Today, we’ve made a few changes to the Science Update blog.
Most of these are cosmetic, but those of you who subscribe to the blog – by email, by RSS, or via WordPress.com – may notice a few minor changes.
Why are things changing?
Since we launched in 2007, we’ve been using a free blog provided by WordPress.com. Given the blog’s successes we think we need a little more flexibility to grow and develop things, so we’ve moved to a self-hosted version of WordPress that we can tinker with a bit more.
What will change?
Initially we’ve just changed the design of the blog to look more like our other websites, and making things a bit cleaner and easier to read. However, our regular subscribers may notice a few changes:
If you normally subscribe to the blog by email, we’ll be contacting you shortly to let you know what to do if you still want to receive email updates.
If you use RSS to follow our posts, things won’t change much, but we’ll have a new primary RSS feed – http://feeds.feedburner.com/cancerresearchuk/SHhE. The old feed – https://news.cancerresearchuk.org//feed/ – will still work for the foreseeable future, but it might be worth updating your RSS reader anyway.
(What is ‘RSS’? Find out here: http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/news/newsfeeds/)
If you subscribe via WordPress.com, you will need to manually re-subscribe to this new blog. Sorry about this, but our tech team couldn’t find a way to move you across.
Let us know what you think
As ever, we’re really keen to have your feedback – good or bad. Please use the comments form below, or give us a shout on [email protected] and let us know what you think of the new look.
Henry & the Cancer Research UK blog team
Henry Scowcroft August 31, 2011
Peter, good points – totally agree that this will be more work, but the limitations on .com in terms of using other multimedia tools like Storify and Dipity are something we’re looking forward to leaving behind.
Simon – yes, this should remain the same but we’ll be slowly migrating all RSS feeds onto FeedBurner. The original RSS feeds will carry on working but keep an eye out and update your reader as necessary.
Simon K August 31, 2011
Good luck with the move. Will there still be an RSS feed available for comments?
Peter Reynolds August 31, 2011
I wish you well with this but suggest caution too! I have several years experience with both wordpress.com and wordpress.org.
Yes .org offers more flexibility and control but demands far, far more work and comes with some worrying limitations. It is bliss to return to .com which gets better all the time and takes some beating in my view.