Riscos.org switches to weblog formatBy Chris Williams. Published: 12th Jun 2005, 02:34:16 | Permalink | Printable
"Woke up this morning, had some toast, switched on the Iyonix, brushed my teeth. Then I checked my email.."Riscos.org has this weekend relaunched in the style of a blog, discarding its previous portal website format. The site is currently the second highest result when searching for "RISC OS" on Google, joining other top results that are also arguably floundering in terms of up-to-date content.
Riscos.org was redesigned in October 2004 and since then site admin Paul Vigay managed to post about three articles plus one spoof for April Fools day. In his first post on the new riscos.org weblog, Paul explained, "As there seems to be numerous news and article portals for RISC OS, and I seem to have little time for updating the site, I thought I'd turn RISCOS.org into more of a weblog type portal, so that I can put comments and articles up as I see fit."
"Hopefully, this will enable me to keep it a bit more up-to-date and feature new items more often," he added.
According to Paul, the old-style riscos.org had multiple contributors, although it's usually just him posting articles whilst some editors even had their posting privileges reduced following a number of incidents of misuse. The new website can still accommodate other writers besides Paul.
On the new weblog format, Paul commented, "At least now I can login and post from anywhere, so it should make updating a bit easier - and I can still publish articles and tutorials etc, but just in a blog type way instead of uploading html pages etc."
The new weblog style for riscos.org strongly resembles Paul's personal online diary, and in fact, uses the same content management software homegrown by Paul. Although he's kindly linked to drobe.co.uk, we note that he overlooked the question on whether or not a weblog is the best use for a website that turns up high in search engine results for our platform - although the links database, which is useful if well maintained, is still available albeit tucked away on the new site. It can't take a lot of effort to better, and compensate for, the likes of riscos.net, myriscos.co.uk and, in some ways, riscos.com, which sit at the top of the Google results pages for those stumbling across RISC OS and the post-Acorn era, and wanting to find out more.
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