New NL Evolution
I just completed the first step on the NL site evolution project. There is now a totally empty except for user names site up at http://new.nicaliving.com. Let me explain what I did, what I am doing and why.
What I did
The starting point for anything is the membership. Once it is moved then blogs, galleries and such can be moved. Each subsequent piece will have assorted issues but they all require users to attach the content to. Thus, the membership.
Everyone there is "equal". That is, everyone is a member and active. Clearly there is some cleanup but this was a good starting point.
What I am doing
The short answer is "one thing at a time". There are a lot of pieces to get us moved. So, we have users. You can update your info there now if you want.
My next step will probably be blogs. I say probably because I have to research things before I am sure.
The two things I want to do soon are:
- Get the galleries moved over. I have done enough homework to know it is very complicated because of differences between the two systems. More when I know more.
- Get the "Look and Feel" set up. Right now it is almost the default. I want to add the appropriate buttons, configure what are in the sidebars and such.
That's it for today. If you find something clearly broken, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are just confused, post a comment here. I will be working on the FAQ.
The site may seem slower. There are two reasons for this:
- I have lots of logging/debugging turned on. That will go away once I know a bit more.
- The site is in France. That means longer transmission delays from the Americas. I decided it was worth it and this particular company seems to be about the fastest as far as links to/from the Western Hemisphere.