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      Post #76037, posted on 06-25-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      I mentioned a few weeks ago that a new airlinercafe site would be developed soon, and I haven't forgotten. I started working on a new site, with a new modern look, and after I started modifying the forum software to make uploading of images easier, I realized that I was simply putting a new paint job on an old car. Jodie even helped me with writing some of the descriptions, titles, etc. for the various sections. The current platform dates back to the early 2000's, is hard to code for, and very time consuming. Thus, I decided a total rebuild would give us a more robust platform and be better for the long-run...

      The new site will definitely include the Forum, Private Messaging, Kit & Decal Database, as well as the Articles, Walkarounds, and Profiles sections. The Articles and Walkarounds will be rebuilt in a new format. However, I'm not sure about the Member Galleries. Do we need a Members Gallery? Please post any other suggestions and requests here as well.

      Rebuilding the entire site from scratch is no easy task. I'm estimating about 500 hours worth of work with a lot of the hours going into migrating the data. I really want to preserve the Forum and Kit & Decal database. There is good value in both and I think it's worth preserving. So, I've recruited one of the best programmers I know to help with the rebuilding of the site. For the past month or so, he's been working on the tools to export the data from this rickety site and import it intact into the new site. It's a lot of work and I don't expect him to do it for free. So, I'd like to raise some funds as a thank you for all his hard work. My goal is to raise $2500 which is not a lot of money in the world of web development, believe me. If you'd like to donate, please PayPal your donation to newcafe@airlinercafe.com

      I will post all donations here, unless you would like to stay anonymous.

      I've already come up with a design that I like very much. Would you guys like to see screenshots of it, or should we let it be a total surprise???

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      ahmed

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      Post #76039, posted on 06-25-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Wow! I'm pretty new here and things keep getting better an better! Thank you Ahmed for all the work! I think it would be pretty cool to see the new design

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      Post #76054, posted on 06-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      I would be happy with whatever you decide. I fear if you ask for feedback you may end up getting 100 different opinions.

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      Post #76061, posted on 06-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Yeah, that is true! I thought there would be more excitement, or maybe not everyone has seen this post. A lot of the sections of the site will remain as is, but will be vastly improved in functionality. The Forums will finally get all the features everyone's been asking for, for a long time:

      - One-step image uploading
      - Thread Subscription/Notification of new posts
      - Ability to notify moderators of offensive posts

      So far we have only 2 donors:
      cesare747
      pa747sp

      Thanks you two! We have a long way to go. Whatever you can contribute will help. Here's an image to whet your appetite.



      Please don't pay too much attention to the small details like links, text, etc. It's just a rough image for now.

      I hope that helps to get more people excited and hopefully some more donations. Thanks everyone!

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      Post #76066, posted on 06-27-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello,

      That preview looks really really nice, airy, fresh and modern. For good stuff like this I can donate, I will be honored to make a donation end July.

      I like today's page design and have no issue with the photo uploading process but this preview just wets my appetite.

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      Post #76068, posted on 06-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Jesse. Thanks Stephane I'm glad you like the design. Like any modern design, it will be responsive, so it will look like this on tablet:



      Mobile:


      But, besides the look, I will try my best to make the site as user-friendly and as easy to use as possible.

      Thank you very much to the following donors:
      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy

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      Post #76082, posted on 06-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for keeping the site going, I am here almost every day. Probably more time than I spend actually working on my projects!

      Let me get logged into PayPal, Id be happy to contribute to something I use so much.

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      Post #76089, posted on 06-28-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Looks really good Ahmed!

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      Post #76100, posted on 06-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thank you! I'm glad you like it. I'm pretty excited. The new site is going to be the biggest transformation since Airlinercafe was launched. Lot's of new features. I have some pretty good things in mind.

      Updated donors list.

      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767


      Thank you very much for your support everyone!

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      Post #76102, posted on 06-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Just found this, I'm liking the new look, should work well, keep up the good work always appreciated.

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      Post #76113, posted on 07-01-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Graeme! Your support is always appreciated as well.

      An update to the donors list:

      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767
      gebbw


      Thank you, everyone, your donations are highly appreciated. Also, thanks or the kind comments in the PayPal transaction, sorry I have not been able to respond to everyone individually. Right now we are at about 1/4 of where we need to be, so please keep them coming. Whatever you can spare, will help. Thanks!

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      Post #76150, posted on 07-06-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      An update to the donors list, just want to make sure everyone gets credit for helping out.

      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767
      gebbw
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      Thanks for your support everyone!

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      Post #76198, posted on 07-10-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      Another update to the donors list. When making a donation, please add your Airlinercafe username to the notes section. Sometimes, the PayPal address and what's in the database here do not match. Thanks!

      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767
      gebbw
      richbsmith
      concorde-144
      ninjaflight


      Thanks again everyone! Your support is highly appreciated.

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      Post #76231, posted on 07-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Donation sent. I hope it helps to get you over the finish line.

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      Post #76233, posted on 07-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thank you very much, David, and welcome to airlinercafe!

      Here's an updated donors list:

      cesare747
      pa747sp
      Airbusian
      radioguy
      gavmh
      Reccephantoms
      LH707
      HeavyUAL767
      gebbw
      richbsmith
      concorde-144
      ninjaflight
      mark m
      Convair990A

      Regards,

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