Progress report: SSL up and running, new comments tool coming today

Progress report: SSL up and running, new comments tool coming today

Just to give you all a progress report...we made some significant changes to our DNS settings last night and we're now running SSL for end-to-end encryption across the board. The many changes appear to have happened without too much downtime, although our Deals Shop was down for part of the morning. 

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DNS changes underway...

DNS changes underway...

As we've mentioned a few times lately, we're making some changes to Apple World Today to make life better for our readers. During the initial building of the site back in early 2015, we made some decisions about domain registration, domain hosting, email hosting, and security that we later came to regret. We're changing those now prior to our move to SSL encrypted hosting and a new comment system.   

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Out with the old comments, in with the new

Out with the old comments, in with the new

One of the more problematic things about running a site like Apple World Today is the comment system. We try to run a balance between getting a ton of comment spam and making it easy for readers to use, and as a result we were using the built-in Squarespace comment system. That system has some issues on occasion where people can't log in properly, so we're going to make a change.

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State of the Site

State of the Site

Hi, friends of Apple World Today. 

It's the beginning of November, so I thought I'd let you know how we're doing. In one word, "better".

We are still not out of the woods yet financially, but our readership numbers are climbing at about 15 percent per month. With readership comes revenue and financial stability. Every day I thank each and every one of you who reads Apple World Today for making us one of your go-to websites for Apple news, reviews and how-tos.

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Building AWT: Finding a new workflow and the bumps along the way

Building AWT: Finding a new workflow and the bumps along the way

It's been over a month since Apple World Today launched, and it has been a whirlwind experience. Everything came together so quickly for AWT that my head was spinning for those first few weeks. Part of the chaos came from the necessary change of doing things one way at TUAW and another at AWT. Even the same posts -- my Daily Deals and Today in the App Store posts -- required a whole new workflow. My colleagues have discussed their experiences; now it is time for me share my first month at AWT. 

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Building AWT: Our first, and possibly last, liveblog

Building AWT: Our first, and possibly last, liveblog

On Monday, we followed an ancient and hallowed TUAW tradition and ran a [liveblog during the Apple Spring Forward event]. After the fact, the team talked a bit about the future of liveblogging.

Liveblogs are usually quite popular and this was no exception. Our traffic on Monday was quite nice, something we'd like to see every day. But as we noticed while watching the event, there was another liveblog that was competing with ours -- Apple's.

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