Finally I have something a little more tangible to communicate about our rescue of RAnet. The developers have been working hard on making RAnet accessible again. When I say “accessible”, I mean the backend of the site, i.e. the software that allows the admins to update the site. As you may have noticed, RAnet has still been online even though the developers have been working on the site for almost two weeks now. It took a bit of digging and other administrative research to access all the hosting info etc., but eventually the developers received all the logins needed and were able to get into the code of the site. So they updated the software RAnet was built with, thereby creating the foundations for the migration to a new platform.
Yesterday I received a first screenshot of the current dummy site, i.e. a provisional WordPress site in which the developers are building the new home for RAnet that is offline for the moment and will only go live once every last bit of data has found a new place. Bearing in mind that this is only the dummy site and neither menu nor design have been finalised, I wanted to at least share with you where we are at now.
This is just a screenshot from the developers’ computer, and as I said, the menu and design have not been fully populated and finalised yet, but we can at least see where we are going. Naturally, because we are moving to a different platform with different website templates, RAnet will look slightly different. But those are cosmetic changes that I am sure we will get used to.
Not sure whether Guy’s leather chest will stay where it is – although it is nicely fitting that he is “welcoming us in the bosom of his bosoms” 😉
The first instalment of the fee has become due, too, and I duly transferred 800 Euro for the work done so far. The developers have not given me a timeline yet, and since there is a huge amount of data gathered on RAnet – we are talking 213 pages and 5987 individual pieces of media – it may take a little bit longer. But the upshot is that we are well on our way of soon getting a shiny, new home for RAnet, thanks to the developers, and thanks to the money you raised which is allowing us to pay for the developers. I’ll keep you posted with the progress as we go along.