Monday, March 31, 2008

WE Speak update...

WE Speak is sporting a new look today.

This is something I've had on the to-do list for a while and finally got around to. With the successful launch of London Speak in November and last week's launch of Guelph Speak I realized if I didn't make some changes now, the work would only continue to pile up.

The template offers a cleaner, faster load time along with the new wider look. I'm hoping the wider template will also be a little more tolerant with those few pesky posts that break the template now and again.

In the back-end I'm working with the aggregator's developer to resolve the issue of occasional double posts. The code that parses the feeds is still in beta and has some more tweaking and tuning left to do.

Some Future Additions/Upgrades planned:
1. Upgrading the site to Joomla 1.5; (this is the web platform used for the all the Speak sites)
2. Adding Video and Podcast feeds from the area;
3. Separate frontpage tab to highlight and easily access local Video and podcasts feeds;
4. Video Submissions - got a great Windsor/Essex related video you want to highlight? You'll be able to submit the video to WE Speak and it will be incorporated into the site. No blog or website required. (over 40 different video sharing sites such as YouTube, Google Video and MetaCafe will be supported);