Mar 04, 2013Today, we are performing a soft launch of RFID Journal's new Web site. We'll officially announce the new version of the site next week—we decided not to make a big splash right away, just in case there are any bugs that need to be worked out after we go live. But I'm confident that whatever tweaks we may need to make, the new site will be faster, more secure and easier to navigate.
We've been working on this update for more than a year, and have upgraded the site's look and feel to make it more modern and easier to find the information you need. But the upgrade is much more than skin-deep. We have completely rebuilt every page of the site, as well as the content-management system behind it. The original site was based on 10-year-old HTML coding, which was slow and greatly limited our ability to add new features. The new version utilizes state-of-the-art Web technologies.
We've moved the site to the cloud, so we no longer have to worry about a physical server going down. The site runs on multiple servers, so in the event that one goes down, the others will simply pick up the slack. We can also add bandwidth and extra server capacity, simply by logging into the administration console and changing the settings with our hosting company. This means the site should be more reliable.
We have added a few features, such as the ability to automatically renew your Premium Membership, for those who don't want to worry about renewing each year. You will also be able to save articles to a personal folder on the site, so you can log in and see articles that are important to you.
Now that the site is relaunched, we will have the flexibility to add new features. If there are any features you would like us to add, or if you have suggestions for how we can further improve the site, please feel free to let me know. And if you come across anything that doesn't work on the site, by all means inform us so we can get them fixed.
I hope you enjoy the changes we've made, and find the reading experience more enjoyable.
Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal. If you would like to comment on this article, click on the link below. To read more of Mark's opinions, visit the RFID Journal Blog, the Editor's Note archive or RFID Connect.