So if you’re suffering from insomnia this is for you. For you normal people you’ll read this when normal people wake up on Sunday. As Modern warned earlier, we had the site down for just under 2 hours to make some site changes that we think will make the site better on a number of levels.

Some of the things that are gone:

  • Big bright orange background! We’ve heard from multiple people that this made it hard for them to check the site at work because of the nuclear type glow from the bright orange background. Suffer no more!
  • Blogad placements.  We’ve reduced the standard blogad column to just one.  Our focus for advertising is going to be on more standard sized banners from both Google Adsense and sales of ads in-house.

Things we kept:

  • Disqus.  We have a very vibrant commenting community and we think the Disqus platform is perfect for managing comments and displaying them on the site.  We’ve upgraded our account to allow us to view analytics as well as allow real time updating.  You should be able to see new comments as they happen without refreshing the page.

Things we added:

  • Featured post area.  Front and center on the new site is a featured post area.  For some time now we’ve wanted a way to keep posts that we thought important in front of our readers.  Some times our post volumes buries those posts.  Our only option up to know was to pin a post to the top of the chronologically ordered list.  Now we have a nice graphical way of drawing attention to such pieces.
  • Ads!  Yes.  We’ve added some ad spots.  Right now they are Adsense placements via Google, but eventually we hope to make these top two placements regular ads from key sponsors of the site.  We may make some adjustments to the placements over time as well.  Advertising support of the site will be important to help us continue to do what we do.
  • Store.  Right now the “Store” link goes to the PlunderTees page talking about our Skreened account.  Coming very soon will be a full on PlunderStore where you’ll be able to get all kinds of gear including T shirts, bags, hats, bumper stickers, and all kinds of good stuff.  We’ll have PB branded merchandise as well as other political gear.

We hope you like the new look and value your thoughts.  Hit the comments and let us know what you think.  You can also always email us all by using crew AT plunderbund.com.  One of us (or all heaven forbid) will reply promptly!

We continue to appreciate your support and hope to continue to develop the site in a direction that will benefit both reader and PB alike.  We love you guys.  Thanks!

A special thanks to Plundermonkey Brian G. for putting in extra time behind the scenes to get all of this working.

 
  • dlw

    Like the “featured stories” part. Nice! Did we lose the next post/previous post links at the bottom or am I just not seeing them? Those links make it way easier to catch up, especially on days when there have been a number of new posts… happily they are still on the mobile version at least.

    And congrats on the continued growth of the site!

  • I hadn’t even noticed the next post/previous post links being missing! I’ll look into adding those back.

  • stryx

    I really liked having the popular/recent/people widget and twitfeed on the sidebar.

    And yeah, previous/next would also good.

    To go for a trifecta of picky, should the graphics all have an outline?

    Otherwise, I really like the layout and colors.

    And congrats on the traffic. Y’all keep up the writing and the hits will keep going up.

  • Anonymous

    Lookin good! More readable, condensed (less scrolling). Plunderbund and the energy behind defeat of SB 5 among the few good things in Ohio these days.

  • Thanks!

  • We were having issues with the width displaying properly with the Disqus widget. We’ll look at a way to restore at least the same functionality. The Twitter feed should not be hard to put back in a sidebar somewhere. We can look at doing that as well.

    We’ll certainly be tweaking things within this basic design. Really appreciate the feedback!

  • One thing I’ve noticed too is the disparity in text between posts and comments. Disqus text seems smaller than before. We’ll see about bringing this in line as well.

  • Anonymous

    Plunder Crew, whatever changes you wanna make, I’m in. If you wanted to distribute all this good information written on a paper sack I would find a way to get to it. Thanks for all your diligence, insight and just good old progressive fight.

  • Thanks very much gypsy! Thanks for being a part of it. Couldn’t do it without you PlunderPeeps. 😉

  • Thanks very much gypsy! Thanks for being a part of it. Couldn’t do it without you PlunderPeeps. 😉

  • Guest

    Thanks

  • Is there a way to show on the front page how many comments there are on a story? If I’ve read a post already, but there are a dozen new comments I’ll often come back to read those/discuss.

  • Done.

  • Guest

    FYI: writes like she talks = http://www.writeslikeshetalks.com. DK as part of your “friends” list?

  • Good catch! Right now it looks like the top post has “x Comments and x Reactions” under the title but none of the others posts do. We’ll look at making it more clear how many comments a post has on the home page. Thanks!

  • It shows it on the most recent story, but not older ones. I’ll look into that as well. Thanks!

  • Had the old Blogspot link. Fixed it! Thanks.

  • My old man eyes thank you! lol

  • teacher

    Kudos on PB3.0! Very nice indeed! Thank you for all you do to keep us informed!

  • Thanks teach! We’ll continue to plug away. Hopefully the new site design will help the crew do that better.

  • Thanks Mark!

  • Guest

    Do you get paid per click on your ads?

  • That is how Google Adsense works, yes. Blogads are paid for placement. Ads we sell direct will be paid for placement as well. Eventually we’ll only run Google stuff as fill ins for space otherwise reserved for direct ads.

  • Thank you for this comment! 😉

  • dlw

    PlunderPeeps… lol… where are the t-shirts?? 😉

  • You know they’re coming! 😉

  • dlw

    And the timing for “peeps” couldn’t be any better… ah the endless tshirt options…

    The line starts behind me!

  • Post navigation is now available on individual post pages.

  • dlw

    Woohoo!!

  • Adrienne

    So you get paid something every time I click on evil rotten dirty dog despicable, media whore Donald? If so good. Will click away.

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