Blender Model Repository system upgraded

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 It’s a good many versions out of date and has been in need of an upgrade for quite a while.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.

Dion Moult

I've been developing software for well over 10 years, work as an architect (not the computer kind, the regular sort), and am classically trained as a pianist. I try to do the right thing when I get the chance in my field, such as through contributing to open-source communities and promoting sustainable living.

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