As many of you know and have experiences the website has been having issues for coming on a year. There has been other background problems that you won’t have seen specifically, but have been making it run very slowly. All this has all caused some amount of stress, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Next week, the 17th of January to be precise, the website will be switched off probably for the day, maybe for the day after too. During this down time, the new – now built – website will be launched and populated with all the current content, comments, user info, membership details, everything. This is, going to be a new website but with all the last nearly 11 years of data added to it. In short, this is not just a re-skinning of this current site, but an entirely new one.
In case anyone is worried, I have kept the design the same, or at least very similar with a few tweaks to aid navigation. The look, feel, colour scheme and current navigational structure will remain.
Now, of course there is scope for issues when making such massive changes to the website like this, but in theory nothing should be lost. We are in safe hands with the new web boffins – they are a very reputable company that I have come to trust through professional working relationship in my day job… so we should be fine. I hope!
In the meanwhile, please carry on using the website as you are now. And as soon as you see it is launched – all being well – you should be able to use it again as if nothing happened… but hopefully without some of the issues we currently have.
Wish me luck!
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