I am pleased to announce the launch of our new website redesign, using a much more powerful publishing engine by WordPress, a new design theme by SoloStream, and many new features that we hope you will come to enjoy over the years. There is still a large amount of work left to do, so we are considering this new launch to be ““betaÃ¢â‚¬Â over the next week to two. However, I promise that we won’t be in beta near as long as some Google products!
Before I go any further, I need to thank Matt Faulkner, Cary Philips, and Warner Crocker for their invaluable help in making this transition happen. There is no way I could have done this by myself. Between the four of us, we have put in a ton of hours and I’m proud of the team effort that was shown.
With over 6,000 articles published over the last 2 1/2 years, we had simply outgrown our previous publishing engine. Because of the recent server outages, we made it our top priority to port the existing content over as soon as possible, then address outstanding issues as a result of the move.
There are some conversion issues that you will notice right away, but we hope to address them as soon as possible:
- Links to old articles are currently broken. We are working on 301 redirects, but it will take a few days to get those in place. Even then, there will likely still be some broken links. We’ll fix those as we come across them, too.
- As hard as we tried, we could not get the blog comments ported over this weekend. We utilized a number of different BlogML conversion utilities to get the comments and experienced problem and problem with the utilities. We are not going to give up on porting those comments over, but we deemed it a higher priority to port the article content over and get the site running under a stable and more powerful platform. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.
- Most of our articles have the author byline of ““adminÃ¢â‚¬Â . We’ll be getting this addressed, too.
- Search isn’t quite as robust as we’d like, but we need to get the 301 redirects in place before implementing a Google search solution.
- The forum look and feel still matches the previous design, but we will take care of it later in the week as well.
- A drop down menu for easier navigation to find the InkShows and other news stories you want to follow.
- A redesigned logo and color scheme to match our new look and feel are also in the works.
That is just a short list of items still on our to-do list. Do let us know of things you find that are not working or any other suggestions you’d like to pass on.
On behalf of the entire team,
Editor In Chief