Friday, 14 December 2007
- Journalling for your plants, your gardens and your gardening adventures
- A Seed Stash area to keep track of "not planted yet"s
- Groups for you to talk about everything and anything gardening related
- Geographic locations of gardens, to see who else is just around your corner
...and heaps and heaps of little tiny improvements far to numerous to mention.
We have still got lots of ideas left to go (we have to keep rewriting our list on the wall just to fit them all on) so this is still just the start...a big thank you to all of our wonderful (and patient) beta testers who have provided us with fantastic feedback and positive comments - it's really motivated us to keep going and keep trying to make things better :)
Saturday, 1 December 2007
We've spent the last hours packing up all your gardens and have set them up ready for you when the site comes back online.
Depending on your internet provider this should take no longer than 2 hours or anything up to 96 hours (hopefully not though). Please keep checking back every so often and the next time you see the site it will be from our speedier, shinier new home!
UPDATE: The domain name resolved within 30 mins. Now we're just waiting for all of the Internet Providers to catch up and take on the new name (and stop redirecting to the old servers)
Thursday, 29 November 2007
Well, after the last fiasco with MediaTemple's hissy fits, we took the plunge to trial a new hosting provider - SliceHost. Where MediaTemple protects you from the inner working of the services and servers you buy, SliceHost just drops you in there and lets you tinker directly withe the server itself. I can choose the operating system, reboot it, and install whatever I want on there.
Anyway not getting into the nitty gritty, it took just over 2 days to set up and using an old domain name we set up the myfolia site on the new SliceHost server just to test it out. One thing really stood out - it's fast. Blindingly fast! Pages load so quick you don't even realise that you're clicking on them. We're a little disappointed we didn't do this sooner :)
So - we're going to do a bit more testing and will be looking into moving over the site to the new server. But we'll keep you posted on that.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Monday, 26 November 2007
The bad news is that they don't really know what's causing it or how long it's going to take. Hopefully it will be fixed soon and that we'll be back up to speed. The better news is that we're looking for another provider unless MediaTemple can move us from Grid.Cluster.1 to a more reliable server. Either way, trust that we're looking into a faster, more reliable and better hosting environment to host the site.
We'll keep you posted on what's going on.
Monday, 12 November 2007
Most noticeable is your new folia homepage, filled with lots of tools and summary info about your gardens and what's been happening around folia - you can now see all your gardening buddies, faves, gardens and latest plantings all on the one page.
We have also done a fair amount of tweaking to the "add planting" page and added some more intelligence to our plant matching logic to make finding your plant name and variety a snap!
So, have a wander around and let us know what you think of the changes!
We are working like busy bees to get the site up and running again - shouldn't be too long.
Monday, 29 October 2007
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Also after the roll out of buddies we've also enhanced the latest activity page - so you can now follow the going ons of your gardening buddies.
As for the server issues over the last week. Our hosting provider has informed us that they have fixed the issues and the server should be coming up to speed again. We're sorry about the disruption.
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Friday, 12 October 2007
Monday, 8 October 2007
This week we are aiming to go live with a version of the site that includes some interesting goodies that we wanted the next round of testers to come in with fresh eyes for. So we are holding back the invites until we get the new version up and stable - this should (hopefully) be around Thursday-ish.
We send out an invite email when we turn the beta accounts on, so you should know when you can login and begin testing...if you don't get an invite by the end of the week, drop us a note and we'll sort it out for you :)
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Friday, 28 September 2007
We have garden journals! For those that like to journal more about the garden itself rather then the individual plants, well, your time has come! And you also get all the trimmings so your garden journal will appear on the Journals page as well as being able to receive comments from other gardeners. You also get limited HTML ability so you can make things bold and italic as well as link to other sites. To help with your new tools we've also created a Help + FAQ section which we'll be adding to over the coming weeks.
Whilst I was slaving over Garden Journals, Nic was cleverly enhancing the Garden Plants and Garden pages. Now feel free to add the botanical name of the plant in your garden (if you know it), or fill in the zone of your garden or even give it a name to remember it by (for those that have more than one garden type).
More info on how to use all the new features will be in the forum. Hope you enjoy!
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
We've upgraded the servers, so we should be up and running once again.
Many many many apologies to any of our beta testers trying to access the site yesterday.
Monday, 24 September 2007
Other goodies in this release is harvesting and removing of plants in your gardens, a brand spanking new journals page where you can catch up on the recent happening of the folia gardeners, as well as a whole other bunch of other improvements!
Friday, 21 September 2007
We have also just reached 150 members - not bad for two weeks we think! With the 150th member, we have now reached the limit for the original "seedling" link, so we will be granting people beta access from our waiting list every couple of days or so, depending on how many people we think we can handle.
Thanks once again to all our fantastic beta testers and the wonderful ideas they have come up with so far :)
Monday, 17 September 2007
We've also tidied up the plantings page a bit. You can now use the date drop downs (thanks Herb, Arkantos, and everyone else for the suggestion) and added an "I Don't Know" checkbox for plants you can't remember when you planted (thanks Kari and Herb)
Nic's been working on the forums and made them a lot easier to use - you'll notice that you don't have to remember the previous threads when you reply to a post (thanks everyone for suggesting that one!)
As usual, let us know what you think!
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
We also made a couple of little other improvements here and there while we were at it - you'll now notice the new "gardens" tab (thanks to ilkirk for the suggestion!) which shows you gardeners for each type of garden.
Let us know what you think!
- We've added some links around the site to make it easier to go from your gardens to plants to journals (thanks Herb & Kelly)
- Fixed the plants tag cloud - (thanks Herb)
- Fixed the captcha on the sign up page for Safari users (thanks Marj Joly & Kelly)
Keep the feedback coming in - we are so impressed with the ideas and improvements you are suggesting already, its been a huge help!
p.s. We are working on the first bit of community goodness right now, so it shouldn't be too long before we put some more interesting things up for you all to test!
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
Well, we're going to reach it by the end of the day at this rate!
We couldn't be more happier with the response we're getting in both the signups and the website feedback. There are a lot of ideas and hopefully we'll be able to work through each of them.
If we do reach the 50 limit then don't despair, we're monitoring the signups for the time being and activating people almost immediately!
We've got a whole bunch of ideas (and we hope that you have a whole bunch too!) and we're going to try and get them out onto the site a quickly as possible so that you all can try it out!
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