When I started HAVEN, in the summer of 2012, I remarked that it would grow organically. We would try things and some of them would stay and some of them would go; some writers would spend a little time with us and move on while others would stay. It has been an evolving process and production, for sure.
We have had this WordPress platform, customized, since the beginning. It’s been a remarkable tool when one wants to launch a site with great reach without taking a huge risk financially or time wise in designing. The time has come, however, for us to take the next evolution in this organic process.
As of April of this year, we will be publishing all of our material on a web site I have designed exclusively for Haven that will be hosted on a different server. Our new site gives us complete design control and layout control to help conceptualize the design and content of the publication in any way we desire, in ways a customized template here simply cannot provide for us. This site on WordPress won’t be shutting down or going away, though. It will become our magazine’s blog, separate from our “main page” content. Until the new site is completely populated with new content, you can preview its functionality, design, and even sample a few reconceptualized columns at what will be our new web address: www.havenstyleguide.com. I’ve included, below, screen shots of some of the revolving landing pages for the new site as they appear on my desktop iMac as well as how they render on my iPad.
Speaking of iPads, Apple has finally approved our app submission for Haven to appear for download on the App Store and iTunes for your iPhone 4, 4s, 5, and 5s and 5c. It’s also designed for iPad 2 and later. We are still awaiting approval for the Google Play android versions of our magazine’s app, so we’ll let you know when that process is complete. You can download the Apple app by clicking here.
We’ve been quite humbled and fortunate to have a very large following for this WordPress site and those people are updated automatically whenever we post here. I hope you’ll bookmark our new site and visit it often. And if you download our app, you’ll be able to receive push notifications when we publish new content. But, don’t worry – we’ll still be publishing our content right here until April. As always, you can find out latest content right below my editor’s letter here.
The next step for us? We have just completed our research into the best options we have with price, frequency, and distribution for a quarterly print edition of Haven. I have tentatively settled on one printer and the timelines for the production time and shipping from overseas for quarterly print runs are now being put together. When we start a print copy of Haven, that will most likely not launch until the fall of 2014 or the first quarter of 2015. We want to continue to develop, refine, and add features onto our digital footprints now as our primary focus.
Thank you for reading and for all of your support. Cheers to all of you and to the progress we continue to make in something that means so very much to me and to those involved.
All my best,
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