If you’re visiting Broken Sidewalk in a browser, you’ll have noticed a few changes. The latest version of the site is online and hopefully will make Broken Sidewalk better moving forward. All site functionality remains the same as before with a few additions. I will be rolling out the final upgrades over the weekend. If you see any bugs, please let me know.
Now that the tedious process of reworking Broken Sidewalk is complete, I can dedicate all my extra time to writing content. I have also been traveling and documenting New York in my free time this summer. There’s a lot of important things going on in Louisville and beyond and Broken Sidewalk will continue to cover the issues as before.
Here’s a rundown of a few things that have changed in the new version of Broken Sidewalk.
- Aesthetic redesign including a new branding strategy.
- Featured content appears at the top of the page and the content section is streamlined for easier viewing.
- More connectivity to social media like Facebook and Twitter. One click buttons allow you to share articles and discussions with your friends.
- Discussion forums return by popular demand (although they won’t be live until this weekend). More info on that later.
- Trying out a new comment system. Not sure if this will stay, but it does offer several advantages over the old system.
- Working on a new mobile version for iPhones and other smart devices. There’s a crude version up now that will be tweaked over time.
- There are a few other small upgrades behind the scenes as well that hopefully allow the site to load faster.
- Stay tuned for several other small changes that will come online in the next week or so.
I have tested the site on the latest version of the major browsers and everything looks okay. As before, please not that Broken Sidewalk does not support Internet Explorer 6 as a matter of policy. I haven’t tested the site on that browser and I’m not making any guarantees it will work with IE6. I suggest upgrading your software or switching browsers. There are some formatting problems on the Opera browser that will be fixed soon, but not many people use that one any way.
Please let me know your thoughts on the changes in the comments and any issues you experience. As always, your thoughts about improving the site are also welcome. Thanks for being patient and I look forward to writing about some important issues again.