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- Published: Thursday, 04 May 2017 14:49
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- Published: Saturday, 08 April 2017 18:42
If you are a frequent visitor of the NOD website, you may have noticed that we've been dealing with some issues and changes in the past few weeks. Most of these issues have been resolved, and some improvements have been introduced. Nonetheless, we would like to inform you about some important upcoming changes. Especially important is the changes we've made to the Activity Wall, so make sure to read this email carefully.
Current changes and updates
We are glad to announce that we have purchased an SSL-certificate for the main NOD website, allowing the website to load with a https-protocol. This means that the connection between your computer and the website is now much more secure. Even though we have not encountered any actual security issues in the past 10 years, we wanted to comply with what is rapidly becoming the current internet standard for trustworthy websites. This https-protocol applies to the main website at www.druidcircle.org as well as the Online Druid College.
In the past few weeks, we have been performing some important software updates. These updates not only provide enhanced security, but also some new features and layout-changes. This is most prominent in the look & feel of member profiles on the website - all your profile information is still on there, but the profile layout itself has had a bit of an overhaul. It is also possible to create your own new discussion groups, which offer a great deal of functionality (see below).
These updates did not come without software issues. Among these issues were login-problems for newly registered members, as well as inoperational profiles and groups. Most of these issues have been resolved, although there are still a few that we are working on. It is, at this time, not possible to upload images to your profile Gallery (linking to external URL's, however, does work), and the Friends Map is currently not operational. We are working on finding a fix for these issues as well.
Switching from the old to the new Activity Wall
In 2013, we introduced an "Activity Wall", which provides some Facebook-like social networking functionality and allows NOD members to easily connect and interact with each other. As part of the aforementioned updates, however, we have switched to a different software for this part of the website. The new "Wall", which is already operational on the website right now, is much more user-friendly, faster, more stable and better integrated than the previous version. However, it is important to know that the change of software does not allow old Wall posts, groups and image galleries to be automatically transferred over.
You need to keep the following in mind:
- If you have Activity Wall posts that you want to keep, you will need to re-post them on the new Wall.
- If you have uploaded images to the gallery associated with the old Activity Wall, they will be removed. Make sure to have copies of all your own pictures. You will be able to repost them by uploading them to the Gallery in your profile. However, the profile Gallery is currently not operational yet and uploads will fail. We will let you know when this issue is resolved.
- Discussion Groups you have created will be removed. You are able to create a new group though, to where you can copy all your previous information, links, etc... You will find that the functionality of the new group system is much improved.
If you have any of the above data, posts or images that you want to keep, make sure to make a copy of them before April 25, 2017! After that date, the old Activity Wall with its groups and galleries will be permanently removed from the website!
IMPORTANT: the "My Wall" menu link will send you to the new Wall. To find the old Activity Wall with its galleries and groups, go to "Old Wall" in the submenu "My Wall".
We will be sending another reminder five days before the Old Wall will be permanently removed.
Future changes and updates
The current changes on the website are part of the preparation for a larger software update. This software update will take place when the website is moved to a new, enhanced server. This will probably take place around the beginning of May. When these improvements take place, the website will probably be offline for a few days. We will inform you about this before these changes will take place.
Another important change will come for the Online Druid College. We are planning to change to a different software that allows for an easier and more user-friendly environment for both students and mentors. These changes are at the current time not yet implemented and will probably take place sometime in May. Until then, you can of course continue to use the current college to work on your course(s). We will keep you updated on this as well.
That's it for now. We can't promise you that the website is currently bug-free as there will surely still be some issues popping up that need to be addressed. However, we are making good progress and hopefully everything will be completed in about a month from now. Make sure to pay the website a visit one of these days!
- Published: Thursday, 06 April 2017 22:48
A few days ago, we reported a problem with new members registering and then not being able to login.
We are happy to announce that this problem is now resolved, and new members who register should be able to login normally after completing the registration.
If you still encounter issues logging in, don't hesitate to contact us.
- Published: Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:40
(This is not an April Fool's joke)
Due to a software issue, the website is currently experiencing a problem with the passwords of new accounts that are registered here. Even after successfull registration and confirmation, the website refuses to log in new members and keeps saying the password is incorrect, even when it is actually entered correctly.
If you wish to create an account on our website, try choosing a password that contains no numbers, capitals or other special characters, only lowercase letters. After successfull registration and logging in, you will be able to change your password to something else of your choice, even if it contains numbers and/or uppercase letters.
If you still experience problems logging in after registration, please use the "Contact us" form (sub-menu under "Home") to let us know about this. We will then send you a new password, with which you will be able to login. After logging in you will be able to change your password to anything of your choice again.
Note that this does not affect members who are already registered on the website. If you are already registered but still experience login problems, however, don't hesitate to contact us as well.
We apologize for the inconvenience and try to get this issue resolved as soon as possible.
- Published: Saturday, 25 March 2017 17:57
Most problems on the website that we reported earlier have been fixed. The profiles are working again and logging out is no longer a problem. The Dutch version of the profiles will still have some issues as some Dutch translations still need to be inserted.
When accessing the college area, you will be asked to login again as this is unfortunately no longer working automatically. You will be able to login with your regular username and password.
More news will be reported soon.
- Published: Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:09
Members of the website may currently experience some issues with some parts. There are currently problems with the profiles-section and the logout-button. Other sections, such as the forums and the college, are still working normally.
We apologize for the inconvenience and will try to resolve this issue as soon as possible.
- Published: Friday, 18 November 2016 11:55
For quite some time, we have been unable to offer the printed book versions of our courses in the Grove of Dana online Druid college. In the past, these books used to be printed through our Cafepress online shop, until they decided to shut down their book printing services. NOD has therefore decided to bring the books back in print through the online press service of Lulu instead.
We are happy to announce that, as of now, all our course books are back available in print! But there's more:
* Aside from the Bardic and Ovate Course books, we now also have the Druid Course book available in print!
* All books have been reduced in price thanks to the lower printing costs of Lulu, and are now available at only € 12 per book (excluding shipping).
The books are the same as in the past, except for a size format modification and, in most cases, new book cover images. Some revisions in the text have been done in order to edit out spelling errors that had been overlooked in the past, but the content itself is still the same.
Have a look at the new NOD Bookstore by clicking here and check it out for yourself!
It should be noted that the printed book versions of our courses are intended for those who prefer to read the courses on paper rather than on a screen. You are not obligated to buy these books in order to enrol in our courses, as you will still be able to download the course material in full. All profits from the sales of these books will be spent entirely on maintenance expenses of the New Order of Druids.
- Published: Friday, 24 June 2016 10:23
Celtopedia is a Celtic-related wiki which was launched by the New Order of Druids in 2006. Due to technical reasons related to the server, some changes have recently been made to Celtopedia.
As of now, Celtopedia has become integrated with the "Celtic Library", another wiki which is integrated into the main website. As such, Celtopedia as an independent wiki has ceased to exist and part of its contents has become integrated with the Celtic Library. The Celtic Library will henceforth be known as "Celtopedia" instead.
Not all contents has been moved over: a large portion of the Celtopedia articles were in fact copied from Wikipedia and have since not received necessary updates. For those articles, we refer to Wikipedia for the latest revisions. Other parts, such as the extensive Celtic Timeline and some independent articles, will remain and can be found in the new Celtopedia. This allows us to save on server space, provide better up-to-date content, and to fully integrate Celtopedia into the main website.
The link to Celtopedia still continues to work and will refer to the new integrated weblink: celtopedia.druidcircle.net.
- Published: Thursday, 09 June 2016 19:18
We would like to announce some changes in the Grove of Dana online Druid College.
The first change is that we have decided to close down the "Becoming Aware" course. The course was lacking mentorship, and since it never attracted many students we have decided it would not be worth the effort of finding new mentors for it for the time being. All other specialisation courses remain available, of course.
The second change is that there are now two College Coordinators. Elke remains college coordinator as before, but she will now get the help of a second coordinator, Ben (Ontwaken). Please allow Ben a bit of time to get up to speed with everything. The recommended communication channels remain the same: the helpdesk support system, e-mail or the "College Technical Support" forum.
Thank you for your understanding.
- Published: Thursday, 14 January 2016 11:13
This year, in May 2016, the New Order of Druids will exist for 10 years as a non-profit organisation.
The New Order of Druids initially began on February 1, 2003. Originally, it was only a website with a discussion forum, which was later expanded with a college. On May 3, 2006, we became an official non-profit organisation for the first time. The event received a great deal of media attention in the Belgian press.
The New Order of Druids couldn't be what it is today, without the input of all our members. Therefore, we would like to thank you for your input, help and even simply your presence with us. We hope that, with your help, we will be able to continue to grow!