Quick Upate

I just wanted to send a quick update to everyone who follows my blog.

I have new ideas on what to do with my site.  It will be changing in the very near future.  Be sure to follow my Facebook and Twitter pages so you’ll be in the know.

http://www.facebook.com/chimpie
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Later!

Ask Chimpie

I may have stopped blogging, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped being creative.  I’m working on a project that I hope will launch next year.  In the meantime, PeggyGurney used the Ask Chimpie feature to ask:

Hey Chimpie, what is your new forum going to be about (the topic)?

Oh, how I wish I could let this little secret out of the bag, but I can’t.  And it’s not really a forum, but it might include one. If this is successful it’s going to be big.  So for right now I have to keep it under wraps.

Thanks for your question Peggy.

Okay, this was fun.  If you want to ask me a question click here – Ask Chimpie.

Also be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter:
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Blogging will be coming to an end

After several failed attempts to get into blogging, I’ve decided that it’s just not for me and I will be giving up the blog format for the site come the new year.

I’m not a blogger.  I feel like I’m standing at a podium, forcing my words upon you.  That’s not me.  Oh, don’t get me wrong.  I like talking.  Ask my friends.  They can’t shut me up.  But I’d rather engage in discussions, debates, chats.  I enjoy networking and blogs, to me, are not good for that.

I’d rather spend my time on discussion forums.  Online communities.  Someplace where I can be more interactive with my fellow members.

I do want to thank everyone for taking the time to help me tweak all my WordPress settings.  Blogging and WordPress are powerful tools and anyone interested in blogging should give it (WordPress) a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

So where will I focus my attention?  xenForo!  The more I play around with the software the more I’m intrigued.  Now that I’m giving up my (personal) frustration of blogging I can spend more time developing my new platform.

Please be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.  I will update them both when I have exciting news to share as well as post my progress with my xenForo software and chimpie.com!

Chimpie

XenForo Installed!

So today I became a proud owner of XenForo, the newest forum platform.  For those who have never purchased forum software before, I thought I would tell you how the process went.

It all began at 10:40 Eastern when I verified that I had the proper funds in my PayPal account.  You would be very surprised how many people go to purchase something and fail to check their account to see if they have the proper funds in there.

After seeing that I was okay, I headed over to XenForo.com, clicked Buy, entered my contact infomation, and headed to the checkout page.  I want to commend both XenForo and PayPal for making this process very smooth.  There’s nothing like getting hung up in the payment process to ruin your spirits.  Everything was perfect.

I logged into my new customer account and was ready to download the software.  But before I could do that I had to enter my forum title and what the URL of the forum would be.

Once that was done I selected which version I wanted and clicked Download.  Wow, almost instantly the zip file containing all of the forum goodies was on my computer.  It was lightning fast.  I unzipped the file using StuffIt.

I fired up SmartFTP and began uploading all of the files.  I’ve used SmartFTP for years and have had very little problems with it.  If you’ve never used it before I strongly recommend giving it a try.  It took just four minutes to upload the files from my computer to my web host.

Chimpie, what web host do you use?

That’s a great question.  For the past few years I’ve used HostGator for all of my hosting needs.  HostGator is a very solid company, headquartered in Houston, Texas and  recently expanded their workforce and opened another support center in Austin, Texas.

Now that the files were on my web host, I pointed by browser to the install script and began the installation process.  Within the first step or two you are asked to enter your MySQL database name, username and password.  If you have any problems setting up this information ask your web host.  Since this is not my first installation I had the information ready to go.

Once that was entered in the installation process continued.  This is where XenForo is head over heels better than vBulletin.  With vBulletin (version 3) you have to keep clicking ‘next’ during each part of the process.  Not here.  The guys at XenForo have coded this very well.  You click once and everything else is taken care of.  This process took about 3 minutes.

At 11:01, just 21 minutes after clicking Buy on Xenforo’s homepage, I had my new forum online.

I’ll be spending my spare time over the next couple of weeks modifying the style to meet my needs, but you can monitor my progress by visiting www.chimpie.com/xenforo.

Overall I’m very pleased with how this entire process went.  Thumbs up to the entire XenForo team!