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Posted: Sat May 06 2017, 12:18am

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It has been just shy of 2 months since my last update...... and for good reasons.    I have been working behind the scenes to finish off another project.  


I am happy to announce that this past week, I’ve launched a new business brand.    I think we can all admit that the Monitor Long Island, Inc. website was lacking a friendly user interface for not just all the products I sell, but especially for the Unication information.

As of May 1st, all of my Unication sales will be under the name East Coast Pagers.   I’ve integrated a brand new shopping cart that gives me the ability to offer promotions, custom product packages, and even limit my marketing footprint (selling the G4/G5 in only my selected market).

This was a long time coming, and I’m happy to finally have it off the ground and running.

In addition to the website I’ve also setup a mailing list to reach out to those interested, instead of them waiting to reach out to me.  On the social media front, I have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, G+, Skype, Snapchat, and Whatsapp, to hopefully communicate with any customers where they are comfortable communicating.  You can get all the links at [link]

Now that East Coast Pagers is off the ground and running, I'll be populating some more paging related goodies to the catalog.  I would suggest you watch our social media feeds and maybe sign up for the newsletter for the upcoming details.   And in the next month or so, the Monitor Long Island site will go through the same type of facelift.


Thanks for all the past years of success and I’m hoping that by rebranding, I can offer many more!




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Posted: Mon Jun 19 2017, 11:04am

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Thanks to all of you who have signed up and followed East Coast Pagers.    The new business is off to a great start !
I'm not done building that site yet, and more content will be released on 7/1.   So if you haven't done so yet, please sign up for the Newsletter  to stay informed about your new products, sales, and information.


The W2LIE.net site might be taking a left turn instead of a right turn for the next release.   I'm not saying right or wrong, I'm just saying the course might be changing a little from where I had originally planned.    This basically means that I am not 100% set now that Joomla + phpbb is the way to go.    My concern is that I need a piece of software called a "bridge" to link the Joomla and phpbb platforms together.    The issue is that this bridge is not maintained or created by either the Joomla or phpbb developers, and things might break with updates.   I believe at the current date, Joomla is the #2 ranked CMS in use on the net.

My thought now is to move to the #1 ranked CMS, Wordpress.    I've been using WP for years and I am very surprised at how flexible it can be.    The benefit here is that I am very familiar with WP and if we moved to Joomla, I would need to learn the ins and outs of that CMS.

I don't see why WP can't be a good fit for the site.   Like our current platform, the Forums are maintained by the core developers, but WP supplies them as separate plug-ins.    WordPress is in active development and has a very large developer community.

If it looks like Wordpress will work as a replacement for this tired looking e107 site, I'll start putting out some teaser screenshots.    Right now, I have WordPress + Buddypress + bbpress running in a test environment and it's looking good so far.

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Posted: Sun Jul 30 2017, 10:57pm

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Good progress has been made in July!

Wordpress + Buddypress + bbpress is looking good. I have things operating and talking nicely together. Some visuals need to be addressed, but the core end of things are progressing nicely.

One of the biggest hurdles was addressed Friday night and the forums are slowly being copied from the e107 site over to the new staging site. This was one of those dreaded parts of the process that I didn't know how well it would work. I'm happy to see I'll be keeping my hair (won't be pulling it out over this one).
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Posted: Wed Aug 09 2017, 03:41am

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All of the forum topics to date have been migrated over. Now that I have the code squared away, I can easily migrate any new topics in batches to keep the new site in sync with the existing (this) site.

Now onto moving the core content, users, and finally - the downloads! Getting closer!
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Posted: Sat Sep 23 2017, 08:56pm

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Users were migrated over to the new platform today. 11138 of us, in good standing, now have an account on the new website. It's not open for business yet, but we are one step closer.

I need to move over the core content and downloads.

Finally, a theme/layout will need to be addressed. All in good time I guess!

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Posted: Tue Oct 17 2017, 02:30am

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Most of the "Frequencies and Codes" pages have been moved over to the new site, as well as all of the site news.
I think I've picked a new layout for the site.

All to be moved over now are the downloads and member classes (and the left over stuff from "Frequencies and Codes")
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Posted: Tue Feb 06 2018, 02:55am

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Time for an update..

We stalled out on the migration in October to work on the launch of " Scanner School".

Scanner School launched as scheduled on January 2, 2018 and is now entering it's second month. I'm happy to say that the project is working very well and we already have over 1,000 unique downloads! 

Once we have Scanner School operating to a point where we have some content batched and ready to go, we'll return our attention to the W2LIE migration.


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Posted: Mon Mar 26 2018, 04:57pm

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Migration has resumed.

The download categories have been copied over and now we are starting the massive migration of all of the downloads.
There are over a million lines that need to be repointed for this to happen.
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Posted: Tue Mar 27 2018, 07:50pm

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Good luck! I moved a site from Drupal to phpBB last year because upgrading Drupal was just a pain. Updating phpBB is must easier.
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Posted: Wed Jun 06 2018, 12:29am

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Update for May / June 2018

I had a week off from work and sat down to finish this long overdue move to Wordpress. The only thing left to move was the downloads and the premium content.
And that's where I hit a snag.

It wasn't going to be an easy task (or something that was even possible) to figure out. So I've had to scrap the idea of moving over to wordpress.

We are back on the Joomla train and hopefully I can get that one figured out. I've been watching some tutorials and since Joomla is a lot like e107, I am hoping that a lot of the back end with the database tables more aligns than it did with WP.

So - back to square 1......
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