If you’ve been on this site before and made your way here now, it’s easy to see that the look has changed. But it isn’t just the look, it’s vastly more than that. It’s the entire functionality of the site. But it’s a long way from being there yet.
I’m a big believer in the idea of just jumping in with both feet. In terms of website lingo, that means go ahead and launch the site, then fix the problems. I figure if I waited till the development site was perfect, I would never get it up. So, I once again asked my tech guys, who have been working on this new update forever, when it was going to be ready. I know they are as tired of diddling around with it as I am, so this last Thursday, the main guy said, let’s take it live. I was a little apprehensive because I’ve been around long enough to know that it’s not the best idea to launch as the weekend is drawing near, but I was so ready, I said, let’s do it.
I figured we had plenty of time to make changes on Friday, and my tech guy said he was going to be around all day Saturday, so it shouldn’t be a problem. Unfortunately, he had an unanticipated family crisis on Thursday night, leaving the whole thing to me. Which was truly the blind leading the blind.
So, the long and the short of it is that this site is a work under construction.
Here is what we did.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve had database problems and character issues in my blog to such an extent that I couldn’t really bring myself to post (unless it was a very short post) because it took me several hours to deal with the problems. Just to get a single short post up took 20 minutes to write and two hours to fix the character issues and format. A long post took forever just to get it to be readable. Needless to say, this situation greatly diminished my enthusiasm for posting.
When I finally decided to do something about it, I purchases a premium theme for WordPress and found a tech outfit that promised to get everything up and running within a couple of months. That was in November 2013. I went through a succession of tech people (I won’t bore you with the dismal details or the expense, but let it be said, I’ve been pulling my hair out for over a year and a half) till I finally found someone who could get ‘er done.
Typically, with a blog, one just lays a new theme in over the old one, and it’s done. It takes two minutes. But in this case, we completely redid our site and put the entire thing on the WordPress platform. Which took a little longer because everything had to be migrated from the old site to the new. And the database had to be fixed. And, most complicated of all, the forum had to be dealt with. Or, more correctly, the forum is still in the process of being dealt with.
We have a hugely active forum on this blog that is administered by a handful of competent people (which handful does not include MD and/or me). The forum took on a life of its own six or eight years ago and has grown since then. If you’re new to low-carb or even an old timer, you’ll find a lot of help and a ton of info on the forum. Problem is, we’ve had to find a server on which to host the forum because it’s so large and active. Most of the data is being migrated over this weekend, so it should be back to normal in a day or two.
The new theme we’re using to make this site look like it does has a ton of functionality that I have to learn how to use. What you see now is sort of the basic look, but almost everything can be changed. I just want to do it a bit at a time. I could’ve waited till it was perfect then launched, but, as I wrote above, I would prefer to launch, then fix. So expect to see a gradual evolution of the site until I get it like I want it.
A few quick issues I’d like to bring you up to speed on.
A couple of days ago my RSS feed (powered by FeedBurner) sent off an email containing a couple of old posts of mine. (This happened before the changeover of the site, so it had nothing to do with that.) The only reason I knew something had happened was that I suddenly got inundated with comments about a post that was over a year old. I still don’t know why FeedBurner did this, but I trust it less and less. A couple of times it hasn’t sent out posts that actually were published. Rumor has it that FeedBurner (a free service provided by Google) is on its way out and will end up on the trash heap just like Google Reader (my favorite blog reader) did. I have no control over how my posts are formatted in FeedBurner (other cleverer people may have control, but I can’t figure it out) so the posts come out with all the paragraphs squished together.
If you want to get your posts by email, just sign up for my email alerts on the upper right side of this post. I promise not to burden you with emails. I’ll send you a notification whenever I’ve posted something new.
Gastritonin (formerly Protexid)
For those of you who have been waiting (forever) for a new batch of Gastritonin, it is now in the warehouse. Problem is, the store part of our site is in a shambles, courtesy of this change over. It is like we are just moving in, which in a sense we are. (Remember my motto: Launch first, then fix.) There are empty shelves and boxes everywhere. I doubt you’ll even be able to find the Gastritonin if you go to the shop in the next day or two until I get someone to help me straighten it up.
Gastritonin is the exact same product as the Protexid we had years ago. It is made in the US, following all US stringent supplement manufacturing regulations. The Protexid you can find online is made in Brazil and has a different formulation from the original Protexid. Someone at our company was asleep at the switch and allowed the trademark for Protexid to lapse, and someone else jumped in a grabbed it. So we’re now manufacturing the same product under the trademark Gastritonin.
If you don’t know what Gastritonin is or Protexid was, take a look at this blogpost from several years ago. I wrote the post to explain what it was, what it did and to give away our remaining supplies before they went out of date. So, irrespective of what this old post says, THERE IS NO MORE PROTEXID LEFT TO BE GIVEN AWAY. You won’t be able to find it in the store anyway. Of course, as I mentioned above, you may not be able to find the Gastritonin either for a few days. But it is in the warehouse and available. Soon.
Low-Carb, High-Fat Convention
As many of you are probably aware, I gave a couple of talks at the first international low-carb, high-fat convention in Capetown, South Africa in February of this year. It was a tremendous experience meeting all the many people involved in low-carb writing and research, whom I had never met, and great fun catching up with old friends. The talks all these folks gave were pretty remarkable.
The organizers of the program are making all of these presentations available for $69 total. It’s a great deal. I don’t get any piece of this – it is for the organizers to continue to offer these kinds of seminars in the future. (The next, I think, will be in London this fall.) If you have the opportunity to attend one of these conventions, try your best to make it. Short of that, watch it all at home for 69 bucks.
Now that I don’t have to worry about the character issues and spending all the time dealing with that and the formatting nightmare the old site engendered, I should have a lot more time to blog and a lot less hesitancy. I won’t be required to take hours away from my new profession as an appliance salesman to put up a simple blog. So I hope to be a lot more prolific in the days to come. I have about a thousand (it seems) ideas for posts sitting in Evernote tagged as Potential Blog Topics.
Thanks for hanging in there during all the down times and during the under-construction condition of the site now. It can do nothing but get better.