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Revamped Website (ashleycorr.com)

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

Hello everyone!


It's a new beginning for www.ashleycorr.com I don't really know where to start, as it's been so long since I updated my website, due to problems arising in the worst possible way. To cut the chase, things started to go wrong at the start of 2021, when the company I had built my website with, basically f*cked up big style. Everyone who had an account with Moonfruit, was told that Flash Player (which enabled viewing of their websites), was coming to the end of its life and would be no longer supported. Fine by me...so what happens now? Well, it's customer base was then informed that Moonfruit would be migrating to HTML5, so we all had to click a button on our management panel to switch to the new web-build software, in December 2021. Easy enough, you may be thinking (trust me... I did too!). With a simple click of the migrate button I was now in HTML5 mode, along with thousands of other Moonfruit customers. The problem was, immediatelt after migrating, I couldn't get into my management panel to update my site, which happened during several attempts to log in. It seems I wasn't alone. The whole customer base was locked out of their websites and the so called 'Technicians' at Moonfruit had no idea how to fix the problem. As you can imagine, I was rather pissed off about this and as a result, my website lay idle for a month or so.


Well, one month quickly turned into two and before I knew it, six months had passed. My website was seemingly dead in the water. Not nice at all, considering the robbing bastards were still taking my monthly payments, albeit 8 quid per month. As frustrating as it was, after reading the countless reviews from existing customers, I realized I was one of the lucky ones.

Some folk had over a dozen business websites registered with Moonfruit and they were losing lots of money on an hourly basis. Their sites were a big part of their livelihood and I can only imagine how much of an impact this problem was causing. As I work full time (non-photography related), I am fortunate enough to be largely unaffected by my website inactivity, as it's hobby related and I don't rely on it as a source of income.


I registered with Moonfruit way back in 2008. God knows how many hours I've spent buliding my website, down the years. I taught myself the art of web build, from scratch, which was very interesting, although I had many head scratching moments back then, trying to find my feet in the world of web-design. I pimped the site on more than several occasions, as I strived to keep up with the times by adopting a regular freshen up policy, without overdoing it. All in all it was an enjoyable experience, including the occasional blog post, where I kept people in the loop regarding my photography outings, etc. I suppose all good things come to an end, albeit unexpectedly. As one door closes, another opens, as I scout about for a new website provider. Building again from scratch is going to be a monumental effort, but one I 'm looking forward to as the dark winter nights close in - an ideal time to chip away and build my new site from the ground upwards. The hard work starts now!


I'll be back soon. Stay safe!

Ash






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