By this point, you may have noticed the thin yellow banner at the top of our page inviting you to try our new site. We hope you've taken a chance to click over and take a look. If you have, maybe you have a few questions about it. Let's see if we can answer them.
Why are you changing the site?
We love the current BibleStudyTools.com. After all, we built it to be the best place on the Internet for in-depth study of Scripture. But we're never satisfied. New technology pops up nearly every day that adds something to our wishlist to make the site even better. Eventually, there comes a point when we have to step back and make some much-needed updates to take advantage of all the new features we want to add.
Plus, more and more of your are coming to our site through tablets and smart phones. The current site was built for computers, and to accomodate the new way you're visiting, change is needed.
When will the new site launch?
The simple answer is this: when it's ready. We put the new site out there early so that you could get used to and tell us what works and what doesn't. Although we've tested it, that doesn't mean we've got all the best ideas. Share yours. Tell us what you like and what you want to see changed.
When we're satisfied that it's ready, we'll make it live for everyone. Most likely, that'll happen in 2013.
Will the current site go away?
Yes. Maintaining two sites would make it tough on our team of developers. We want to make sure they have plenty of time to see their families. You see, our goal is to make the new site so good that you won't want to use the current site.
Will I lose any of my data when I move to the new site?
Not at all. The two sites have all the same information. If it's on the current site, it's on the new site.
What's so good about the new site?
The biggest changes you'll see at first are the cleaner design and refined navigation. Those are the two main requests we've gotten over the years, and this new site takes care of that first thing. And as we mentioned, the site is optimized for both computers and portable devices. If you love your iPad or Nexus, the new site is for you.
In addition, we've tweaked our main search box to offer useful suggestions as you type. We've put some of your favorite features right where you can find them on the front page. And we've improved some things under the hood as well... the secret sauce, if you will.
But you can expect some other big changes as well. We'll tell you more about that later.
Try the new site and let us know what you think.
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John UpChurch, Senior Editor (BibleStudyTools.com)
Alex Crain, Managing Editor (Christianity.com)
Stephen McGarvey, Senior Director of Editorial
Stephen Sanders, A/V Editor