(by “we” he meant “I,” and by “try” he meant “come up with crazy schemes out of desperation.”)
EDIT – A few issues: I’ve disabled keyboard navigation for now, since the keys were redirecting people instead of moving the cursor while they were trying to type in the comment field. Submitted a bug report about that.
Our comment spam filter is having connection issues, so it’s currently dumping all comments into the moderation queue. Contacted the webhosts about it, but in the meantime I’ll be approving comments by hand – don’t worry if you submit one and it doesn’t show up right away.
Also, our webhost’s server seems to have been going up and down a lot for the past day or so – if you get a “Service Unavailable” (503) error page, that’s the server and not a problem with the link. Just refresh the page in a moment or so and it should work. (Contacted them about that, too.) They said the downtime was because they’d been getting bot-spammed. They’ve got it taken care of now.
Let us know if you find any other issues.
Finally, a website! We’re sorry about the delay – we’d anticipated the site being down less than a day for the upgrade. If you haven’t been reading the notices on the maintenance page and Twitter/Facebook, what happened was that during the process of converting the site over we ran into a server-side configuration issue that hadn’t been an issue on the offline test site, and at that point it was too late to revert the site back to the old version to make it live again while we waited for the webhosts to take a look at the problem. But now that that’s resolved, welcome to the new site! There are still a few things left to do (like make colored portraits for the cast page and in-depth bio pages for the main cast), but for the most part it’s finished. We’ve updated just about every site page, brought the Cast and World pages up to date, redone the Comic archive page so that you can actually use it for finding stuff, cleared the dead links out of the Links page and added more comics that we’re currently reading, and added an FAQ to the About page. The comic is now keyboard-navigable, too (use the left and right arrow keys to go to the next or previous page, and the up and down arrows to scroll). And since we were re-uploading the entire comic archive at a larger page size, we used the updated print book versions of the prologue through chapter 7. So now the dialogue font is consistent (and hopefully more readable) all the way through the comic, and some pages have minor tweaks and corrections to the art here and there.
An important note: We’ve switched over to a completely different comic management system, which unfortunately means that the permalink structure for all the comic posts (and everything else on the site) has changed – so please update your bookmarks if they’re something other than the main page. The awesome part is that we now have a much more functional archive page (click the ‘Comic’ link in the top menu, or the center icons on the comic nav bar), so if you were in the middle of a readthrough and your bookmark no longer works, you can locate the last page you were on by thumbnail images if you know what chapter you were in. Or just send us a note and we’ll help you find your place.
Anyway, have fun exploring the new site, and let us know if you find any issues that need fixing, especially if you use a browser other than Firefox or Chrome. Thank you for your patience in waiting for the site to come back online, and thank you, as always, for reading. And if you found us at AWA, welcome to the comic!
To report on a few things that are currently in the works: Several people have asked us about starting a Patreon account – we’re working on getting a page set up. And in a few weeks we’ll be starting a Kickstarter to print Book 2 of the comic (chapters 8-12).
And finally, you can vote on Top Webcomics to see the non-faded-out version of the maintenance page background art. If you’re not sick of the maintenance page background art by now. :P