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iSpot development updates

Changes are underway to the iSpot website infrastructure to help improve the user experience.

To implement this there will be some downtime and the site will be offline Saturday and Sunday August 21 – 22. We do apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. More details here:

NEW!! Information on further updates below!

THANKS for this Janice
we hold our collective breath!


Thanks for letting us know -
Thinking …what will I do!!!

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Hope everything runs smoothly. Good luck!

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Thanks to those who replied! Just a quick reminder that the site will be offline both Saturday and Sunday August 21 - 22. We plan be back up and running for 9 a.m. Monday the 23rd. For those on Twitter look out for any updates there. Again apologies for the inconvenience and we look forward to seeing you back on the site next week!


Just as we go live, some network issue has tripped us up! Our apologies - hopefully this is short-term.

And we’re live! Hopefully you will find that the site runs a bit quicker in most areas - we’re aware that the filtering of the image carousels on the home page is still quite slow.
The next release will include a visual facelift and then we hope to launch the new UK species dictionary - which is already undergoing testing.


Thanks Janice - I’ve just posted my first observation with a tricky name - worked well for me -
Thanks to all concerned, who must have been working through the night.
Much :grinning: appreciated


Was really fast for me - posting to the SA Community, but from London UK.


Good to have the site back! Well done so far to all concerned!


Thank you so much for the positive feedback so far, it was indeed an extremely busy weekend! As Chris_Valentine noted above the loading of images in the carousels on the front page may be slow and there are a few issues from the recent updates we are still working on reintegrating i.e. the iSpot Keys. Plus there is more to come in the next stage of developments!

We have done extensive checks on the updated system but there may also be things we have not picked up on yet and we could really use your help checking performance and monitoring new user issues. If anyone sees anything that needs attention, you could help by giving us feedback, please email: [email protected] to find out how to get involved!

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Thanks for the updates. Have missed the site over the weekend! Thanks :slight_smile:


iSpot is getting a refresh!
We are updating the front page of the website to help improve the user experience. Look out for changes in the week ahead.

This is the second of a series of updates and we will be sharing more information about this and the other upgrades and developments soon.

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Thanks - looking forward!

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I found this interesting Janice

Hi dejayM

Yes it is something that has interested us for some time and we are looking into it further with the Technical Team. Will keep you updated.