We just launched our new website yesterday evening. Launching is always a frantic event. No matter how much you pre-plan, it always seems to be a frenzy of last minute to-do's that make a launch an especially stressful event. It took us about 6 months from the moment we decided to do a redesign to get it launched. Take into consideration that we were doing client work concurrently. The standard "cobbler's family with no shoes" syndrome.
There are many changes that we made on the new S4 site and I'll address the programming aspects of the new site that are unique and interesting.
Our old website did not have the blog posts integrated into the homepage, or any other section of the website for that matter. We've added a few web services that allow us to communicate with our blog engine which is running under a different application. Now you'll notice that we have our current blog posts on the home page as well as our individual "about us" pages.
We've added to the homepage a column that holds the S4 Feed. This is a combination of our Posts, Tweets, and News Items. It's a work in progress but it serves as a "what's new" section for our homepage. Guaranteed to keep it lively and never stale.
Co-founder and Development Partner at Station Four