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Switching to a new Travelfish site design

Posted by somtam2000 on 30/11/2015 at 23:02 admin

Hi all,

Just a quick heads up that we're switching to a new site design this weekend. As a part of the changeover process we need to take the entire existing site offline and replace it with the new one. We'll be doing this from early this coming Saturday morning (Bali time). Hopefully the change shouldn't take more than a couple of hours, but, well, we'll see.

One important change once the new site comes online is all members will be required to reset their password before they can login again. What will happen is when you try and login with your old password, you'll be taken to a screen with instructions to reset your password. In order to reset your password you will need to have access to the email address you signed up under.

Your username will stay the same.

This is happening because we're switching to a different encryption for the passwords, so the old ones will no longer work.

Otherwise, depending on how we go this week, some sections of the Member Centre such as profile editing and private messages, may be unavailable immediately after the switch, but we'll be working to bring these back online as a matter of highest priority once we're sure the front-end of the site is running smoothly.

The content of the site is largely the same, some sections have been better organised and so on, but it is mostly the same Travelfish in just a different set of clothes.

The new site is considerably faster, easier to read and renders better on phones and tablets than the existing site. This has been one of the driving reasons for the redesign as over 50% of the traffic to the site is on a smartphone or tablet.

All Google ad placements are being removed.

I'll stickyfy this thread and if you have any questions, please post below.

Thanks

Stuart

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Posted by fondo on 1/12/2015 at 02:48

Good stuff. The move to mobile has been massive over the last couple of years.

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Posted by kaercher on 1/12/2015 at 05:31

I'm sure the new site will be great.
Cheers!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 3/12/2015 at 23:24 admin

Thanks fondo & kaercher :-)

Just bumping this back up top as a reminder, as we will be taking the site offline tomorrow morning to do the shift. At this stage, the following sections will not be available again until early to mid next week:

* Private messages
* Profile editing
* Scrapbook
* Being able to edit forum posts
* A few other minor bits n bobs - the above are the main ones.

We'll been returning these features in the above order and expect to have them all up by early in the week.

We're also removing a couple of sections permanently - primarily the ability for members to upload images onto their profiles and embedding of RSS feeds (again onto their profiles) as these were being used (by a tiny minority) of members to upload adult images and content without our knowledge. While the number of accounts doing this was very small, we're yet to come up with an automated way to protect against this, so are removing it completely for now.

Apologies for the staged manner of doing this.

Cheers!

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