[ic] New project site underway @ interchangecommerce.org

Gert van der Spoel gert at 3edge.com
Fri Oct 24 11:02:57 UTC 2014

Good initiative Jon, think it will surely help in SEO and overall
visibility of Interchange. 

I'd not say goodbye to icdevgroup.org domain though, at least for a while
and also keep e-mail addresses as @icdevgroup.org for now (where relevant).
But once interchangecommerce.org is ready for a public announcement then to
alias icdevgroup.org to the new site.

It would of course be great for the community if there'd be a new site as
well focused on IC6 with some section about legacy IC5 and such. It's going
to bring quite a shift I believe, but hopefully many will jump the IC6
bandwagon getting it to evolve faster than IC5 has done in the past years.
Difficult, no doubt.

Good luck to you and Phin, I'll be looking on the sideline and cheering you
on (and keep up with the mailinglists for as long as needed of course). :)



-----Original Message-----
From: interchange-users-bounces at icdevgroup.org
[mailto:interchange-users-bounces at icdevgroup.org] On Behalf Of Jon Jensen
Sent: Friday, October 24, 2014 8:22 AM
To: interchange-users at icdevgroup.org
Subject: [ic] New project site underway @ interchangecommerce.org

Interchange community,

For over 12 years now we have hosted the Interchange project site at the
domain icdevgroup.org. It was never a pretty name, but it worked.

However, people have a hard time remembering it, and it is about as bad as
can be for search engines / SEO -- not one real word in there, nothing about
ecommerce or Perl or Interchange.

Back in 2013 I talked with a few people in the Interchange community (Jure
and/or Stefan, if I recall correctly) about this. We brainstormed and I
registered interchangecommerce.org and started setting up a clone of the
existing project site rewritten under Dancer.

I stalled out in my effort to do that, but then this past summer I asked my
son Phin to pick it up. He did, and got much of the content migrated, made a
few templating simplifications for navigation, and set up Sphinx for
searching. The Sphinx search is now broken, and the content has gotten out
of date as the old production site has been updated.

But today I set up nginx and Starman to host the site, so that it's at least
functional enough to mention here and gather feedback from everyone:


Would you all be in favor of moving to this new domain? It's got two real
words, would help SEO, and gives a fresh start to the project HQ as IC6
starts to get more traction.

I presume nobody objects to moving the project site to Dancer, since Phin
and I are the primary maintainers of the content on the old one now anyway.

There will still be work to finish the Dancer site, move the documentation
and demos and Mailman, etc. After it's moved over, I would love to see a new
design for the site and updated content about Interchange 6, but I decided
not to hold up the work over that stuff. One thing at a time.

I would also like to serve the new site entirely over HTTPS and SPDY, which
is the way the world is going and which will serve an ecommerce project like
this well. GlobalSign is offering free SSL certificates for open source
projects, so that may be worth applying for:


Anyway, I wanted to solicit community feedback before putting much more work
into this. Please let me know what you think.


Jon Jensen
End Point Corporation

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