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Post by: Rick Ellis 08 August, 2020

As you have no doubt noticed, AllYourScreens.com has a new look. It's been a very long time coming and I wanted to walk all of you through the changes. 

The new web site is the result of trying to solve a couple of problems. One was usability. The old web site looked horrible on mobile devices, the search function was erratic and the way content was organized and displayed made it difficult to find everything new. Although AllYourScreens is essentially a one-person operation, I'm still posting upwards of a dozen pieces a day, plus updates to some of the long-running features. That wasn't always obvious on the previous site and pieces just got lost in the chaos. This update will hopefully correct some of those problems but it also makes it easier to tweak things on the fly.

At the same time, there were a lot of technical reasons to update AllYourScreens. The site began nearly twenty years ago as AllYourTV.com. I started the site primarily as a place to store stuff I had written while freelancing and/or had written for sites that no longer existed. A few times over the years I would find myself laid off and while I was looking for work, I would write original pieces for the site. That led to some fun scoops (such as reporting on Phil Donahue's exit from MSNBC or a mistake in a tribal council on Survivor), but the site remained primarily an archive. I changed the name to AllYourScreens about eight years ago when I was laid off for the second time in not much more than a year. I began freelancing full-time and slowly AllYourScreens became a full-fledged business. It now gets upwards of 1.6 million visitors a month and I think I've carved out a viable niche as an independent entertainment site that focuses on surfacing fun and interesting programs that larger web sites might ignore. My elevator pitch for the web site is that it aims to serve the same function as that wise slacker of a clerk did back in the video store days. AllYourScreens is the place to come when you find yourself wondering what to watch next.

The history of the site is intertwined with the technical issues I was facing. The site has well over 10,000 pieces written over nearly 20 years. There were all sorts of dead links in the older pieces, categories of content that no longer seemed relevant (ie. "second screen"). The site was creaking along like a AMC Pacer with 270,000 miles on it. And the only way to fix all of those problems was to start from scratch. Before the pandemic, the plan was to pay someone to take care of all of the software and design issues. But with revenue down substantially right now, it didn't seem wise to spend money during a downturn. So I have handled most of the upgrade myself, although I have asked many questions along the way.

The main page of AllYourScreens lays out all of the content in a more concise and easier to navigate manner. I've created some special sections for genres that the site covers extensively - International programs, Kids TV and True Crime shows. There is also a catch-all section for music, books and gaming. Previously, the site separated coverage between traditional linear television and streaming options. All of that is collapsed together now, to reflect the fact that most viewers don't differentiate between NBC and Netflix. 

Because I am doing this on my own, the transition might be a bit painful. It's going to take some time to move over all the older pieces since I have to look at each individual post and make whatever technical changes need to be made. And despite my best efforts, as I launch the site there are still some hinky navigation problems or links that go to unexpected places. But since I didn't have the time to both update the old site and this one, pulling the trigger and fixing it on the fly was the only real option.

Thanks to all of you for the support and if you have any feedback please feel free to email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet at me on Twitter at @aysrick.

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