The relaunch of Trek Fan Fiction has been long over due. After 16 years on the web, it was really time to bring the site in to the future.
This version of the site is based on WordPress and as of this writing is running version 3.2. I know what you’re thinking, if this is an all new version of the site, why does this look like the old version of the site? Well, I had to take a few shortcuts in order to get everything done in the amount of time I had given myself. I do have some ideas on what else to do with the site. Unfortunately, those changes will have to wait.
Why WordPress? The simple version is that it was the easiest thing to work with. It already has a well designed user interface and all of the plugins needed to make this work. I could have done something else, but why reinvent the wheel.
User submissions are the wave of the future. I’ve known for a long time that I am the weak link in the site. Sending stories to me which I would then post on the site just didn’t work. Allowing users to submit, edit and control their own content was the way to go. This does have a few drawbacks but I figure I’ll have happier authors if they can control things on their own. The user community should also be much more interactive.
As part of making the site more interactive there is a new Feedback Forum. The link is on the left side of every page on the site. Use it, tell us what you think. Make suggestions. Ask questions.
That’s it for now.