Web Site Update Coming Soon

Over the past few weeks we have been updating the Brothers of John the Steadfast website to a newer, fresher looking version. We think the new look will make our site much easier to read and hopefully let us make it easier to post and organize articles on our site.

In addition to it being designed for a wider screen (90% of our users now have more than 800 pixels wide screen; restricting us to 800 pixels wide was just a tad limiting), it also lets us make use of some better looking features that you have seen on some of the other websites, such as quoting information from other locations. Internally it also makes it easier for us to post pictures and manage things, and gives us more flexibility on what we can put on pages or posts.

We will have to take the site down for a few minutes, and/or things may operate oddly for a bit while we are in the midst of upgrading the site. We will do the upgrade in a way that should lose no comments, but .. if you are writing a comment at the time the site goes down, and take several minutes to compose it, then click “submit” after it is down, it’s possible that your comment might be lost. Therefore, please attempt to save a copy of comments that you submit until you see the new site has gone live.

My current plan is to upgrade the site sometime between 11 and 1AM tonight, hoping to do it at a time that shouldn’t catch anyone writing a comment.

Norm Fisher

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.


Web Site Update Coming Soon — 29 Comments

  1. Please tell me we’ll be able to subscribe to comments on individual posts. Pretty please???

  2. That subscribes me to comments for *every post* on the entire site! I just want to subscribe to the comments of the individual posts that I care about.

  3. Kaleb: Click on “RSS feed for comments on this post.”. You will see 4 comments (more if someone else comments after this one). If you put the resultant URL, “https://steadfastlutherans.org/blog/?feed=rss2&p=7335”, into your RSS feed reader, you should ONLY see comments to this one post. Note the “&p=7335” .. that indicates that the RSS feed is for only this post.

    But .. this does bring up the point. The new site currently does not have this feature. I will re-add it to the site before going live with it.

  4. Norm – Does this mean my “seeker-sensitive screen” will work to its full potential?

  5. Cool, it will be more relevant then. Hopefully we’ll have more articles on sex, too, in order to reach a broader audience. Woo hoo!

    Oh. That was inappropriate.

  6. Is it going to be more complex than it is now? I ask for us, technically challenged persons? I have older, SORRY, more mature, people & relatives who read your site, & I know less about this contraption than they do! LOL. I am w/Bubbles, a marriage series would be ab fab. I’m really looking forward to Johannes’ article on the wee ones, just looking to see if I need a tutorial on the new site. I wager it will be awesome!

  7. Dutch — if anything it would be easier for older more mature people to read. Studies have shown that the font currently used on this site is harder to read than the one used on the new site.

    We’ll definitely get that marriage series up and running!

  8. Norm – Oh, wow. Thanks.

    Please tell me that the “RSS feed for comments on this post” is a relatively recent addition. (Like, in the last couple of months, maybe?) Because the alternative is that I am either blind or a few cards short of a full deck. =p

  9. In case you haven’t noticed; it’s been upgraded.

    If anyone has any ideas on features that are missing or don’t seem to work correctly, feel free to tell me about them! Either write a comment to this post, or email me by clicking on “contact us” above the comment field.

  10. So let me get this straight. We have to enter our name and email address each time we post? We no longer have the convenience of automatic name identification? I’m not sure I can handle all those extra key strokes. All kidding aside it was convenient the “old way.”

  11. Johannes,

    It still works the same for me – picks up my name and stuff.

    Norm – is there something Johannes can do?


  12. Johannes — I’m surprised that it doesn’t remember you; do you have cookies turned off or anything? Does it do this on other blogs for you? That part of this should not have changed; if anything it should have gotten better. Please keep us informed if you continue to have an issue with this.

  13. Now, “it” remembers me. In my previous posting, I had to enter name, rank, serial number, etc. Thanks for your responses. And thanks to “it” wherever you are, or “it is”, or whatever.

  14. If we keep the old site up, and start this new one, can we get funding for starting a satalite?


  15. John H,

    At the very least we should get a point for making an Ablaze contact.


  16. @Mollie
    Yes, I hadn’t even noticed it yet! Everyone: if you click on “reply” on a comment, it will auto-insert into your “submit comment” a link to the comment you are referring to! Very slick — we no longer have to work to figure out who you are replying to!

    You can even click on reply to one comment, compose your reply to that, then go find another one to reply to, click on reply to that, and have ONE response to both comments!

  17. Norm,
    I usually scroll up the size of the type. If you make the text wider in the present font, will it run off the edges when I want to make it bigger? Some sites do. 🙁

  18. I didn’t read all these comments, so forgive me if this question has been answered, but my RSS has not updated with the last three posts. Could it be that since the new site is up, I need to resubscribe to it?

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