AccountingWEB has re-emerged from a serious makeover after spending the bank holiday weekend in its digital cocoon.
Thank you for your patience while we undertook this work and we hope you haven’t suffered any withdrawal symptoms while the new AccountingWEB was under construction.
The entire AccountingWEB team joined in the bank holiday DIY tradition by picking our tools to put the finishing touches to the new site. Most of the loose ends have been tied up and all the backstage nuts and bolts have been tightened in time for this morning’s ceremonial ribbon cutting.
No launch goes without a hitch and you may spot a few loose bits of digital carpet and rickety plumbing behind some of the panels. Please bear with us while we pick up and deal with outstanding bugs.
And as has happened in the past AccountingWEB members can play your part by letting us know if you find broken links, funny formatting or other glitches in the new site.
Compared to its previous incarnation, the new site puts a lot more emphasis on graphics and design. We recognise that some AccountingWEB members may not like the look, but our new platform reflects best practice standards within the web industry and is the result of a long-term project across the Sift Media portfolio.
You may experience slower than normal response times during the new site’s first week in action. Any delays are not caused by the graphics, but by the underlying content management system. Once it manages to catalogue around 1m previously posted items the loading times will improve.
When coming back to the site, you should be automatically logged in. If you cannot see your user name at the top right of the web page, log in again so you can experience all the site’s new features.
Your user profile and account play a more prominent role on the new AccountingWEB. The new profile format is designed to be more user friendly to readers - so the user image and professional information are more prominent and all of your posts, comments and blogs are listed in a personal content library.
If you want to alter or edit anything you've posted previously - including Any Answers posts and comments - this is where to do it.
If you haven’t already done so, upload an image to present your best side to the wider community. Uploading an image is easy and just requires an appropriate image that fits within the 85 X 85 dimensions.
While you’re at it, why not tell the community a little about yourself in the biography section? It doesn’t have to be your life story, but just enough so everyone knows who you are.
The default for most members is to show the job title and company beside their username because the information is useful for those members who use the site to promote accounting expertise and job status. If you would like to change or update your professional information you can amend this on your account page to remove details from your public user profile.
The user account page is a good jumping off point, as the left hand section includes a menu of options that let you post blogs, Any Answers questions and other content with a single click. It’s also worth visiting the Email Visit the emails and subscriptions pages to ensure that you are getting all the email bulletins that you want.
Blogs and private messages
If you haven’t already done so, do explore the site at your leisure. The underlying structure is based largely on the same conceptual framework as the old side, but each of the main navigation topics - Tax, Business, Tech, Practice and Community - now include sub-menus for important themes within each camp.
Under the Community menu, you will find both the Blogs page and Industry updates from our advertising partners.
The blogs section has been retooled to match the new format so that we make important posts more prominent on relevant pages elsewhere on the site. To make this switch many of our “Featured blogger” crew have been upgraded to “Columnists”. While their posts can be featured elsewhere, the profile information will show their real name and role. Some of our bloggers will continue to use pseudonyms to permit them to discuss sensitive issues without compromising confidentiality, so only their user names will be visible.
Our developers have also improved the blog text editor to make it easier to insert tables and images in posts.
Private messaging has been given an overhaul to make it easier to navigate and more pleasing on the eye.
Any Answers has been the heart of the AccountingWEB community for more than a decade and retains its prominent position in our navigation system. If you’ve been waiting all bank holiday weekend to pose your burning question to the community, just click the Any Answers link above and then the big yellow ‘Ask your question now’ button.
As with blogs, the default setting is to display your user name and information on posts. But if you would prefer not to make your affiliation public, you can select an “Anonymous” option when making new posts. If there are posts that you don’t want to appear in your back catalogue, you can review them on your public Profile page and edit the setting to anonymous via the user account page.
We have added the ability to “like” original Any Answers posts as well as thanking other members for their subsequent comments. This information is compiled on the Any Answers overview page to highlight the questions that merit your attention more immediately. Any Answers is now open for you to pick up where we left off last Friday.
Work in progress
The new AccountingWEB is an evolving beast. The Discussions and Opportunities pages were not ready in time for our relaunch. For the moment these areas are still there, but non-visible as we consider how to adapt and improve them for the new platform. Apart from those two, everything else is present.
We got a lot of feedback about our Search engine and work is still underway to upgrade it with an Advanced Search capability. We are hoping to complete this in the next week or two. This has been quite a major piece of work affecting not just AccountingWEB, but all our sister sites too, so please be patient. It should be worth the extra wait.
Technical and support queries
If you have any technical queries or issues accessing and interacting with the new site, please visit the GOT A QUESTION page, which houses a new helpdesk and FAQ section. If you can’t find an answer there, please get in touch with our IT support team via this email: [email protected]
AccountingWEB is more than a website, it’s a community and the thing that motivates us the most is try to deliver the features and content that you want. Let us know what you think about the new site. All feedback is welcomed and wherever possible we will try to accommodate constructive suggestions as the new site beds in.