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BankDeals Transition to DepositAccounts.com Is Fast Approaching

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We're just about ready to transition the BankDeals blog to DepositAccounts.com (we plan to have it done by late Friday night). In the last month, my technical partner and I have spent quite a bit of time to ensure that the new site will have all of the features of the current blogspot blog, with some additional new and improved features in the works (as an overview reminder, see my post about this transition from last month).

Some of these new features have already been implemented at DepositAccounts.com. The new site now features three types of posts:
  • Blog posts, which will be just like what you see now at BankDeals.
  • Articles, which will be longer than most blog posts and will focus on timeless banking topics.
  • Notices, which are similar to Twitter tweets, providing summaries and links to noteworthy banking news, rate updates and other banking related information. Instead of me writing these on Twitter (where I'm limited to 140 characters), I'll be posting these on DepositAccounts.com so that you’ll be able to comment and subscribe on the site. These notices are already available at DepositAccounts.com/notices (and still on Twitter, as well). The top menu has a link to this under resources.
Another new feature is enhanced commenting. In addition to having more editing and customization functionality in the commenting, you can also now flag which comments you find helpful (or unhelpful). If you see comments that you don't like (offensive or spam for example), you can vote them down. Likewise, if you see useful comments, you can vote them up. We’ll then use this community feedback to highlight the most popular comments related to each post.

In the next couple of days when the transition completes, you'll see some more new features. Of course, all of the items mentioned above (blogs, articles, notices, comments, etc.) and any new features will work hand-in-hand with the new rate tables, which I think are becoming the most comprehensive on the Web for all of the major depository products that DepositAccounts covers (savings, checking, CDs, money market accounts, and IRAs). We're continuing to update these on a daily basis (both automatically and manually), and we're working on some neat technical features that automatically identify and flag certain rate changes. So I expect that as these tables continue to develop, they will become a key real-time "informant" for many of my blog posts and alerts. At the same time, we'll also continue to rely heavily on user feedback and alerts to keep these tables the most up-to-date, accurate, and comprehensive on the Web. I’m really excited about how these tables and the blog posts and comments can work together to identify and inform about the best available deals.

Thanks in advance for your patience and grace as we attempt to work out the kinks that will surely come with the transition and continue to build out some of the new site features over the coming days. This site would be nowhere near the resource that it is without all of the support and contributions of the regular readers, and I'm hoping that we can continue together on the new platform to make this an even better resource. I'll be sure to do another post on the new site to let you know how the switchover went and to describe the new features and layout.

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9 comments.
Comment #1 by marc (anonymous) posted on
marc
Good luck, BG! Sounds like great improvements and I look forward to checking it out. As I already enjoy your blog immensely, this I'm sure will knock the ball out of the park.

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Comment #2 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Thanks, Ken, for your great effort and valuable contribution. Good luck!!

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Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Your new site does not work well with the older browsers (Internet 5.1 and Netscape 7.02) that I use on a Mac running OS 9.2. Most of your page content is missing, with just a few links showing. I realize older browsers have bugs that may require work-arounds in your HTML code that may not be worth the effort. As an alternative, could you perhaps just fix your HTML code so that it degrades gracefully with such browsers. From some tests I have done, it seems the problem is related to your use of style sheets. If I eliminate the following statement from your HTML code, I get to see most (if not all) of your page content. The presentation/layout may not be as you intend, but at least the content is visible.

@import "http://cdn.depositaccounts.com/css/minify.css?ver=3"

By the way, more than 90% of the sites I visit present no problems with my browsers, and some of those sites have complex presentation/layouts. Thanks for your efforts (both in providing us with useful financial information and for whatever you can do to support older browsers).

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Comment #4 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Anonymous @1:27 PM is using an operating system that is nearly 10 years old. Doubtful code will be changed for the 0.000001% not willing to upgrade.

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Comment #5 by O-Qua Tangin Wann (anonymous) posted on
O-Qua Tangin Wann
To Anonymous @ 1:27:

Why not just simply download and install Firefox? It is very quick, and it is free.

You can continue to use your older browsers if you desire, and just open Firefox when you want to visit BankDeals. You can even set your Home Page to BankDeals so it will open right up.

~O-Qua Tangin Wann

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Comment #6 by the (anonymous) posted on
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O-Qua Tangin Wann: Gee, I dunno, maybe because there is no version of Firefox that runs on Mac OS 9?

Anonymous has a point -- you're developing a Web site targeted at people who want to save money, and even enjoy the art of frugality, so it's rather more incumbent upon you than on most webmasters that you do what you can to help people with older computers.

To the guy stuck on Mac OS 9, might I suggest iCab instead of either IE or Netscape? It's the newest/most modern Classic Mac OS browser I'm aware of and will probably work better with modern HTML + CSS than either of those two relatively ancient browsers.

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Comment #7 by Gaurav (anonymous) posted on
Gaurav
hi there -- do you know if RSS feeds will be available at the new site? I see it available for the notices, but not sure about your blog entries.

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Comment #8 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
The new site does not work well with Firefox 2.x on a laptop's small screen. Attempts to increase text size result in the text being shunted rightward and almost completely obscured. The reader must contend with very small text or no text at all.

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Comment #9 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
On the new site, on the various rate pages (CD's for example), what does the symbol for "the map of the US" to the left of many of the bank/credit union entries mean??

Hopefully it indicates that the bank or credit union rate is available for anyone in the US, but I dont see an explanation anywhere.

Thanks

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