As we have been projecting since spring, we are still expecting the new Admin to be fully live sometime within Q4 of this year. If all continues going to plan, we should have a completed version ready to start alpha testing internally around the end of summer, then we can open it to beta testing among a few select client volunteers to help us find any wrinkles that may need ironing out, then once it's fully tested to our satisfaction, we can finally take it live.
The last update to the current Admin was launched on August 25, 2009. Preliminary planning for another update began in late 2010. However, 2011 brought some false starts and other unexpected setbacks to Admin update plans, along with the conclusion that the current Admin had become too fragile to develop any further, and the broader realization that Flash was quickly becoming an obsolete technology anyway.
We hired an experienced new developer in March of last year to help us restart work on an all-new, HTML-based Admin built from scratch. Much of his work has involved essentially reverse-engineering the current Admin, as none of the Flash source code it's based on could simply be carried over to the new Admin, yet it would have to be written from scratch to work with our existing back-end as essentially a drop-in replacement for the current Admin.
I have already finished building the HTML/CSS templates for all new Admin screens back around mid-May. Now it's just a matter of our Admin programmer wrapping up the scripting that will make those screens dynamic and functional as a drop-in replacement for the current Admin. Once we finish testing the initial build and take it live, it will allow us to make ongoing updates and improvements much more readily and frequently.