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We've Had a Little Work Done

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By Jay Barmann - Published on February 13, 2012.

Are you saying to yourself, "Hey self, does Haighteration look a little different today?" If so, you would be correct. Here's what we did, and why.

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Later this week, we'll be launching our new Hayes Valley blog. It's going to be awesome. More on that in a couple days. Building the new blog meant we had to move Haighteration to a new webhost and give its guts an upgrade. We figured it was a good time to give the rest of the site a refresh as well. Part of that means visual changes. We simplified some elements and eliminated others. The photos in our posts are about 20% bigger now, the story headlines got a snazzier font, and there's just generally less ugliness all around (at least in our opinion). But we've also made some more significant improvements to the site, including:

  • Search! We've finally caught up with, oh, every website ever, by adding a search bar to the site. So you can all stop emailing us about this one, thanks.
  • Responsive design! The layout and styling of the website now adjust with your browser size, shifting to fit the needs of everything from mobile phones to iPads to high-resolution displays. Go on, scale your window and see what happens. (Sorry, Internet Explorer users -- this won't work for you.) So, now you can load up Haighteration in your phone's web browser without instantly wishing you hadn't.
  • Policies! After nearly two years without terms of use on the site, we realized it was high time to set some guidelines for proper behavior around here. If you're planning on leaving a comment, syndicating our content, or sending us a tip, please peruse our new policies page first.
  • Speed and stability! To be candid, our old webhost stank. It stank bad. Our new one, on the other hand, does not stink. Therefore, expect pages to load more quickly and reliably.

We're still fine-tuning everything, so chances are you might encounter the occasional broken link or page that doesn't look quite right. Thanks for bearing with us while we iron out all the kinks. Oh, and if you'd like us to let you know when our Hayes Valley blog launches, just enter your email address here:

We won't spam you. Promise.

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