1 month in: A Solid Signal Blog Report

The new Solid Signal Blog, the thing you’re looking at right now, launched on January 24. It was pretty complete at launch, of course, otherwise it wouldn’t have launched. But, just in this short amount of time we’ve added a lot of functionality and content to make this an overall better place to visit. For example:

  • 102 brand, spankin’ new articles for you.
  • 2,693 pieces of classic content brought over from the old blog (so far.)
  • RSS Subscriptions, if you prefer to read the blog over e-mail
  • New archives management system (It’s there in the “sidebar”) to make it easier to see articles by date
  • Upgrades to the commenting system to make it faster and more productive
  • New “excerpts” system to make it easier to know what to read from the front page
  • List of “most popular posts” in the sidebar
  • New SSL certificate to make the whole site more secure

It’s been a pretty busy month, I’ll tell you. And it’s not just me, it’s the whole team who have been working hard to make this happen. Even Buckler, that scoundrel, has been pitching in. The result is a fast, safe, and hopefully very interesting Solid Signal Blog.

What’s next?

The goal is to finish porting over the rest of the content from the old platform and then work on implementing a new support forum structure that will make it easier for our customers to get the help they need. With all that done, we’ll continue to work on little changes here and there to improve the experience, and with the power of our new platform behind us, it should be a lot easier to make changes in the future without having to make the massive jump we’re making now.

If you want to help…

With a lot of the hard work done, the focus now turns back to the content. We’re dedicated to being your source for the best tutorials, news, and just flat-out fun in the home theater world, but we can’t do it without you. So, read! Enjoy! Comment! Share! Even better, if you’ve ever thought of being a volunteer contributor, now is the time! Solid Signal staff members built this blog piece by piece since 2007 and you can be a part of that too. Use that “Contact the Editor” link at bottom right to send me an email if you’re interested.

And it’s all thanks to you…

According to Google Analytics, an amazing 3.7 million people have read this blog since 2007, with over half of those being in the last 18 months. That’s an amazing and humbling number, and it’s been my pleasure to be part of it. And I promise, the best is yet to come!

 

Stuart Sweet, Editor

The Solid Signal Blog