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TR Site Relaunch this weekend!

By Jay Garmon Contributor ·
Attention TechRepublic members. The long-awaited site-wide revamp of TechRepublic begins this weekend. On Saturday, Oct. 7 at noon EDT (GMT minus five), the current version of TechRepublic will go dark. A few hours later, the new version of TR will be live.

Here's a preview of what the new site will look like: http://techrepublic.com.com/html/tr/preview/updated_TechRepublic.html

During the new version launch, TechRepublic will be offline. We expect this outage will last only a few hours, and that the inconvenience of a TechRepublic-free Saturday will be mitigated by the new improved version we've been working on for all of 2006.

Now, as to the new TechRepublic: We've tested the new TR software in every fashion available to us, but we nonetheless expect that the new TechRepublic will still have a few quirks and unexpected surprises once it's out and about on the wild, wild Web. No part of TechRepublic has been left untouched by this redesign, so over the next few weeks, TechRepublic will be undertaking a shakedown cruise to work out these wrinkles. Your patience before and after this process is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or concerns about the site relaunch, please feel free to private message me, or start a discussion in the new Feedback category you'll find on the new site.

Oh, as to what the new TR has in store...

- We finally fixed search. Our new search tech combines full-text and tag search algorithms to ensure that you get the best, most relevant content, regardless of content type or indexing scheme. You ask for Windows hacks, you're gonna get *all* our Windows hacks.

- A complete cosmetic makeover of the site, with a whole new look and feel.

- A streamlined front door. We've reduced the front page of our site to the bare essentials (yes, we still have some ads), ensuring that what's there is worth your while. The same is true for all the sub-doors, including the new Forums door (replacing Tech Q&A and Discussions).

- Introducing our biggest new feature: Techrepublic Recommends. Our most popular recent content, indexed by tag, presented daily. You'll never miss a super-useful article, must-have download, insightful discussion, or eye-popping gallery again.

- Streamlined Tech Q&A. Now called "Questions", the new tech problem-solving system on TechRepublic shares a category structure with Discussions, and has done away with the cumbersome TechPoints system that barred many members from participating. We've simplified the feedback mechanism so that Question-askers can mark a useful response as Helpful, but don't need to accept, reject, or close their thread any longer. Questions will also have the same threaded structure as discussions, to make commenting quicker and easier. You can also now tag Questions.

- Multi-category Discussions. We've cut the discussion categories in half, and will now allow you to place a discussion in multiple categories. If your discussion is about managing a shared Windows/Linux server environment, you can place it Windows, Linux, Hardware, and IT Management. Got a great joke about lax IT security? Place it in Security and Off-Topic. We've also done away with mandatory tagging, because our discussion categories *are* tags. If you pick a category, you've tagged a discussion, And if you place a discussion in the wrong category, you can switch it simply by editing its tags.

- An Article door, allowing you to browse through TR's technical articles quicker and easier than ever before.

- Updates Everywhere. For those of you who employ the TR Workspace Updates feature, there will be a mini-Updates box on almost every page of TechRepublic. Just check the upper-right of the page, beneath your avatar (which will pop up in more places than ever before). Besides Udpates, you'll find an abbreviated Recommends listing and a list of your TR contacts presently on the site.

- New TechRepublic blogs. We've discontinued our old member blogging platform, and replaced it with a new topic-based blog lineup featuring a handpicked selection of TechRepublic staff, contributors, and members. Think of its as TechRepublic's editorial page.

That's just a sampling of what we have in store, and we're not done, either. Expect TechRepublic to continue to make enhancements and improvemenst to the new site on a regular basis. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you on the other side.

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Congratulations!

by Tig2 In reply to TR Site Relaunch this wee ...

I'm excited to see the new and improved TR!

For those of us that stay logged in- do we need to log out prior to the switch? My computer has a persistant connection and I am rarely off line so let us know! Will cheerfully do whatever...

Congratulations to the team. I know how hard you guys have worked on this. I also know that it will be a success.

Looking forward to toasting the re-launch!

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You'll get a 404...

by Jay Garmon Contributor In reply to Congratulations!

...or rather, you'll get a default outage redirect from our network. If you're actually on a TR page when the site goes dark, you'll find that the links suddenly don't work.

As to you're logged-in state, I don't think the new software will maintain your session, so I'm betting that whenever the new site comes up, you'll have to log in again to post or access personal materials (like Workspace). Also, some items might move around under you--we've tweaked our URL structure in a few key places--so don't be surprised if the exact page you were on doesn't come back. Fair warning: The Miscellaneous forum (all forums, actually) will go away, as we've revised our category structure. You'll be looking for the new Off-Topic category.

My advice: Late Saturday afternoon, check out http://www.techrepublic.com and just navigate to your favorite spot from there.

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PNFs

by Kiltie In reply to You'll get a 404...

started 45 mins before scheduled change

Oh no.... what am I going to do in the next few hours, without TR?

My Fiancee left for Califonia in Aug, so I guess......

(get your mind out of the gutter)

*** wink ***

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Am I in?

by Kiltie In reply to PNFs

I got "an unxxxxxxpectedddd error" getting here, but I found another way in

What a stupid error message, if you don't mind me saying.

Lazy programming imho

j/k nice look, ty

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No more Insiders?!?!

by DMambo In reply to TR Site Relaunch this wee ...

How the heck am I going to feel special if I'm not separated from the Hoi Polloi?

Ah well, I'm sure the launch will go smoothly, and from the tour, I like the new design.

The important thing is that I still get my weekly Geek Trivia fix!

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There will always be Geek Trivia

by Jay Garmon Contributor In reply to No more Insiders?!?!

It may be reruns after I'm fired or dead, but no way TR gives up those bizarrely stable pageviews.

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Any relation to Alan Geek?

by deepsand In reply to There will always be Geek ...
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Well Jay here's a bit of Geek Trivia for you

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to There will always be Geek ...

In the New Dr Who Series Season 2 Episode 1 after the good Doctor regenerates and defeats the enemy in his Jim Jams thats Pommie for pyjamas he makes a reference to Aurthur Dent who was a Really Great Guy and how he should take Rose to meet him.

Something that you will not find in Winkipedia. :^0

Col ]:)

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by OnTheRopes In reply to No more Insiders?!?!
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What about during?

by NickNielsen In reply to TR Site Relaunch this wee ...

Your patience before and after this process is greatly appreciated.

Doctors have patience and none of us is a doctor. ;\

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