Migration Explained

Feb 4 2013 @ 12:24am

How a blog transitions from one URL to another:

The real story of four of us at my apartment tonight was slightly different. It looked like an out-take from The Walking Dead, as we trouble-shot, called developers, checked with servers, noticed new glitches, made last minute fixes to bugs and on and on (including breaking up a rare beagle fight). But at midnight all of the old URLs for the Dish automatically redirected you to this, our new home: dish.andrewsullivan.com. If you do not see the new site immediately, try refreshing the page after a few minutes. It may take a minute or two for your browser’s cache to refresh.

Starting Monday morning, some posts will have a blue “Read On” button. If you click that button, the post will expand for continued reading, just as in the past. If you’re a subscriber, you will always be able to access all read-on material. If you are a non-subscriber, you will be limited to seven read-on clicks during a 30-day period. If you open a read-on post in a new window, that will also count against the read-on meter. If non-subscribers max out the read-on meter, all content above a read-on will still be free and accessible – but the deeper dish won’t be.

Incoming links from other blogs and websites will never, ever count toward the meter; other bloggers need not fear that their readers won’t be able to see content they link to. I want to personally soothe Dan Savage’s concern on this point.

If you are already a subscriber, first thanks! Second, there are two ways you can log in:

The first is to just click the red button in the upper-right corner of the Dish that says “Already subscribed? Sign In”, then click the blue “Sign In” button on the page that pops up, and then enter the email address and password you selected when you subscribed. If you have already subscribed but can’t remember your password, click here. If you can’t remember what email you used to subscribe, send us a message at support@andrewsullivan.com with “Forgot Email Address” in the subject line.

The other way is to wait until after you click your eighth read-on. At that point a page will pop up containing a “Sign In” button; click that to enter your email address and password.

You can use the same e-mail address and password on multiple devices. Once you have logged-in from a device or browser, you will not be required to login again on that device or browser again for several months.

As with any site launch, compatibility across all different browsers – Safari, Firefox, Explorer, Chrome, etc – and their various versions in different devices can cause design and layout glitches. If anything looks dramatically off kilter, please email at support@andrewsullivan.com with the following info: browser name (e.g. Safari), browser version (e.g Version 6.0.1), operating system (OS X Version 10.8.2), the device you are using (e.g. MacbookPro Retina), and, if applicable, a screenshot of the problem. Also, cookies will need to be enabled in your browser or else you may be unable to log in.

If you have any issues not discussed above, please send a description of your problem to support@andrewsullivan.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible. But phew. We made it. We couldn’t have done it without your early financial support. And I couldn’t have done it without the Dish team’s staggering work-ethic, professionalism and personal hygiene.

We’ll be sharing some of the new features of the site in the morning. But feel free to poke around and let us know what you think (the new address for the main account is andrew@andrewsullivan.com). This is a work in progress. It always has been. And it always will.