Well, here we are! Welcome to the new-look Strange Horizons.
First thing first: although pretty much everyone at SH has been beavering away trying to get this new site ready for you, in one capacity or another, the lion's share of the work and the thank-you must go to Matthew Kressel (in his guise as Sunray Computer, rather than Nebula-nominated writer), who built the design you see before you, and Kris Dikeman, who came up with our snazzy new logo. Transferring the SH archive from the rather creaky database in which it previously existed to its new WordPress home was not a straightforward task—and if I'm honest, we were not the easiest clients—but Matt was never less than a pleasure to work with, and has, I think you'll agree once you've looked around, done the magazine proud. We're incredibly grateful to him for his work.
So what's new?
Let's start with the front page. Obviously we have a nice big space to properly showcase the art that accompanies the magazine—including a selection of works by Tahlia Day that will be on rotation in weeks when we don't have original commissions. Below and to the left of that, however, you'll find the table of contents of the latest issue; and then, a bit further down again, a list of recent comments across the site (you can find our comments policy here; everyone's first comment will need to be approved).
Moving into the middle of the page, you'll find a tiled area (condensed down to a single column on mobile) which will contain two kinds of post: recent issues (so they don't just vanish from the front page after a week), and posts from our new blog, Azimuth, which is your one-stop shop for SH news, and perhaps a bit of comment. At the moment this area is dominated by fund drive posts (thank you again to everyone who donated, by the way!), but in normal weeks it will be a more even mix of material.
And at the top of the front page is our main menu. Working from right to left, we have a full-text search, links to our various social media and related sites—as well as RSS feeds for every subdivision of SH material you might be interested in—a link to Azimuth, information on how to submit (still closed to fiction submissions, I'm afraid, but we're geting closer to re-opening), how and why to donate, some background about the magazine, and then our main archives menu.
The first thing you'll find in that latter menu is that we now have a dedicated page for back-issues, which also means that each issue has its own page. (You can also go forwards and backwards from issue to issue—the links are at the bottom of the table of contents.) After that, each department has a page—although note that we now have an overall non-fiction index, as well as separate pages for reviews, columns, and articles. All of the department archives can be filtered by month and year. And then the last entry in the menu is another way you might want to investigate the magazine: a list of contributors, with each contributor having their own page with links to all their work in our archives.
When you get down to an individual work, you'll see in the top-right corner of the content area various options to adjust the text size and presentation for ease of reading.
And that, I hope should be enough to get you started!
There are, of course, a few caveats. As I said right up-front, this was a big, complex task, and we know the site isn't perfect yet. There may be errors in some contributor biographies; there will definitely be some internal broken links; and there may be some works that have been assigned to the wrong person during the import process. We are and will be working on cleaning up the archives for a while to come—and building in additional features, like a new gallery for the art department—but if you stumble across something that needs fixing, please do let our webmasters know. Otherwise: browse and enjoy!
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