Ten Years Later

Simple Talk has just celebrated its tenth birthday, has changed its platform, and has been given a make-over. The original site was designed for a small select readership, but we now get a million page-views a month. Security, page-speed, manageability, readability and convenience have all played their part in in directing what we did, but what do you think?

It’s hard to believe, but Simple Talk has now been going for over ten years.

Thanks to brilliant pieces from our writers, hard work from the team here, and countless valuable contributions from you, our readers, we’re currently receiving one million page views a month, and sitting on a hefty 2,500 articles from over 370 different authors. The success of the site is everything we hoped for, but didn’t dare expect.

Of course we’re delighted with this success, but it has presented us with a problem. The original site wasn’t geared to the present popularity of Simple Talk. Because of this, and to celebrate our tenth anniversary, we’ve decided that now is the time to bring the site up to current standards.

While the old site was superbly designed and executed, it was based on technology that is now out-of-date and that can’t be upgraded. After being patched time and time again, it became byzantine in its complexity, making it almost impossible to deploy. There were also some areas we just weren’t satisfied with.

The search functionality was of little help, for example. It was difficult to add new content or revise old articles. The RSS feeds weren’t effective. Aggregators couldn’t find our authors’ contributions.

We yearned for a simpler way.

Thanks to months of hard work from the team, we’re now much closer to our original ambitions. Of course, the new site is naturally still a work in progress, so we’d like your frank opinions of it. Whether these are about appearance, usability, positive, negative, big, small – we have a web team who are keen to get feedback and act on it.

Let us know what you think here, or send over any issues you encounter to editor@simple-talk.com.

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  • Antony

    I can’t see a “printer friendly” option anywhere anymore. I used to use that to send articles to my kindle for offline reading. Am I missing where it is, or has that feature gone now?

    • Gina Taylor

      Hi Antony,

      The printer-friendly versions are only temporarily gone, we’re working on adding them back to the site. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes in the meantime.

    • Nick Harrison

      There is also a Readability browser extension that will reformat any page for readability and has an option to send the page to your kindle. https://www.readability.com/

  • Congratulations on the milestone! This has always been my personal favorite site for technical editorials in my chosen field. Long live Simple-Talk!

  • Peter Schott

    Hard to believe it’s been 10 years. I like what I see so far and it looks like we might even have a way to subscribe to all of the posts. That was something slightly frustrating in the previous version of the site.

  • Timothy Wiseman

    The redesign is a big improvement.

  • Congrats on 10 years. As a relative newcomer to the Simple Talk website, it has become one of my ‘go to’ sites for quality information. You have a good balance of good, new ideas and good ol’ commonsense as well as a nice blend of the excitement that comes from being new to the industry and the respect that comes with experience. Keep up the good work!

  • ionFreeman

    Congratulations! I remember when you were just 2 1/2. You’ve made quite an impact!