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The Official Site Migration Announcement

November 15 - Update:
It appears the date is set for the migration. Currently we are targeting Thursday November 30th.

_____________ Original Post Below_________

Hello Members!

I wanted to provide you a more detailed update regarding the site migration, status and timeline. However before we jump into that, I want to say THANK YOU to Steve and MCS02 for helping testing, provide feedback and suggestions.

If you are a “show me pics” person, screen shots of the test site are at the end.

Why are we doing the migration?
  • The current site is running on code that went end of life (EOL) 10+ years ago.
  • Because the site is older, updating the site for feature, function or security is a game of chance.
  • Current platform was built for desktops only.
  • Over 50% of our viewers are using the mobile to visit the site. Per #3 a mobile site was created which added another platform/site to test and manage.
  • A lot of the “nice to have” features were either not available or required custom development to create, test and implement.
  • New platforms are faster, more responsive, have better user interfaces (UI), integrations and are easier to manage from a day to day basis.
  • New platforms have what is called “responsive” design that adjust based on the size of the screen. They natively will work on desktop, tablet, phones etc
That’s great, we have been talking about the site migration for a few months now. What has been done so far?
  • The core data to test with was migrated 13 weeks ago. Needless to say there were a number of challenges.
  • A second migration happened where some of the bigger issues were fixed, primarily regarding Garages, Gallery and other media.
  • A few weeks ago Steve and MCS02 started testing and providing feedback and suggestions regarding the organization of the site and usability. This is a HUGE help.
  • We currently have two test sites. One is a sandbox to test ideas and make mistakes. Once they are “closer” to production they are moved to the “pre-production” site.
  • We continue to work at improving the site, making it more intuitive, testing things and trying to ensure the transition is as clean as possible.
Will 100% of the site be migrated day 1?
Initially that was the plan. However once the data is migrated all the other work is on me… After many long nights and discussions plus new issues with the current site we are starting to lean towards a phased migration. Here is the current thought process:

Phase I:
Targeting Monday November 20th or the week of November 29th (Most likely).
  • Forums, Gallery, Albums migrated (the majority of the site)
  • Updated UI will be implemented
  • Classifieds will be update
  • Site downtime = ~20 hours
Phase II: Manual Migrations
  • Library (will be called either articles or Wiki) – 100% manual
  • Clubs (will be called Groups on new site) – The forums will migrate day 1. The rest is 100% manual.
This is my first forum migration as an administrator/owner. I’ve talked to a number of other forum owners and was a member of four forums that migrated. It typically goes one of two ways:
  • Try and “mimic” the previous forum as close as possible.
  • Make changes and utilize the new platform strengths.
We started out somewhere in middle. As my knowledge of the new platform grew we began testing some things and made some changes.. which are probably best described by pics:

Home Page:
- Similar to a “news” view. Shows updated articles, how to, News, recent threads
The Official Site Migration Announcement-article1.png

Forums Page:
Organized by topics:
  • Community Discussion and Chat
  • Car Builds, Experiments and Racing
  • Technical Discussion, Q&A, Tuning & Performance
The Official Site Migration Announcement-forum_1.png

A little lower down:
The Official Site Migration Announcement-forum_2.png

Sub Forum - Technical Q&A Forum
  • Threads for general technical questions
  • Areas for model specific discussion
The Official Site Migration Announcement-subforum_1.png

Garage (Now called “Showcase”)
Lots more flexibility to show off your garage!
The Official Site Migration Announcement-article2.png

Ultimately, this is site is built for you. I encourage you to participate in helping build the future one. The more members we have test the better. For example when Steve and MCS02 started testing, they identified features I didn’t use (or knew existed) in the current site.

If you have any interest at all, now is the time… depending on when you “jump in” you will be able to see how the sauce is made.

Again, I want to thank Steve and MCS02 on their continued help. Their feedback and suggestions continue to shape the new site.

Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or thoughts.

Thanks,

Josh
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Well done, look forward to seeing the new site launch!
Thanks - your welcome to test it. If you are interested would love to run some thoughts by you regarding the Classic Mini sections.
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