With the dust settled, and the movers having packed up and left, I think now is a good time as any to discuss TechnoBuffalo 3.0.
Redesigning a site is never easy. What you have is probably working, but you always know you can do more. You think of new tools you’d like to use, and things you think your readers would enjoy. However, unlike say redesigning a site like SeanPAune.com – which last time took under two weeks from meeting the designer to launching – redoing something like TechnoBuffalo takes ages. From our first design meetings to actual launch took around a year.
Yes, a year.
We went through revision after revision, and then once building started we went through multiple rounds of tweaks and then on to quality assurance. And even after that, we then had to move all of the data over. Due to how extensive this redesign was, we had to change certain aspects of every single post we had ever published. Have you ever gone back through your archives to change over 16,000 posts? Well, I have now.
And once we finally gave the green light to launch, it was an entire weekend to get everything set.
So next time you see a major site change its look, don’t think it as easy as installing a new theme and clicking a button, its months upon months of work.
And I don’t regret a second of it. I am so in love with the new version of TechnoBuffalo that it’s sickening. If you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure you do.