A quick note to bring you up to date…
I have been working at sorting out how I am going to copy theinquiry.ca, and in the process in touch with my webhost to sort out the technicalities of the process.
Sometime early afternoon on Tuesday theinquiry.ca website will be ‘unplugged’ and disappear completely. Sylvia’s Site will still be and will remain active.
When theinquiry.ca is gone, and only then, I will start to rebuild the site. It turned out that for a multitude of reasons this is the best way to proceed. Honestly, there is no good way, it’s just that this is the best way to tackle a nasty job.
It’s going to take a long time. There is the text, and then there are the links. The links can’t be added until the page to which text is linking is added. I’m not sure how I am going to handle that – will just have to try out different approaches and find out which is most efficient.
There is also the issue of layout. I looked at and tried out several different website-building softwares – there is, in addition to pros and cons, a learning curve with each and every one. I finally decided best to stick with WordPress, the software I use for Sylvia’s Site. I am familiar with it and have come to know how to work around many of the glitches.
Initially and very quickly I will get a very basic theme together to use for theinquiry.ca, and then the object of the exercise will be to get the content posted and back into the public domain as soon as I can. I will no doubt fiddle with the look as I go along and the look will probably change as I work my way along.
It will not look the same as the old site. I will try to eventually get a colour scheme together which reflects that of the old site but the layout will be very different. That’s not bad – I had not a clue what I was doing when I built that site and there is a lot which was sorely in need of fixing. But I would like as far as is possible to keep the information accessible under the same page headers as the initial theinquiry.ca. I know it would be good to add commentary but I’m not going to get into that – I just want to get the information back on line.
And once the new theinquiry.ca is finally up and running, another monumental task ahead. When, as I say ‘the plug is pulled’ on the current theinquiry.ca, every link back to the site from Sylvia’s Site will be broken. I am a great advocate of links on the site simply because they allow those who want to dig a little deeper to do so. When I was blogging the Cornwall Public Inquiry I regularly linked to articles, documents and/or transcripts posted on theinquiry.ca. After Tuesday, those will be dead links and useful; to no one. My plan is that once the data from theinquiry.ca is replicated I will start through the blogs and fix all of those broken links 🙂
So, this is where my thoughts have largely been since I got back from my visit to the States. I needed to think and talk this all through as much as possible to have an idea of where I am going , and try to find ways to simplify the process, and spend time trying out different software.
Tuesday it is. It was going to be today (Monday 02 June) but I have a commitment today – my webshost Zoltan was kind enough to reschedule for Tuesday.
I will of course keep up-to-date on court dates and Canadian news as I go. If there are news items of particular interest from around the world I will post, but my energies right now will be directed at staying current with Canadian content while getting theinquiry.ca together. I still have the name and some information of Frank Selas to add to the Accused list. I will get that done this week.
Enough for now,