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Good news and bad news about our site redesign, in hindsight. Good news: The site is significantly better. Bad news: You currently may not be able to enjoy it in the same way you did the old site. Fortunately, there’s a way to fix that.

You may have noticed that the www.lightwaveonline.com homepage URL no longer flips to lw.pennnet.com. This is just one example of the fact that the URLs on all of our pages have changed—including all the ones you may have bookmarked, linked to, or pulled RSS feeds from. So to take full advantage of the new and improved web site—and avoid the frustration of bumping repeatedly into “Page Not Found” messages—I suggest the following:

Change your bookmarks. While the old homepage and some of our former community pages automatically redirect to their new counterparts, changing your bookmarks will improve the speed with which you reach the pages you seek. And if you’ve bookmarked any other pages, those bookmarks likely no longer work.

Check links: If your company added a link on your site to some of our content, that link probably doesn’t work anymore, either. Fortunately, our new topic-centered architecture makes it relatively easy to find the new URL (as will the search engine). But if you run into any problems finding your content’s new home, e-mail me at stephenh@pennwell.com and I’ll find it for you.

Rebuild your RSS feed: If you created an RSS feed from our old news or product pages, well, those pages no longer exist. Fortunately, our new structure again makes it easy for you to set up a feed tailored to your needs. Just open any story in the topic center that interests you and you’ll find an RSS link.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit our site recently, check out www.lightwaveonline.com. The site really has improved, if I do say so myself. And if you were a fan of the old site, the tips above should ensure that the doors you’re used to opening take you to the right place.

Stephen M. Hardy
Editorial Director
& Associate Publisher
stephenh@pennwell.com

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