Find A Grave posted a blog entry in Find A Grave,Those of you who have been using the old version of the site will likely have noticed the message we put up this week about the upcoming closure of that old version. We are sad to see it go. It has served long and well and the community and valuable content that has grown up around Find A Grave are amazing. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of that.
We know the transition to the new site has been hard for some people. Over the past 8 months, the old version of the site has provided a safety net and a point of comparison as we’ve received feedback and worked to improve the new version of the site and make sure it was ready to go. We have kept the old site available for as long as we could, but the time has come to close it down. We’ll do that on Monday, August 20.
While we’ve received a lot of positive feedback and helpful suggestions about the new site, we’ve also heard from people who really love the old site for its compact display and familiar feel. While we can’t keep the old site around, we will continue to work to improve the new site. If there are specific things you think we can improve or tasks that you think we can make easier on the new site, please use the “Send Feedback” link in the footer of the site to let us know.
For those of you still struggling to learn to use the new site, we hope the tutorial videos, linked to from the purple “Tutorials” button at the bottom right of pages of the site will help. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions or visit the “Ask the Community” message board to get help from other Find A Grave users.
We love Find A Grave and look forward to working with you as we continue to make the site better.
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Mark posted a blog entry in Find A Grave,What countries has Geography been working on?
Here are the countries which will get additional place names next. Look for them later this year.
Argentina - 7,000 locations
Belgium - 12,000 locations
Brazil - 54,000 locations
Chile - 3,000 locations
Costa Rica - 2,000 locations
Greenland - 200 locations
Japan - 27,000 locations
Moldova - 1,800 locations
Montenegro - 4,000 locations
Peru - 41,000 locations
Philippines - 39,000 locations
Poland - 66,000 locations
Romania - 18,000 locations
Serbia - 9,000 locations
Mark posted a topic in Resolved,NEW Added "Not Buried in Cemetery" search option Option to "Show Password" when signing in FIX Issue causing timeout errors when transferring memorials to #8 Improved the password requirements widget to show all requirements initially when creating or changing password
Mark posted a topic in Resolved,FIX Improve XLS compatibility for downloading a list of photo requests Fix filtering by (grave photo/no grave photo) on search, my memorial search, and cemetery search Bug that made it so you couldn't edit memorials that had a death location of "At Sea" NEW Added (gps/no gps) filter option to search, my memorial search, and cemetery search Only allow internal links (links to www.findagrave.com/.....) inside memorial and profile bios, as well as cemetery descriptions.
Mark posted a blog entry in Find A Grave,Unmapped Cemeteries broken out by County. 5-color level.
This means that the cemetery listed does not have GPS assigned to it. This has nothing to do with % of cemetery photographed or mapped memorials.
How does your county look?
Mark posted a topic in Resolved,Fixed issue causing the photo viewer to occasionally fail to open properly.
Fixed issue that caused caption to be lost when added at the same time as adding a photo.
Fixed issue with spreadsheet templates that could cause them to fail to upload on occasion. (Re-download template to fix issue)
Fixed an issue that showed incorrect information when sharing to Facebook.
Removed "Calculated Relationship" text as it was deemed no longer necessary.
Find A Grave posted a question in Ask the Community,Thanks for all your responses to our post about the upcoming changes to the site. We have been reading them and really appreciate your feedback and support. Paul, one of our developers, wrote up this note that goes into a bit more detail than that first message, for those of you who are interested.
As one of the Find A Grave developers I thought you might appreciate it if I were to write a post explaining our reasoning behind changing the site, as well as some things to expect going forward. Find A Grave was created by Jim Tipton in the 1990’s to pursue his passion of visiting the graves of famous people. Find A Grave has always been free, and will continue to be a free website supported by ads.
Since then Find A Grave has seen amazing growth, and has thrived thanks to the contributions of users like you. But the classic version of the website is starting to show its age. The code is written in technologies that are no longer supported and that inherently contain security vulnerabilities. Features were added to the site in a piecemeal fashion that makes it very difficult for us to maintain the old codebase while at the same time upgrading all the underlying infrastructure.
One of the most noticeable changes with the new version is the user interface. We needed to make the site mobile friendly. The reason the layout has changed so much is largely due to this requirement. We understand that a change this significant can be hard. It’s not easy to learn a new interface, especially when the previous interface has been around for 20 years. But we feel like this layout will be much easier for new users to learn. And we hope that our old users will take the time to learn how to use it. We will include many tutorial videos explaining how the new interface works in order to help users who are struggling with the changes.