Why the change? It's pretty straight forward: Hosting your site gives you more flexibility and control, in addition to being far more professional.
What makes this site different? Aside from the custom domain and self hosting, there are some new features already here with more on the way.
- A newsletter! Perhaps one of the most exciting new features is a monthly newsletter that will give you the highlights of any news (such as casting announcements, event appearances) as well as website updates, if there are any. Each monthly newsletter will also include something for you to check out, such as a specific photo gallery, video, quote, etc, just in case you missed it on the website. You can also subscribe to get an as-it-happens newsletter, which will notify you of any casting announcements, website updates, event appearances, etc. If you really want, you can have both! The choice is yours. You can sign up on the contact page.
- Another exciting new feature is a forum to discuss everything and anything related to Jesse L. Martin. Please be sure to read the rules before you post anything. There aren't many, but they are important. (Forum Page)
- A new guest book.
- More trivia.
- More quotes.
- A FAQ page.
- New career pages. (Main | Filmography | Stage | Awards | Others)
- A new press archive with more articles and interviews! All links have also been checked, therefore, there should be no dead links (at least not for a while).
- New photo galleries. They aren't that different from the old ones, but these ones look nicer and some pages have a "related galleries" suggestions.
- On a slightly lesser scale of exciting, this site has a custom favicon.
- New "About" page.
- New "Links" page.
Unfortunately, the site still isn't finished. Despite being published and launched, there is still a long ways to go before the site will be complete. It will be a work in progress for months to come. Updates will be posted here, along with on Facebook and in the newsletters. But here are something things you can look forward to in the (hopefully) near future.
- Individual pages for each (major) project he has done, from film to TV to theatre. They will feature reviews, related galleries, related media, synopsis and more, when available.
- More media. This will certainly take quite a while before it will be complete, but when it's done it will be the largest collection of audios and videos of Jesse L. Martin in one place. All media will be hosted on this site, which means no more having to visit a different site!
- Photo galleries. Some galleries are already up and running, but for the most part they are in the process of being created.
What's going to happen to this site? For now it will remain published, but sooner or later it will be removed in its near entirety. Access to individual pages will be removed as they are created on the new website. For instance, the photo gallery for The Flash (2014) has been removed from the old site because there is a new one on this website. The same goes for the trivia and quotes pages, among others. The WordPress site which was the original site will most likely be shutdown in the near future since it has been inactive for over a year.
Have feedback? If you have encountered any problems with the new website or if you have any comments, please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your feedback is much appreciated! Some kinks are in the process of being worked out, but there's always a chance you may have found one that we didn't know about, therefore, please send an email and we'll try to fix it right away.
Thank you and enjoy!