We figured that with the start of the new year, our site needed a new fresh look. Many of our loyal readers will probably remember that we started our site redesign project in the fall, taking lots of feedback from our readers. And it’s not just a prettier face—on top of the fresh new layout, we also revamped things under the hood.
Thanks to the use of SDN and NFV technology, you’ll find that the new site is blazingly fast compared to the previous site. Okay, maybe it wasn’t quite SDN and NFV, but our backend team performed serious revamping of our engine. We’re seeing 4X faster load times than before—that’s pretty awesome!
In addition to the huge performance improvement that I’m sure you’ve already noticed, here’s more changes you need to know about:
- Improved home page layout that does away with the never-ending scroll of articles. This should provide readers with an easier way to navigate to sections that interest them.
- Quick access to categories via the bottom navigation area, and quick access to other posts with similar tags. At the bottom of all posts, you’ll see relevant tags that you can click on to see other posts with the same tag.
- Better handling of events and conferences. As before, you’ll get to submit events for consideration, but with the new layout, we can pack more events into the sidebar. Check out the cleaner event detail view as well. We now also offer Featured Events for those events that don’t meet the free listing criteria (e.g. if it’s a vendor-specific event). Contact us to list your events.
- Introducing topics. We’ve had requests to collect related posts, videos and additional resources together in a single curated area, and so we created the concept of Topics. Check out some of our Topics on the site like SDN and NFV (of course) that provide you with quick access to related content—we’ll be adding and fine-tuning these over the next month and would welcome your feedback and ideas for more topics.
- Directory enhancements! The directory is one of the most visited set of pages on the site, and no wonder, because it’s one of the most comprehensive list of SDN and NFV companies, products and open-source projects. And for this, we thank our contributors on the site for submitting and maintaining the numerous entries. We had outgrown the original design and I know that scrolling through pages and pages of products to find the one you are looking for isn’t your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night. And so, we’ve revamped the user interface for the directory—it is now lightning fast! You can filter on different criteria to find the company, products and projects you are looking for—go ahead, try it out and give us some feedback.
- One click access to Channels. We’ve made it really easy to pick a channel, no matter where you are on the site. Go ahead and binge watch those 13 videos that make up the SDNJourney! You know you want to—and I think Jim Metzler makes a pretty good Walter White (just kidding, the team at SDNCentral adore Jim).
- Improved member experience. We introduced some improvements the middle of last year, but we’ve taken it further with this redesign. You can log in and stay logged-in easily and conveniently with the top-right member menu. Staying logged in makes it easy to view those DemoFriday archives and download exclusive content for site members.
And there’s certainly a host of many other enhancements across the site that you’ll notice. Unlike the release of a new version of Mac OS X, I’m not going list the 130+ new features you’ll see across the entire site. But wait, that’s not all..
One more thing(s)
For our Japanese readers, be patient as we roll out a new Japanese micro-site that will make navigation easier and support cool new features as part of our international expansion in 2014. For the time being, all the Japanese articles are still available on the main site but stay tuned for more changes in the next few weeks.
There’s other new features we’ll be rolling out in Q1 and Q2 of this year, so watch this space for more announcements over the next few weeks. I want to thank the SDNCentral engineering team members who’ve worked hard to make this site upgrade possible, and know that they are already hard at work on the next big thing.
Finally, all of us at SDNCentral appreciate your readership of SDNCentral and without your support, we could never have made it so far—to you, a big THANK YOU!
As always—feel free to send us feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.