Please Excuse our Mess

By Chris Dawahare

Remember the old days when you would arrive at a website only to see an ugly "Under Construction" image? Sometimes I feel like we need to permanently add this icon to BloodHorse.com. You may not have noticed, but our website has undergone some major changes over the past few months. And, there is a lot more to come. Some changes have been obvious, others more subtle, but hopefully they have all been for the better.

Inside BloodHorse.com is a blog intended to educate our readers on how to use some of the new features, and most importantly, a forum for our readers to express their likes and dislikes. If we make a change to BloodHorse.com that you really love - or hate - we want to hear about it.

So, without further ado, here are some of the latest features that we've recently rolled out on BloodHorse.com:

Article Tags - When reading an article on BloodHorse.com, you've probably noticed an area on the sidebar called "Tags". So, what exactly is a tag? I'll leave it up to the Wikipedia experts to explain in detail, but it's basically a way of grouping similar content together. If you click on a tag that you're interested in, you will be taken to a page (view sample) that shows every article on BloodHorse.com that contains that tag ("keyword" is another term you might be familiar with). It's a quick and easy way to access content on a particular topic that you're interested in.

Article Aggregation Pages - We know that a lot of our readers only want to see the news when they come to BloodHorse.com. Time is at a premium these days, and we understand that some of you may want to stop just to see the latest news. In its current format, BloodHorse.com really doesn't lend itself to that sort of browsing behavior. Taking that into consideration, we've created seven new pages that are designed for those individuals who want the news, and nothing but the news.

ALL articles - http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/

Today's Headlines - http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/section/top-headlines

Racing - http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/section/thoroughbred-racing

Auction - http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/section/thoroughbred-sales

Triple Crown Mania - http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/section/triple-crown

Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Trail - http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/tag/kentucky-derby-trail 

Breeding - http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/section/thoroughbred-breeding

International - http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/section/international

 

If you like what you see here, there's no need to try and memorize any of these url's. You can simply bookmark these pages or save them as one of your favorites for quick access in the future.

Video Player (launching next week) - With our new video player, content syndication is now an option for most of our videos. If you want to embed a video in your blog post, you can simply get the "embed code" and go. There is also an "Email a Friend" option and a "Get Link" option. Future enhancements are planned, so be sure to keep your eye out for those.

Auctions Database - The all-new Auctions channel provides a faster, more convenient way to get the valuable information you're looking for. We've also given the channel a completely new look -- if you haven't already done so, please take a look and let us know what you think. And, the Auctions channel now features FREE access to the comprehensive Auctions Database.

Equineline Report icon
- You may have recently a noticed a tiny little icon next to every stallion name. This denotes an Equineline report; if you click on the icon, you will immediately be taken to the Equineline report page for that particular stallion. In the past, it took three clicks to get from a BloodHorse.com article to an Equineline report. Now, you can get there in just one click.

More changes are on the way, so it's probably a good idea to keep your hard hats on for awhile. We hope you like what we've done thus far, but if you have any suggestions on how we can improve things, please let us know. We would love to hear from you!


Chris Dawahare is the Digital Media Operations Manager for Blood-Horse Publications. 
 

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LanceS

Hi!  Generally pleased with the changes so far.  Two things I'd like to see.  1) I wish you'd occasionally do some "open forums" in the blogs section so people could post whatever they want to talk about.  2) I wish you'd add Puerto Rico to you State Sire Lists.  It seems weird that you have a foreign country (Canada), but not a U.S. Territory.  You include P.R. sires on your first, second, and third crop lists, but once they get beyond that they become impossible to track.

Thanks for the opportunity to comment!

26 Feb 2009 11:55 AM
Amber

Where are the baby pictures? In several past years you've posted new foal pictures. I liked the 2007 photo galleries that you had, but didn't care for the layout or presentation of the 2008 photos. But I won't complain about the format....just want to see the babies.

26 Feb 2009 5:01 PM
AlexP

I just wanted to say thank you for all of the hard work going into improving this great website. One thing I really like are the horse profile pages-it's a quick and easy way to find out basic information on many horses racing today. My only problem is that if I'm not already looking at another horse's profile and so on the profile portion of the website, I either have to click on the horse's name in an article or type in their name in the site's search field. I haven't seen a link that takes you directly to the main page of the profile section. This would make it much easier if I want to look someone up and I'm not reading an article in which they're mentioned.

P.S. If there is a link somewhere and I've missed it, I apologize.

26 Feb 2009 6:05 PM
Abbie Knowles

The improvements so far are great and now i have some speakers I am really looking forward to watching all the videos!!!!!

The Bloodhorse.com is my favourite website and i spend hours on it!  Have learnt such a lot about U.S. racing and it brings me great enjoyment.  Thanks to everyone for all their hard work.

God Bless

Best wishes

Abbie

P.S. Any news on how Cash Asmussen is getting on now he is training?

26 Feb 2009 7:50 PM
cdawahare@bloodhorse.com

The foal photos are on the way. We are soliciting farms and breeders as we speak.

We actually do have a Horse Profile Index page. There is a text link in the Racing section of the BloodHorse.com homepage, but I can see how it could easily get missed. Here's the link in case you want to bookmark it:

www.bloodhorse.com/.../thoroughbred

27 Feb 2009 8:34 AM
da3hoss

You guys do a great job, almost all your improvements are great...the only bad one of late is the new talking only format for interviews...two thumbs down on that...;-)

28 Feb 2009 3:20 PM
Draynay

Open blogging would be nice... but you guys are the best.  Great site great information.  I would like to see more interviews with more trainers. One last suggestion can Jason post a better head shot or is that the best he can do ?

01 Mar 2009 8:44 PM
Good Job

Great job.... I like it all

02 Mar 2009 11:32 AM

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