I’ve been following a web site devoted to the business side of Apple, Inc. for many years. The site was part of a larger news site but was easy to track and participate in without dealing with the larger news site. It also used DISQUS commenting and had been doing so for many years.
Without warning, last night, the site changed domains and changed comment engines (now using livefyre) and so, on Apple’s big announcement day there is chaos at that site, a site devoted to all things Apple. I feel bad for the journalist who runs the site as no doubt these changes happened behind the scenes and it seems, without his knowledge (his readers had no warning).
The site has lost a huge following, not because the site’s author said the wrong thing, but because followers couldn’t easily log on to comment and couldn’t easily find the site as there was no warning that this was going to take place.
By the way, the Apple WWDC 14 keynote was spectacular today, I urge you all to watch it. http://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2014/
This web site
For the past few years I’ve been experimenting with another version of this web site running on the hosted WordPress platform. It has the same theme and the same content going back two years (and some earlier content as well as I’ve had time to move it). Over the two years it’s even picked up a decent following among WordPress users. I think it’s time I published that url here and I urge any of you who frequent this site to add a bookmark and when appropriate make a comment there so that I can get you through the initial moderation process (all first time comments go into moderation there as they have here).
Here’s the url:
At some point, I may (or may not) point the domain I own (“richardsnoteds.org”) at this other version of this site. I haven’t decided that yet.
None of this matters at all. All that matters is that you, those who follow this site know where the other one lives. I will continue to post to both sites for the foreseeable future but if this site goes down (like it did a few days ago), you can always check out the other one as it’s not gone down once in two years.
If you get confused as to which site you’re at, look at the url in your browser. This one begins with www.richardsnotes.org, the other one begins with www.rwanderman.wordpress.com.
If you have questions or comments about this, let me know in the comments.