I wanted to give everyone an update. We are still just amazed at the outpour of help and support to raise the funds to rebuild the site. I have seen a number of demos and mock ups of the site and still have calls on a weekly basis with the development team. Its difficult to see all of the various pieces in one holistic snap shot. For instance a demo with all our content or test the workflow of a page before it has a theme. But the good news is that over the weekend we hope for the first time to see the old (original) site data, this current site data, new functionality, pages, and design all come together in a working demo site. This is really exciting and I cannot wait to see it and share some screen shots. The dev team wanted to launch next week and its really great to hear. I want to be more conservative to make sure that we can make some tweaks, design changes, and head off any bugs first. I am so hopeful that that is minimal so that we can go live ASAP! Yesterday I gave all the credentials to our current hosting so one afternoon someday very soon things will be redically different around here.
Me, I cannot wait to post a picture from a beach and make session reports again! I hope that we all get to feel a new sense of community through this much improved platform to communicate! Many of you are new and I want to learn more about you all and really know who is on the beach even if I cannot make it.
The time is close. I will start posting various screen shots once I get my hands on a full demo. After we give initial 1st responder feedback and get a revision the decisoin will be made test more or go live. Have to be honest and say part of me is nervous to really meet all of your expectations but we have answered that with allot of planning and more planning.
I cant wait!