It Looks Good For ANN's Phase Three Launch!
Update: The chance of a weekend switchover is
NOT looking good. ANN's Phase Three upgrade is
working GREAT... but recent upgrades in Microsoft's SQL
Server, especially the most recent service pack, are driving us
NUTS. We think we have it fixed... but we need to make sure these
work-arounds runs stably for several days before we'd risk any
switchover. There has never been a significant service outage in
the history of ANN, and this kind of caution is
one reason why. It won't be a long delay but we're not going
to launch this puppy if there is any chance of it not working
right. We'll keep you informed.
We've been holding our breath for a week now, hoping against
hope that the newest update of the most widely read DAILY aviation
news service might be ready for prime-time. Well; it
finally appears that this baby is ready for take-off.
We've been checking it and testing it rigorously,
looking for trouble... and if anyone can find trouble, it's
us. So far, so good.
So... absent any last minute hiccups, we're going to switch over
to the latest version of Aero-News some time this weekend
(apparently not--see the update). Mind you; what you may see this
weekend is NOT all we have in store for you... but the next
step in a massive commitment to serving you in ways
we think will greatly impact your involvement in the world of
aviation. We're being very careful about this... and as each new
facet of Phase Three shows its ability to work correctly, it'll be
followed by the next.
However; do be advised that as we switch over to the new site,
there may be some service interruptions while the changes
propagate through the net. Give it a little time and we'll
do our best to make the process as speedy and painless as we
To say that this has been a tough program is an
understatement, in that we have built an updated and far more
capable content management system that does amazing things in
places you'll never see, and a highly capable front end that will
be able to grow with us for quite a while.
ANN's Phase Three site is a much slicker, adaptable, highly
customizable, FASTER loading, easier to use news-site. It has some
INCREDIBLE new bells and whistles.
We're really excited about the ease with which newsletter
subscribe and unsubscribe functions can be executed, the much
smoother registration process, the incredible customization aspects
we've incorporated, and the way we're going to be handling imagery
from here on out. For those of you with high-speed connections,
we'll have plenty of great imagery for you to enjoy... but the
default presentation will show them ALL in thumbnail form (which
you can change to suit your preferences and have it show up that
way every time thereafter), requiring only a quick click to enlarge
them in their own sub-window so that you can enjoy all the
detail that you desire... but only for those images that interest
REALLY extensive upgrade. We hope you'll enjoy
what we've built, and keep helping us build the most widely read
DAILY aviation news site in the biz. Mind you; we have REALLY
aggressive new capabilities coming up... which we will unveil
gradually, so as to make sure that each one works properly
before adding anything else to the system. You're
going to get a BIG kick of our new Aero-NewsAlert
system, much-enhanced special event coverage, upgraded E-Vent
calendar, real-time news presentation, photo galleries, FREE
multi-picture classifieds and much more. I think you're really
going to like what we have in mind.
That ain't all.
Over the next few weeks/months, ANN will be shifting to a
full 24/7 real-time news format so that we'll be
getting the right stuff to you even faster than
For the moment, the weekend coverage we added
several months ago has been VERY well received, and we will be
offering unique and separate versions of our Propwash newsletter
for each day of the week, as well, instead of combining the 2 days
of the weekend editions. There are a number of other newsletter
upgrades in the works, as well. Keep your eyes out, it's going to
be an interesting ride...