Sunday, September 7, 2008

Welcome to -- New Look, New Domain Name


I hope you're as excited as I am about the new look and feel of the site. In addition to the fresher look, I'm hoping that you'll find the site easier to navigate. Many of the changes were prompted by reader input -- even though you didn't realize that a face lift was in the works.

There are several new items on the site. The comments section at the end of every story has been simplified. You'll no longer have to click several buttons to get to the comment box. What's more, you no longer have to enter a verification code to post. That was all too time consuming. Now you can just compose your post and hit the "post comment" button. It's as easy as that.

You can also publish your comments anonymously if that's your thing. I understand the need for anonymity on the Internet, which is why I allow for anonymous posting. That said, if you'd put a first name at the end of your post when you publish anonymously, that would be great. I know it would simplify my life a little bit. That's because I wouldn't have to refer to every anonymous person as "anon." I could call you by your first name.

There is also a new ratings feature. After you've read a story, you can now give the article a star rating (1 is the worst and 5 is the best). This feature is useful because it will help other readers determine whether the article is worthy of being read. What's more, it will help me avoid -- if you guys all hate a particular piece -- those kinds of stories in the future.

You'll also see that there is a "Popular Tags" section on the site. When I publish articles, I place tags (also called labels) in them. That's so you can find other articles on the site with the same tag. Looking for other American Express articles? Want to read about Citibank? Chase? Washington Mutual? Simply click one of those names and you'll find every article on the site that uses one of those tags. These labels can also be found at the end of all of my stories.

The column viewpoint has also been widened. A lot of my readers complained about the narrow size of the column. As a result, I have widened it substantially. You asked for it. You got it.

To be sure, I'm positive that I haven't thought of everything. If there's something I could do to make your life easier at, feel free to leave a comment at the end of this story. During the next week, you'll notice some tweaks to the site. Don't be surprised if you see things move around -- even as you move from page to page. While the site is mostly finished, we're still putting some minor touches on it.

Finally, this site has never been inundated with those garish Google text ads. They're ugly and they're messy. And, quite frankly, they cheapen the site's look. That said, you will begin to notice some ads around the site in the near future. They'll be in the form of tasteful banner ads.

FULL DISCLOSURE: If you use the ads to apply for a credit card, or purchase something, will receive compensation from the company whose ads we have placed. Because the site can't operate without some sort of funding, I figured these kinds of ads would be perfect. They're not ugly. They're things that I can endorse. And they're ads that will be useful to my readers. Best of all, they'll help support the site. It's a win-win situation for everyone.

Anyhow, welcome to the (new) Don't forget to bookmark the site. The new address is:

And remember, if you have any comments -- both positive and negative -- I'd like to hear from you. Use the comment box below. We welcome kudos, pans, sneers, jeers, and cheers.



Lynn said...

Yea! I am the first one! I just like to say looks real good.

Credit Matters said...

Lynn, nice seeing you hear. I didn't think anyone would comment! If you have any suggestions or feedback for the new look, I'd appreciate it.

In the meantime, thanks for reading.

Josh said...

Love the new commenting function & overall design! Clean, professional - could not have done it better myself.

Only REAL feature that is missing is in-line commenting. I.E. being able to click "reply" to a specific persons comment.

Credit Matters said...

Thanks, Josh. Still tweaking the site. Note that the search button is missing on the site right now. It's being dealt with. There are other things, too.

Thanks for the comments.

Far Left Texas said...

Way to go - I like the domain name, it's a lot better than cm123.blogspot.

One tiny suggestion - the comments are four tiny pixels away from the left edge of my browser. That's too tight. And the comments are in a much smaller font size than the body of the column.

And - can I use html tags to make bold or italic comments? I guess I'll know as soon as I hit the post button.

Thanks for writing such an informative and interesting blog. How do we contact you if we have a suggestion for a future article?

Jim in the City of New York said...

Looking forward for when the transition to the new design is complete!

BTW, what verification? I never had to type in any verification code *shrug*

Credit Matters said...

FLT, I will check into the font size for the comments.

Any idea why the comments are so far to the left, FLT? What size monitor are you using?

Regarding contact information, here is my email address:

Later today I will have an actual box on the site that will prompt readers for story ideas.

And, finally, looks like the HTML coding worked in your post!

Credit Matters said...

Jim, you're special. Haha. Actually, I think I misspoke. I've been working on this site for so long that I remember some of the comment-box iterations that required verification codes.

To rephrase, this comment box won't require verification.

Look for the full transition to occur this week. Little stuff, really. Nothing major.

Far Left Texas said...

Nothing special - I use a 19" Dell monitor set at 780x1024. On I.E. the text is right next to the edge - a zero pixel buffer.

Update - if I set the monitor to 1152x684, the text has a nice 1/2 inch between it and the edge of the browser. Now if I only had younger eyes or a larger screen, I could leave my screen set to the higher resolution.

Credit Matters said...

FLT, just tweaked the size of the comments. Does that work?

FLT, I think you might want a larger monitor. I am using a 22 inch Samsung (SyncMaster 226BW). I love the size of the real estate on it.

lupoman said...

Looking great man!!!

Credit Matters said...

Thanks, Lupo. Glad you like it. Haven't seen you around these parts lately.

How are you?

Anonymous said...

site looks good on my iPhone.

Credit Matters said...

Nice. Was curious how it would look on mobile applications. Excellent.

Thanks, Anon.

Bob said...

Tried to be anonymous via OpenID, didn't work.
I think User/URL might work.

Credit Matters said...

You are correct, Bob. Need to rewrite story to reflect that. I guess people will just have to be anonymous.

Far Left Texas said...

It now looks perfect on my tiny 19". Thanks for taking the extra time and effort.

I'm holding out for the 24" HP swivel monitor I saw last week. Got to get the income up and the utilization down before buying any more toys for the computer.

Credit Matters said...

FLT, you are welcome. Thank my Web guy. He made the adjustment.

I don't know much about HP monitors. I've been happy with this Samsung, though.

The Lion said...

Fabulous new site! I make it a habit not to link to blogspot sites, but now that you are up and on your own will be added!

BTW, lovely advice. You have given me tons to think about!

Credit Matters said...

Ludo the Lion, much appreciated. I just checked out your site and saw your write up of my site! Nice.

I'll be sure to check in on you from time to time. Also, please don't hesitate to contribute to the Credit Matters venue. Your comments are welcome here any time.

Take care.

Don Miguel said...

Mad propz on the refresh and new domain name!

Credit Matters said...

DM, one of my favorite readers. Thanks. I appreciate the kudos. It's been a good day around here. Lots of well wishes and cheers from my pals.

Thanks for your continued readership.

The Lion said...

BTW...I love Freakonomics. Great book...

Credit Matters said...

I like the blog. Haven't read the book.

Thanks for the heads up.

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