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Thanks to the team!

By Rick LePage  ·  April 6th, 2010

We’re running through our last bits of testing and fixes before the launch of the new P.E.T. site, and I wanted to say thanks to everyone who made it possible.

First and foremost are Photo One’s Jim Mock and Cindy Samco, who have been living with the redesign for a long time, and made it all work, despite my semi-regular inconsistencies and outrageous demands. Jim deserves special kudos for taking the initiative and moving the site to WordPress, and then coming up with an improved design less than a month before the site launched. I think Cindy watched nearly every video — there are over 400! — as she uploaded them to the new site, and got the back end parts of the site up and running without a hitch.

As we got closer to launch, we sought out some help from some subscribers and Elements Village members. As I noted over in the Village, we wouldn’t be ready to go without their help. Thanks to Esther, Christell, Sepiana, Charles, Johnny, Mary Lou, Judy, Mike, Jens, Wendy, Diana, Don, Val, Byron, Tammy, Eleanor, and Tami. We got great feedback from everyone, but Esther and Christell get the Gold Star Award for visiting almost every page — and then — clicking on nearly every link on the site; I’m sure that there are still some broken links around, but that’s my fault, not theirs.

Thanks to everyone who helped; I really appreciate it.

8 Replies to Thanks to the team!:

  1. Ron Pascoe

    April 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Wow! This is great. Thought that I had arrived at the wrong site until I recognized the forum. Have not spent too much time looking around but I like what I see. The videos are much easier to find. The new look puts the site on a new level – Great Job!

  2. Esther Farnstrom

    April 7, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for the thanks! I had a lot of fun clicking and scanning for links. I found a lot of tutorials I didn’t know existed or had forgotten about. It was hard backing out of the videos and marking them as favorites to visit later. Now I have time to click on those favorites!

  3. Jerri Hinson

    April 8, 2010 at 11:12 am

    WOW! How refreshing! Not much time to look around right now (busy day at work), but will grab some time this weekend to sit back and enjoy the new site. Thanks, team for your impressive dedication.

  4. Christell Faul

    April 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks, Rick. I loved all the clicking…Now I can take the time to go back & do some of these tutorials I forgot about or never tried after seeing them again. It was fun!

  5. David Lifsey

    April 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I absolutely cannot believe that you have not included a way to sort the videos and tutorials (type, category, alphabetical, etc.). You omitted this capability on the old site for the downloads page. Why is this basic, fundamental convenience so hard for your staff to comprehend? How about a rethink and add this much-needed ability?

    • Rick LePage

      April 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm


      It was a pretty big undertaking getting 1,000 pieces of content into a database-driven system, and categorizing and tagging them. (The old site was literally hand-coded HTML pages.) We’re not done by any stretch, but please understand that there are only a handful of us here at Photo One, and we can only do so much.

      You can get category lists of content by topic, and every video and tutorial has tags associated with them, so you can get lists of related content quite easily. I know people want more, but give us some time, and let us shake out the site as it is right now.


  6. David Lifsey

    April 11, 2010 at 8:01 am


    Forgetting tagging and categorizing, alphabetical sorting would seem a fundamental feature not requiring repeated external requests. Go figure!!!

  7. Jose

    April 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    keep up the great outsanding work so far… looking forward for more awsome “stuff” you guys put out week after week… as previously mentioned… I will definetly re-subscribe….if you promise to keep up the good work!

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