2008-2009 yearbook website launched!!!

Woo… we’re there! After lots of debugging, last minute error catching, tweaks, geeky Linux commands and general mayhem, we’ve finally launched the new website 🙂

At around 13:37 this afternoon with only about 2 minutes of down time. Unfortunately there was no big red button to press, but the ‘launch sequence’ was something like this:

$ vim /etc/httpd/conf.d/allyearbooks.conf
[edit virtual hosts here]
$ service httpd stop
$ mv public_html 08
$ service httpd start

… that’s geek talk for “make new website work and stuff”.

So, what’s changed? Umm… not an awful lot for you. The main changes are behind the scense to make our lives easier and hence keep our time down and hence the costs for you! But apart from that, we have made some minor tweaks here and there, and we’ve also added the ability for you to create a web-based yearbook all yourselves, without having to contact us at all first. So if you find us at 2am and want to get going straight away then now you can. Top banana.

Also important is that now that we’ve finally launched we can begin adding in lots and lots of new features on top of the new code base. So back to coding for me then.

We’re going live… some time today!

Just a quick one, it looks like once Jake and I sort out the remaining bug fixes and an assortment of data processing jobs, we will be launching the new 2009 website! Some time by the end of today…

The great thing is that our lovely customers will now be able to sign up for a yearbook on the website itself using our new intelligent yearbook creation sign-up process! This saves everyone time and also means you can get work on your new yearbook immediately, which is a big step forward to helping us become the best online yearbook creation system around 🙂

More updates when they happen.

The speed of code

No photo’s of our workspace today. Nic’s got a day off, and the place looks a mite spartan without her flowing clothes and gekko tattoos.

On the other hand, I did just want to note the handiness of that far left screen covered in code. I asked Jake a good … oh … three minutes ago to change the default new customer dates so that we’re set to 2009, and there it is, my customer page has changed! It’s that fast.

Anyone with ideas that they’d like to see set up?