On 15/08/2012 at 9am we closed all our old websites to make way for our brand new and improved sites. We have taken on board a lot of suggestions that we have received from our users over the last 2 years and we feel that the new sites look much nicer and let the resources stand out much more.
Don’t worry though, the update is more than just a facelift! For the last 6 months I have been rebuilding all of the websites from scratch. There are LOTS of new features and improvements…
A brand new category system has been implemented. The old sites required you to return to the home page before you could access the categories and we just knew that we needed something different! You can now access the categories via the ‘drop down’ menu at the top of every page, so moving between topics, resources and categories is now much, much easier!
If you see a category name or topic name written anywhere on the site, click it and you will be taken to that categories resources. You can even click on categories higher in the tree so rather than viewing ‘EYFS -> Numeracy -> Counting’ you could click on ‘Numeracy’ and view all resources in the Numeracy category! The same works for the ‘root’ categories of EYFS, KS1, KS2 and for the displays website Classroom Management and Classroom Environment.
We now have a brand new Topic Area on the sites allowing you to browse ALL of our resources by Topic! You can browse using the topic categories, by key stage, alphabetically and you can also search for a topic, all on one handy and colourful page!
Visit Displays Topic Area
Visit Activities Topic Area
The resource search engine has been given a huge turbo boost! Searching is much much easier and all results are listed by relevance to your search, a lot like how google displays search results!
And much, much more!
There are many, many more new features but it would be a very long blog post if I went into them all in detail now, head over to the websites and take a look for yourselves! Be sure to leave your feedback in the comments area below or on facebook!
Goodbye Printing Service…
At 7pm all but one of the websites came back online, unfortunately we have had to say goodbye to the ever popular printing service but the story doesn’t end there! Keep your eyes peeled soon for a brand new Teacher’s Pet Shop. The shop will let you order pre-made packs of our popular and favourite resources and have them delivered straight to your door!
For the ‘techies’ out there
One question i’m sure is running through the minds of the web savvy technology fans out there is ‘why flash?’ – well the answer here is simple. I am an Adobe Flash developer with 6 years experience, it’s what I know and what I love. I feel very strongly that contrary to popular opinion, Flash DOES have a place on the web, it allows for creative, cross platform websites with great interactivity and stability.
For those of you with iPads, iPhones, iPods and Android devices; don’t worry! Although you may not be able to access our websites at the moment I am working away hard at a native app for each platform which will allow you to browse our resources from your mobile device! We believe that native apps provide a much better experience than simply a ‘mobile version’ of a website and we hope to deliver these experiences to you as soon as we can!
We would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of our friends, family members, website visitors and community members for your continued support over the last 2-and-a-bit years! Here’s to the next chapter in the Teacher’s Pet story, we hope you are as excited about it as we are and we hope you absolutely LOVE the new websites, and we hope you will continue to share Teacher’s Pet with your friends and colleagues!