files for select themes; module picker; etc.). This does mean I’ll have to take some time into recreating them, if needed. So for now, we’ll have to deal with “Emesen.”

 

#5 – Possibly get rid of Groups

 

As much as the Groups feature is interesting, they feel more like mini Spaces blogs than anything else, really. So I’ll talk to Michael Power about the potential removal of Groups and see if he’s cool about it. It’s not like they’re used often anyway. 😛

 

That should be it for now, and I’ll catch you guys later.

 

~ 45gratest 🙂

Implementing ways to not lose data – What I have learned from the recent downtime

So, Spaces went down again, and for that I apologise. This has made me learn that I really need to implement backups as they can be really important as the last backup I had was when the site last went down.

 

CURRENT SETUP

I have quickly installed the BackWPUp plugin with it backing up to Dropbox. I will start to manually do it on Sundays at 7:30 AM EST.

FUTURE PLANS

I will replace Dropbox with a server I’m in the works of getting. I will also get the pro version so that it can do it automatically.

 

Once again, I apologise for the recent downtime.

 

~ Michael

January 16, 2018 + I’m back!

Hey everyone!

I am back from my little break and I got a new feature for everyone!

2FA Authentication

I have added the ability to allow Two Factor Authentication to Escargot Spaces. This is a good way to help protect your account if you don’t want anyone to access it without your permission and it helps add a second way to guard your account.

HOW TO ACTIVATE 2FA

1. Go to the Escargot Spaces dashboard and click on “Two Factor Auth”.

2. Download Google Authenticator for iOS or Google Play and press the + and click on “Scan a Barcode”

3. Click on Enabled and Save Changes, afer that, take a picture of the barcode you see on the page on your phone

4. Reload and MAKE SURE the 2FA number matches on both your phone and the website BEFORE logging out.

5. Now when you login, you should see this prompt. When you do, open Google Authenticator and type in the code. The codes do expire every minute, so be pretty prompt when typing it in.

Any updates on “Live”?

Not yet, but when there is a development, we will let you know.

Other News

I will start to work on ads to promote this website, these will be shown when drafts of those are done.

Thank you everyone for your support.

 

~ Michael

Spaces development cease

This means Spaces will no longer have progress temporarily, more about it: http://wink.messengergeek.com/t/im-taking-a-break/2844

New Plans.

For now, we’ve decided to revert back to the old theme and also reopen the site. As suggested by Deathlife23, we will contact Nintel to make a new theme for the website soon, as feedback for the new theme was not good. This new theme may appear around January 2018.

 

Wishing you a happy and prosperous year, mateus_rebirth.

Planned Maintenance

There are two dates where Escargot Spaces is going to be down.
20/12/2017 and 31/12/2017.

These downtimes will both be at 12:00 AM EST. (5:00 AM GMT).

Apologies for the inconvience.