I wanted to give you an update on where we are with the development of the new 4N website.
As many of you appreciate, software development is a complicated beast and it’s been a real challenge pulling it together. I know the delayed launch date has been a source of frustration, but we are almost there and it’s looking awesome!
The 4N website is effectively 4 sites:
Our website development partner The Site Doctor and my internal team are literally working flat out and have built all four parts of the site and we’re currently putting them through several stages of rigorous testing to ensure they perform correctly and you all have the smoothest user journeys possible.
We know that the site won’t be 100% perfect when we do launch… anyone who’s developed a new website knows from personal experience that there will still be things to fix and improve. We have to remember that we do have an existing website that works ok which is the result of over 10 years’ worth of additions and developments. We need to be sure that the new website is a forward step packed with new features for you to enjoy. If we launch before we’re ready, that won’t be the case.
I want you to know that everyone involved is working really, REALLY hard on the new site and we’ll launch it just as soon as we can. I know you all want a launch date (believe me Brad, Terry, Michael and our leadership team all want a date!) but I don’t want to commit to one until we’re ready. What I can tell you is next week we’re moving to the next testing phase where we open the site up to functional testing by our leadership team. The number and seriousness of the bugs found, fixed and checked will dictate when we’re going to be ready to launch the site to our members and the general public. It could be 4, 8 or even 12 weeks. Please be patient – it’ll be worth it.
Thanks for taking the time to read this update – I’ve had so many positive messages about the new website development that I’m determined to make sure we not only meet but smash through your expectations and make you all proud.