Update (Feb 26): Quite a few stories are offline, namely stories that have screenshots that we took, or other images that were hosted on the test server – we need to move those over and are working on it this weekend.
Today marks the official launch of the Ultima Online Journal.
Yesterday, the domain was officially registered, and our hosting provider set things up. This morning, we migrated the database of four months worth of posts and stories over from the private test site (our own Test Center!) As far as we know, there are no problems – we apologize in advance though for anything that may seem odd, especially with the RSS feeds. When we set things up, the RSS feeds were in reverse! That was due to the migration resetting some dates/article numbers, and you should not have seen it, but if you notice anything weird, please contact us. Those dates have been properly fixed and should display properly in an RSS reader. I believe we only have the last 10 stories set for RSS anyways, so any problematic past articles will quickly be out of that buffer.
Unofficially, as mentioned on the About page, UOJournal has existed since November of 2010. It ran on a test center of sorts, while we added stories, worked out formats, and generally decided what we were going to do. One thing I’m personally happy about – what we talked about in November and into December as far as what the site would cover has survived up through today. I take that as an indication that we had a good idea. We did remove some things, either because they were duplicated by other sites, or just really didn’t fit, but the core of what we laid out last year survived.
For those who had been invited to comment/critique what is now UOJournal.com before it went live at UOJournal.com this morning, you may notice some stories that are missing – that is due to stories containing videos and screenshots that we ourselves took. Those will be added back into UOJournal.com once we finish uploading the related media to our public YouTube and flickr accounts. Other stories that reference third party videos and screenshots are still intact and available.
What Can You Do?
Spread UOJournal.com around, contact us with UO news and commentary. Just because we have officially launched UOJournal.com today does not mean many players are going to automatically visit it – it will take some time to find its way through the computers of Google and the other search engines. If you have thoughts on the website, positive or negative, please let us know, we love any and all criticism.