Published Nov 16. 2015 - 1 year ago
Updated or edited Dec 16. 2016

Site upgrade done

...almost. The new site is running smoothly and things have settled in. Traffic is stable and most pages are adapted to the new design.

Regulars on GFF have of course noticed some major changes during the last few weeks as the 20-year old site has been going though its absolute largest remake ever.

All content has been moved from my home made system to a so called Open Source system. This new system is called Drupal and is a framework for making websites – basically a Content Management System also known as a CMS.

Folders of content
Stuff on the way
Martin Joergensen

The system isn't what makes the site. That's the content, and almost all content has been transferred from the old system to the new, so essentially all pages should be present on the new site. Things have shuffled a bit and a few elements have disappeared, but all in all the previous content and functions can be found on the new site.

I took the opportunity to upgrade the look too. The old “design” was a mashup of different necessities, deliberate design decisions and random results of technical decisions.
The current design is a result of a number of general design decisions and a wish to be able to handle the old content as well as possible. Many of the old pages used all kinds of design elements, which are very no-no today, and I have tried to transform these old pages in the process.
You will still find pages that have visual and technical flaws, missing images, dead links and such, but I'm hunting these down and changing them as I find them. Some require a lot of work, while others just need to be loaded and saved again for the new system to work its magic on them.

We moved hosting company as part of the upgrade. The old server – hosted by Hostgator – simply couldn't handle the new site. My old code was hand tuned to work on the old server, but the new system has some requirements that Hostgator simply wasn't able to satisfy. I tried getting their help and support several times underway, but they failed miserably, returned with late and insufficient replies - or no reply at all – and my patience wasn't up to playing that game.

A friend recommended Linode, and even though the setup procedure was pretty long haired, the result was a server that delivers what I want, delivers it with a speed I am very happy with and not least at half the price of Hostgator. The old server has been canceled.
Now it's on to do some publishing!
The content side has been neglected a bit during the upgrade, but my plan is to step that up and get the publishing rate up to a reasonable frequency with new article content at least once, but preferably twice a week.
I have some material in preparation - both my own and things from external contributors - but the request for contributions still stands, so if you have ideas for articles, patterns stories or something else you'd like to see published here, please contact me.

Now it's on to do some publishing!

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