Hockey's Future has had the same site design for almost five years, now, and it is one that has served us well aside from some minor quirks in the system.
But progress is all about moving forward, and so it is time for a new design to be implemented at HF. That time is today, as we will be switching to the new website design within the next couple of hours if all goes well. This change is only for HF and not the HF Boards.
The design will definitely look new, although the site navigation will not be much different from the current version of the site. One thing that will be added to the new version is the ability to submit comments on most content at the site, a feature that we have not had for several years (don't abuse it!). We'll also have a box that shows the latest threads that have been commented on at the HF Boards. And there might be a couple more wrinkles added this time around.
And, by "this time around", I'm referring to the fact that this is only the first stage of this site makeover. There will be more added over the next couple of months as more work is done to the site. If you have any suggestions for features that you'd like to see at the site, you can send those suggestions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although we'd like to think that everything will go smoothly, as with any changeover of this type, glitches can arise that might cause some wobbles in some of the features at the site. We will be monitoring things during this upgrade, so hopefully we'll catch all the bugs that pop up.
We're looking forward to the new look at HF, and we hope that you like the changes that will be made over the next couple of months.
Update, 5/23/12: We are aware that we have some glitches from yesterday's update that will have to be fixed. We'll try to get as many of those items fixed as we can today. Thank you for your patience.
Update, 5/24/12: There is still some fixes to be made at HF following the change to the new site. Again, thank you for your patience.
Managing Editor, Hockey's Future