New Phoronix Site Offers Improved Usability and Introduces New Features
In a little over a month from now Phoronix will be turning three
years old, but today we have an early present for our readers and the alternative
OS community. As you should be able to see right now, we have a
brand new layout. This new user interface is powered by our sixth-generation content
management system, PHXCMS, and it sports an overwhelming number of enhancements.
One of the most noticeable changes with the new Phoronix web-site is the
color scheme. We have finally eliminated the white-on-black style in favor of
a white background with black text and the rest of the color pallet is based upon
our previous layout. We are also working on adding support for multiple CSS styles so that you may customize the color scheme based upon your
personal preference (stay tuned). With PHXCMS-6 we have also went from a dual
column layout to a widened single column. This widened column features the latest
articles at Phoronix, recent Linux news, recent Solaris news, blog posts from
the editor, a random collection of our most popular articles, Linux software screenshots,
and various links to the Phoronix Forums. At the top of Phoronix are links to the
different categories as well as to other areas on Phoronix.
On a technical level, PHXCMS-6 is much more efficient than PHXCMS-5,
which should result in faster load times, improved browser compatibility, and
much more. PHXCMS-6 is also powered via a new database design, which is
the first complete redesign and rewrite since PHXCMS-1 that Phoronix started out
with in June of 2004. At this point PHXCMS-6 is not optimized for any mobile devices,
but that support should arrive shortly.
Our global review/article database can be accessed using the "Global
Database" link at the top of the site or through the "Reviews From Around
The Web" area on the homepage. Our database system has now indexed over 9500
reviews in 23 categories. Content from the Redblog (the ATI Linux blog) has also been integrated into Phoronix as the ATI Linux Chronicles with the successor to the Redblog being at michaellarabel.com.
Phoronix LCH has been integrated with the Phoronix Forums as we prepare to take Phoronix to new heights and introduce several new web-site features for making known compatible hardware.
PHXCMS-6 and this new site revision is coming after months of
intense work as well as evaluating the feedback from our readers and other stakeholders.
This redesign is coming sooner than originally anticipated, but we have already
begun to formulate some new features and possibilities for PHXCMS-7. PHXCMS-7
will not create API breakage or result in a complete rewrite of any critical components,
but it will be yet another step for Phoronix either towards the end of this year
or in the first half of 2008. We are also investigating the possibility of making
PHXCMS an open-source content management system project that then can be utilized
by webmasters as a viable alternative to Joomla/Mambo, phpBB, WordPress, and the rest.
Our three RSS feeds have also been updated to implement the pubDate
support so that you may properly merge RSS feeds. You may also notice there are
a few Solaris things floating around Phoronix... That will be explained in another
announcement shortly. We will be making minor tweaks to the layout in the coming
days and weeks prior to the third anniversary of Phoronix. Without giving too much away, we
are also looking at venturing into other forms of Internet media in the near future along with
You can share your
thoughts on these improvements and any other suggestions in the Phoronix
Forums. As a reminder, you can subscribe to our RSS feeds here.