As you have probably heard, the new forum platform is coming. And I can now announce the date: November 23. The plan is to change this site to read-only mode shortly after 5am Pacific (8 am Eastern). That means the site will be visible to anyone, but nobody will be able to start threads, reply to threads, react (with like/agree/helpful) to posts or send private messages. The reason is we will be getting our final export of site data and adding it to new site. If we didn’t set aside this time, conversations would become lost or confused on the new site.
The timing is largely set by our current hosting company. (In the future, we will be hosting the site ourselves and can do this sort of thing in off hours.) Next week is a short window before traffic picks up again in December and we have higher levels of activity through the spring. Our goal is to keep the downtime to just a few hours. I’ll keep everyone updated on our progress using the site banners during the migration.
As always, we’ll be available via the contact form: https://www.collegeconfidential.com/us/contact-us . We will also monitor our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/collegeconfide/ Thanks to our testing over the last few weeks, we are confident most people (and likely everyone) will be able to log in without problems. But we also know from experience that things happen. One of the advantages of the new platform is that we have much better insight into what’s going on with the log-in system and can solve any issues that might arise.
As you might imagine, this has been one of the most exciting and stressful things we’ve done together. It’s important to understand that the new platform will enable us to fix annoyances and bugs far quicker than we have in the past. As soon as we get into the new server, we can prioritize responses to the feedback items you all have already provided (and will provide in the future). We’ve been carefully cataloging the concerns in a spreadsheet with hundreds of rows. We already have designers and developers working on some fixes. I’ll have more details soon.
Thank you for testing the new site and for all your feedback! As always, I’m impressed with the care and dedication of this community. Looking forward to an amazing 2021 on College Confidential!