Sleep? Who needs sleep? If you’re reading this now then it means that the next phase of CMG, albeit after a rather long night of cursing Internet Explorer 8 (the 6% of CMGers still on that, you do know IE11 is out don’t you?).
(BTW, if you are experiencing any layout irregularities you may need to clear your browser’s cache. Failing that, please contact us with a screen shot so we can get it fixed ASAP.)
The obvious change right now is to the overall look of the site which now sports flashy white duds – yes, CMG has been pimped out! This is phase one which also includes the foundations of the new community aspect of CMG which we’ll be releasing in early February along with the new forum.
You’ll also notice that we’ve added a sidebar to the left that will be used to show info from our Events, Touring, Business and Buyers Guides, as well as your community info and forum updates.
The main menu has been rejigged by sectors of the sport (racing, touring, etc) rather than by features and news, enabling us to highlight any content that we think warrants it by adding it to the slider at the top (oh, and the soon-to-die Soapbox is under ‘community’ in case you’re wondering). It’s a more fluid philosophy which will be accompanied by shorter and more regular updates of what we’re doing (no more waiting 6 months for the next bumper update, slackness allowing).
The next phase is a big one and will involve readers signing up (it’s free and would take about 30 seconds) in order to access the community and post on the new forum. It will also ultimately offer the ability to grade, comment and interact with our Business, Events, Touring and Buyers’ Guide modules.
This has been almost two years in the making and once we’ve managed to launch all the components, CMG will be able to offer everything that the Canadian motorcyclist would hopefully ever need. From finding a local motorcycle related business, to a must do event, to the best routes in Canada and even the best bike to do it on. CMG will have it all.
Of course, being centered around the motorcycle community means that we need you to help make all this work. We want our members to comment, discuss, create groups for like minded riders, just get involved and make this new space something that really works. In fact, we realize that your experience is often as valid as ours (if not more so) so we’re hoping that this will lead to more reader generated content in CMG too.
We’ll still be writing unbiased and honest news, tests and touring features that we’re known for, but we really believe that our quest to be the best Canadian motorcycle magazine can only be achieved by blurring the lines between publication and reader, involving everyone into the discussion and sharing useful information in the process. After all, this is what the web does best, so why follow the old print model when we live on a two way street?
Thank you for all your support for the past 17 years and in helping to build a strong and resourceful Canadian motorcycle community over the next.
Editor & Publisher