Linux Today Gets Facelift, Improved DesignMar 19, 2003, 03:43 (156 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
As Managing Editor of Linux Today, let me be the first to welcome you to the new Linux Today news site!
Looking around at the new elements on the site, your first question will probably be "what have they done to my LT?" In actuality, the site's editorial content will remain exactly the same--we have just reorganized the way the content is presented.
If you examine the front page of Linux Today, you will note that the content of the feed is exactly as it has always been, We are not changing our story selection or point of view.
The only changes are in the colors, formatting of the pages and a new section design. These new section feeds focus on specific technology areas of Linux and open-source technology. When a story appears on the main front page, it will also appear in the appropriate section page. This gives you yet another way to use LT. You can continue to read from the home page or make a specific section your bookmark LT home, if you prefer.
There will be six sections, which will each feature aspects of Linux:
The definition of these sections, and the sections themselves, are by no means set in stone. As time goes by and Linux continues to grow, new areas of technology will be focused upon--and, probably, some areas will fade into the background.
The addition of section pages to LT does by no means change the customizable features of the site that you have come to appreciate. All filters, triggers, and preference settings can still be used as before.
Here on the story pages, very little has changed, as story content, both linked and original, will appear as before. Talkbacks will also function as before.
Most of the elements from the previous version of Linux Today are still present in this new design, with the exception of the About Us page, which has been dropped.
So, why was the site redesigned? Two reasons, primarily. When discussions first began on the design change late last year, we wanted to give the site a new, slicker look, and also make stories easier to find. Hence, the addition of the new sections.
We also needed to accomodate the existence of new, larger ads. These new block ads have become more popular with advertisers because they deliver more information than smaller ads resulting in more people clicking on them. We will continue to work hard to make sure that only the most relevant ads appear on the pages.
Linux Today has never been stronger, both in terms of traffic and community participation (planning is under way for the upcoming Enterprise Linux Conference. We've worked hard to ensure that we have taken nothing away while we introduce these enhancements.
Of course with any significant software change comes the posibility of some uninvited bugs showing up on our site. Our developers have done an excellent job re-designing the front and back ends for Linux Today, and a few weeks of in-house bug testing leaves us feeling we're ready to release today.
But nothing compares to the real-life testing of hundreds of thousands of visitors per day, all asking the site to do the things they need. If you do find something that does not work the way it should, or looks rather odd, don't hesitate to send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don't post a found bug in the talkbacks--that will only serve to slow down the reporting process.
We hope that your experience with the new Linux Today site is a smooth one, and one that you will enjoy more than ever.
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