In our last post before Alloy v3's release let's take some time to look at upgrading from Alloy v2 to v3.
Alloy v3 is a paid upgrade. In light of all of the new content management features we've added to Alloy, and the extensive upgrades to its blogging engine, we're adjusting its pricing slightly from $79 to $89.
If you're already an Alloy user though, don't worry, you'll be able to upgrade at a steeply reduced price.
The upgrade process will be very much like that of upgrading from Foundry v1 to Foundry v2. If you previously purchased Alloy you can use the Upgrade option on the Purchase page to get Alloy v3 for just $49. During checkout you'll need to use the same email address that you used when you purchased your previous version of Alloy. The eCommerce system relies on this to automatically lookup your order to ensure you're a current Alloy customer so it can process your purchase of Alloy v3 as an upgrade for the reduced rate. Without using the same email address, from your previous purchase of Alloy, the system will have no way to verify your previous purchase and thus not allow you to get the reduced upgrade pricing.
Customers who've purchased Alloy on or after September 15, 2020 will receive an email with instructions on how to receive a free upgrade from Alloy v2 to v3. If you've purchased Alloy v2 after September 15, 2020, but do not receive an email on launch day, please contact me through the Elixir support page. When you do, you'll need to provide the email address you used to purchase Alloy so I have a way to look up your order.
Updating Your Site
If you already have a Blog and Editor page setup on your site, updating your site after you've upgraded to Alloy v3 is as easy as can be. You'll install your new Alloy stacks in RapidWeaver by dragging-and-dropping the Alloy v3 stack on your RapidWeaver icon in your Mac's Dock. RapidWeaver will take over and walk you through its normal installation process. Once done, quit and restart RapidWeaver. All that's left is to republish your site. We recommend doing a "Republish All Files" from RapidWeaver when upgrading.
You can make changes to your Editor and Blog Entries stacks if you like before republishing, or just leave them as-is for now and make changes later. And as we said, to get everything online you'll need to finish up by performing a Re-Publish All Files from within RapidWeaver. After that you should be good to go.
For new sites you'll just build your Editor and Blog as shown in the Quick Start videos. These are found in the previous days' previews and will be located in the Alloy documentation on release day as well.
Something To Note
One thing to note that has changed, that might need to be addressed before republishing -- If you're using the Categories List stack on your site you'll need to link it to your blog page. This is covered in the Categories List stack video:
We hope you've enjoyed these daily previews of some of the MANY new features in Alloy v3. The new update will go live for sale on November 18th, 2020.