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Welcome to the newly redesigned Big Sky State Buzz

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Me 1Welcome back to Big Sky State Buzz.

As you might notice there are a few changes, all of which have been made to make the experience on this site more intuitive, user friendly and open.

Firstly you’ll see we have a new URL which reflects the name of the site in it. If you’ve gotten used to www.bssbuzz.com, fear not because after some time getting some of the kinks out we will start to redirect you to this site whether you use the old URL, www.bssbuzz.com, to the new one.

Secondly, you’ll see that we’ve changed the look of the site, as well. While the feel of the last site was on par for what one might expect of an independent news site, this new design not only expands on that idea, it also paves the way for future growth in a way that the last design couldn’t.

To complete this process I have been working closely with John and Erin Duffy Osswald of Pixel Lab Web Development. They have a great eye for what works and what doesn’t, how to build something at the start that makes it possible to grow successfully, and they have a keen eye for making a site look appealing.

Some of the other sites they’ve helped develop include the new website for the Great Falls band The Helligans, and the C.M. Russell Museum’s new site, among others.

They have a proven track record and I feel very fortunate to have them on board with me in this venture.

One of the best things that they’ve done so far has been figuring out how to intuitively organize events and reviews. After looking around at some other sites, we felt that there was room for improvement and we feel that we have one of the best methods of searching things on our website.

What we think and what you think might vary greatly, but know that much care and attention went to trying to make the user experience as simple and easy as possible. All of our decisions made in how to organize content on this site was made with the user in mind.

The same goes for advertisements, which we will be rolling out soon, as well.

Ads are a necessary aspect of almost any website, especially one such as this. Hopefully you will take comfort in the fact that we’re reaching out to local businesses first and especially local or area businesses that are involved in the entertainment scene.

We feel here at Big Sky State Buzz that if there is a business out there that is providing its community with valuable goods and/or services that average viewers of our site might want or need, then it’s beneficial for everyone to serve as the conduit to that marketplace.

And finally, if you’ve ever tried building your own website, you’ll know that it takes time to get it all right. There are still kinks to be ironed out, mistakes to be fixed, blank pages to be filled and bumps in the road that we will undoubtedly cross as this new site unfolds.

Thank you for visiting and please, please leave us some comments on what you like, what you don’t like, how you think things could be improved and what you think is working wonderfully already.

Cheers,

 

Jake Sorich

Big Sky State Buzz owner

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