This morning at about 3:15 EST we directed the domain name theproblemsite.com to its new hosting space. Over the course of the next 24 hours, more and more visitors will get that updated location in their browser and find the new site.
This has been a whirlwind of activity the last couple months trying to get everything ready for the change, and we've definitely felt "under the gun," as the site had clearly outgrown its old hosting space, and crashes were getting more and more frequent.
In the end, we realized the following:
- We're losing traffic because of the down-time on the old server.
- We wanted the whole summer for people to try out the games and give us more feedback, before school starts and the students start hitting the games
- There's no better time to make the change than 4th of July weekend, since this is (historically) the second lowest traffic time of the year, and we wanted to have as little interruption as possible for our visitors.
So, even though we felt rushed, and feel like there are still things we could improve in the user experience, we made the decision to surge forward and get the change made.
Will you find bugs? Undoubtedly! The entire site was rebuilt from the ground up. Unlike our last update, which was simply "tweaking" existing code, this new version is probably 98% new coding. Having rebuilt the entire site from the ground up, with reference pages, quizzes, printable worksheets, and about 50 games, there are sure to be glitches that haven't been discovered yet.
Tell Us About the Bugs?
There's a community forum on the site (look for the "Forum" link at the top of the page, where you can share information about bugs you find. Or you can directly email the site admin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Huge Thank You!
A huge thank you goes to some of our members who faithfully tried the new games as they appeared, and reported bugs they found. There are too many to list them all, but I'm especially grateful to dkh and danerd for input on Trio Match, and dkh's input on Diamond Slide, as well as Yoda's input and suggestions on Adders.
We look forward to hearing from many of you what you like and don't like about the new site.