This Is The New (And Improved) EGMR
Every January the core team sits down to discuss the direction that the site should take in that specific year. What should we look out for, and what sort of content we are trying to cover. It’s a really busy month, as we aim to bring you content that will be as engaging as possible.
Then, in July each year, our core team sits down to focus on what we want to do with the site visually. We focus on aesthetic changes, such as “should this text be bold, or should it be green?” One of our greatest aims is to please your eyes, with something that both looks and feels great.
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In 2013, these meetings reversed. In July we focussed on massive internal changes that saw most of our roles swap completely. People who were once in charge of Tech are now in charge of News. We then also decided on how we should schedule our articles and who is going to be in charge of specific content being released. We did all of that because we had a long-term plan in our minds, something new.
Welcome January 2014, the launch of our long-term plan.
As you may have noticed, we’ve revamped who we are and where you can find us (and logo soon–we’re not looking to isolate anyone, just yet). It’s now EGMR.net, pronounced however you like: ee-gee-em-are, or egamer. Even egg-murr, if you wish. The idea behind this is to move to a more international-welcoming environment.
Don’t get us wrong, we still know who we are and where we are from. We have only done this because we feel that our content is more suited to international than local. We enjoy debates and critical thinking quite a bit, and unfortunately we do not always have the opportunity to engage with locals on topics we enjoy. Furthermore, we have also recognised better growth potential in a global market as opposed to a single market, which is one of the driving factors behind this change.
The reason why we have not yet updated the Social Media URL tags, and our logo, is to show you that we’re not looking to isolate you, our friends that we already care so dearly for. And that is also why this was a roll-out over a few weeks and not a sudden change.
On the topic of changes, though, let me run through some of our big ones. One might come as a surprise.
We believe that there are two kinds of people out there, those that read and those who want numbers.
Our fundamental belief, and we’ve preached this over-and-over, is that we truly care about those of you who read the full review. We created an entire system based on reading, and we even simplified it for your reading ease. However, as time progressed we realised that we needed to round-off the entire review experience a little more. We needed something to make the experience feel a little more holistic and real.
To do so, we’ve re-introduced a numbers system. The idea is to offer a bit of closure to all of the words that our reviews contain. Basically, we want the readers to have the whole experience, whereby those who browse for numbers can get their quick-fix before leaving to do whatever is they do (probably compare).
The addition of numbers is something we have debated for quite some time. We decided to implement it, together with our own system. That means the system you’re used to will run alongside a score at the end. The score is out of 100, and it will increment in 5. Because, honestly, how do you explain the difference in a score of 95 and 96?
The next change is a hovering menu-bar on the top of the site. This is very simplified when compared to our previous navigation bar, which I am quite sure that a lot of people overlooked. The idea behind this is to help everyone find their way around the site a lot easier, getting to articles you want to read, when you want to read them. It makes something that used to seem overwhelming seem really easy.
Our feature spindle has also received a new hairdo. We want to offer you more featured content, and to really put it in your face. So, we’ve allowed for eight articles to be displayed quite largely on the front of the site. We’ve then added a “Hot Right Now” section on the right-hand-side, to complement this. If you’re on a limited budget of time each day, the featured and Hot Right Now sections are what you should look at. We will keep these up to date with everything that is popular right now.
A load of other small changes have been made as well. Most of it is for simplified reading and navigation. Our main goal is to offer a more well-rounded experience to you, the person who invests time in us.
We sincerely hope that you enjoy these changes, and we look forward to any feedback that you may have. Whether good, bad, or ugly.
Also, feel free to visit our Social Media pages when not browsing the site itself.