The MOIB Makeover

If you’ve visited My Ox Is Broken in the past, you may have noticed that it now looks a bit different. Here’s the scoop on what’s changed, what hasn’t, and what’s still to come.

First, a note on the most important part of the site: its content. Kathy will continue to post her recaps. However, she’ll now also be posting news, previews, and commentary most weekdays, as well, so you’ll want to check back frequently.

The most obvious change at MOIB is the new layout. We wanted to make the site as simple to navigate as possible. We wanted the article layout to be easy on the eyes. And, yes, we wanted the site to be pretty.

The site’s new homepage has three main sections. Near the top, you’ll see our featured stories — kind of like the above-the-fold part of a newspaper. Underneath that, on the left, you’ll see a list of our last half-dozen or so articles (and a link to view the entire article archive). On the right are links to TV-related headlines from various sources, including TV Guide and Yahoo! TV.

A couple basic features are still being tested, but they should be active in a matter of days. Chief among them, I’ll be making it easier to browse articles by category. Our Google site search will also be showing up on all pages of the site. (It’s already on some of the pages)

In the coming weeks, we’ll be trying out some new features, like article comments, RSS feeds, and — while DwtS is airing — a chat page, so you can talk about the show as it happens.

As far as the site’s technology, I’ve redesigned the database and remade all the pages (formerly ASP) in ASP.NET 2.0. For those of you who don’t know what that means… it means, in layman’s terms, that I’m lucky to have ever had a girlfriend, much less a wife.

Thanks so much for visiting the site, and if you have any suggestions, go ahead and contact us.

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