Regulars of this blog will probably notice some house cleaning around here. We’ve made a bunch of changes, some obvious, some not-so-obvious.
Regulars will probably notice that the look and feel of the blog has been upgraded. We made long pending upgrades to our Wordpress software and changed the blog theme. We went with the Newsweek theme because we felt it was clean, simple and fitted in well with our already existing content and features. And above all, it was 100% free – desi ishtyle. Vaat to do? We are like that vonly, no?
Gone are the broken links and missing pages but the top menu stays pretty much the same. We decide to up our Twitter presence by getting an official Twitter account. Any tweets made by this account will show up on the homepage. Just our own little way of keeping our readers updated on the latest. The best way to reach us on Twiiter is still by using the #uberdesi hashtag.
The “Total Desi News” section stays. For those unfamiliar with this section, this Google powered newsfeed resides on the homepage and updates every 5 minutes with the latest desi news. The popular “Polls” section also stays.
One the biggest changes we’ve made is moving towards integration with Facebook. You see, by our very nature Über Desi is all about community. In this case, the community that fits a certain demographic. At this point in time, we feel that Facebook is by far the most commonly used social networking site used by our readers. Besides, it’s easier to build Facebook apps to integrate with Wordpress. So, Facebook it is. If you already have a Facebook account, you can now click on the large blue “Connect with Facebook” button on our home page and other pages to login to comment on UberDesi.com. Also, join the UD Facebook group, which we have big plans for in the near future.
Oh, and Orkutians and Tweeple, we love you too.
Not that some of our readers really care about this stuff, but we changed hosting servers. After the episode with Sarah Palin crashing Über Desi, our traffic has come back to normal proportions, making a dedicated server redundant. So we’re back to hosting on GoDaddy.com, cheap and reliable – desi ishtyle.
The poll section has already been active and most readers have been either upbeat about our new look or feel that there is room for improvements. I’ve also received some tweets and emails mostly positive. To those who responded about the blog having potential for improvements, I’m interested in knowing what some of those might possibly be. Feel free to use the comments section below or the Tipster page.
Welcome to Über Desi 2.0! Enjoy!