New CVO Site Arrives This Sunday 21 September

18 September 2008 - 19:43
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This weekend we’re moving the CVO web site to a new system and web hosting setting. Re-engineered from the ground up, our new technologies should provide some significant benefits and a better user interface. The move will cause two important points of disruption, however:

*There will be an interruption in access to the site for some number of hours beginning at 0800 PDT and lasting until the Internet has caught up to our new IP address.
*All users will need to redo their password.

Please review this full explanation of how this can be easily accomplished.

The new site is based on cutting-edge technologies (Ruby on Rails) that are much more robust and easily-maintained than our old system, which had grown rather long in the tooth after nearly seven years of service. Most of the enhancements aren’t visible to regular users, and in fact we’ve tried to keep much of the look&feel the same since people have told us they were used to it and didn’t want a lot of change. However, users with administrative roles at the site will find themselves considerably better empowered.

We’ve also moved to a new hosting setting that should provide more reliable and faster performance. We’ll closely monitor this to see if in fact this results.

We hope that you will bear with us during this transition. Please let us know how things go, particularly if you have any problems. We will make sure to help you through the change.


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