BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (14 FEBRUARY 2006) – On the 17th February 2006, following a long protracted downtime, the New Worlds Project will be reopening its website for public use. The New Worlds Project, a science-fiction play-by-post role-playing and creative writing website, officially announced its intentions to close down last year. The New Worlds Project’s staff has been working tirelessly on a massive upgrade of the website. Despite having planned to reopen on the 25th January 2006, the upgrade has been delayed in order to ensure all aspects were primed and ready to go come launching day. The decision to extend the downtime was taken by New Worlds’ Administrative Operations Managers, who are responsible for day-to-day operations of the New Worlds Project.
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The upgrade was necessary in order to update the backend of the New Worlds Project’s website. New Worlds has been operating on the popular e107 content management system software for quite some time now. New Worlds was part of a large group of websites beta-testing the CVS version of the software. With the new version released as stable, the Project was keen on updating to the latest stable version of e107. The Project implemented the upgrade as part of a Website Plan released in the summer of 2005 that aimed to take better advantage of the features offered by e107.
The new website will offer many new features for New Worlds members and visitors alike. The most visible of these new features is a series of new themes which have enhanced the look and feel of the website tremendously. Particular attention was paid to matching the comments and suggestions made by visitors and members.
A new forum design, as well as a whole set of new forums will make their debut once the website comes online. The New Worlds Project thus completes its metamorphosis from a simple play-by-post role-playing game to a more self-aware creative-writing project. Accordingly, this upgrade has sought to improve opportunities for writers contributing to the Project to reflect on, analyse, and generally improve their writing skills.
Furthermore content pages have been significantly improved thanks to new templates. Members will be pleased to see a greater presence of imagery to further support the text. What were once over-burdened pages with burgeoning text have now been softened and rendered more accessible to users. The new site has been able to benefit from the generosity of a number of graphics designers. Many have made their images available for New Worlds’ use. Others have made images specifically for New Worlds.
“Generally, members will see an ‘across-the-board’ improvement on the website. There is very little that hasn’t fallen into the sway of a general drive to improve. Content, design, small features to make everyone’s lives easier have all been a part of this upgrade,” AOM TealFox who has led the upgrade project commented, “We’ve devoted a lot of resources to improving ease of use and accessibility.”
Website testers have been quite pleased, “New Worlds looks so professional now.”
Summarising all the different improvements of the website has proven quite difficult for the New Worlds staff. As a result, the New Worlds Project will be making a number of announcements the week immediately following the re-opening in order to highlight the new features and improvements. Many members have simply expressed their relief that their sci-fi creative writing site will be returning to the public arena.
On the 17th February, the metamorphosis of New Worlds will be complete. By then, the New Worlds Project will certainly be a destination worth visiting again. Creative writers and role-players alike beware; your calendars will need to be kept free for a war that will begin once more on the 17th February 2006!
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Kim Leonard Smouter
Acting Executive Director
New Worlds Project
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