The Upgraded Version of The Unofficial Stanford Blog is Here!

Posted by at 8:31PM

After going to the drawing board, having Kevin code some stuff, returning to the drawing board, having Kevin code more stuff, etc. for a long period of time, we present TUSB 3.0: the newest version of The Unofficial Stanford Blog. We think it’s easier to use, more functional, and just overall a whole lot better.

You can do captions, too!

You can do captions, too!

Over the next few days, we will work to finalize the new site for the time being and try to make sure it has limited bugs. Let us know if you see something that looks awry by emailing us at blogforstanford@gmail.com and we will send our crack team of investigators to take a look.

Here’s some of the new features of the site:

New toolbar across the top:  Your one-stop shop for easy navigation between the blog, the events calendar, features, about us, sign up, and our newest addition, the free stuff tab (coming soon).

New header: People hated the old header. People hated the header before that. There’s really nowhere to go but up. For those who are curious, the little upside-down man is our unofficial new mascot–it is a reference to the statue of Louis Agassiz that fell headless into the cement after the 1906 earthquake. We think it’s pretty nifty, funny, unofficial, etc.


Popular posts: Instead of just listing most recent posts, you can see what posts people are looking at the most recently.

Advertisements: Ads will help keep the blog alive. All money that we make will go to blogging or Stanford student causes/organizations. Our advertising is run through SSE, which really knows its stuff and is great to work with.

Author Pages: You can now sort posts by author, and if you click on a blogger’s name it will direct you to his or her page of posts replete with space for a little description and possibly a gravatar (which also can be used for commenting).

WordPress > Movable Type: Sorry, MT enthusiasts–WordPress is so much better. It is easier to use for blogging and for keeping the blog organized, which is great news for bloggers and readers.

A Vaguely Unifying Color Scheme: This was about as difficult as it sounds; or, in other words, extremely difficult.

Let us know what you think of the site–we appreciate your feedback as always! You can contact us at blogforstanford@gmail.com or comment here.

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8 Responses to “The Upgraded Version of The Unofficial Stanford Blog is Here!”

  1. Agnus Dinola says:

    This blog is great. How did you come up witht he idea? 6 8 7

  2. Clickbank eBooks says:

    I discovered this blog on faves.com social bookmarking site. I liked it and gave you a fave! By the way I also loved your blog theme! Did you develop it yourself or can I download it from somehwere?

  3. Jim says:

    The RSS feed doesn’t contain the full articles anymore. No good. The whole point of RSS is aggregation. Without the full articles, I might as well drop “the unofficial stanford blog” from my feed list.

  4. An alum says:

    Bring back the full RSS feed! I want to see the full blog post in my RSS reader.

  5. Josh says:

    @Jim and Alum: Yeah, the reason behind that decision was to drive more traffic to the actual site–so you read the headlines and if you want the full article you go to the site itself. I personally prefer that method because it aggregates more easily in my opinion (I can browse more quickly through what I want to read), but clearly that might not be the best decision.

    We’ll talk it out amongst the bloggers and make a decision–don’t worry, you might get your full articles back soon.

    Thanks for reading,
    Josh

  6. Jesse says:

    I use this RSS feed: http://www.diffbot.com/api/rss/tusb.stanford.edu

    Don’t have to worry about whether the site moves to a new system as long as the URL stays the same..

  7. Holly says:

    Agreed that the full RSS feed is best–thanks to Jesse for the link that still provides it. Otherwise, I would have just unsubscribed.

  8. jasmine says:

    Great blog!!
    Thanks I have found your blog here..
    I like it.

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