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We just put a new foundation on Meridian.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks on Meridian. For more than 18 years we’ve used the URL ldsmag.com. It was shorter than writing meridianmagazine.com and easy to remember and pass on. But the day President Russell M. Nelson asked us to not use LDS or Mormon as a description any more, we bought the URL latterdaysaintmag.com. We’ve been poised to move the site to that new address ever since.
Now, when you change your URL, it means we have to move the entire site to the new name. You can still get to Meridian with ldsmag.com, but it will redirect to latterdaysaintmag.com That’s when disaster struck. Our site is complex and huge, with more than 23,000 articles in the archives and untold thousands of images. What should have been a smooth move wasn’t, and for some unknown reason, the magazine fell to pieces, much like an earthquake whose tremors split the earth and travel a distance wreaking havoc in their midst.
What was wrong? We couldn’t locate the answer, and after we had talked to every possible technician on the first level, the company who hosts us moved us to the second, and then the third, and then the fourth level. Nobody could solve our problem, and those who thought they could found their fixes were only temporary. We were troubled and worried and heartsick.
Meanwhile, our readers wrote us letters saying things like this, “Did you know that your links are dead and neither I, nor my aunt, nor my friends, nor anybody we know can get in?” These came in by the hundreds. Some were less than friendly, “I can’t get into your site and will you unsubscribe me now.” Most of you were remarkably patient, while we stewed.
We prayed and we found we had a particularly secret weapon in solving our technical issues. Myntillae Nash is our site designer who has a gift in solving backend problems. While everyone else was telling us this was impossible, she was combing carefully through every plug in, every certificate of security, every line of code to find the problem which so permeated the site. This meant round the clock work for the last two weeks, but, with the help of Meridian’s additional technician, Truman Proctor. We also successfully moved our site to a new server.
Everything should be loading properly and quickly now. We advise doing a hard refresh and clearing the cache on your browsers to see the site again, so it doesn’t carry forward any broken links on your computer. Here’s how you do it.
For Mac users:
Hold ⇧ Shift and click the Reload button. Or, hold down ⌘ Command and ⇧ Shift key and then press R.
For PC users:
Hold down Ctrl and click the Reload button. Or, Hold down Ctrl and press F5.
If you are not seeing all the content now, you should be able to shortly. Propagation of the new site has to make its way all over the world.
As a thank you to Meridian readers, most of whom have been so patient during this technical stumbling block, we offer this spectacular fine art photography of “The Garden Tomb”, the place of Christ’s resurrection in Israel, by Scot Facer Proctor, which is a $200 value. It will be available for download for one week only and can be enlarged for any size for your home or office.