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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-30-2013 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA Internet Services Manager notice
What the Heck Happened to NASA.gov?

Notice anything different?

To start with, we've got a refreshed look, lightening the site's color palette. We hope this will address some of the complaints we've had about clutter and the page being hard to navigate visually. But that's just the beginning.

You've no doubt noticed that the navigation buttons are gone from the NASA Home Page. The topics are still there in the "Popular Topics" drop-down menu to the right of the main news stories. We moved them there to make more space for live events. When we solicited feedback on what people wanted from NASA.gov, the most-popular idea (among those we could actually implement) was to make live events more prominent. So here is where we'll be putting links to launches, major press conferences and speeches, planetary encounters and anything else we want to draw your attention to.

There are lots of changes on the back end that will be invisible to you. We've moved to an open-source content-management system, a new content-delivery network and a new data center. Moving 10 years of content and capabilities into a new system in 13 weeks is a challenge. We’re doing our best but with a compressed transition schedule and a new publishing infrastructure there will be some growing pains, and I’m sure some items will be missed. There will be some 404 errors. There will be some content you're used to seeing that will us a while to rebuild. But we’ll get there. And this is just the beginning.

This first transition is just the start. We'll continue developing the new tools through September, and early next year will begin laying plans for an overhaul of the site, our first since 2007. When we're done, we expect to have a vastly improved site, both for users and editors. Related content should be more effectively presented together. Multimedia and social media should be more tightly integrated with web content, while respecting the different preferences of social-media and web audiences.

And I can't finish without offering many thanks to our outgoing vendor, eTouch Systems, and their subcontractors. They took over management of the NASA.gov infrastructure in 2003, moved us out the basement of NASA Headquarters and into a real data center, and helped us handle a whole series of high-traffic events --- starting, sadly, with the loss of Columbia and finishing with thrill of Curiosity's landing. Thanks, folks.

Onward. I hope you're looking forward to it as much as we are.

thump
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posted 07-01-2013 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This new website really stinks. Just like other federal agencies that decide to update their websites on a very routine basis (some on a bi-monthly basis), they must have not have tested it before rollout, because it certainly is not working, at least on my end, I'm unable to open anything.

It's bad enough for this to happen to a space enthusiast, but when I need to access the site for work purposes, that's really bad...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-01-2013 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What's not working for you? I've been able to access most of the previous layout's content (with just a few exceptions).

I'm not a fan of the color palette, but that may soften as they create new feature images.

thump
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posted 07-01-2013 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nothing is opening or loading, most items on the home page are just marked as "loading" (regardless of low long the page has been opened), click on the items at the top (news, missions, multimedia, connect) and it just bounces back to the home page. I admit I can be pretty illiterate when it comes to a lot of things with computers, but I at least can get around the internet, but might not use the correct terminology when describing problems. For all I know it could be our system here at work (I'm not having any problems with any other federal sites), but either way it's frustrating...

canyon42
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posted 07-01-2013 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for canyon42   Click Here to Email canyon42     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've gotten to most of what I've looked for, not that I've tried to do a comprehensive scan of the whole site. That home page is pretty ugly, though — makes NASA look like a pharmaceutical company. Not the look I would go for if I was hoping to inspire young minds, that's for sure.

Cozmosis22
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posted 07-03-2013 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good to see that they have money to spend on important things like this "upgrade".

Cliff Lentz
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posted 07-03-2013 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see that the video page now does NOT have the option to download the video. I hope that changes in the future!

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