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Is this thing on *tap tap*

by garrett on Wednesday 16th August

Well, if you can see this then the upgrade has worked. Time to pop the cork on that bottle of champagne you've been saving for a special occasion.

The main aim of this upgrade was to move the site over to gencon's servers. This should mean a much faster site with better response times all round. Although not a great deal has changed on the front end you will notice a few tweaks here and there.

  • The search box has been tidied up so it takes up less real estate
  • User profiles have been given a much cleaner layout (take a look at mine to see what I mean), so get updating your profiles people
  • Blog posts now have free tagging. Tags are keywords or labels that you can add to your post that give it more context, and allow users to view posts grouped by tags (Cathy has been begging for this functionality for a while now). For a great example of tagging have a look at flickr. It sounds much more complicated than it actually is, and I'm sure Cathy will be on hand to help you if you get stuck
  • I've tidied up the event listings to make them a little easier on the eye

There's still a lot of work to be done, and no doubt there will be some bugs that have slipped by my radar, but I think this is a great start and now allows us to really push ahead with some of the other features that you've been clamouring for.

If you do find anything isn't working as you expected, or the site doesn't look quite right for you then please leave a comment and I'll see what I can do.


Tags: maintenance | odihamcommunity | upgrade

Site upgrade - aka - "Hey! Why can't I post anything?"

by garrett on Tuesday 15th August

This is your friendly neighbourhood webmaster here. How is everyone, good? Excellent, that's what I like to hear.

In preparation for some some exciting new functionality that we'll be unveiling in the next couple of weeks I have to perform some upgrades to the site. To save my sanity and ensure things don't go pear-shaped during the upgrade I've disabled everyone's ability to post any new content or comments.

This is only a temporary measure and normal service will be resumed before the end of the week.

If you have any questions about what's involved then please feel free to .

Tags: maintenance | odihamcommunity | upgrade

And we're live!

by garrett on Thursday 23rd March

Cathy and myself have just pressed the big red button and cracked a bottle of champagne over her computer (metaphorically speaking).

Welcome to your new site, enjoy!