January 29th, 2011

5…4…3…2…1…Getting Ready for the Launch


So I’m getting ready to launch the new BFA (Black Forest Academy) website! That’s what I’ve been doing during the beginning of this semester. Calling, emailing, talking, calling, emailing, talking, calling…that’s what I’ve been doing half the time. I’ve been collecting all the content, getting it updated, typed up, edited, and approved by all those involved. Hopefully by the time you read this post I will have most of the content ready to go, and formatted for the world to see. I’m really excited, and can’t wait to hit the launch button.

It’s been a busy last few weeks. The first week of school I had the flu. And over here, doctors don’t just hand out antibiotics for everything like in America. So I had to resort to the good ol’ juice-and-rest routine. After that I was able to start thinking clearly and got to work on finishing the website.

It’s all about the little details.

There are still some minor issues I’m having with different areas of the website, and some content that I need to write up for some of the new sections. But all-in-all, it’s almost there. I had hoped to have launched it by the beginning of this last week, but was unable to since I lost a week. Personal deadlines are typically arbitrary anyways.

So look forward to an update from me soon about the website being launched, and a link for everyone to go check it out.

New Features

  • Better organization of the content
  • Easier to update content
  • More content (from 100 to now over 350 pages)
  • Specific content geared towards the school’s main audiences (parents, students, staff)
  • More galleries and photos at the tops of pages!
  • Fun staff profiles (now you can see staff by category, like: Athletics or Personnel)

Future Plans

  • Videos (interviews, dorm experiences, parent’s comments, etc.)
  • Subscriptions (gallery updates, rss, email notifications, etc.)
  • Content geared towards Korean and German (not just a translation)
  • Frequent news/updates written by staff/alumni/guests
  • Showcasing of students’ work (art, music, science, etc.)
  • A better more helpful calendar
  • And much more…

Here Are Some Current Screenshots

4 Responses to “5…4…3…2…1…Getting Ready for the Launch”


  • Melinda says:

    Love the new look! You school pics are the best. So proud of both of you for laying down your lives to help this school and these great students.

  • Heather says:

    I CAN’T WAIT!  Not just because I’m anxious to see my name on the staff list… 😉  It will be awesome to have a site that I feel proud to share with supporters and potential staffers.  Thanks for your hard work!  🙂

  • Glory says:

    Awww….I teared up when I saw your staff pics. I am so proud of you guys…and miss you like crazy. I love you both!

  • Jon says:

    Israel, this looks awesome!  Seriously blown away by this and the unbelievable update this will be for BFA.  Thank you so much for what you’ve been doing on this!