When I joined College Confidential as a Community Manager it was clear the company faced some important challenges. Our distinctive feature, the CC Forums, had reached a plateau in terms of activity. We’ve been working on events such as AMAs, the Student of the Week and webinars about topics that we believe will be of interest to members of the community. But we’ve also been looking at improving the way the site functions on a technical level.
Today is a day I’ve been looking forward to since I first joined CC. Today I can finally introduce the future of College Confidential Forums. If you want to see for yourself, I invite you to head over to the test site. Use the same email and password you use to log into this site and poke around!
We think the new site sets a solid foundation for community revival. I know change isn’t always welcome, but I also have heard many reports of problems with the existing site that we just can’t fix. A few months ago, we added a forum index so that people could once again see all the subcategories in one place. That was, at best, a stopgap solution. On the new site, the categories are all visible from the home page.
There are many other improvements that I hope you will discover for yourself. But I do want to point out a subtle change that we think will make a big difference for how the site feels to new visitors and longtime members: it’s a lot faster to load. In my tests, the new site takes half the time to load as the current site and it’s even better on mobile devices. That might not seem like much, but studies show people don’t wait around for slow sites.
We’re asking for help from you, the CC community. We already showed the site to moderators and a half dozen beta testers. Based on their feedback we made some adjustments already, but we’d like your help before we switch over in a couple of weeks. Please log into the new site. For the moment, our top priority is fixing any bugs that prevent people from logging in or posting. By the way, posts on the beta site are temporary and will be removed before launch.
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