For three years the blog & web-site software that powered Kent360 has been like a best friend. It was always there for me, it made blogging easy and best of all it made me look like I knew what I was doing in cyberspace. Like an old pair of shoes I can’t imagine life without it. But this software was built on a customized proprietary web platform that just couldn’t compete the low costs open source applications. As the money crunch has hit city hall it was evident that the propriatary software’s days became numbered. For the last couple of months I’ve known this day was coming but I tried not to think about it. With the availability of less expensive open source blog software out there today we say good bye to Kent’s home grown Outstanda software that was the brainchild of former Kent based technology company Liquid Learning.
So if you notice the different look to the Kent360 blog it’s because we made the switch to Word Press which has plenty of bells and whistles, and is designed with the user in mind, but I have to be honest it just doesn’t have that same hometown feel. It used to be that whenever I added a blog post I felt like I was supporting a Kent based business by using Kent based software.
The good news is we’re still working with Liquid Learning to manage and customize the blog site — so we’re still supporting a Kent business — but the software is no longer theirs. They admitted that they just couldn’t compete with the costs of open source software so they decided that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. And we’ve joined right along with them.
The folks at Liquid Learning, aka Buzzoodle, helped me transfer an amazing amount of data that over the last 3 years had been added to the Kent360 site. In case you hadn’t noticed the Kent360 site had become the warehouse of everything Kent in electronic format and you can’t believe how much work it took to switch it over to the new platform.
There will likely be some glitches in the mix due to the data transfer but hang in there with us as we fix what we can and try to pick up where we left off. I’ve noticed some distortion to some of the transferred pictures. I apologize for that but at this point I’m not sure it’s worth trying to go back and re-size all those images for a better fit in the new platform. It may be something we just live with and fondly say remember when.
Kent360 may have started as a blog but it morphed into a full blown web site with many specialty pages. We’ve worked hard to keep the basic functionality of the new site the same as before. It may take a little time to adjust to the new header bars to find your favorite stuff but it should all be here. If you can’t find something let me know and I’ll send out the bloodhounds.
I have enormous gratitude to Ron McDaniels at Liquid Learning/Buzzoodle for getting us started in the Blogosphere and helping us land Kent360 safely as we begin the next era of our journey.