The Eastsider will be busy this holiday weekend not with barbecuing but with rolling out a new version of this blog. Don’t expect anything dramatically different. Most of the changes will be behind the scenes as The Eastsider gets used to working with gadgets named “Advance Category Excluder” and “Dynamic Content Gallery.” (But no one is going anywhere near the “WordPress SQL Executioner.”) Some of these new gadgets will allow The Eastsider to present more posts on certain topics – such as schools and crime – in separate sections without overwhelming the main site. The site should load faster, too.
There will be a few noticeable changes. There will be more space for neighborhood ads but the space for stories and photos won’t shrink. Those who leave comments will have to provide an email address (which will remain private) and a name (even if it’s just a first name or alias) before sharing their thoughts and rants. At the request of several readers, The Eastsider will also be adding some online forums focused on topics. I’m still not sure the Eastside blogosphere needs more forums and message boards but we will give it a try.
If things go well, come Sunday morning, the updated Eastsider (screen shot at top) should be up and running from its new virtual home, says San Francisco web guy Anh Nguyen, who is directing this move. But please be patient if things seem a bit out of whack. Report any problems to hello@theEastsiderLA.com. The old blog – what you are reading now – and it’s more than 2,000 posts and comments will still be around to serve as an archive and reference.
There will be more changes ahead but nothing that detracts from a simple and straightforward presentation of stories, photos and other content. If you have any ideas and suggestions, please send them my way or add them as a comment. Now, hope for the best come Sunday morning.