New Website - What do you think?

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New Website - What do you think?

Postby KGAdmin » Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:43 pm

As you may have noticed, Kitchen Garden magazine has a new website and we're very excited about it!

Visit the website here - http://kitchengarden.co.uk/

You'll almost definitely have noticed that this meant a period of 'down time' yesterday (Monday) whilst the switchover took place. This meant the the whole site and forum temporarily disappeared, but it is now back!

The new site is very different in terms of styling, but it has the same great content as before - just more of it! We've also packed out the Subs Club section with loads more features, recipes and general goodness so there's even more for subscribers to access. Lucky things.

Anyway, with the website now live, we would really appreciate all your feedback - positive and negative - so we can make sure that KG has the best online presence possible. Tell us what you like about it, what you don't, what more or less you'd like to see on there... We promise to look at each comment individually and take all feedback on board.

Thank you in advance!

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Re: New Website - What do you think?

Postby Pa Snip » Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:36 pm

Quick knee jerk reaction to what I've briefly seen.

Pro's. Clean Neat, Tidy and bright looking
Wide coverage although some articles look as if they maybe outdated (Bee count 2015 for one)


Cons
No obvious 'contact us links'
Having used the link on the forum thread I was disappointed that it did not open up in a new window, but instead closed the forum.
Tried using 'back' icon to return to forum but new web page just took me round in circles without ever returning to forum. Messy.


Just as a observation, whilst you did not have to say specifically why the forum would be down could you not have posted notice on forum in advance that the site and forum would be unavailable for a period 'due to update work'. At least we would not have been left wondering what was wrong.
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Postby KGAdmin » Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:53 pm

Hello and thanks for the prompt feedback - we really do appreciate it.

With regard the forum, we had not anticipated that the down time would last any where near as long as it did, but I agree, we should have given you some pre-warning... hindsight is a wonderful thing, isn't it?

You might notice some tweaks to the website, not the forum, over the next week or so as we hone it, so feel free to continue letting us know your thoughts!
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Postby Pa Snip » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:08 pm

Hindsight always is. Lesson learned I expect

I figured that you would still have 'work in progress' .
Sometimes things suddenly become apparent when the theory is put into practice.

I learned many years ago whilst operating my own business website that if my webmaster & tech's said downtime outage would be 2 hours, allow at least 4.
When dealing with anything to do with gardening, including a magazine, one should always allow for the law of sod, it is after all most applicable.
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Re: New Website - What do you think?

Postby FredFromOssett » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:13 pm

KGAdmin wrote:You might notice some tweaks to the website, not the forum, over the next week or so as we hone it, so feel free to continue letting us know your thoughts!


Despite my rants on my other posting (Oh! What chaos!) I promise I shall be suitably impressed when the gremlins have been ironed out.
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Re: New Website - What do you think?

Postby Shallot Man » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:13 pm

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My wife has a degree in hindsight. :roll:
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Re: New Website - What do you think?

Postby alan refail » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:30 pm

Since I only regained access to the forum by accident - an e-mail notification to Fred's post which he managed to get on the new address

viewtopic.php?p=129403#p129403

perhaps it would be a courtesy to all other members to e-mail them with the new address.
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Postby KGAdmin » Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:15 pm

alan refail wrote:perhaps it would be a courtesy to all other members to e-mail them with the new address.


Absolutely - there should be an email coming out to you tomorrow! :D
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Re: New Website - What do you think?

Postby alan refail » Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:32 pm

KGAdmin wrote:
Absolutely - there should be an email coming out to you tomorrow! :D



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Re: New Website - What do you think?

Postby FredFromOssett » Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:35 pm

KGAdmin wrote:
alan refail wrote:perhaps it would be a courtesy to all other members to e-mail them with the new address.


Absolutely - there should be an email coming out to you tomorrow! :D

Thanks, on behalf of the forum, for that.
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Re: New Website - What do you think?

Postby Westi » Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:54 pm

Hi!

It looks very fresh & modern. Took me a while to get over the surprise & I will have to explore more, but looking forward to seeing it grow & develop. Liking the recipes being there for a start! (Maybe you need a test kitchen to show the finished results of some of the great recipes posted on here). Just a suggestion.

Time to get it out there & let people know about it though. Don't know the circulation of the KG Mag but feel lots more people to entice & invite, to the site & to the forum.

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Re: New Website - What do you think?

Postby dan3008 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:31 pm

Personally, I dont like the new site. I preferred the old one. But i'm sure I'll get used to the new one given time
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Re: New Website - What do you think?

Postby KGAdmin » Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:29 am

dan3008 wrote:Personally, I dont like the new site. I preferred the old one. But i'm sure I'll get used to the new one given time


Is there anything in particular that you don't like about it, dan3008?
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Re: New Website - What do you think?

Postby dan3008 » Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:29 am

KGAdmin wrote:
dan3008 wrote:Personally, I dont like the new site. I preferred the old one. But i'm sure I'll get used to the new one given time


Is there anything in particular that you don't like about it, dan3008?

Doesn't work on my phone, and because I'm autistic I really hate change... Its just me, that's all
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Re: New Website - What do you think?

Postby Geoff » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:59 pm

Trying to create a login to the site wouldn't work - I already had a login to the old site based on a user name rather than an email address. Tried to use the Zeddit system to create a login (Subscriber number, Surname, Email address, password I think it was) and it just froze. Tried the Facebook option and it said it had worked, confirm by clicking link in email
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That's all I got - no sign of a link.
Which is the subscriber number on the magazine wrapper - 5 numbers and a letter or 14 characters including a couple of letters in the middle? Can't login to look at my account either.
Not that keen on your new cookery site, don't really like the big blocky layout and some articles just finish in mid sentence (might be related to not being properly logged in I suppose).
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