We're bringing the goods
A bit of fun trivia to start off the morning – Haverzine first opened its doors to the general public after months in development on April 16th, 2012 – which means that, yes, Haverzine is under one month away from celebrating its very first birthday. While deciding how we would celebrate this momentous occasion (and whether we should get chocolate cake, or vanilla), it became clear to me that this was as perfect an opportunity as any to bring some big, important changes to the site – some which have been a long time coming, others which I’ll be the first to call “experiments”. I can’t even begin to admit to you how incredibly excited I am to begin this process – which is why I’ve decided not to wait, and to begin the celebrations today, right now, with the launch of the next “version” of our site, which I’ve taken to calling Haverzine 1.3.
You might have noticed that some things look a little different around here this morning. I can’t even begin to express to you the sheer amount of love and care we put into this redesign. Everything that was changed was changed for one reason – to create a better, more modern, rich experience for our readers. We know that the landscape around us has evolved in the last year, and we are more than ready to continue to revolve around it.
So what’s new exactly? We’ve gone to the drawing board on a few key concepts. As you can see, we’ve redesigned large portions of the layout – some changes, like the consolidation of the navigation bar and the logo bar were made to make the most out of the spacial limitations we have in a blog style layout. We’ve also increased contrast throughout the site using a better blend of dark and light colors. And of course we couldn’t help but through in a few visual niceties here and there – and because we’ve worked tirelessly over the last year to minimize site load times, you’ll barely see any decrease in performance. We will of course continue to work tirelessly to bring that number down even further in the weeks and months ahead.
We’ve also added a bunch of other improvements that are meant to delight – featured posts will now have their own unique post layout, individual categories have their own banners to give individual categories more importance, many images have been re-mastered for better visual quality, and more images across the site now support high DPI displays such as those found in the Nexus 10 or the Retina MacBook Pro – meaning Haverzine will look even better on more screens then ever. We’ve worked incredibly hard on bringing the best possible reading experience we can to our readers, and we hope that you love it as much as we do.
Now, the celebrations don’t stop with the launch of our updated layout – far from it. We’ve got plenty more tricks left in our bag which we’ll be launching in the coming weeks. One of the most important announcements we’re making tonight is that we will soon be launching a brand new section of the site where anyone will be able to write and submit their own opinion pieces. From there, we’ll review the submissions and pick the best or most interesting of them to be posted under a special section of the site. We don’t have a launch date (or even a formal name) for this just yet, but I definitely wanted to give any interested party a heads up now. Once you’ve completed your piece, you can email your submission to me at firstname.lastname@example.org starting now.
Finally, development is picking up on the long awaited Haverzine Mobile, which I’m pretty sure I’ve teased at numerous points in time for close to a century now. We hope to be able to give you a sneak peak at the new Mobile site soon, and hope to launch it before the end of Spring – so definitely stay tuned for that.
We’ll be making more announcements throughout the next couple of weeks as we cement the details, but we really do have a lot of great things planned that I’m truly excited about. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have such excellent readers, the number of which are growing every month. From the bottom of my heart thank you, and keep on rocking.