Ever get an outfit that you loved while you were in the store, only to hate it once you wear it out? The same thing can happen when it comes to web design. It’s good to stay on top of trends, but not every trend works. The concept of ‘clean’ design with tons of white space didn’t work for TVSource Magazine.
As we come upon the one year anniversary of TVSourceMagazine.com, I decided that the website was in need of a makeover.
It may seem a little much to change the layout of our site less than year after launching, but to be honest I was kind of bored with it. Though visitors didn’t see it until our Jan. 2012 launch, I had been looking at the same design for almost two years. I wanted something that would be appealing to the eyes, but also allow for content maximization.
See the changes below:
September 2012[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="940"] September 2012 Layout[/caption]
December 2012[caption id="attachment_1006" align="aligncenter" width="379"] December 2012 Layout[/caption]
- Upgraded to the newly revamped CMS system — focuses heavily on HTML5 and mobile compatibility.
- Subtle changes to the logo — removal of half-circle and additional text; capitalized the “TV” in TVSource
- Changed to a fluid width as opposed to a static one. That means the site re-sizes depending on the size of your screen.
- CSS compression (helps the site load faster).
- Changes to the UI allowing for easier navigation.
- Better integration with social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Google)
The next design we use will be fully responsive. Whether you’re viewing the site on your laptop, tablet, smartphone or gaming system, the website will adapt and change it’s structure to dynamically fit the device used.
As you know October 1 marks the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote screening and early detection of breast cancer.
Roughly 1 in 8 women in the United States will get breast cancer. Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. Mammograms can help find breast cancer early when there is the best chance for treatment. I especially know this because a mammogram saved my aunt’s life.
You know how musicians say they never forget the first time they hear their song on the radio? Well we’ll never forget the first time one of our brands was featured on television!
In June, TVSource reporter Amber Cunigan reviewed Nick-at-Nite’s new primetime soap opera “Hollywood Heights” (Article: ‘Hollywood Heights’ Review: Romance, Stardom, Secrets – and It’s Wholesome (So Far)!) ahead of its premiere on television. Little did we know it would be featured in a commercial for the show!
Here’s a screencap:
It may seem like a minor thing, but it’s a big deal to us. Congratulations to Amber for bringing TVSource its first television highlight.
Today marks the 6th month anniversary of TVSourceMagazine.com! When we launched the site in January, there was a lot of uncertainty. Would the readers who supported Soap Opera Source support the new site? Would the readers feel as if we’ve abandoned soaps due to the cancellations? Luckily we didn’t encounter much of that. Of course there were those who didn’t understand why Soap Opera Source had to come to an end, but overall the response was positive and it’s shown in our numbers.
We’ve had more visitors to TVSource in the last 6 months than Soap Opera Source had all of 2011! Kudos to the staff at TVSource for creating engaging original content. It was difficult losing some of Soap Opera Source’s most talented writers during the transition, but the new team has exceeded expectations and continues to be stars.
The true test will happen this fall as it will be the magazine’s first first season. What to cover? What features to add? What to review? It’s all up for grabs.
SSM Project Updates:
- Project “TVSource” : In May 2010, the Soap Opera Source team began looking at creating a new website that would feature a broad array of television content. At the time of Soap Opera Source’s launch, there were nine soap operas on the air. With the cancellations of Passions, Guiding Light and As the World Turns, questions about the future of the website were raised given the uncertainty of the soap genre. After months of work, the project is near completion and should be ready for the Fall 2011 season.
- Untitled Political Project: Plans for a opinion based, user driven political commentary site have been put on indefinite hold. We will pick up development on this in the 1st quarter of 2013.
The future of Soap Opera Source is questionable. Currently Soap Opera Source will serve as a sister site to Project TVSource, with each site targeting a specific audience.