As many of you have pointed out, the site has been a bit quiet since August, this was down to work and personal commitments on my part and Tony stepping away to concentrate on other projects.
While we have been having a break we have been continuing work on the next version of Pits n Pots which had been in the planning since earlier in the year. Over the past week we have been busily making changes to the back end of the site that will enable us to deploy the next version in the near future.
The site has been off line on and off for the last 24 hours while we made some pretty significant changes to the hardware configuration and the server operating system. If you are reading this post then all being well everything has gone to plan and the site is back up and running.
As far as we can tell we lost a couple of comments that were made in the period while we were moving the database, but other than that everything should be just where it was before.
Unfortunately for site visitors, you won’t see a great deal of difference initially as almost everything we have done has been to get the site ready for the next version, but things you will notice are:
Shorter user profiles, we have removed a lot of the profile fields as they are not really needed. Any data in those fields was deleted during the upgrades.
Less clutter, we have removed quite a lot of sidebar clutter as it isn’t needed.
Improved Search, we have added Google search to the site as this gives far better results, so you should be able to find archive content more easily.
Additional login options, we have added the ability for you to link your Twitter account to your user profile, or use Twitter to create an account so you can log in using your Twitter ID.
If you do link your Twitter account, this site does not have any access to your account details, the link is read only using the authorised Twitter oAuth application. You can de-authorise the Pits n Pots application at any time by logging in to your Twitter account and removing it.
We are also in the process of adding Facebook connect to the site so that you can login using your Facebook account, I’ll post more details on this once it is implemented.
Hopefully things will get back on track over the next few weeks and you will see more content appearing on the site and the discussions starting again.
Of course if you have any problems or things don’t work, leave a comment below.