After over 46 million page views, 22 thousand stories, and 100 thousand comments on the old site, we give you a new iBrattleboro.
We hope you like it. We’ve been listening to feedback, thinking about how people use the site, and have new features to share.
Our primary goal was to keep it similar to the old site, but also to make everything better. We looked at each of the features of the old site and then for ways to improve them. You can now do repeating events with calendar submissions, add write-in votes on polls, and add images to stories, comments, and events.
We also have added new features, such as Classifieds, Groups, and a Skills Cloud, to help make the site more useful and interesting. There are new sections for towns around Brattleboro, too.
Of course, the best way to explore the new site is not for me to describe it, but for you to begin using it. One place to start might be to fill out your user profile. You can also submit stories, events, links, and comments just like the good old days.
There may be some bumps as we make the switch and appreciate your patience as we go from two users to thousands rather suddenly. When we started the first version of iBrattleboro, there were no users. Now we have over 2,500 accounts to move to the new platform.
Speaking of platforms, the new site is built using Drupal. It allows us to make under-the-hood changes, tweaks, and improvements on an ongoing basis now. Our ability to further develop, refine, and enhance the site is greatly increased, so consider this new site as a new starting point rather than a finish line.
The old site, by the way, is archived. You won't be able to add new information there, but it remains searchable.
NOTE: If you posted a story in the last few days and want to repeat it here, go right ahead. All the events should be up to date.
If you have any problems, please let us know. We hope to have the transition to the new site go smoothly and quickly.
Enjoy, and let us know what you think.