Writers, we have lift-off!

After a metric ton of blood, sweat and tears, we’re live with Protagonize 2.0.

It’s alive! (… cue Frankenstein intro music.)

Protagonize 2.0

Our migration and deployment to v2.0 took a little longer than anticipated (as usual), so I apologize to those of you who’ve been waiting on pins and needles for the last couple of hours, expecting things to go live on time. Hah, like that ever happens. :)

I’ll preface this with a couple of notes: there are still a few things that will likely change pretty dramatically, and there are still some outstanding issues with older browsers (particularly Internet Explorer 8). If you’re not using a current/updated browser, you may encounter some problems until we get things completely sorted out for IE8.

Also, due to how the internet-of-things works, you may find that you’re being redirected to a web site URL that doesn’t look like “protagonize.com” for a few hours, initially — it will just be our beta site address (in this case, beta.protagonize.com, which is actually the new live site). This is just due to the delay in domain name migration, so don’t be alarmed; it’s totally normal. Things should settle down within 24 hours on that front, and you’ll find yourself going to the proper spot once your ISP catches up.

Notifications and emails from the site may also be out of whack during that 24-hour transition period, so please bear with us and don’t fret if you miss an email notification in the meantime. Your notifications are always on the site, too, so you can just check there if you’re worried about missing anything.

What does that all boil down to? Well, the new site should be fully functional, so go nuts! All of your stories, poems, comments, and profiles (etc.) should be there, upgraded to our glorious (ahem) new interface. If you find that you’ve lost something in the process (which is highly unlikely), please let us know and we’ll look into it.

Also, as our profile and group image formats have changed pretty drastically, you may find that your author profile image looks wonky in some cases. In most cases, it’s just because the original you had uploaded was smaller than the new format. If this happens, just edit your profile and re-upload a new image.

I’ll be posting introductory guides to our major new features over the course of the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, feel free to explore all of the newfangledness to your heart’s content. If you have questions about how various things work, feel free to stop by the New Members group or the Protagonize Pub and ask. Our moderators, or myself — or one of our helpful beta testers — will be happy to answer questions about the new interface.

That being said, I’m off to sleep for the next dozen hours or so. Enjoy!

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14 Responses to Writers, we have lift-off!

  1. Elorithryn says:

    *CHEERS*

    And now to try it out. :}

  2. Jo says:

    All there is to say is well done nick!

  3. Miriam Joy says:

    YAY!
    And now I’m off to cull all my old works because no one will notice as they’re still trying to find their way around :D Ehehe.

  4. Jsimmons says:

    Yay! Finally, I read about this update nearly a year and a half ago, I can see why it took so long though, tres impressive. Yay Nick!

  5. SapphireSoul says:

    Just came on and went ‘Whooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa what the hell happened here’ out loud. Looks so awesome! Now I just have to find everything…

  6. Jack says:

    Umm… not to rain on anyones parade. But the old layout was better… I dunno it just seems ugly to me.

    • Nick says:

      @Jack Sorry to hear you don’t like it, but generally speaking it’s a major step forward from the old site and will make it much easier to maintain and add new features in the future. To each his own! :)

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