Today I just wanted to say that I finally got around to upgrading the system behind the Blender Model Repository. The BMR runs on the Xoops CMS and I can’t say it’s the best CMS I’ve seen. It’s a good many versions out of date and has been in need of an upgrade for quite a while.
Recently we’ve been under attack by some rather pesky bots and even hacking attempts. I don’t condone hacking (unless it’s authorised stress-testing) and feel quite sad that some people would even consider trying to break into a harmless community supporting website.
There were several options for an upgrade, including a fresh install with a manual import, or perhaps just an overwrite of all the valuable files, but in the end it turns out the developers behind Xoops cared about backward compatibility and provided a guide for dealing with such situations.
During the upgrade process, and even when monitoring those would-be intruders I would like to highlight my host, OpticEmpire – their stunning customer service, personable support and hilarious working hours leave little to be desired. If you need a website host, I would recommend them.
Needless to say we are up to date again and I’ve got some upcoming plans for the BMR – but I think I’d better get Eadrax ship-shape first.