Updated January 14, 2019
We are delighted to announce that thanks to your generous support, on December 31st, we were finally able to move Earth Clinic to its brand new home and operating platform.
It took thousands of hours of painstaking work since September and genius troubleshooting from our programming team to figure out how we were going to move so much content from an outdated, constantly glitching site, to a modern and new platform. But we did it and we’re so happy!!!!
As you may have noticed, we have a lot of cleanup work to do on the site over the next few months.
1. Design Tweaks
We will continually be making tweaks to the design in the coming weeks. Feel free to send us feedback at any time with what you think needs to be improved. We have been making changes to the font as a number of people have been complaining it’s too light and thin.
We will be adding “notify me”, “love this post” and other features beneath each post as on the old EC site after we test them extensively to make sure they doesn’t crash the new site.
2. Moving of Posts
Everything that was on the old site has been uploaded to the new site. However, over 100,000 reader remedy posts have to be separated and carefully moved into newly created sub-pages, one ailment at a time.
We have moved about 12,000 posts so far. Just to give you an idea of how time consuming this is — 6 of the pages completed each had over 1,500 posts dating back to 1999 which we moved, one click at a time, into over 500 new sub-pages. This critical, moving of posts process, cannot be automated nor can we hire people to help us with this project. It has to be done by hand so mistakes are not made and precious posts lost forever with one wrong click of the mouse.
Here’s are 2 pages where all the reader posts with specific remedies have been moved into their own pages:
Please note that the majority of the new site, however, still has reader comments ordered by most recent date, making it quite difficult to find remedies at the moment. Sorry about that! We’re working as fast as we possibly can on this. Once we get the archive site up and running, you can use it instead of this one to search for your favorite remedies.
3. Error Messages You May Encounter During This Transition Time
Thousands of pages from the old site had to be renamed on the new site to make us search engine friendly. This means we have now to fix over 100,000 broken links throughout the site that now point at URLs that no longer exist.
Once the search engines have reindexed all the pages on the site, our Search function will have correct links. However, there will still be a lot of broken links within articles and in reader posts until we fix them.
4. Ted’s Site, Q&A Site, Archive Site
Ted’s site will be back online soon. We are also creating an archive of the old EC site so you can access your account and all the remedies you need. This is taking a bit longer than we anticipated because all 3 sites were interconnected with complex code and we’re having to edit the design and code very carefully to make it work again. But rest assured, everything will be back online in a week or so.
5. Member Accounts
Member accounts will be migrated sometime in January or February. Until then, you can post without logging in. Just make sure to include your email address if you want posts to end up in your account.
5. Latest Posts Page
We are going to be working on the design of this page. However, we have quite a few projects ahead of this that are more important (like getting Ted’s site back online and getting an archive of the old site working).
Unfortunately, there is no current way to separate pet posts from people posts. Hopefully most people will love pets as much as we do so this won’t be an issue! Down the road, we’ll see if we can separate the two sections.
6. If there is a section on Earth Clinic that you would like separated in sub-pages as soon as possible because there is an active thread on it that you have been following, please contact us and let us know which ailment you’d like us to work on. Your wish is our command! Please keep in mind that we are very short-staffed and dealing with one emergency after another on the site, so emails are a bit backlogged at the moment.
We are deeply appreciative of your support and patience. Give us another few months and Earth Clinic will be a much better site than the previous version!