Thursday, 25 March 2010

"Hoofin' It Online", our website, is hoofin' it over to Google Sites

Over the past few weeks, we've been moving our website to Google sites. If you're a blog user, you already know this and the sidebar links in the blog already take you to the new site.

Now we think it's time to start everyone else moving, and our WCN hosted Home page is being updated to advise our regular users. Our other pages will be updated next, and our website navigation sidebar not long after.

While our old site will continue to exist up until 30 June, updates are likely to cease before then to encourage folk to make the move.

If you find broken or misleading links on the new site, please contact the webmaster so that we can get it fixed.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Turakina photos now uploaded

A bit of a false start when the computer rebooted in the middle of the night (shortly after I went to bed, of course), followed by curses in the morning and restarting the balance of the upload, followed by the finishing touches this evening - but it's done now.

Of course some of you haven't waited (good-on-ya) and will have found yourselves already (or not). If you were one of the folk who got in before the job was finished, take another look at the set - you may find yourself later on the trail.

We're now on weather watch for the coming weekend, hoping that early indications of rain are un-founded, or that things will change between now and then. Looking forward to it and hoping to see you all there.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Photos from Turakina uploading

Upload is in progress now and will run over-night. It's taken me so long to complete the first pass-through of the photos that I've chosen to upload now rather than delay further for a second pass - kind of a quality control and trimming exercise that we'll just have to forego this time. This means the set is quite large.

It was always going to be a fairly big set as I've included shots taken around the farm on the evening before the event, and the layout of the course meant many competitors passed me twice. There were also some great opportunities for getting a long sequence of shots on the more open parts of the course, so I've kept a larger number of shots where I had plenty to chose from.

On the website migration front (one reason for the delay in getting this set done) progress has been good, with the new site now running in parallel and the blog re-homed. The remaining tasks now are to update the club's email addresses published on both sites, and to review the blog for links to the old website and update these to the new site.

At some time in the near future now, the old site will start to carry notices of the move and the sidebar links will be updated to point to the new site. Once that is done, there will be very little incentive to continue to maintain the old site, and it will be left pending the closure of WCN hosting.

Anyway, next ride is the Club Champs at Foxton - a new venue for everyone, and we hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

This blog has moved

This blog is now located at http://watrcnz.blogspot.com/.
If you're looking at this version of this blog entry, then that's where you are now.

Sidebar links will take you to our new site hosted by Google Sites.
Links embedded in the posts and archives will take you to our site hosted by WCN until such time as we either update those links or the WCN site is closed down.

For feed subscribers, please update your feed subscriptions to
http://watrcnz.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default.

While our website is still in a transitional state from WCN to Google Sites, our blog is now where it ought to be, and where it will remain for the foreseeable future.

Blog migration tonight

There doesn't seem any point putting this task off any longer - it has to happen and now's good, so tonight's the night.

The old blog will continue to be hosted on the WCN site, but all updates and new posts will go to the version hosted on Blogger.com. Once the migration has completed successfully, I'll update the sidebar links on both sites to point to the new location.

The way this all works, you should not notice any disruption to your access to the blog, but to get future updates you will need to resubscribe once to the new location. I'll signal when you should do this.

Fingers crossed we all make it to the other side ;-)

Monday, 15 March 2010

Change of dates for Waitohu and Waitarere events

We've just been advised that the Waitarere and Waitohu events will swap dates.

The calendars on WCN and on Google Sites have both been updated.

Waitarere will now be held on 11 April, and Waitohu on 25 April.

We trust this change will not disrupt your plans for those weekends and hope to see you at both rides.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Newsletter 133 and Turakina results online

The latest newsletter and results from the Turakina ride have been posted to the website. Photos from Turakina are still some days away as we navigate our way through a few more social events than we're normally accustomed.

What a fabulous venue is Cluny Farm - we missed it last year and it's really great to see it brought into the main calendar this year. A well designed course, well marked, and terrain varied enough to be interesting and a challenge, but not so tough as to be off-putting. Well done, Aimee and Brenda and helpers.

Some time before the end of March, I aim to have this blog moved off the WCN host and onto the Blogger.com host. That move will be followed fairly rapidly by the migration of the entire website onto Google sites.

There are a couple of drivers for this aggressive time table. First, as advised previously, Blogger.com is withdrawing suport for FTP publishing as of 1 May. Second, Wellington Community Network is ceasing to provide free hosting for community websites from 1 July. And third, Leslie and I will be travelling overseas for some weeks from early May. The hope is that by completing the migration by the end of March, it still leaves us April to iron out any glitches and get our back-up webmasters up to speed.

The Blog migration is expected to go fairly easily as Blogger.com have provided a migration tool to help with updating the blog and the hosting site. I anticipate having to change the main links from sidebars, and there may be a few embedded links that will break until I can track them down, but disruption will (I hope) be minimal.

The migration of the website will be a bigger exercise and may be a little more disruptive. Much of the new site has been built already in Google Sites, but there is still some work to be done. You're welcome to take an early peek at the new site. It's not that much different to look at than the old site in fact, but some links still take you back to content on the old site until the migration is complete.

Aside from the website URL changing (I suggest you bookmark the new site and the old one in the interim), the demise of WCN also means our email addresses for club officers will have to change. I'll be setting up the new addresses and placing them on both sites for the transition, but the old addresses will continue to work up until the day WCN pulls the plug. When you see the new addresses, I suggest you update the contact details in your personal address books.

For the time being we are maintaining the two sites, but a tipping point will be reached at which the main pages of the old site will carry advice that you should start to use the new site, and a link to take you there.

Please bear with us as we make the transition, and by all means let us know if something appears to be "broken" so that we can fix it.