Welcome to the new, improved version of the Moana Nui web site. Hey, wait a minute! Aren’t those ads for “New, Improved Acme Corn Flakes” or new, improved whatever just really annoying? You find yourself asking, “What was wrong with the old, unimproved stuff I bought just last week?”
So why on earth would I announce this as the new, improved version of the moananui.org web site? Just what was wrong with the old one? The answer to the first question is that this version is in fact new, and it is in fact better. The new part is that the site is now powered by WordPress and has a much cleaner and up-to-date look. There is also already some new content, with more to come, including witty, insightful, and engaging posts like this one. All right, bad example.
So what is improved about the site? Well, that actually leads us to the second question–what was wrong with the old site? A number of people complained that the old site was hard to navigate. I hope that on the new version of the site, the navigation bar just above the content area of each page will provide easier-to-read menus as you mouse over the main choices. Of course, you can also chose the main choices, too, as they each lead to a page of content.
Also, the old site was very hard to maintain. Changes required editing on a local computer, then uploading each changed file to the site. Additions required editing the menu on EVERY PAGE of the site in order to add a link to the new page. What a nightmare! No wonder I made very few changes and almost no additions to the site once I had it up and running.
But with WordPress powering the site, I can edit things online with a decent, if not perfect, editor. I can create content right online, too. And to top it all off, once I place the WordPress-generated menu entry for the new page where I want it in the overall menu structure, WordPress makes sure that the menu is updated for the whole site. YES! Ah, the joys of a database-driven website!
And if I get tired of the look of the site, WordPress has just shy of a gazillion different themes, any one of which can give the site a whole new look.
So there you have it. I hope you enjoy touring the new version of the site and that you find it useful, too.