AVweb has completed its migration from a legacy content management system to a new, up-to-date platform designed to quickly and efficiently deliver text and multimedia to all devices.
“Following denial-of-service attacks over the winter, we chose a ground-up restoration that will make it easier to deliver and consume all kinds of aviation content,” said Editorial Director Tim Cole. “In time we will port over a wealth of back content if anyone wants to trip down memory lane.” AVweb is widely known as aviation’s premier independent aviation news resource and has been in continuous operation since 1995.
According to Publisher Tom Bliss: “AVwebFlash is the most read, independent source of GA news and is published an astounding 167 times per year, making this e-newsletter both habit forming and timely. No other GA news organization comes close to the sheer volume of original news our 100,000 subscribers receive each week.”
For all outward appearances, the goal was to make the site feel welcoming and comfortable for people who liked the “old” AVweb. And while the AVweb team has chosen to remain true to its proven form factor, the new site exploits every technical enhancement currently available, with improvements already noted in site speed and search engine optimization
As per usual, your thrice-weekly Flash will arrive in reader inboxes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Readers have told us they like easy access without a lot of clicking, so all Flash items will appear as links at the bottom of individual Flash articles, so your next article is always visible and only one click away.
For desktop users, you will notice the Flash arriving as a single column in a vertical stack with ads in between editorial items. This will allow our mobile friendly Flash to become even friendlier when viewed on phones and tablets.
Readers will also play a role in building premium AVweb content. One of the frustrations associated with this transition has been the temporary loss of reader comments. That has been corrected and commenting has been restored. As with the old system, you must be a registered user in order to leave a comment. We ask that you re-register on the new site if you want to give us feedback. Readers who do not wish to comment will still receive their Flash without having to re-register.
The real power of the new AVweb lies behind the scenes. Our new content management system will allow editors to create, illustrate and post with unmatched speed and dexterity. Videos and podcasts also can be created and posted with the greatest of ease. The time savings this affords will allow us to spend more energy doing what editors and reporters do best—namely, investigate, write and prepare multimedia aviation content of exceptional enterprise and quality.
These new tools will allow AVweb to continue the tradition of covering everything and anything that flies.
“More than 90 percent of our subscribers are pilots and nearly 66 percent are aircraft owners,” said Bliss. “They fly light singles, kit planes, high performance singles and twins, King Airs and light jets. They fly and buy retrofit avionics, headsets, insurance, financing, simulators and sim training; thousands of engines and overhauls, interiors, paint, tires, batteries, oil, tires and much more every year. No one delivers the quality of pilot video flight reports, avionics analyses and new product coverage that you can find on AVweb. We are committed to excellence—not fluff—and our audience is fiercely loyal, knowledgeable, sometimes critical—but always engaged.”
All of us at AVweb want to thank our steadfast readers for staying with us while we’ve improved and strengthened aviation’s leading independent news channel. The commenting feature for this brief is open, so feel free to leave suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you.