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Love and struggle with SquareSpace

So I’m loving the SquareSpace publishing platform for the site.  The WYSIWYG interface is a dream for getting things done quickly and with a professional polish when you’re not a career web designer. It’s not perfect (updating categories and tags is a pain) but it’s an order of magnitude better than what we had before.
Keep checking back frequently over the coming weeks because years worth of back articles are being tagged and moved for easier access.  You can also find articles by clicking on Search in the menu and entering what you need.
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Getting things organized around here

Part of the struggle of moving to a new home is finding a place for everything and putting everything in it’s place.  I’m going through that effort right now in moving over all the articles from the old blog (there’s a lot more than I remembered) and getting them properly tagged for easy reference.  Coming soon (very soon) will be a tag index page to make it easy to find articles around topics that interest you as well as a cleaner structure to be able to see everything that’s published here (if you’re an avid reader…yay!)
I’m always looking for suggestions on how to make the site better and what kinds of content you would like to see, so please let me know by contacting us. You can also find us on Facebook at theideapump and on Twitter at…wait for it…theideapump.
Step by step things get better every day…
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Dealing with a lousy website

I don’t know about you but I get the majority of my news and information from the Internet on my smartphone.  Now is it too much to ask for our local newspaper to have a website even remotely designed for mobile device consumption?  Not ours.  It’s unusable, in a nutshell.  To paraphase the movie, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

What did I do?  I used IFTTT, Pocket, and the RSS feed from the newspaper website to create my own newspaper so to speak.  Now I have a rule in IFTTT that monitors the local news RSS feed from the site and creates a new article in Pocket each time something is added.  Pocket does an excellent job cleaning up the content to make things much easier to read.

Hey Mercury…if you want me to see your ads…fix your website.  Until then I’ll be reading the ad-free version that’s in my Pocket.

UPDATE

I’ve been running this configuration for more than a week now and I don’t think I’d go back to their website even if they fixed it.  The combination of Pocket’s clean interface plus Text To Speech has made this a winning combination for my commute to and from work.  I can go from article to article and listen to the newspaper being read to me rather than flipping through poorly designed ads and page layout clutter.