I found the oldest archived copy of Got Apex? on Wayback Machine. The internet as a whole as certainly come a long way, especially in usability and design, although I sometimes miss the no-nonsense straightforwardness of Web 1.0. The old Got Apex? site you see above is actually not the first rendition. The very first site we had was made by yours truly and it was pretty awful. I made the original logo using some random font and added a lens flare effect on Photoshop. I’m secretly relieved that the original site was not archived anywhere.
Update on the new site:
- USERNAMES: We will definitely be migrating your old usernames to the new site. We’re not exactly sure how much of your information will get transferred in the migration (like signatures, post count, etc.). You’ll also most likely be prompted to change your password. Also, we will only be migrating somewhat active users. Users who have not logged in for years will not be ported over and their usernames will be up for grabs.
- FORUMS: This one is a toughie. Forums have always been a part of the Got Apex? culture and we want to move over as much of our history as possible. We have had an active forum for over 10 years and that means we have to deal with millions of lines of data. This will be a good test on the robustness of bbpress.
- DESIGN: We’re working on this. Keep in mind that both Apex and I are not programmers and coding is still a little foreign to us. I completed the CSS module on Codecademy (and promptly forgot most of the lesson) and will try to apply what little knowledge I’ve retained.
Just to reiterate why we decided to drastically change the Got Apex? site:
- OVERHEAD: The old site took up a lot of resources to keep running. By switching platforms and our web host, we have reduced our server costs by nearly 85%.
- TIME: Simply put, we felt we were spending too much time updating the site and with old age, our priorities have shifted. The new format make it much easier to post and maintain.
- COMPROMISE: Before we agreed to change the site, Apex and I were in discussion to shut down the site altogether. In the end we thought that shutting it down would a shame because it still retains decent web traffic and we knew we had to keep something up for our most loyal readers. We believe this is a good compromise to shutting down completely.
The updates and improvements should slowly pop up every now and then. Hang in there and thanks for reading!