Because I have deeply valued the input of students and teachers over the years, I want to keep you updated on the developments on the future of my Web site. Here is what is happening:
January 28, 2019
I'm making progress with the design of my new site, but Iíll still need about three months to complete it. I wish I could just flip a switch as have it done, but I have to convert each activity, one at a time. It also involves rewriting many questions and content. One of the coolest parts of the new design is that the quiz for each activity gives students immediate feedback and displays part of the script where the answer appears.
December 21, 2018
I am entering into full production of my Web site after working on the design for some time. This involves converting my content from the static HTML pages to a mobile-responsive format that will work well on almost all devices, including desktops. Furthermore, I will be redesigning the quiz formats to provide more learner feedback and engagement, and this new site will allow me more time to create more new content.
This process will take a number of months to complete, and I will keep you informed via Facebook and my site. Here are a couple of draft pictures from the home page, but anything could change in the meantime, which includes the images. Thanks for your support.
Exciting News! I'm happy to announce the launch of my newly-updated Website, Dailyesl.com. Now, in addition to being mobile responsive and easier to use, I have made it more interactive with listening questions to check understanding. I should be completing all of these by the end of the month. This site has been one of more popular for about 10 years, but many people are still unaware of it. Please let me know what you think about the content and the functionality of the quiz questions.
With this experience, my full attention will then focus on the transformation of my main site, which has been in the design stage for several months.
Thanks for your support and comments. Feel free to share and spread the word.
November 26, 2018
The templates for the redesign of esl-lab.com are complete, and I will be reviewing them over the next month. Once that is complete, I will begin the task of converting all my content to the new site design. Conservatively, I would anticipate this process to take the first part of next year. I can't give a specific date at this time. Initially, I thought it would be done in a few months, but as I have discovered the immense possibilities with new technologies and platforms, I decided to spend more learning about them to make the best decisions about how to design and rollout the site with the best possible results.
That said, I am redesigning some of my other sites in preparatation for this larger transition, and you can certainly help by giving me feedback on what I am doing with sites like Trainyouraccent.com. I am specifically interested in hearing how the site performs on mobile devices and the different quiz activities I am testing. Good or bad, I'd like to hear from you. Basically, I don't want to spend months redesigning esl-lab.com only to realize that visitors could have provided greater input and suggestions in the redesign process. Thanks.
So, if you have time, look over the listening activities under Oral Readings on Trainyouraccent.com, and let me know your thoughts on it.
November 3, 2018
Final revisions on the design for the new site are continuing to move forward. Making it very easy to use, visual appealing, and fast loading have been some of the most important elements. Once these final templates have been completed, then the real work begins by plugging in the old content into the new templates. My current plan is to complete this during the first half of next year. My original was to complete this site sometime in the fall, but I decided to spend more time on the transition, design, and improvement of my own skills to make these changes as smoothly as possble. This includes redesigning some of my other sites. I'll keep you informed.
October 12, 2018
The new design for esl-lab.com is progressing, and in the meantime, I am starting to undate some of my smaller sites. Take a look at the new design of https://www.trainyouraccent.com, which focuses on helping learners recognize reduced speech and speak more smoothly. Give it a try.
September 23, 2018
I met this past week with the leader of the design team for the new version of my Web site, and over the coming weeks, I will make some final decisions on its layout. Once that has been completed, then it will take several months to make the transition from the old site to the new one, seeing that I will be doing all that work myself. In other words, the design team is creating the basic templates for the main pages, while I will be plugging in the content into these templates for hundreds of pages on my current site.
The eventual result will be a desktop and mobile-responsive site that retains the content you have come to expect over the past 20 years, but it will also more friendly on many different.
The best part? It will still be completely FREE!!! No changes there.
August 30, 2018
I recently switched to secure URLs (https) for my sites including https://www.esl-lab.com. Although most people think of secure Web sites as ones that do financial transactions (e.g., a site that sells products), a secure URL for any site is becoming the standard in protecting people's private information. I want people to feel secure in using my Web site, and this is one of the oveall changes as I move to a new Web site design.
If you visit the old https link for my site, you will simply be redirected to my new URL.
August 29, 2018
I continue to move forward with the redesign of the Web site, with a tentative completion date by the end of the year. In the meantime, I have been making adjustments on the server to make the experience as smooth as possible. In addition, with so many visitors to the site from around the world, I am experimenting with a CDN (content delivery network) that would increase the loading speed of certain parts of my site. So far, this has been helpful.
In addition to these changes, I continue to be working on new listening conversations and content. I inviite people to suggest topics so I can customize the content to your needs as well. Thanks again for using the site and spreading the word to others.
July 18, 2018
Hello Loyal Visitors,
Since 1998, I have developed this Web site with the goal of providing meaningful learning content for teachers and students. Yes, twenty years is a long time in the world of the Internet, and I want to give up an update as to the future of the site.
First of all, the site isn't going anywhere, and the site will continue to be free resource for all. No worries at all. I think everyone has seen Web sites come and go, and as for my work, I still want to keep things going well into the future.
What will change in the coming months is a new Web site design that is responsive to mobile devices! Yeah!!!!! This will provide a new and better experience for both desktop users and people on the go.
So, what does that mean for now? Basically, I am making behind-the-scene changes that I hope won't affect users too much. I am working on moving the site to a secure URL (https), among other things. There may be a few issues along the way, but I want to make you aware of what is happening so you can be aware and secure that my site will be here well into the future. No one likes uncertainty, including teachers who want to recommend the site to their students.
When will the new Web site be launched? Well, I hope this will be completed sometime in the fall, and I will post updates on my Facebook page regarding it. In the meantime, feel free to email me if you have any questions or comments.