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Six month redesign post-mortem: navigation bar changes

Remember how when we did the redesign last winter, the biggest bone of contention was with intrasite navigation? Lots of you were like, "Wait, you made it hard for me to browse between the different Offbeat Empire sites!" and I was like "Ack, here I'll try this! No wait, this! No wait, how about this?!"

Well, six months later my stats made it clear that I fucked that shit right up.

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Redesign Maintenance Release 1.1

Thanks to everyone for all your feedback on the redesigns last week. Rolling out the designs on Tuesday was intense on a lot of levels, and I wanted to circle back and let y'all know how things have shaken out.

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New templates launched on five of our sites!

After months of design and development work, this morning we launched a brand new blog template live across five of the six Offbeat Empire sites. I wanted to share a little bit of the thinking behind some of the aspects of the redesign, so that you understand what my goals were behind some of the changes.

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The HOW TO post Catherine should totally write

I use a WordPress plugin called Edit Flow to help manage the Empire's editorial processes, and one of the many awesome things it does is emails me a notification when an editor creates a draft here on offbeatempire.com.

A few minutes ago, I got this email:
[Offbeat Empire] New Post Created: "How to"

How to WHAT, you might ask? HOW TO EVERYTHING.