Hot damn! 1 year and 377 articles later and it’s time to celebrate our first anniversary. Not only are we throwing a wild birthday party for ourselves on Saturday but we’ve gone and launched a brand new website, a set of mobile apps for iPhone and Android and we’re moving into our new office in The Two Twenty today.
Ominocity v2.0 brings a fresh new look and many technological advancements, so here’s the skinny on what’s new.
You may have noticed that we reorganized all of our content into 6 new categories: Events, Lifestyle, Music, Photos, Technology and Videos. Yes, this means we’re slowly expanding our coverage beyond the local music scene. Sorta.
We found that we were receiving far more traffic to our homepage than expected. We decided to lay out our new homepage more like a magazine in order to display more content and feature our top articles longer. If you prefer the old chronological display, just click the ALL button in the menu for a full list of our recent posts.
Previously our Events system depended on how eager I was to manually add events to our database. I got really sick of spending hours every week doing this so we developed a brand new system that is fully automated. We partnered with a service called Songkick that scrubs the Internet for event information from ticketing agencies, social networks and band and venue websites to pull that information into our database. For the most part the new event system does a great job of automatically adding events, however promoters booking shows in tiny, unknown halls may want to manually submit their events to be included in our listings.
Not only do our mobile apps now match the design of our new website but they include many new features and bug fixes. Our iPhone app is much more stable and includes our new Events system and our Android app finally matches all of the features previously only available in our iPhone app such as Facebook sharing and the ability to comment on articles within the app.
(Note to users of our Android app: the new version is registered as an entirely new app in the Android Market so you will need to download the new version rather than upgrading the old one.)
Our new commenting system now supports logging in via Facebook and Twitter. It also scans those networks for comments made on our articles and displays them right on our site so we can keep track of the conversations all in one place. This makes nerds drool.
How’d We Do?
Along with many more behind the scenes improvements too nerdy to mention we hope the changes above shake things up enough to keep you reading. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the new website and apps so do let us know if you love or hate the new look.
We hope you can all come get rowdy with us at OMFEST, this Saturday at Louis’ Pub to celebrate!
Thanks for an amazing first year!
Ryan & Chrix