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No, you haven’t landed on the wrong site… this is our newly relaunched and redesigned site, though as you will see as you navigate through…

No, you haven’t landed on the wrong site… this is our newly relaunched and redesigned site, though as you will see as you navigate through it, this is probably a soft launch, or as they say in Silicon Valley lingo, a beta launch. This was what we tried last week, and as opposed to last time, we landed well this time.
A lot of effort has gone into it, but the biggest problem we faced was the content migration. One of the big things we learned, even though it was obvious even before, is that the blogs CMS systems suck…all of them. Interoperability is nonexistent in the blog or CMS industry… plus they are built with no thought to structured data, or if they are, they are completely optional and an average blogger would never be able to adhere to it. And oh, we have moved again from WordPress to Expression Engine, and if you are counting this is our third blog system (Movable Type being the first one).
Anyway back to the new sites… the big idea behind the site redesign is to become more contemporary, in terms of design, usability, and ad units. Also, we have three sites now and a fourth one ready to launch, and we had to make them part of an overall network, and hopefully we have achieved that with this redesign. On the backend side, as we add more journalists into the system we will see the added benefit of a platform which is more robust and scalable.
We have a lot of new features, half of which won’t be functional the first day, but we will transition into them over the next week or so. By the end of this week, I will do another post listing all the new features that we have built into the new system.
Some credits are in order: first, the excellent design and development team at Airbag Industries and the allied team: Greg Storey, Ryan Irelan, Ethan Marcotte, and Jesse Newland. Once we get finished with this (and dare you try to snatch them away for the next couple of weeks…), I would recommend them in a heartbeat for a Web design/development project. Also, big up to the EE team for their help in the platform migration.
From our side, our executive editor Staci who came into the project late but has been working nonstop for the last two weeks…and then, the rest of our team, specifically Jeff, Michael and James. After this experience, things will only go up, I promise.
Thanks everyone for being patient.
Regards
Rafat Ali
Editor & Publisher, ContentNext Media (paidContent.org, MocoNews.net and ContentSutra)
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  1. it definitely looks more elegant ;)

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  2. at last, dates/times for your posts! (Looks good btw.)

    Mike

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  3. Hi Rafat & Team,
    Congratulations, the site looks pretty organized now. Being on software side, I can echo your comments about blog CMS/general CMS. Though in Java world content repository specifications are evolving to make solutions vendor interoperable but I don't know if such spec exists solutions with other language. Having said that, I see no reason why blogging software should not aim to have a common spec for "managing content repository" vendor neutral way!!

    All the best, btw in new website top header having paidContent.org family menu, it says "published in Santa Monica….", shouldn't be it "Published in New Delhi…" for ContentSutra? :)

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  4. Hey Santosh
    Thanks on your thoughts..yes, we will change it on ContentSutra..thanks for pointing out.

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  5. "Some credits are in order: first, the excellent design and development team at Airbag Industries and the allied team."

    Well, a development team that can't get a site to work before launching it (three days last weekend) and still is working bugs out in a "live" not "production" environment, doesn't exactly have to worry about being "snatched" away. With that level of development (the Internet has been around for more than a few days, I believe), they may want to go work for Microsoft where their lack of basic skills (development) will be welcomed. If they worked at Google, they'd be gone (imagine if Google didn't work for three days). Mostly through, PaidContent's lack of Internet skills is pretty darn embarrassing considering it's their only distribution vehicle. This isn't rocket science.

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  6. Bill
    You're jumping to conclusions based on no knowledge of the situation, sad to say.

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  7. I am a student and have been reading your content for awhile. Love your content and new design. Keep up the good work!

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  8. officially the best news design i've seen on the web. congrats!

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  9. Gregory Smith Sunday, October 22, 2006

    Rafat,
    The previous design of the your site was satisfactory, but this is really, really an improvement. Definitely Major League now! Very impressive. Congratulations.
    Continued success.

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  10. well am glad i landed on teh right site for the first time ;-)

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