Well, I suppose the cat is out of the bag now.
Yes, we are working on a new version of Heaven & Earth. It's still in the very early
stages, and I'm working on it in my spare time. At the moment, we're still in the planning stages and we need to pin down exactly what features it will have.
Of course, we can pretty much confirm:
- The return of Live Chat.
- A streamlined skin for mobile phones (e.g. iPhone, iPod, Android, Windows Mobile).
- Updated versions of the board and gallery software.
- A redesign for the Fanfiction Library, as it is not possible to update the current Library.
- A new look.
As all the big and small changes may add up to a different H&E than you're used to, we plan to launch an open-beta for everyone to try out and give us feedback. Bear in mind, though, that may not be for a couple of months or so.
; It really depends on how things go, and how much spare time we can all find to work on it.
But I can promise this; we will never force a redesign that nobody likes. We will not launch a half-baked upgrade. We may not be a professional website team, but we will make the new H&E as good as we possibly can. After all, it's our baby.
And no problem with the bills. Nick Soapdish
has been helping with the costs, so thanks should go to him as well, and hokuten
is also hoping to contribute towards future costs. We certainly won't be going for a subscription/paid membership, but we're definitely considering allowing donations after the upgrade is done.