Once again, you’ll have noticed we’ve been fiddling with the site and changing the way it works – if you have gone directly to www.aronline.co.uk you’ll have been directed to the WordPress homepage missing the old frameset and intro page. Don’t worry, all the original site remains in place and all you need to do to get to it is go to the ‘AROnline quick links’ on your right hand menu, then hit ‘Classic AROnline content’. That link will remain in place… well, it’ll remain there forever, as many of the old pages we have produced over the years will probably not come over to WordPress.
We’ve still a fair way to go, but currently I’m learning as we go along and, right now, the issue of replicating our old navigation menu (the one of the left with all the handy links on) is proving to be a struggle. That’s why, if you’re a WordPress expert and know something about menus, we’d love to hear from you – because we’re hoping that all the changes which we are making will happen reasonably transparently and without too much outward change.
Anyway, as we said before, we hope that these changes won’t spoil your enjoyment too much and that you continue to enjoy the site and all its content.
Over the coming weekend, we’ll be working on installing a three-column theme, which will reinstate a content menu at the left hand side of the site. Please bear with us on this – being a hobby website we don’t have a team of developers working on this or a nice test server to do this offline; we’re doing it on the fly. It’s clear that the theme I developed for WordPress to fit within the old frameset is not designed with a working left-hand menu in mind, so it’s a case of all change.
We’ll implement the existing fonts and colours to keep the feel similar – well, at least, that’s the intention. However, if things look strange to you at any time you log-in, hopefully you’ll understand the reason why.
Oh, and as for keeping the classic site – yes it will remain up because, as stated previously, there’s probably a fair bit of legacy content that should remain online, but which won’t be transferred into the new system. Pages that are migrated to WordPress will be removed from the HTML side of things, though, with re-direct code being added. That’s the plan.
Unfortunately, in the background we’re still getting bandwidth and CPU complaints from Heart Internet and are therefore still a long way from being out of the woods in terms of being in a safe and reliable hosting position. Currently, Brian Gunn, Alexander Boucke and Street Safari’s Justin Clements (a brilliant sysadmin) are investigating the problem and it’s far from being a cut-and-dried AROnline problem. We’ll keep those vaguely interested posted about developments.