IMG Debuts Dynamic News System
6:00 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
You may have noticed more than a few changes in the way that IMG handles news, as of this morning; these changes will continue rapidly throughout the week, as we completely restructure the way news is delivered to our readers.
IMG has switched from a static, HTML-based news page to one that is powered by a flexible scripting engine that formats the page on-the-fly. The result is a news page that is dynamic and instantly updateable, and which will support extremely powerful customization and searching features in the future.
The "old" way we did news is so primitive it is embarrassing to even talk about -- let's just say it involved a certain web page editing program (known as "WentDead" around the office) and hacking together pages in HTML by hand. It was tedious, to say the least, and every delay we faced assembling the news page in turn slowed the speed of news becoming available to you, our readers.
Now IMG's news is truly "live." Get to know your Refresh button in your browser, because you'll need it! No longer updated just once or twice a day, we'll be adding to the news page at all hours. And that is the least of the changes we have in store. We're also building a "bridge" to our old, HTML-based news archives (which contain years and years of content) to make all of it available to you for searching and reading.
We will be tweaking this news system all this week, so please don't be shy about giving us your feedback and suggestions for features in our Forums. We can't promise a totally smooth ride, but we think you will like the final result. Remember to check back often!
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