Notice the speed-up from the much-customized replacement?
I started in on the changes last night, intended to give myself a break, but ended up working well into prime traffic hours for TeleRead. Sorry about the dust and bumps! More speed improvements are on the way.
Meanwhile special thanks to my friend Nate Hoffelder, who generously shared his own theme-related experiences, among other information.
I’m still not done. If all goes as planned, we’ll be doing a poor man’s Amazon act with algorithms to help us arrive at a good compromise between site usability and optimal ad placement (yes, we like to be able to pay our staffers). So get set for yet more TeleRead looks—plural.
Granted, the Amazon site is damned ugly. But it is also highly usable compared to those of most of its rivals.
Stay tuned for more details.
And meanwhile please give us feedback on the current New Look—the cons as well as the pros. Unadulterated vanity will take us only so far.
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Update, 4 p.m.: The people helping us do the algorithm act actually would prefer that the TeleRead site not undergo further changes for now. But stay tuned for plenty more experimentation in the next week or so once we have The System in place.