This June I will be installing a new instance of WordPress (version 3) and everyone will have the opportunity to create a new blog.
Under testing I conducted this past summer, a simple upgrade to the blogging system is not possible for all users. The upgraded blogging system should provide better security, more opportunities for social interaction and integration with other social tools, new themes, and an easier upgrade path for us. As I work on the server this summer, I will investigate the likelihood of doing individual migrations of old content to the new system – but at this point – I simply can’t rely upon this for every user.
Your old blogs will no longer be available for updates. I will keep the old blogs “live” online for the remainder of 2012. You will be able to still access the old blogs to access them as parents and the world do today.
Some of you might view this change in a positive light, like starting fresh after a crop burn. Others I know will hate to lose old content, and the legacy of excellent portfolio material that you have created over the course of years. While WordPress 3 has further enhancements over the version we currently use, it will be very similar in its layout and conventions to what we have now.
Please know that this is a necessary change for security purposes and I will endeavor to meet your needs as we approach the transition period this summer.
I also plan to share with you more exiting news later this summer about our social presence online, but for now that will have to wait.
- Week of June 11-15: transition current blogs to new directory
- Week of June 11-15: Creation of a fresh WordPress instance
- June 18-onward: open registration to create new blogs
- July 1, 2012: an updated AUP should go into effect (Policy IIBEA)
- August, 2012: New support materials and videos for blogging with WordPress 3
- January 1, 2013: Current blogs will be shut-down.
Any changes to this schedule will be posted here.