After months of work OffGuardian is making the switch from being hosted on wordpress.com to self-hosting. As such you can expect the site to (hopefully) briefly, be out of commission this weekend. Likely late Sunday night/early Monday morning. During this period visitors should expect to see a “Coming Soon” holding screen, but if it is blank or displaying an error do not panic. We have not been hacked to taken down, it’s all part of the switching-over process.
Transferring and reformatting ~3000 articles, 100,000 comments and 10,000 images has been a long, drawn-out and fiddly procedure, and retroactively fixing our archive will be a long-term project. But the swap should be relatively painless. Minor complications (a comment missing here or there, a link breaking or an image not showing up) are expected and we’ll have an open thread up for people to report issues and give feedback.
We’re confident the major changes will improve the experience for all of our visitors and contributors and look forward to making this step.
We also have other potential developments we’re keen to discuss with our readers, that will be announced once the change is complete.
All the best
UPDATE: We are closing ALL comment sections. This is temporary while the switch over takes place.