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Post by lauragentry on Aug. 31, 2009 at 12:14 pm with 4 Comments »
August 31, 2009 12:58 pm

We’re switching to a new blogging system here at The News Tribune and hope you’ll like the changes. We also hope you’ll try it out and give us your feedback.

A few of the changes you’ll notice:

• We’ve separated content and advertising by implementing the right ad column you’ll see on the rest of our site and a left content “widget” column.

• In that left column, we’ve added a tag cloud that shows the most blogged current topics. The tag cloud also allows us to streamline our category lists which got out-of control after awhile (sorry about that). If you’d like to know more about tags and tag clouds, give this a read.

• Also in the left column, you’ll see a list of the most recent comments made to keep track of where the latest conversation activity is happening.

• In the content column, you’ll find a “share this” feature on every post of the blog allowing you an easy way to email, print or blog a post or share it on Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc.

• Each post now has an individual RSS feed generated so you can keep track of comments made on an individual post by subscribing to its feed.

• You’ll be seeing more embedded audio and video clips as the new system makes it easier on our bloggers to add multimedia to posts.

Unfortunately, we were unable to move our previous content over to this new system, so we’re keeping the old blog alive indefinitely if you need to access past content.

The biggest benefit to switching to this new system (WordPress, if you’re curious) is that it gives us a lot of flexibility to add new features quickly and easily. So, if you’ve got a wish list of blog features you’d like to see, post them here and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

Make sure to update any bookmarks or RSS feeds you had pointing to our old system as they will no longer work.

New blog URL: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/opinion
New RSS feed: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/opinion/feed
New Atom feed: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/opinion/feed/atom

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Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. Looks great!

  2. Looks good.
    I like the fact that you can go to outside sites from here. Never heard of “Horses Ass” before tonight. Thanks for pointing the way .
    One other thought though.
    We’ve been subscribers for nearly 30 years. The paper is getting smaller and smaller and less and less worth the money that we pay for it.
    Why then put all this effort into a web site that offers more for free than what I’m paying for? More is put into a search for Sodoku puzzles than in the content of the paper.
    Our subscription will run out shortly. We’ve been discussing the possibility of not renewing. I’m troubled at the prospect of not having a paper delivered every day.
    Start putting some of this effort into what is delivered to our door. We could end up being one of those people that gets their news on line. For free.

  3. johnearl says:

    If you go to blogs, and click on “inside the editorial page” it still points to the old url. Other than that, this looks like a positive change.

  4. johnearl: Thanks for pointing that out. We’re working on it.

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