As you may (or may not, for you RSS readers who should take a moment to drop by) have noticed, .eduGuru has undergone something of a little facelift. 2009 is bringing about a whole lot of new stuff for us, and we look forward to sharing new articles, tools, and opportunities with all of you. To get things kicked off right, we felt it was necessary to go through and give the site some new treatment. As you can’t miss, we launched our new layout this past weekend, and we’re also modifying the information architecture to allow easier access to the best articles and information on the site. Not only that, we’ve also provided some direct access in the sidebar to Guru author Nick DeNardis’ EDU Checkup videos, as well as improving the ability to contact and network with the .eduGuru team.
Now don’t be fooled, we aren’t done yet, not by a long shot. We have a number of changes still on our list that we plan on massaging in over the next few weeks, and some tools we’re evaluating, such as the Disqus system, to make your experience with us even more rewarding. There’s also a lot going on under the hood to allow us some options for future scaling and options that weren’t previously available to us. Some of these will just take more time than others, and we simply couldn’t wait to share everything with you. Be sure to visit often and keep your eyes peeled, since our goal is to keep adding value here that you simply can’t get anywhere else.
Preparing the new .eduGuru has taken a couple of months to get from planning to execution, as the Guru team met to discuss things like layouts, graphics, colors, and logos. The end result brought us the new theme, a lot of modifications to the underlying code, and a newer, more visual Guru Man logo. Aiding us are a couple new plugins that are quite helpful in customizing WordPress: Cimy User Extra Fields and Executable PHP Widget combined with cURL. We’re very excited about it all, and hope that you enjoy it as well.
If you’d like more information or have any questions about how we got WordPress to do some of the things we’re doing, feel free to email me at email@example.com, or make use of the comments below. And be sure to leave us some feedback below with your thoughts, or feel free to share additional suggestions for things you might want to see in the future so that we can continue to offer enhanced tools for all of our higher ed friends!