Guide to the New AAM Website

Written by on February 19, 2010 in New Website Guide, News - Comments Off on Guide to the New AAM Website

Welcome to the new All Access Magazine website which is built on the popular and powerful WordPress platform. This is a brief introduction to some of the features you’ll find here. Please feel free to leave a comment below telling us what you think about the new site and what features you would like to see added. All feedback, good or bad, is welcome.

The Front Page

You will find links to all the current issue’s stories on the front page. The cover and features are on the top in ‘tab’s, and the other stories are categorized below. On the right side you see the latest Twitter posts by AAM’s Editor, Debra Stocker. Further down you’ll find Debra’s current video pic, various polls, and a tag cloud. The tag cloud is an alternate way to find subjects of interest to you. Each story is ‘tagged’ with an artist/band name, type of story, etc. Over time, the more stories are tagged with a particular word or phrase, the large that tag appears in the cloud. Clicking on a tag takes you to a list of all the stories associated with that tag.

The Search Box

The WordPress software does a great job of indexing all the stories on the site. You’ll find the search results relevant and up to date.

RSS Feeds

On the top-right of the page you’ll see a ‘Subscribe to Posts’ link and a ‘Subscribe to Comments’ link. These links allow you to receive automatic notification in an RSS Reader of all new posts or comments. Popular RSS Readers are provided by Google www.google.com/reader, yahoo my.yahoo.com and many others. You can read more about RSS Feeds and Readers here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aggregator

The Stories

When you click in to read a story, you’ll find some great new features…

Writer’s Link

Clicking on the writer’s name will take you to a list of all the stories written by that writer.

Pop up Photos and Galleries

When one of AAM’s great photographers delivers some beautiful photos, you’re no longer limited to seeing them confined to the small writing space. Clicking on a photo expands it to a higher resolution version. See this in action on the King’s X story here www.allaccessmagazine.com/2010/02/18/kings-x

Comments

My favorite new feature is the ability to leave comments on a story and engage in threaded conversations. You don’t have to have an account to leave a comment (Although this may change in the future), just fill in your name, email address (this will remain private), and your comment. The first time you leave a comment, it will have to be approved by a moderator before appearing on the site. After one of your comments is approved, all your future comments will show immediately (Again, this may change in the future).

Social Networks

On the bottom of each story you will find a ‘Share This’ which will let you share the story on your favorite social networking sites. Supported networks are Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, Delicious, and many, many others.

Ratings

On the bottom of each story you will find a five star rating system… a quick way to add your feedback.

Archives

In the main menu bar you will find an ‘Archives’ tab. This tab links to a page where you will find links to all the stories on the site, neatly categorized by issue, category, and month. Looking for a story in the old website? Scroll to the bottom of the ‘Archives’ page and you’ll find a link to all the pre-2010 stories, categorized by issue and year.

Sponsors and Advertisers

What does this all mean for AAM’s sponsors and advertisers? A lot… Google and the other search engines LOVE the way WordPress delivers its content. We expect to see a dramatic increase in AAM’s already huge readership. Ad space on AllAccessMagazine.com is sure to become a very hot commodity!

About Me

My name is Rob Dominguez and my company is Gray Space Design. If you’re looking to have a new website built, or your website redesigned, please feel free to contact me at rob@grayspacedesign.com or call toll free at (800) 672-8211. Thanks for reading this article and please leave a comment below.

Rob