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New topic-based design fits the way members like to search

TechRepublic is shifting to a topic-based approach for organizing our content, responding to the way our members like to search. See what changes we've made to the site navigation.

One constant at TechRepublic is that in trying to discern what's really going on in the IT world, we've always gone to the real experts first—our members. We depend on you to talk to each other and to us, suggesting ideas, identifying what's hot, sharing your problems, and doling out the praise and the blame. That's what the community focus is all about.

You told us that you usually seek out resources by topic, not by job function. So, with you in mind, we're shifting into a new organizing model—one that is based on the topics you need information about, whether you're the net admin, the CIO, the support pro, or all three. Now that everyone is wearing multiple IT hats, a change that reflects the new reality seems called for.

Most of the core elements of the TechRepublic home page are still there, though they might have moved around a bit. Your favorite resource links have moved to tabs at the top of the page, replacing the old Republic tabs that were based on job function. Now, depending on what your current focus is, you can follow a link straight to the topic page of your choice by clicking in the TechRepublic Topic Centers box, as you can see by clicking Figure A below.

Figure A

The new TechRepublic front door

What we hope to accomplish is a sharper focus on the topics you're interested in. For this reason, we are also expanding the types of content we offer on the site:

  • Original downloads, articles, and tips from CNET Networks (TechRepublic.com, TechProGuild, News.com, and premium content)
  • Member-generated solutions, including discussion and Technical Q&A threads
  • Vendor-sponsored white papers, Webcasts, and audiocasts
  • Links to news and information on other IT sites

Early feedback on the change

We sent some of the pages out for a beta review by members and have already received comments and suggestions that we've tried to incorporate into the new design. It's not too late for you to let us know what you think—we'll continue to make adjustments and improve the delivery of the information on our pages. Post your comments to this article's Discussion. Our topic page editors will be monitoring this area closely over the next few weeks so that we can continue to target the content that is most important to you.

About Selena Frye

Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and...

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