Hey, so you may have noticed that things are slightly busted around here. The site's been in more or less the same state since I cobbled it together some seven years ago, with tweaks here and there and an ever-increasing amount of metal on the back end. This was fine; it's gotten increasingly less fine as time goes on. Let's bring in bolded alter-ego.
Why does your site look like Geocities still?
this was a bad idea
Does Marissa Meyer run this place or what?
Finding good developers turns out to be hard. Twice I've engaged professionals to do a thing, and neither time have the professionals actually managed to do the thing. A revamp of the comment section simply did not work; a planned site overhaul set to launch last summer obviously did not.
I think this is about to change. A few weeks ago I met with a gentleman from Human Element, a local outfit. They're taking over the stalled site revamp. HUEL* has several things going for it. They are local, so keeping in contact is easy. They have 30 people, so they have become good enough at what they do to grow significantly. They're big enough that they've got experience in whatever CMS you would throw at them. Their wifi password is reassuringly nerdy.
For the first time in a while I'm optimistic this will get done and before football season.
*[Referring to them as HE was weirdly religious and quickly discarded. HUEL had much to recommend it.
Internally they go by HEI but you will agree that HUEL is superior morally and ethically.]
But I hate change.
Indeed you do. There will be some changes. The most obvious will be a magazine-style front page. This will require some extra clicking but with the amount of #content on the site, especially during football season, we feel it is required. Not that much else will change, at least at first. The site revamp is a necessary first step before moving forward.
But we can look forward to some new features?
The new design is responsive, which means it'll look good on tablets and phones. It'll be professionally designed, so you'll know that the navigation menu above has useful things that drop down. (Do you know that?) You'll be able to get to the second page of the board without clicking on the mgoboard link above. Points will be exchangeable for Venezuelan bolivars. The site should be much faster and less prone to going down when traffic spikes.
Going forward a continued relationship with HUEL should allow us to implement some larger changes, but let's eat one apple at a time.
What about the app(s)?
Those will also be revamped when the site re-launches. They have to get massively updated anyway since the APIs they ping will change so it'll be a refresh for both. Apologies for the situation with the MGoBlog HD app; I am an Android person and did not know that the standard app had so many problems. Unfortunately the HD app was never authorized and when we were looking for performance improvements before Signing Day it stood out as a big drag.
Please bear with us. That should be fixed when the site re-launches. Your patience will be rewarded. With bolivars, but rewarded all the same.
WHAT: A live podcast that is more audio content for your ears.
WHEN: Approximately 5-7 Friday every week during football season. We're thinking it's going to be more like 90 minutes than two hours, but we'll see. Whatever. I do what I want.
WHY: People veritably clamor for more audio content, and MGoRadio is no more for reasons outside of our control. Moving the show to Friday will make it much less of a rehash of the regular podcast: I'll have UFR done by then and Ace will have broken down the opponent in detail.
WHERE: Historic Moe's Sport Shop! Our live MGoRadio at Moe's was a great success and it was a natural fit since it's right downtown. You can stop by and hit up dinner afterwards, or go to Ashley's, that sort of thing.
HOW: We will be streaming live on Youtube, which seems like the best and easiest option for multiplatform. A downloadable podcast version will go up shortly after the completion for people who want to listen on their way to the game on Saturday morning.
It's time to update MGoBlog to the latest version of Drupal. I'm looking for a Drupal developer who is familiar with MGoBlog to create a version of the site in Drupal 8. This is a contract job; if you're interested there would also be an ongoing maintenance aspect as we tweak the site and add bells and whistles.
Requirements are somewhat flexible since Drupal 8 and its contrib constellation are still in flux, but an outline:
- implement a modern responsive theme for the site that we already have mocked up
- implement a Drupal 8 version of the XML RPC module that allows Windows Live Writer to work in 6
- implement as much of the current site functionality as possible given the state of contrib (userpoints not working will be a major issue, for one), adding as contrib fills in
- make sure performance is at least as good and hopefully better than the existing site
- migrate content, taxonomy, diaries, and users, in some form. I am completely happy to leave previous content behind in static pages as long as the URLs remain the same and you can still get to them in some form from the tag pages.
Budget is "I don't know, I've never budgeted something like this." I am expecting something in the five digit range. You will know better than I what is feasible if you're a good candidate. Timeframe is 3-6 months, but is flexible since we are aiming at a moving target. Email me at [email protected] if you're interested.
You. Yes, you. Listen to this. [Fuller]
Apparently nobody has thought better of giving us a radio gig, as we are sitting in the WTKA studio right now preparing for the first show of MGoRadio, brought to you by UGP and Moe Sport Shops. If you're local you can tune in to WTKA 1050 AM to listen live from 5-7 pm Eastern; if you're not you can stream live on wtka.com or use their mobile app (iTunes/Android). We'll post the show as a podcast tomorrow, as well.
Yes, you can call into the show. Our barrier for entry is you at least make the effort to tune in or check the WTKA homepage to attain the number you need to call.