Explore With Me has been up and running since November last year, although the site was in testing until January this year. Most of the functionality is complete, however like any web designer – the job is never finished and now it is time to concentrate on version 2.
Originally the idea of the site was a travel blog, however as it evolved it has become more of a social network allowing fellow travellers to create their own blog, socialise with other travellers and read our create content. However we now feel that we need to encourage the users to start joining the community and interacting with other users.
To do this we are going to redesign the main page of the site, making it more “social” as opposed to “blog”. We will probably stick with the same basic layout and colours, but change the guts of it to make the site look more like a social network.
BuddyPress v1 is nearly ready to be released, so ideally we would like to go live with the new site and BuddyPress v1 so we can stop breaking the site in between. Each week I find something new I want to add, so instead of testing it and doing it the right way, I just jump right in and just end up breaking things until I figure out to fix the problems.
Once the new site goes down I really want to concentrate on building it up to the goal I set at the beginning of the year – 1000 users by the end of 2009.
Keep an eye out for the changes over the next few weeks!