Welcome to Bitchery 3.0!

There's no place like 127.0.0.1There was some database mounting and database shifting and some cursing but the new site is built and ready to rock. Taa daa!

I hope you like it. My goals with the redesign were to make content easier to find, from features to book reviews to really active discussions, and to make participating in the site easier, with more options and fewer obstacles to joining the conversations. I've said many times when asked about the website that the content up here is maybe half of the reason people come to the site – the other half is all of you and your conversations. 

(Squidgy moment: holy crap I missed y'all). 

Some of the new features include:

  • Subscribing to comment threads by RSS or Email (by request)
  • A new comments system that lets you log in via Facebook, Twitter, OpenID, Disqus, and possibly your driver's license number
  • Summaries on the main page, with full entries on their own pages
  • A calendar of events on the main page
  • A special area for the podcasts on the main page
  • The ability to like, share, tweet, flirt with, simmer, dogear, question, and shake your groove thang in the vicinity of the comments. Well, some of those, anyway.
  • All sorts of upgrades that aren't visible but should make the Bitchery more speedy and lithe, like a Regency heroine dressed in boy's clothing.

There is still little bits of work to be done, but if you notice anything truly and utterly out of whack, please let me know, either in the comments or via email at sarahATsmartbitchestrashybooksDOTcom.

Comments are welcome, too! I hope you like the new design — and that you read something awesome while the work was in progress!

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  1. 1
    Keri Ford says:

    Very nice and congrats!!!!

  2. 2
    HelenMac says:

    Yaaay! I feel an Elton John moment coming on…the bitch(ery) is back! Huzzah!

  3. 3
    Rose says:

    Oooh, pretty!

  4. 4
    Vixenbib says:

    Welcome back! Very cross, cos now I’ll be spending hours working out how to navigate this new site rather than doing one of the 47 jobs that really need to be done, in order for me to feel I have any control with regard to my Life. Ah well…

    Now we’re back in business, I’m looking forward to you posting my HABO, Sarah! Hint, hint! :)

  5. 5
    Suzan Butler says:

    Wow. This is spiffy. COngrats on getting it done without strangling anyone. You didn’t… did you?? :P

  6. 6
    Vixenbib says:

    P.S. You’ve done a fantastic job – the site looks amazing….!!!!

  7. 7

    I love it! So fresh and my fear of the demise of the ladies was totally unfounded. Yay!

  8. 8
    Vixenbib says:

    Yaaaay!!  I LOVE the new Search function!

  9. 9
    Alina says:

    Slick! I like it a lot. Thanks for all the hard work I know you put into it.

    Things that seem out of whack:
    The “books” choices in the navigation menu at the top of the page are all broken. They lead to some weird URL with a ton of Ss.

    The pink column of navigation options such as recent reviews and browsing drop-downs – can we have that on the main home page too? The empty white space on the right-hand side seems perfect for it.

  10. 10
    tenthmuse says:

    Hi Alina,

    Thanks for pointing that out. The “books” item has been fixed. It was just a redirect loop and was quickly sorted out.

    I’m curious about what you’re seeing on the homepage, though. There is no empty white space on the right hand side.  What browser are you using?

  11. 11
    Gator_trish says:

    You were missed.  So glad you are back … Better than ever.

  12. 12
    Kathy says:

    Looks amazing! Joelle did a fabulous job. (and as with any new site launch she is still working out the kinks so hang tight ladies – all will be resolved in record speed I’m sure.)

  13. 13
    Joelle says:

    Something is amiss in IE7, which I’ll do my best to fix as soon as possible. But if you’re using IE7, I highly recommend upgrading your browser to IE9 or even Google Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox. ;)

  14. 14
    Tina Chaney says:

    Looks great, though it’s going to take me a while to get used to the new format.  However, I just went to look at an old guest review, Devil’s Embrace by Catherine Coulter, and it’s all wonky.  I’m using Google Chrome at the moment and every word that is supposed to have an apostrophe has weird symbols instead.

  15. 15
    Ros Clarke says:

    I’ll just be the grumpy one over here in the corner who DOESN’T LIKE CHANGE.

    Sorry.  I expect I’ll get used to it.

  16. 16

    Wow, very, very nice. Well done! :) Looking forward to kicking the tires on this new model of the site!

  17. 17
    Joelle says:

    Hi Tina,

    Thanks for letting us know. Aside from those weird characters, is everything else fine?  That may no be something we can fix, as we exported from an old version into a more modern version and sometimes we can’t control every aspect. We do our best! :)

  18. 18
    Joelle says:

    Sorry you’re not into it, Ros. :)

  19. 19
    Tina Chaney says:

    Parts are really hard to read, but mostly it’s fine.  I think that it was written before the last big change.

  20. 20
    Joelle says:

    Yes, I think those characters were converted from an entry dated back in 2008, prior to even the last redesign, and sometimes that happens. We can try to fix them as they arise, but overall, most should be good! :) Thanks, Tina.

  21. 21
    SB Sarah says:

    Hi folks! I’m so pleased you like it – there’s still tweaking going on in the back, there, but so far, so good. 

    I understand the feeling, Ros. I’m not on autopilot anymore, either, since the back end (hur) is just as new as the front end. But I love that it’s faster, easier to navigate and find stuff, and more frisky. 

    Welcome back, y’all!

  22. 22
    redcrow says:

    Welcome back!
    Not happy about pale pink background, but I’ll probably get used to it eventually.

  23. 23
    SB Sarah says:

    Tina Chaney I can fix those characters in the “Devil’s Embrace” review. No problem. It’s only a handful of pesky apostrophes, I think.

  24. 24
    DreadPirateRachel says:

    Looking good. I’m especially loving the new layout of the comments.

  25. 25
    Joanne says:

    Love.
    I feel like I’ve done some decorating and I didn’t have to move a thing!
    In my favs your avi has turned into a heart…. the things I learn from romance blogs, LOL!

  26. 26
    SB Sarah says:

    @9b0eca6e88480e33eb44e8de36b67375 That’s called a favicon, and it’s easy to change. And it can be FUN, especially when you accidentally make one that in the favs and the browser tabs looks somewhat… obscene. Not that I’ve done that on another blog or anything, no, not me.

  27. 27
    Joelle says:

    I fixed most of them myself. But there may be a stray here or there.

  28. 28
    Momtojuju says:

    So glad your back. The site looks lovely.

  29. 29
    Lily says:

    Very nice, Sarah!  I’m always suspicious of upgrades to sites I love because inevitably I hate the “after”, but this doesn’t seem to have any of the features I find annoying in other sites.  Well done, ya’ll!

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    Lisa Sumrall says:

    I dunno. I’m reminded of a Family Guy episode where Stewie says in his English accent, “I don’t like change.” I’m an old woman of *cough cough hack* years and I don’t adapt well to this new fangled stuff the kids are always playin’ with.

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