Website Migration!

Sat, 18 Jun 2016

Over the last month or so I’ve been working on updating the website…

 

Over the last month or so I’ve been working on updating the website
It has been a Herculean task. The site has over 1500 page, over 28 thousand subscribers and 622 downloadable projects!
There are three main reasons the site needed an update.
The site uses the Drupal content management system. Version six, upon which it was built, is now no longer supported, time to upgrade to the latest version.
Secondly, the person who wrote the system that is used to manage the shop has gone off to do his own thing leaving us loyal users in the lurch. (You know who you are Leighton) To solve this problem, the shop is being moved to Drupal eCommerce, a system managed by a large group of contributors.
Finally, Google have let it be known that websites that aren’t responsive (meaning they resize to fit smaller screens such as ipads and mobiles) will not be looked on favourably.
I was planning on taking a couple more weeks for the final tuning and laying out of the site before going live but my hand has been forced by my previous website host. You will probably have noticed that the website has been down a few times over the last couple of weeks including three extended periods in one day. Time to take the plunge!

So – here we are, live on the new upgraded site. It feels like we have just moved to a new house. There are boxes that need to be unpacked, shelves that need to be built for the CD collection and we still can’t work out what that switch in the middle of the living room wall does. All that said, it is still home! Settle in, I’ll get the kettle on.

Important News. Especially for Current Subscribers

While I’m making changes I’ve simplified the membership system. I’ve merged the two membership levels and replaced them with a simple one-size membership. The new membership is equivalent to the old Membership Plus. In other words all members can now download everything for free. I’ve increased the price slightly – hey, it’s been five years! The good news for my current loyal subscribers is that your prices don’t go up at all. For as long as you remain subscribed you get all the benefits of the old Membership Plus for whatever price level you were signed up for before the webiste upgrade. Thank you so much for your support, as I have said before, I literally couldn’t do what I do without you!

Anyway, that’s enough for now. I’ve got a list a mile long of fixes and niggles that I am working through slowly but surely. If you have any comments/requests please do let me know either in the comments or by email.

Thanks to Nauris and Gregory for their help with the transition. I’ll grab a coffee and get cracking. Thank you

Rob

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Comments (18)

  • lunchweek June 19, 2016 at 12:04 am

    The web site seems much

    The web site seems much better, good job Rob! Couldn’t find out how to download things tho.

  • rossmcsweeney June 19, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Looks great! It will take

    Looks great! It will take some getting used to but I like the look!

    Also, couldn’t easily see how to download anything? Maybe I’m missing something?

  • robives June 19, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Thanks both for your feedback

    Thanks both for your feedback. Once you are logged in you should see a download link at the top of the page, as a member you no longer need to go through the shopping cart.
    Please let me know how it goes. 

    Rob

  • rossmcsweeney June 19, 2016 at 7:14 am

    I am logged in but there is

    I am logged in but there is no download button there. I can see the tags then under that the blue share button but no Download. I’ll send you a screen shot to your email address.

    Good luck with the site! It must be a nightmare of a job!

  • robives June 19, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Thanks for letting me know

    Looks like there is a problem there. Thanks for letting me know Ross, I’ll get that sorted asap.

  • michael42er June 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Amazingly, the complete

    Amazingly, the complete website new created. In almost uninterrupted function.
    I also can not downloading (as a member log in). (Also no free models) Michael

     

  • maxlrainer June 19, 2016 at 10:58 am

    HI Rob,

    HI Rob,

    you did a great job with your new website. Looks good on my PC and on my smartphone. It’s fun to navigate through the pages.

    Cheers

    maxlrainer

  • rossmcsweeney June 19, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I can see the download button

    I can see the download button now! 

    I love that I don’t have to go through the cart now to download! So, so easy and streamlined.

    Thanks for all your hard work Mr. Ives!

  • michael42er June 19, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I can also see the download

    I can also see the download button now.
    Thanks for the quickly correction ! Michael

    • robives June 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks for letting me know

      Thanks for letting me know Michael

  • Smelter June 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Just checking out smilies.

    Just checking out smilies.

    ????????????????????????

     

    • robives June 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Looking good there Smelter!

      Looking good there Smelter!

    • Smelter June 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Hmm, they are black and white

      Hmm, they are black and white in a Windows Chrome, yet colour in Andriod G-mail.

      • Smelter June 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        Opps, slight disconnect there

        Opps, slight disconnect there. I was replying to my Smilies post.

      • robives June 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm

        Weird. That’s what you get

        Weird. That’s what you get with Windows I guess. 

  • Smelter June 19, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    The shop now has a download

    The shop now has a download button for each character/mechanism, just waiting for signed in members. Quicker to go there rather than search through the blog.

    Excellent!

    I love Rob’s ‘realtime’ response to getting the site working from member feedback.

  • ohallifax June 19, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Well done Rob – horrible to

    Well done Rob – horrible to be forced by corporate pressure but you’ve clearly succesfully transitioned and I hope that after the niggles you find it all runs easier for you.

    Obviously I hate the new design, because I always hate the new design of any product or website to which I’ve become accustomed!  It’ll pass, I’m sure, as will the niggles you see on your side.

    Best wishes, and looking forward to many more exciting projects from robives.com in the future!

    Oliver

  • rossmcsweeney June 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    This ones not much of a big

    This ones not much of a big deal but if you type Rob Ives into a search engine, in the websites description area It just displays comment post times. I thought something more exciting would be better haha

    robives. 1 hour 53 min ago. Website Migration! Smelter. 1 hour 58 min ago. Website Migration! Smelter. 1 hour 59 min .

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