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# Thursday, August 28, 2008
Introducing the New FamilyTreeMagazine.com
Posted by Diane

We got ourselves a new Web site! The brand-spanking-new FamilyTreeMagazine.com launched just a few minutes ago.



Our new setup looks nicer and it's more user-friendly. The improved navigation makes it easy to find the content you want: You can browse the article archives by topic, or search the entire site from any page.

Each article offers buttons to bookmark the page, share it via e-mail or social networking sites, and generate a printer-friendly version. You can even subscribe to your favorite topics via RSS.

Our new home page will highlight more of what’s inside the site, including blog feeds and links to the most recently posted articles.

Even with all those features, what we’re most excited about is the technology behind this new site—it'll be much easier for us to put more great articles online.

If you were comfortable with the quirks of our old site (not unlike a cozy old recliner with a footrest you have to prop up using a two-by-four), these tips might help you get to know (and love, we hope) the new one:
  • To stop the screens in the top middle of the home page from changing, click on any of the four tabs (Welcome, State Guides, Best Web Sites, Expert Advice) to land on that screen.
  • Click the Welcome tab for a link to an article with detailed information on the new site.
  • You can increase the text size through your Web browser. In Internet Explorer, go to Page menu>Text Size. In Firefox, look under the View menu.
  • You can browse our how-to articles by hovering over a category name in the orange navigation bar, then clicking on one of the blue topics that appear in the white space below it. Then, to see all the articles for that topic, click the “See all” link in the upper right.
  • If you click one of the category names in the orange navigation bar, you can click “Subscribe to this topic’s RSS feed” to get an e-mail whenever we add an article to that category.
  • To see the Ethnic Toolkits from our old site, click on Heritage in the orange bar, then select from the blue list of ethnic backgrounds. You also can subscribe to an RSS feed for each of these ethnicities.
  • Find the list of 2008 101 Best Web Sites under Research Toolkit.
We invite you to take a look around the new site (even we keep finding stuff we didn’t know we had online). Got feedback? You can add it here (click Comments blow), post in our Talk to Us Forum or e-mail us.

Genealogy Web Sites
Thursday, August 28, 2008 3:38:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
Thursday, August 28, 2008 9:07:03 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I can live with the new design, but it's not an improvement.

But what's with disclosing the email address of someone who makes a comment? You should put 'optional' next to the box for the address and warn people that you will display it.

Wonder if you'll let this comment through without my email address?
Jeanne Katz
Friday, August 29, 2008 10:15:10 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Glad *you* like the new design. It looks as if someone made a mess of a blog template instead of applying skillful web design methods.

I think it looks much less professional than the previous design and forces the user to "dig down" for information. Your previous design presented much more info/navigational clues on the home page than this does.

Also, I suggest that you don't tell people how to increase the font size of the display as your html/css designer made a botch of it and if you increase the font size some text overlays other text and one of the 4 tabs atop the stupid box with changing images totally disappears.

The entire design truly looks like it was done by someone with no knowledge of user interface issues. Suggest they stop doing "copy cat" rehashes of other sites and learn how to do it right. A place to start: Alertbox, Jakob Nielsen's column on Web usability http://www.useit.com/

In the past I have often used your web site when I taught beginning genealogy programs for a public library. I even convinced the library to subscribe to your magazine. I doubt I will will recommend attendees explore your web site when I teach my next program in three weeks.
cmlib
Friday, August 29, 2008 10:15:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
As you've found, your e-mail address is not required. You can see this and other hints in our how-to-post post at http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/We+Want+Your+Comments.aspx (also listed in our blog navigation links).

It actually takes fewer clicks to find articles on this site. On the old site, it wasn't possible to "dig down" for information. There were tons of articles with no way to access them unless you knew to do a Google site search. Now you can get to all that content, and yes, there is a lot of it.

Thanks for the constructive aspects of your feedback. (We'll disregard any third-grade adjectives.)
Diane
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