We are now in our second preview week for the new WindowsSecrets.com.
The beta test is going well, and we appreciate the many helpful comments from our early visitors. But before the site goes live, we want to make sure it’s rock-solid.
That’s where you, our loyal subscribers, come in. We invite everyone to check out http://beta.windowssecrets.com/ and let us know what works and what doesn’t. You’ll discover that the new site looks familiar. But we’ve also added a few enhancements we think you’ll like.
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This is just part one of our overall site upgrade. There’s more to come over the next few months. We hope you’ll find the changes both interesting and useful as you navigate the world of Windows.
Lots of changes under the hood
The most significant change to the Windows Secrets site is something you can’t see: the migration of our publishing system to the open-source platform, WordPress. This change gives us the power and flexibility we need to move Windows Secrets to the next level.
WordPress had a humble start as a relatively simple blogging tool. Over the years, however, a dedicated community of volunteer coders has made WordPress the premiere web-publishing system — the foundation for many of the popular websites you probably visit often. This change gives us the tools needed to publish Windows Secrets with new types of content and new formats.
Making Windows Secrets even more useful
Two improvements you should see immediately are performance and usability. We think you’ll like the new “Newsletter Archives” tab, where you’ll find not just links for our hundreds of stories but also articles organized by type. New tabs let you quickly scan through the most recent LangaList Plus, Patch Watch, Wacky Web Week, and Security Baseline stories.
We’ve enhanced the site’s overall speed by moving to an upgraded web server. The update should also make the Windows Secrets Lounge work faster.
A future change we’re looking at is a more seamless and unified sign-in between the newsletter and the Lounge — something we’ve all wanted for a long time.
You can read more about the beta site on my “Welcome to …” page. The formal launch of the new WindowsSecrets.com is coming soon. In the meantime, take a look at the beta version and let us know what you think!
Tracey Capen is the editor in chief of Windows Secrets.