Welcome to the new look Internet blog

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Hi everyone. Since November I’ve been the content producer on the BBC Internet blog. For much of that time I’ve been preparing the blog for a move to a new content management system (CMS) with a new look and feel. You can see the results of that today.

As Jessica Shiel explained in January of last year, over the last year all BBC blogs have been migrating from our previous publishing system Movable Type to the new pan-BBC CMS iSite.

iSite is based on the CMS Alfesco and was developed within the BBC where it is now being used on all programme pages (from Eastenders to Africa) and sites such as CBBC. This is intended to create a more consistent design and functionality for users across bbc.co.uk.

Content on iSite is stored as XML but is automatically converted into Web Forms which we can use to edit content (relatively) easily.

With this change of CMS comes some changes to the blog’s features and tools.

The new blog is arranged with boxes down the right hand side from where you can browse and discover a range of content from the BBC Internet blog, across the BBC and relevant external content. We refer to these boxes as modules.

You will notice that we now have a live stream of tweets from the BBC Internet blog and BBC Internet links Twitter accounts.

This Tweet module has previously been used on BBC programme pages such as The Voice and allows us to link to stories and conversations to add more context to the themes of the blog.

For those of you who don’t follow us on Twitter, we use the BBC Internet blog account to tweet our own posts and other content from the BBC which our audiences may find interesting or useful. BBC Internet Links is where we retweet non BBC content from blogs, message boards and external news agencies.

Unfortunately we will no longer be able to feed our Delicious links directly onto the blog page. However, you will find a link to our Delicious page on our Social and Communities module and we will continue to tag relevant content for Delicious.

We will also tweet all of the links which we add to Delicious from one of our two Twitter accounts so the links will still appear on the blog page and be clickable from the Tweet module.

You don’t have to be signed in to Twitter to click on the links in this box and view the content they link to.

We’re investigating additional tools to gather and curate external content which we hope our audience will find interesting. Watch this space for more news on some of these developments.

You will notice that we have migrated blog posts since June 2012 only and older content, which dates back to 2007, remains in the old Moveable Type style. You can find links to this archived content in our Archive module on the right where posts are arranged by year.

For easier navigation we have also added a Tag module. This is similar to the categories box which was displayed at the bottom of the old look Internet blog.

The tags on our new module only incorporate posts which have been migrated to iSite so for blog posts published before June 2012 we have included a link on the Archive module to a list of older post categories.

The new look blog gives us the option of ‘featuring’ a post. This means that rather than the most recently published post automatically appearing at the top of the page we are able to highlight a post from further back in the archive to appear at the top of the page instead.

This will hopefully increase the exposure of older posts and allow users to find content more easily.

The Topical posts module which appeared in the bottom left hand side of the old blog does not appear in the new blog. We are hoping to develop a similar module to expose the most recent comments in the next couple of months.

In the meantime in order to ensure good hosting of comments the time blog posts are left open for comments will be reduced to one week. Once there is a new module we’ll consider opening them up for longer.

You may also notice that we have a new URL bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet rather than bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet. A redirect will be applied to the old URL so no links to archived content or the new page will break.

We expect some teething problems to begin with but please do but let us know if you are having problems viewing any of our content so bugs can be fixed.

You may have noticed that we have been publishing posts less frequently over the last few weeks as we have been preparing for the move but expect a return to form from next week on.

It would be great to hear what you think of the new look and our new functionality so please do leave a comment.

Eliza Kessler is the content producer on the BBC Internet blog.

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  • Comment number 48. Posted by JamesRogers

    on 1 Feb 2013 14:53

    Eliza, maybe you can update on what has been done with our comments so far?

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  • Comment number 47. Posted by Russ

    on 1 Feb 2013 12:43

    The background colour on sign-in/out comment boxes on some blogs (e.g. Radio 3 and 4) are making the text almost indecipherable. The R4 case is particularly bad.

    Russ

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  • Comment number 46. Posted by Richard McCarthy

    on 29 Jan 2013 17:10

    Any news on the formatting? Still unreadable on some RSS clients (incl Google Reader) - string of inline HTML coding.

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  • Comment number 45. Posted by rafmarham

    on 28 Jan 2013 23:43

    Are the older posts ever likely to be moved?

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  • Comment number 44. Posted by Jon Jacob

    on 28 Jan 2013 20:47

    Hello @Sue_Aitch,

    Jon Jacob here from the About the BBC. Nick Reynolds alerted me to the link we needed to update on the Red Button Page on the Inside the BBC website. We've updated the link now. Thanks for flagging it up with us. Much appreciated.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/whatwedo/redbutton

    Jon.

  • Comment number 43. Posted by Pete Forman

    on 28 Jan 2013 20:00

    I'm seeing raw mark up in the feeds too. In Opera preview the Atom feeds have the problem but RSS feeds are okay.

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  • Comment number 42. Posted by JunkkMale

    on 28 Jan 2013 18:42

    '38. Nick Reynolds
    Regarding opening times for comments these are different in different parts of BBC Online. Most comments in BBC News are closed after one day.'
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    Tx for the reply.

    Most? One presumes that means a 24hr window? Even so, that seems incredibly restricted. What about topics that endure or gain momentum.. or change as circumstances evolve? The BBC is now rather noted for rushing in and leaving stealth edits later to tidy up the archive legacy. If comments are frozen without opportunity to see public corrections made by EVERYONE, posters included, and later on, the situation is can get very skewed potentially. I have seen posts referring to articles that have clearly be changed subsequently.

    And what about those (Nick Robinson is a frequent culprit) that open and close within the working day? These discriminate against the vast majority of UK licence fee payers.

    It's almost as if the thing is being run to suit the needs of a vox-pop demanding 24/7 soundbite headline news maw, mainly serving the BBC's own staff and a few groupies in Westminster or fellow-traveling media, where the opinions of a very niche few get spun up as 'talking for the nation', when most of the nation's workforce have real jobs that don't permit daytime forum access.

    This seems, at best, a policy of denial of access that is woefully unrepresentative.

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  • Comment number 41. Posted by Sue_Aitch

    on 28 Jan 2013 15:01

    Please look again at the links on http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/whatwedo/redbutton: really, newbies need the links to go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/tags/Red_button rather than any other page. Also would it be possible to merge the spellings of Red Button/Red button and UXD/uxd on http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/blogbbcinternet/tags?

    I see the archive for Press Red is still not available as a shortcut on http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/tags/Red_button, which is a shame as there is some interesting content from the early days of the service.

    Finally, I am sorry that we will be saying goodbye to the Community and Read Hear pages on Red Button Digital Text.

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  • Comment number 40. Posted by Eponymous Cowherd

    on 28 Jan 2013 13:11

    @39 daveac:

    Ditto Android iPlayer. Still no word on downloads since Dave Madden promised them "soon" in Sept 2012. So most of the Android iPlayer posts get new comments.

    The trouble is, If you can't comment on an appropriate blog post because its closed, and you get "moderated" for posting on marginally related blog posts for being off topic, what's left.

    Smells a bit like a backdoor way of stifling dissent.

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  • Comment number 39. Posted by daveac

    on 28 Jan 2013 12:53

    I don't like the idea of a one week cut-off to comments.

    When there were real 'hot' issues like the one surrounding the picture quality (or lack thereof) on the HD channels when bit-rates were slashed - the Comments on such post were highly active for many, many weeks.

    Being so active and added to for a long time showned the viewers strength of feeling on the issue.

    A one week cap means that any 'hot issue' will just get stopped in its tracks and basically kicked into the long grass.

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