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Every so often websites need a refit, and Sorcerer's
Place is no exception.
For many months, our team has been working behind
the scenes to bring you a site with numerous new features, and potential
for unlimited expansion. The new site design is the first step on
this path. As always, providing you with the information and content
you need, in a quick and timely manner, was our primary goal, while
at the same time offering a new and fresh environment to explore
First, a few words about the site navigation. You
will notice that on every page, there are now two main navigation
tables, one on the left side (Sections), and one on the right (Subsections).
The Sections table is static and unchangeable, whereas the Subsections
table always shows the subsections of the section you are currently
in. So, for example, if you click on the Fantasy Books link in the
Sections table, you will be taken to the index/introduction page
for that section, and a listing of all the pages in the section
will appear in the Subsections table on the right. The system works
the same throughout the entire site. Also, in the middle of all
pages, above the content, there is a "Location:" line,
which tells you exactly where you are in terms of sections/subsections.
Speaking of navigation, take a look at the Features
table on the right side of the page; specifically, the Search
link. SP now finally has a search engine, which should be of great
help to those looking for something specific on our pages.
Our regular visitors will notice that all the existing
content from the previous SP design has been converted to the new
design, while some of it was also re-organized into sections more
clearly. The most popular features have been added to the Features
table on the right, which displays on every page and provides easy
access to our popular destinations. The Weekly Poll, Weekly Screenshot
and Latest Release are now also visible on all the pages, so it
is no longer necessary to visit the front page to view any of these
features. A new feature, the Hourly Quote, is located lower on the
right side of every page.
While all of the sections have been updated and
refreshed for the new design, I would like to especially point out
the two new ones: SPS
Accounts and Info/Contact.
The latter's most notable subsections are the SP FAQ and Submissions.
The SP FAQ is a list of questions regarding SP which are regularly
asked by our visitors, while the Submissions page details the guidelines
all content submissions to SP should follow.
Accounts are probably the most important new feature of the
redesign. They provide a couple of default donation options, and
in return grant our supporters cool perks on our message boards
Give the new site a whirl - there are many other
new things not listed in this brief introduction. Sorcerer's Place
is developing more and more each day. New improvements and more
content will be added regularly. I hope you like what we've done
so far and I look forward to hearing your comments on the new site.
If you would like to pass them on to me, please contact
me, or post in this
thread. Please use our contact
form to report any missed bugs or broken links.
My special thanks for help with this project go
to Catbert (code), Blackthorne TA (converter scripts), Sor (quotes),
all the beta-testers and the entire community. I could not have
done it without your support.