The PS Audio website is an important interface between our products, downloads, forums, daily posts and videos, staff, service, and our HiFi Family.
Our website is our portal to the world.
For the past few years, our site has served us well under normal conditions—meaning an average number of people browse the site.
When we launch a new product, release a new edition of Copper Magazine, announce something special at Octave Records, or do anything out of the ordinary, then there's trouble.
The website slows to a crawl, and our family members get the short end of the stick. That's been an unacceptable situation for longer than I care to comment on. A constant source of irritation to all of us who spend any time on the site.
The problem stems from the way our site was built, using a platform called Wordpress. Wordpress is fine for small to medium-sized websites, but it's not easily scalable when traffic leaps from tens to many thousands in a matter of seconds.
That's all about to change.
Later today, you'll notice a slightly different look and feel to the website. When that happens, you'll know we've switched platforms.
What's it mean to you? A couple of things.
First, this new platform is infinitely scalable in the same way Amazon or any big site is. We can handle one to a million in the blink of an eye. You should never have to suffer through the slow crawl of the past.
Second, our logins will change. On the old site, we managed to tie together the many disparate parts of the site so it feels as one (the forums are hosted separately). One login and you had access to your product registration, PowerPlay, shopping, comments, and forums. With the new platform, that won't be possible.
The ever-popular PS Audio forums have, for several years now, been hosted by the best platform going, Discourse. This will remain unchanged; however, you will need to register and login separately from the main PS site. A pain, I know, but you only need to do this once.
Lastly, the comments section of Paul's Post and Ask Paul will also require a fresh login. For those who enjoy our conversations, we're revamping the comments section and using a new platform many of you are likely familiar with called Disqus. Disqus too will require you to one-time register as a user (if you aren't already).
Whew! I know it's a thing, and who wants to deal with more things?
In the end, most of us won't notice any difference other than quicker access to our site.