Whew, after an intense day of learning new widgets (and kitten training) I think we have all systems go for the Beat V. 4.0. The response has been great over all.
A few people miss the all-in-one page layout—I think it’s possible to create a page that presents it all in this fashion and in the next round of tinkers I’ll look into that.
In the meantime, we’ve developed these top areas to spotlight breaking news and columns and other above the fold stuff, but all the posts in their posting order can be seen just by scrolling down a little, so you won’t miss a nice art or a joke or one of those posts about how to buy a mop that everyone is a fan of.
Speaking of that stuff, one of the great things about this new beat is that finally ALL of the content from 2006 on is in one place! For a long time I had a mirror site called whenmonkeysattack.com for the old stuff that couldn’t be imported here, but that site will be phased out, and that url will be used for something else new and exciting.
Another big improvement: the mobile version looks great on an iPhone and the regular site is very readable on the iPad. All part of this bold new world of mobile I keep hearing about.
I want to thank everyone for sticking with us through all the crashes and outages and 400 error messages. It’s been incredibly frustrating at times, and I’m incredibly grateful for everyone who hung in there.
And now, if I can just ask for one more way to help The Beat: if it isn’t much trouble, like us on Facebook, tweet us, and give us a Google+ link. Especially the latter as Google really loves those popular Google+ links. Of course we’ll be presenting as much top notch content, breaking news, thought provoking analysis and pictures of lovable kittens to earn these social media thumbs ups, but all of it will definitely help the site recover from the dark old days.
In the future, I’ll be stashing away a special fund for site maintenance, so when problems crop up they can be quickly fixed. The longer I do this, the more I learn about what goes on under the hood, but the web never stays the same. But hopefully everything will be stable for a good long time — meaning about six months in internet time.
Of course if you have any other suggestions or complaints or general words of praise, the comment box is OPEN. Full speed ahead!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.