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Official CMS Migration Progress Thread - September 2017

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mouser:
We're on a roll and fueled by all of the generous donations at the last fundraiser!

This thread will be used for discussing our official migration to a proper CMS.

This is a big job, but DC member Stephen66515 and I are working hard on it now without distraction since the  forum upgrade was completed.

We've actually finished the most difficult parts, and it looks awesome.  There's just a ton of work left converting pages.

This thread will be used for discussing and previewing progress while we work on it.

Stephen66515:
Working hard and having fewer nervous breakdowns now ;)

But yeah, if anybody wants updates, wants to offer up a feature suggestion - or other questions about the CMS, feel free to ask and one of us will update as often as we can!  :D

mouser:
But yeah, if anybody wants updates, wants to offer up a feature suggestion - or other questions about the CMS, feel free to ask and one of us will update as often as we can! 
-Stephen66515 (September 03, 2015, 11:20 AM)
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Yes, except for the fact that it's taking all of our concentration to focus on migrating the current pages, so please refrain from deep discussions about big new features and content until we get the old content migrated.

Stephen66515:
Here's a little sneak preview of the top of the site with the navbar, logo, and improved site search (With smart-auto-completion to make searching far easier!)

Official CMS Migration Progress Thread - September 2017

But yeah, if anybody wants updates, wants to offer up a feature suggestion - or other questions about the CMS, feel free to ask and one of us will update as often as we can!
-Stephen66515 (September 03, 2015, 11:20 AM)
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VERY good point! - Don't be scared if we don't answer this thread for a little while...we are probably just busy as hell adding countless amounts of data to the new site lol  8)

Yes, except for the fact that it's taking all of our concentration to focus on migrating the current pages, so please refrain from deep discussions about big new features and content until we get the old content migrated.
-mouser (September 03, 2015, 11:22 AM)
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mouser:
The look of the site should be much improved, and much more responsive for mobile users, etc.  And some of the functionality should be substantially improved (search functions, etc.)

BUT, much like the forum upgrade -- it needs to be emphasized that the biggest benefits are in terms of future maintenance and extensibility of the site.  The current site is basically just a huge collection of hand-written static pages (something that wasn't so outlandish back in 2005 when the site was started, but which is now certifiably insane).

So this upgrade will bring the site into the modern era and make it much more enjoyable to maintain, update, and add new content, and ensure that we can keep going for another 10 years.

It's exciting!

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