We’ve been talking about it for a while now, and finally over the past week we’ve been rolling out an update to the website. We hope you’ll enjoy the new look and features. The visual changes may be the first thing you notice, but we hope you’ll see some improvements in other areas too, particularly with our comments section. Here are some of the details:
New SBC Voices logo & artwork across the blog and social media. The speech bubble seemed like the perfect visual icon for what we do here: say what we think and then give you the chance to talk back to us and to one another.
We’ve reworked and simplified our post categories so that feature will be more useful. For instance if you want to read posts about the IMB, choose that category on the sidebar and it should help you find what you’re looking for more easily.
This will probably be the area you notice the most difference. We’re still using the WordPress comments database so past comments are preserved. A new plugin adds some useful features we hope you’ll find helpful. Some of these features we’re trying to see how they work and if we like them. Your feedback is appreciated if you run into problems with something not working the way it’s supposed to or if you do/don’t like aspects of the new system.
- You can now edit your comment (for misspellings, typos, clarification) for 15 minutes after you post.
- You can vote comments up or down.
- You can still use Gravatar to upload a custom image to be displayed beside your comment, or if you don’t use Gravatar, you’ll get a nice SBC Voices speech bubble instead of the default Gravatar icon. (To upload your own image, visit gravatar.com and set up an account with the same email address you use to comment here.)
- 3000 character limits on comments.
- Comments over 200 words now get a “read more” link with a goal of rewarding brevity but still allowing you to comment at extended length if you want. Just be aware it will take extra effort on the part of other readers to get to see the end of your lengthy comment.
The character & word length settings are easy to change if a lot of you feel like you need a higher character limit or we see that too many of our comments are getting caught in the “read more…” area. We’ll also see how the comment voting goes, it’s easy to turn off if we decide we don’t like it.
Overall we hope these changes will allow us to serve you better and help SBC Voices continue to be a go-to resource for Southern Baptist news & opinion.