On Tuesday, June 2 between 8:00 am and 9:00 am (CEST) we will be performing maintenance work in our production environment.
During this window, the ‘thiessen.it’ domains won’t be available.
Update: The service is back up and running. From now on the ‘thiessen.it’ domains also listen on port 80 and 443. Please notify us if you encounter any problems.
We added another domain (thiessen.org) to the list of URLs that we host an XMPP service at. Generally this is nothing special, it ‘just’ enables users to choose from a wider range of available domain names.
What makes this particular domain special is the server software running behind it! It’s called Prosody.
Prosody is an exciting new server for Jabber/XMPP written in Lua. It aims to be easy to use, and light on resources. For developers it aims to give a flexible system on which to rapidly develop added functionality, or prototype new protocols. Prosody is licensed under the permissive MIT/X11 license.
Prosody version 0.4.2 has just been released, make sure to give it a try if you are a system operator.
It is planned to migrate all our domains to Prosody in the future, most likely once Prosody has support for clustering.
We encourage you to create an account and try it out for yourself, any problems should be reported at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks goes to Matthew Wild, one of the Prosody developers and member of the jabber.org team. Matthew helped us setting up the service and continues to help running it.
… I’ve been asked today. phpBB is a popular Internet forum package written in the PHP scripting language. The name “phpBB” is an abbreviation of PHP Bulletin Board. Available under the GNU General Public License, phpBB is free software.
And the really nice thing is, it lets you notify your users via XMPP/Jabber about anything it does via mail by default. I assume your board is set up already and that you have administrative privileges.
Step 1: Create a Jabber account using a regular client. I assume you created ‘email@example.com’ in this HowTo.
Step 2: Open your forums admin panel, go to the ‘General’ Tab, choose ‘Jabber settings’ under ‘Client Communication’.
Step 3: ‘Enable’ Jabber, put ‘de1.xmpp.thiessen.org’ into the server field and enter your credentials you created in step 1. (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org and your password)
Step 4: Apply the changes by clicking ‘Submit’.
Your board is now ready to send notifications about new threads / posts / PMs via XMPP/Jabber.