On Monday, November 5th, Gamer Escape will be shutting down… for maintenance!
We’ve talked about this for a long time now, but we feel we are finally ready to make some large scale changes to the site while at the same time, minimizing the impact on those coming to us for information. With FINAL FANTASY XIV’s last character save coming later this week, we thought this a perfect time to do what we need to do.
The main purpose of this down time is so that we can update our installations for our blogs, forums and wikis. In addition, we hope to simplify certain things around the site to both make things easier to maintain on our end, and to make things less confusing for all you awesome people out there.
We’re hoping that the site should only be down for a few days, however we’ll be updating Twitter throughout the maintenance to keep all of you updated with how we’re doing. We apologize for this downtime and appreciate you sticking with us while we knock out some necessities.
Below are the changes that we are looking into carrying out. Some will come right alongside this maintenance, some may come shortly thereafter.
Currently we have several different installs for our blogs. We’re going to eliminate this by merging all of our posts together into a single blog. You’ll still be able to browse news specific to a game if you wish by viewing the category for that game ex. FINAL FANTASY XI. Another thing that we are looking at adding to our blogs is the ability to leave comments on posts instead of what we’ve done in the past which was to make a forum thread for each post that we published.
Posts regarding inactive podcasts will be removed and those shows will no longer be available for download. These include Push To Talk, Re:Fresh and Remotely Plausible.
(Re:Fresh can be found at it’s new home here.)
We’re also hoping to update the look of our blog, though this may come later as our first priority is to get the site back up and running as soon as possible.
Our original plan was to simply merge all of our forums together, however that is proving to be more difficult than we anticipated. So instead what we’ll be doing is creating a new forum for the entire site which will comprise of sections for general gaming as well as our specific site sections FFXI, FFXIV, and Wakfu. The current forums will be available as an archive.
In addition to having a single forum, we will be scaling down the forum sections for FINAL FANTASY XI, FINAL FANTASY XIV, and WAKFU. With the release of the official forums for these games, we feel that the community has shifted towards using those over the forums on community sites so we will be making adjustments accordingly.
Forum sections for our podcasts will be created under their respective section (ex. Aetheryte Radio forums will be located in the FINAL FANTASY XIV forum section). Forum sections for inactive shows will not be recreated on our new forum.
Due to the size of the Wikis, these will be the last thing to come back online with our maintenance. We’re not currently planning any large scale changes to the wiki so this will just be an upgrade for us. However, we’ve already started to work on some changes that we hope to launch alongside of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn, so please look forward to that!
The main GE Wiki will be deleted during this maintenance.