Yes, I may have actually edited the in-game image for a stupid featured image for one post.
As much of the internet has since realized and meme’d to hell and back, there was a major disturbance in tubes in the form of the EU’s GDPR- a new privacy regulation that is changing how websites are to operate across the net.
This has also driven in a bit of an overhaul of the backend of the website, on top of some new additions- especially one that had been in the works since the day the site opened and never finished: a page about the team as a whole, revealing everyone who is involved and has been involved in the game’s translation. You might have noticed this being added and something missing from the menu.
So without further ado, jump into the cut to see the details of changes that have happened to the page in the past few weeks.
I feel that it is my responsibility to identify one area that is on the line of being compliant or not, and that is the usage of a WordPress plugin known as ‘Shortcodes Ultimate.’ This plugin draws in assets from FontAwesome, which does toe the line of compliancy with GDPR, since certain methods can involve FontAwesome getting some of your data, such as your IP address.
That About Us Page
As stated, the draft for the About Us page had been in the works, but never finalized. Zerker finally settled in and finished the page like the writing beast that he is. There are additional items to add to it, but for the time being, we’re good with it as is. You can finally see the names of everyone involved on the project, and not just those of us who are chatty on here or other forms of social media.
Yes, there was a forum on this site. No, you probably didn’t know about it. I mean, even we kept forgetting about it.
As a result, I’ve deactivated them and removed them from the site entirely. My reasons for this are threefold.
- The forums are a potential security risk, as bots can attack them in an attempt to inject links to the site.
- To add to this, the developers behind bbPress, the plugin used for the forums, have not updated it in about a year. Which contributes to the former reason.
- Because they’ve not done any updates, this has also made the plugin not compliant with GDPR requirements.
It’s common practice to remove unused plugins to a WordPress installation to help prevent bot breaches of the site, and to ensure the smooth operation of it as a whole. For these reasons, I’ve made the decision to remove them from the site entirely.
But don’t worry. You are still able to comment on posts. We’ve not removed that avenue, nor do we intend to.
With the removal of bbPress, I’ve also installed a piece of software that I run on my other WordPress sites: WordFence. I’ve used this for the better part of two years for Endless History and Delicious Crack no Kiseki. As such, as I’ve shut down some other rarely used plugins that were security related, and also super outdated, I’ve installed and activated WordFence to the site.
For the first week or so, WordFence remains in ‘learning mode’ where it can learn the activities and natures of the visitors of the site. Its primary use is to prevent spam bots and malicious attacks on the site to keep it secure so that it remains secure and safe to use.
WordFence can sometimes be a little overbearing and sometimes gets upset with surprising locales and other things- if you run into an issue with the suite being overbearing, please let me know via email, contact form (you can even use Endless History’s if you can’t access Geofront), or twitter, and I’ll do what I can to clear up any issues with it on the back end.
Other Miscellaneous WordPress Updates
I mentioned that another plugin was removed. As a few others are slated for removal as well. I’ve also performed some backend work on things, and I have finally linked this site to Google Analytics, which is something I also intended to do when the site opened. There are also some tiny little CSS changes here and there to make the site look better. You might not notice them, but I certainly do.
Regardless of all of this, there will be an actual translation update coming soon from Zerker, so you don’t want to miss out on that!
Happy browsing, and thank you all for keeping up with us and supporting us.