Welcome to the new website!

foaad's picture
Submitted by foaad on Tue, 09/18/2012 - 23:26

As part of a series of changes to Global Game Jam, we have changed hosting facilities and upgraded our website to Drupal 7. It went live with a brand new theme earlier this week. I'm very impressed with our new cloud hosting company Joyent. We met this company at GDC 2012 and it's clear they really value games and have the right expertise for this community.

Among other benefits, they spin their own Solaris based OS and server image ("smart machine") with a complete pre-installed and optimized LAMP stack to make hosting easier. We had been using standard CentOS images with Rackspace in the past. But enough about the geeky stuff!

The first thing you should know about the move is that everything we had published live is preserved. All accounts have been ported over and the same passwords should work on the new system. We made a commitment to keep hosting the older GGJ submissions as long as possible and that's what we're doing. All the games, files, location information and even comments from previous events are available on our new archive.globalgamejam.org domain. All the existing URL paths which show up in search engine results are being automatically forwarded to the archive domain. Our 2013 material, however, will be on the new server. 

We are working on a new "history" module which will correctly display and link all historical information per GGJ account. So your user account page will have links to all games you have worked on in the past, with room to add your own links. This should be live in a few more weeks. Also, you can now log in with Facebook connect. We're looking into other social media authentication possibilities. 

There are bound to be bugs and things we forgot. Please don't hesitate to notify us, if you see any problems. 

Lastly, I would like to thank Game Jam Cordoba site organizer Lucas Caro without whose tremendous technical help, none of this would be possible. 

-Foaad Khosmood / GGJ Technology Committee


maruti's picture
Submitted by maruti on Thu, 01/31/2013 - 06:34

New is always better for anybody.It will provide ease for users.The UI is great.Thank you for new website.


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