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Hello all! Sorry for slacking on the updates. I just didn't want to update without being closer to launching, and we are now so close! Here's the quick version.

The new version of the site is almost done. It'll basically be the same site, just powered by different software with some cosmetic changes. Most of the changes for writers will be at the manage your writings area. You'll have more options and control, and things will be much neater/cleaner and easier to use. Here's the timeline:

- Early July: Private Beta (Invite only - more on this below)

- Late July/Early Augest: Public Beta - The site will basically be done at this point so we'll open it up to public for testing. During this beta is when we'll switch the new site to replace the current one and archive it.

- Sept 1 - New site Offically relaunches

More details:

The private beta will be open to all existing members of Lit.Org and a few friends of the site who have volunteered. Our friends over at WritingForums.com may also come lend a hand to help test the new site and promote the relaunch as well. The purpose of the private beta is to give everyone a chance to sign up before we open it up to the public and to test everything out ot make sure there are no bugs (there will be).

The public beta is to make sure everything holds up under real world conditions and iron out any remaining bugs.

The transion will from the current site to the new one will be pretty straight forward. No data should be lost, except possibly for votes. The main question I've received about the change is how are we going to get all the old published works over to the new system. While it won't be ready on day one of the private beta, sometime during July I'll release the importer and you'll be able to start importing your works from the old system to the new one. I would love to have imported them all for you but this is a pretty major system change and this will make sure all the data comes over as accuratly as possible. Besides, we don't really need to import all the works of members who no longer visit or use the site. Which leads me to:

What happens to all the old stuff? Don't worry, the old content from the site will remain in the old system. It'll be referenced as an archive and will be read only. When you register for the new site and import your works, they'll be MOVED from the archive to the current site. That way the archive will only contain items from members who are no longer active on the site.

How to get ready for the new version:

The main thing is, make sure you know your username, email and login for the current site. You'll need ALL 3 of these pieces of information to import your work into the new system.

If you have any questions, shoot them to me via email (chris@lit.org). Make sure you follow the updates here, on Facebook and check your emails for future updates.

See previous updates about the new version Here and Here

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Chrispian H. Burks
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Hi Crispian

Read this over on Facebook.... I very much doubt you are slacking on anything... more a case of trying to fit it all in....

Hope the New/Old site continues to be a success.

Thanks for all the work you are putting into this site.

Eric

( Posted by: Fairplay [Member] On: June 26, 2012 )

Thanks!
Eric, thanks for the support! I'm excited for everyone to start using the new system and see what the site can become again. I'm proud that the site has stood up all these years and people keep coming back.

( Posted by: chrispian [Admin] On: June 26, 2012 )

Thanks Chris!
Hi Chris...people keep coming back because of the quality of the site that you gave birth to and have made it what it is today!!

Sure we've had glitches and upheaval...but they were due to outsiders who didn't have your vision and dedication. I think we've pretty much eliminated that problem now and old members are coming back one by one and new members will be comfortable in joining our family! Good writing is the key and the reason we are here!

My only concern is that I'm not a techie (as you all well know by now!) and I just hope I don't lose all of my work when I try to transfer them...get ready for my crys for HELP!

Love ya,
Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: June 26, 2012 )

Bea
I'm going to try to make the import as simple as possible, but I'll be around to help anyone who runs into trouble. I'll make good backups before we start.

I'm also going to work on an export tool for anyone who wants to take their work off the site as well. I don't want anyone losing their hard work. This way everyone will also have an easy tool to backup their own work.

( Posted by: chrispian [Admin] On: June 27, 2012 )

I am not here much...
But I am excited about seeing the new site. Look forward to our old site growing and moving forward! Thanks Chrispian!

Nae

( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: June 29, 2012 )





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