Hey everyone, Animateclay.com has undergone many changes over the years. This is one of the biggest to date!
Unfortunately Animateclay.com had a lot of problems, and I had to decide what to do. Our last web host told us they were going to update their software in December which would mean our site will be incompatible at the flip of a switch. Much of it would break and be lost.
We've also been getting about 6-10 new spam accounts every day. Even with a high amount of controls over new sign-ups, spammers seem to have found a weakness.
The cost to correct the issues would be very very expensive. New software would have to be bought, research done, time spent making the changes - and the results would be unknown.
So the choice I had to make was either try to get the funds together, or go with a new system all together. In the end I chose to go with NING. It's a company that already does the research, has software that is always updated and allows our site to be used across all platforms. They include all hand held devices like iPhones, Kindles and more.
So what do we lose? Unfortunately for users, we will lose a lot. Including myself. All my forum posts, all previous monthly challenges and years of news are lost. I might try to find a way of archiving it in some way.
What's the good news? From here on out, the site will be much much easier to use for everybody. The news format is going to change as well. The news will be only about the users of our site. Your pictures, videos and projects will get featured each week on the front page. We'll use the live show to talk about the news instead now.
Our live shows will also be every Wednesday once again. No more trying to figure out if it's on Thursdays! This will make it more consistent and many people complained about the change.
So how is your experience here? Are you sad to move from the old site? Do you have hopes for the new one? Do you think we need to make new changes? Comment below and let everyone know what you think.