— Written August 26, 2018 —
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Yea, that’s a really dramatic title. This is a very big event.
FlipQuiz.me started over 4 years ago in February/March of 2014. In four years, the site has hummed along and served thousands of teachers. That’s awesome!
But in the last year to year-and-a-half, the site had grown a bit stagnant. Several reasons can be attributed to why this was the case – and I’ll get to those in a few moments.
Just a quick note for those of you following along this post so far. I just want to warn you ahead of time that this is going to be a fairly long post. Go grab a coffee/soda/water and a snack and settle in.
FlipQuiz.me was built in 2014 on a content management system called Drupal. At the time, the creative agency that I work for was building all of our sites on Drupal. It served us well at the time and I was excited to build a personal project with it. From that excitement came FlipQuiz.me.
In the years since, I’ve done my best to keep up with the site – updating security patches, fixing bugs, and answering support requests. Unfortunately, the site became so bogged down with technical debt, that it was all I could do to just answer support requests! (And if I’m being honest, I’ve struggled with those a bit, too.)
At the same time, Drupal made some announcements on the future direction of the product that I – and the agency I work for – didn’t agree with. For that reason, we switched our development process over to a new system: WordPress.
We adopted WordPress in the last quarter of 2017 and haven’t looked back. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with. So much so, in fact, that I’ve been pining to move FlipQuiz to WordPress. That was several months ago.
Well, you’re looking at it… to some degree. Rather than try to shoehorn the Drupal version of the site into WordPress, I decided on a rewrite of the whole thing. This would remove the technical debt, allowing me to write the new code in a much more flexible way – partially based on all the support requests I’ve gathered over the years.
As a designer-first web developer, I started with something simple and visual. The logo itself needed an update. Something similar to what has been the logo for almost four years, but something more modern. (By now, you can see what I came up with in the top left corner of this page!)
From there, it was a matter of recreating the basic functionality that the Drupal site has – but on WordPress. I installed the software and went to work re-creating the structure of the site. (I used an online project manager called Freedcamp to document what needed to be done. Not a sponsor.) When the functionality was starting to fall into place, I could focus on what it should look like.
Starting from scratch allowed me to rethink every piece of what FlipQuiz had to offer. Was this functionality still necessary? Does anyone use this? Can this be done better/faster/more efficiently? Each line of code was added for a specific purpose and with the intent to whittle it down from what it was before.
So what is this? This is FlipQuiz.com (as opposed to FlipQuiz.me).
FlipQuiz.com – which we’ll just call FlipQuiz – is a new evolution of a four-year-old product. It is a complete rewrite of the old site. Not a single line was copy-pasted. It is clean, performant, and efficient.
FlipQuiz is a new site.
FlipQuiz is NOT a new pretty theme on an old codebase. While extensive work has been done to give the FlipQuiz image an overall facelift, it has been done on a completely new site. For now, at least, you won’t find all the same people and boards you found on FlipQuiz.me. (More on that in a minute.)
FlipQuiz.com will become the new FlipQuiz and FlipQuiz.me will be rebranded as FlipQuiz Classic.
FlipQuiz.me will remain operational until it just doesn’t make sense to anymore based on usage numbers. This could be anywhere from a few weeks (highly doubtful) to a few years. I’m committed to keeping the site running – albeit with little support – until it’s been abandoned by the general public.
That said, the site will no longer accept any new accounts. Additionally, users there will not be able to create any new boards. (Existing accounts and boards will still be able to be edited.)
If you log in there, you’ll likely see some banners encouraging you to move away from FlipQuiz.me to the new site. Hopefully, by the time you read this, some tools will be in place for you to copy your old boards to the new site.
Ah yes, the one thing that made me hesitant to do this whole thing in the first place. This is the sticky part.
Because third-parties with better security hang on to your credit card/PayPal information, I won’t be able to port those over from the old site. (That’s a good thing – at least for security sake.)
By the time this site is officially live (so, like, now I guess?), I hope to have provided all current PRO members of FlipQuiz.me a promo code for making it worthwhile to re-upgrade at FlipQuiz.com. If you are a PRO member and can’t find your code, contact me.
Okay. This is what the blood, sweat, and tears (I didn’t really cry, but I am very tired) has produced. This might be a little long, so maybe we’ll go with a bit of a bulleted list:
New For PRO Members
This article is long enough, I think. Go take the new site for a spin and see for yourself!
Then, feel free to Go PRO so I can feed my family and keep the updates coming! 😉
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