New features: RSS Feeds, Newsletter, Categories

With the new layout launched this past week came a host of exciting features. In our first highlight of our new and revamped features, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the most obvious additions: the Book 4 theories and Brisingr discussion boxes gracing the bottom of the website; RSS feeds for news as well as Book 4 theories and Brisingr discussions; email news alerts for breaking news as well as our monthly news recap; our new news category system. Be sure to continue reading for a detailed look at these new features!Book 4 theories and Brisingr discussion box: You may have noticed the light grey box at the bottom of our content column. This box displays on every page and includes a live RSS feed reader for the Book 4 theories forum as well as the Brisingr discussion forum. The box displays the six most recent discussions for each of the two topics. By clicking on one of the links, you are brought to the thread on our official message boards. To participate in the discussion on the message boards, you will have to register an account… for free! Registration is simple and fast and by doing so, you’ll be joining nearly twenty thousand Inheritance fans on the world’s largest Inheritance discussion boards.

RSS feeds for Shur’tugal news, Book 4 Theories and Brisingr discussion?: Feed readers are all the rave in 2009. We have added live RSS feeds for Shur’tugal’s news as well as the Book 4 theories discussion board and the Brisingr discussion board. By adding any of these RSS feeds to your RSS feed reader or RSS-enabled internet browser, you’ll be receiving all of the latest headlines and discussions from Shurtugal.com. If you are only interested in receiving Shur’tugal’s news in RSS form, that’s ok too – just add the Shur’tugal news feed. (Not sure what RSS is? Read up on it over at Wikipedia!)

Email alerts for breaking news and monthly news recap: We have added the option to subscribe to Shur’tugal’s email news alerts system to receive all of the Inheritance Cycle’s breaking news as well as a monthly news recap in your inbox! Subscription is completely free and we promise, your email address is shared with no one and you will only receive breaking news email alerts (for the big announcements, such as a book title or release date) as well as the monthly newsletter.

News categories: We have added news categories to our news system! Each post is marked by its specific category (or categories). Each category is clickable; clicking on the category of your choice will show you all news posts filed under that category, making it easy to browse our news by topic! The categories display below each news post as well as on our News Archives/Categories page.

Don’t miss out on any of these new features offered by Shur’tugal! If you have any questions or need any help with the above features, feel free to let us know in the comments or by contacting us.

  • Mike

    No suggestions are bad suggestions. Some are just out of our league.

    Anyway, new post highlighting new features!

  • Daniel

    Meh. I think it was worth me suggesting it. ;D

  • Chris

    We don’t really update often enough or seldom enough to require an SMS service. 😛

  • Daniel

    Alas it is true. I will look for a free (or nearly so) SMS service and research it. If I find a good one I’ll post a link. If I don’t find anything I won’t mention it ever again.

  • Evarinya

    Yea.. Your right

  • Bob

    Text messaging service would be costly and a bit beyond our reach.

  • Daniel

    A mobile site would be awesome. My friend doesn’t have internet at her house and she would love to have a mobile version of the site.

  • Mike

    I’m not entirely positive what we’d have to do to get an SMS (text) alert system going but I don’t think it’d be worth the work in terms of cost/time and how much people would utilize it. I’d rather shift the focus toward offering a mobile version of the website for people visiting on cellphones.

  • argetebrithil

    cool i guess that would help out with new stuff, i still have to learn what is new more though =]

  • Evarinya

    Oops! sorry about the double post! :S

  • Evarinya

    Lol nicely said Mike :]

  • Evarinya

    Lol nicely said Mike :]

  • Faolins

    Well … that told you 🙂

    Yer that would be a great idea !

  • Daniel

    Now a text message alert system would be completely different!

  • Daniel

    I don’t think I would use an email alert service because I check here almost everday.

  • alucard

    …looks like I came on at a bad time. Anyway, I like the theories/discussion, but don’t really need the email alerts so much since Shurt. is one of my homepages!!

  • Mike

    Hi Jack – After 5 years, I am well aware of how to run my own website. Perhaps now you see the reason for the delay on the Murtagh The Movie post (an entire new layout + more to come). I’d really appreciate comments like yours not being posted any more. Thanks.

  • Evarinya

    @Jack, Im sure he is well aware of that. I dont think we will have to worry.

  • Jack

    Mike: Be careful about promises you make. Remember what happened last time.

  • Evarinya

    Cool! Thanks Mike and team :]

  • Mike

    I’m going to be highlighting all of our new features in posts like this over the next week or so. 🙂

  • Glorfindel

    Cool

  • Evarinya

    Wonderful!!

  • Faolins

    Ok 🙂

    Thanks for the update Mike 🙂

    Like the new writing colour btw

    A bright future ahead …