First off the new site looks great! I was just curious why the old site got shut down and then a long delay with the new site?
Simple answer, the old website had to be shut down. It was so loaded with SPAM it was becoming a liability to the host, not to mention a pain in the butt to operate. Ideally we wouldn’t of turned it off until the new site was up, but things rarely go as planned and we were forced to do so before the new site was ready.