We just today rolled out a new website design using a WordPress template. This is a “responsive” design that will automatically reformat the website for smartphones, iPads and other devices. It also makes it easy for me to edit the website myself and not have to ask our wonderful website designer, Amy Austin, to do the simple things. WordPress also has a blog as an integral part of the website itself, so we will now be using this for blog posts.
Our original blog at TypePad has been down for a week because of a “denial of service” attack directed at TypePad. As part of overcoming that attack, TypePad had to change IP addresses for certain blogs, including ours, and they are still trying to help us bring it back up. Our website redesign was already in the works when this happened, so it’s just a coincidence that the blog went down as we were readying the new website design.
I will resume posting on TypePad as soon as we can get that blog up and running again, but only for a few weeks until we can transition all of our readers over to the new blog on the new site. In effect, I will be posting on both platforms for a while.
Now, as with any website redesign, we are sure there are broken links and other issues we have not found ourselves, so please send me an email or post a comment letting me know if you see something that isn’t working. If you see a page that links back to a blog post, that will not be working until the original blog is online again. We are also testing type sizes and other features, so you may see some differences on individual pages for a bit. Finally, I have other content to update on the site, but we plan to do that after the new site has been up and running smoothly.
Also, our online donation page has been redesigned by Network for Good to match the “look and feel” of this new website, and that will be rolled out on Monday morning. I did not want them to do it on a Friday in case something wasn’t working and it couldn’t be fixed over the weekend. Until Monday, then, the online donations page will continue to look like the old website.