New Look for a New Beginning!

July 13, 2020

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Our new website design is live! We wanted to improve the user experience, clean up some of the design elements, and make the site easier to maintain on the back end. We hope you like it!

I did the design and layout. While I do have a background in software development, this was my first attempt at web dev. Because of that, I’m sure you’ll come across little things that might not work or looks inconsistent. Feedback and suggestions never hurt my feelings, so feel free to shoot me an email if you find something that needs fixed.

I had A LOT of help with this project. managing editor Lesley Conner and our summer intern Hayley Dietrich worked tirelessly to adjust our old content so that it works in our new content delivery system. Greg Fazekas handled all our server side work. Justin Stewart provide dozens of new website assets to add some pizazz to the site.

The biggest change is our landing page. It now has a focus on the current issue and does a better job of giving first time visitors more relevant information about what we are. Another major addition was our online store. You no longer have to be redirected off the site to buy subscriptions and issues. Finally, we improved our content headers to more prominently display author information, word count, and other meta data.

Work on the site will be ongoing. Our immediate focus will be on the following:

  1. Accessibility. I want to bring the site to WCAG 2.1 AA compliance by the end of the year. While I’m not certain that can be done, there are many ways we can improve site accessibility without hiring a WordPress developer so we’ll do what we can until we reach that point.
  2. Add content warning labels to all our fiction content.
  3. Add a cover art gallery along with a really nice artists’ focus area.

Don’t forget that the Apex Magazine relaunch Kickstarter opens on July 20th! You can visit our prelaunch page to be notified as soon as we go live.

Edited to add: See how the ordered list has ’01’ and not ‘1’. That’s the type of nitpicky things that drive me crazy and must be fixed! 🙂


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