In my “Note from the Editor” in the September 1997 issue of Reason & Revelation, I introduced readers to our then-new Web site. Then, in the February 1999 issue of R&R, I announced a “front-to-back/top-to-bottom” revision of the entire site—producing the beautiful, functional site that has been in use since that time. Among my February 1999 comments were these: “Resting on our laurels never has been something with which we at Apologetics Press felt comfortable. It therefore gives me a great deal of pleasure to announce the availability of the new edition of ‘A.P. on the Web.’ ”
Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying, “That was then; this is now.” It certainly is appropriate here, as I proudly announce the unveiling of our entirely new Web site.
Around eight months ago, I asked my staff to begin working with me on a complete revision of our entire Web site—again! As with the 1999 revision, our goals were straightforward. First, we wanted every single aspect of the site’s appearance—from the newly designed home page to every page thereafter—to be as crisp, clean, and professional as possible. Second, we wanted the site to be even more user-friendly than it already is. Third, we wanted it to be flexible enough so that, when “current events” demand it (like, for example, the current brouhaha over human cloning ), we can post information immediately, and in an easy-to-locate fashion, for the benefit of those who visit our site. And, fourth, of course, we wanted the site as a whole to continue to be as rich as possible in its free information content.
During the lengthy revision process, we sought assistance from several professional Web designers. While we were cautious in how we spent the funds necessary to produce the new site—so as to get the “most bang for our buck”—we spared no expense in securing the latest Web-based technology to ensure that the site is as current, convenient, and “comfortable” as possible. We did not want—to employ an old adage—“a dollar waiting on a dime.”
Those “netizens” who visit our site will be the ones who ultimately determine if we have succeeded in our quest. But from our perspective, we are absolutely thrilled with the end result. The new site, in our estimation, is a “wonder to behold.” As we began the revamping procedure, we visited numerous other sites to make a list of features we liked, and features we didn’t. We purchased software that was designed to streamline the site. We worked with artists who submitted samples of proposed changes to the graphics on our site. We solicited input from those who use our site on a regular basis, to see what constructive criticism they wanted to offer. In short, we did what we at A.P. do best—we researched our subject. Then we acted.
We invite you to visit the new site at your convenience. I think you will be thrilled at what you see. The home page is new. The menus are new. The design of all the pages is new. In short, everything is new! And, as you will notice when you visit the site for the first time, the information on the home page will change every Monday morning, in order to accommodate new, updated material on a weekly basis.
As always—with practically everything we do here at Apologetics Press—your input will be appreciated. Ideas, suggestions, and yes, even criticisms, are welcome. To paraphrase that old song, “Everything we do, we do for you.” Please feel free to call on us if we may be of any assistance. We are here to serve.
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