Online evolution at The Scientist -- part 1

As you will have noticed our website has a new look, which marks the first of several changes that will be occurring on our site over the coming months. This first round of changes is more than just a nifty change of color. We've streamlined a lot of aspects, and updated a lot of the behind-the-scenes technical wizardry that should make many of the future additions that we have in the pipeline easier to incorporate. We also want our homepage to highlight more of the online content that we ar

Simon Frantz
Aug 5, 2007
As you will have noticed our website has a new look, which marks the first of several changes that will be occurring on our site over the coming months. This first round of changes is more than just a nifty change of color. We've streamlined a lot of aspects, and updated a lot of the behind-the-scenes technical wizardry that should make many of the future additions that we have in the pipeline easier to incorporate. We also want our homepage to highlight more of the online content that we are creating as well as the articles that appear in the print version of the magazine. We've renamed our Web Extras section on the site to linkurl:Video and multimedia;http://www.the-scientist.com/webextra/ to highlight the fact that videos will increasingly become a part of our online content. Links to our careers classifieds site, linkurl:The Scientist Careers;http://careers.the-scientist.com/, also appear on the homepage. But most importantly...
s. This first round of changes is more than just a nifty change of color. We've streamlined a lot of aspects, and updated a lot of the behind-the-scenes technical wizardry that should make many of the future additions that we have in the pipeline easier to incorporate. We also want our homepage to highlight more of the online content that we are creating as well as the articles that appear in the print version of the magazine. We've renamed our Web Extras section on the site to linkurl:Video and multimedia;http://www.the-scientist.com/webextra/ to highlight the fact that videos will increasingly become a part of our online content. Links to our careers classifieds site, linkurl:The Scientist Careers;http://careers.the-scientist.com/, also appear on the homepage. But most importantly of all, we've added a "Page tools" box, which you'll find at the top right-hand corner of all our pages, to help you access and handle our articles better. Many of you have asked us to provide print-friendly versions of our articles and the ability to send articles onto friends or colleagues, and so we have added these features to the toolbox. But we want to provide you with more tools, so we've included the ability to add our articles to the social bookmarking sites linkurl:del.icio.us;http://del.icio.us/ and linkurl:digg;http://digg.com/ so that you can submit, share and vote on our articles. Last, but by no means least, we have created linkurl:RSS feeds;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format) for our linkurl:news;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/rss/ , linkurl:blogs;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/rss/ , and linkurl:podcasts;http://www.the-scientist.com/templates/trackable/feeds/podcastrss.jsp . For anyone who doesn't yet use RSS feeds, these are web-based feeds that are automatically updated with our new content as it is posted live on our site. Collecting RSS feeds from different newspapers, magazines and journals using a feed reader or an linkurl:aggregator;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_aggregator makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner, rather than having to check each homepage or table of contents manually. As we said before, the changes on our site will be occurring in stages, because we want linkurl:you to have a say;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53269/ in the evolution of our site. So tell us what we've done right, what we've done wrong, and what we should have done, and help us create a site that serves you in the best way we can.

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