Monday, May 18, 2009

New Goodies Are Coming to

If you've noticed that I've been keeping a slighter lower-than-usual profile of late, it's because I've been spending most of my last few weeks working on implementing a new data base infrastructure for the website.

This behind-the-scenes project will enable us to bring a number of enhancements and new features to and our other websites during the coming months.

You can already see two of these enhancements on the site. Our new system is facilitating expansion of our venue listings. We've added about three dozen venues to our website since last Wednesday, many of them in the outer boroughs. Check out the Venue Listings and the Now Playing: Outside Manhattan listings to see what's new.

Also, when we did our redesign of last year, at least one reader noticed that the archived show review pages featured only abbreviated credits. We've fixed that: for reviews of shows that closed on May 17th and thereafter, a full roster of credits is provided. We hope this will be helpful to folks!

But these little tweaks are only the tip of the iceberg! Over the next several weeks, I'll be sharing with our plans and alerting you when significant new functions and features are available. Look for enhanced findability of listings and easier and more ways for readers to select and be alerted to the kinds of shows that matter most to them.

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