Finally! I know I’ve been promising this for a long time and I can’t properly express how grateful I am for your patience. In the past 5 years there have been over 18,500 posts and over 300,000 comments. There have also been thousands of photos uploaded (keep ’em coming!) and basically the site was never built to handle that capacity. That’s why we’ve had to deal with so many frustrating tech problems including phantom commenting errors. I’m so happy to say that’s all about to change.
The reason why I’ve delayed for so long is because I have zero tech expertise myself. I also realize that the site has grown to a size where I am no longer capable of handling the tech side. So I’m happy to announce that I’ve made a partnership with a great group called BlankSlate. These are the folks who provide the tech support for the great Brooklyn blog Brownstoner. I can not think of a more perfect partner to bring more capabilities to the site. In addition to fixing all the bugs we’ve been experiencing, BlankSlate will be taking over all advertising for the site while I will retain 100% editorial control.
So what does this really mean? All the people who’ve been making suggestions for how to improve the site – I swear I haven’t been ignoring you – we’re now gonna start implementing some of these suggestions. First and foremost we are going to fix all the commenting errors. A completely new commenting system has been designed. For those who have already registered, you will receive an email asking you to update your registration for the new system. While anonymous commenting will still be permitted – registering will provide access to many new functions coming to the site. The ones that I am most excited about are the classified section, real estate section and new forum section. There will be single sign on so once you register you will be able to access all the new sections. But again, for the main site, if you feel more comfortable you need not register.
Now I also realize that not everyone likes change. And I agree. I personally hate change. But the site was simply becoming broken. I am so happy that it will finally be fixed. Also, the main site, is not really gonna change that much. It will be a bit easier to navigate but will still have the classic blog format.
Of course, whenever changes are made there will likely be some hiccups. So I ask in advance to be a bit flexible when we first roll out the upgrades. If you experience or notice any problems please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail and we will address them as soon as possible.
This weekend starting this evening access to the site may be spotty at times. The site will return live at the same address, www.princeofpetworth.com, on Monday morning. If there is breaking news at that time continue to send tips to princeofpetworth(at)gmail and I will cover it on twitter @PoPville. Thanks.
Here goes nothing!