A New Shur’tugal is Coming…


We wanted to share a very early look at the new version of Shur’tugal! The design is mostly complete – content placement, navigation, sidebars, and content formatting is all still in the very early stages of development. Shur’tugal will also be running on an entirely new news, content management, and comments system. We have more details to share with you if you keep reading, including a big announcement regarding a new website!Upgrade to WordPress

Shur’tugal has been running custom made home-grown news systems since its founding in 2004. However, despite the hard work and creativity that went into the development of these systems (mainly by Robert), the internet moves faster. To keep up we’ve opted to upgrade Shur’tugal to WordPress, the web’s most powerful blogging platform. WordPress is the foundation for many key blogs online, including the CNN Ticker blog, Mashable, TechCrunch, and many (and we mean many) more.

WordPress will offer us a whole host of new and innovative features. Most important to many of our visitor is the majorly improved comments system, which allows threaded conversations (tabbed replies which display under the post they’re in reply to), the ability to post using Facebook and OpenID accounts, and more. WordPress also comes with a library of thousands of plugins which enable us to easily add new features to the website in a matter of minutes.

Increasing the Website’s Size

Back in 2008 when Shur’tugal initially launched our current layout, the sizes used were chosen due to default monitor sizes. Over the past two years, average monitor sizes have increased rapidly allowing webmasters more screen space. Our new layout will expand in width, allowing more content to display on the page with less clutter.

It’s Faster

Not much more to be said here. The site will load faster!

A New Website

We will be launching a new website alongside Shur’tugal which will focus on fantasy and scifi news and information appealing to visitors of Shurtugal.com. This new website will be accessed by visiting Shur’tugal, however, non-Inheritance news will remain off of the front page of Shur’tugal (for the most part). Shur’tugal will eventually be your one-stop shop for Inheritance cycle news and information in addition to news and information on all fantasy and sci-fi media!

Please let us know what you think about the early preview of the layout, its features, and any suggestions or improvements you may have!

  • Christian

    I don’t remeber what the old design looked like, but i think this one got a few problems.

    1. Proximity
    The menu should not be seperated from the content. At the moment its seperated by the mountains the dragon and the waves, not to mention the “shurtugal”

    2. Dropdown
    personaly i find dropdown menus a big user problem, they make it hard to browse around and the bigger picture of how to navigate the site becomes clouded. if anything i think dropdown menues should be avoided. but the least you can do it remove the transparancy of the dropdown to make the text more readable. also there seems to be a problem with the interwiew drop down the first to is overlapping. the problem with the interwiew dropdown will only be bigger and bigger since theres a new interwiew every month.

    3. Galleries
    when i click Galleries i find myself on a completely different site, i don’t know if this is the old design and you just havn’t changed it yet. i hope this is only temporary cause its really confusing, and i think people will go back the second they see it cause they didn’t intent to leave your site.

    Appart from that i think its a beautiful design, a shame that google add is ruining it though but i guess thats indiscussable.

  • Jace Derrin

    I like the new look. How long until the forums are opened again?

  • EternalShade

    If you didnt see me say on the interview part 3 post You need to make a debate page for the new shurtugal. I would come every day! πŸ˜€

  • EternalShade

    If you didnt see me say on the interview part 3 post You need to make a debate page for the new shurtugal. I would come every day! πŸ˜€

  • coleja1995

    @Denmark111: Me too.

  • coleja1995

    @Denmark111: Me too.

  • coleja1995

    Did you fix the menu bar? When I hover over the “Book 4” link, for example, the options don’t drop down.

  • coleja1995

    Did you fix the menu bar? When I hover over the “Book 4” link, for example, the options don’t drop down.

  • Raevyn08

    Looks awesome! Will we be able to receive email updates from the WP version? I don’t always have time to check all my favorite fan sites at college…

  • Raevyn08

    Looks awesome! Will we be able to receive email updates from the WP version? I don’t always have time to check all my favorite fan sites at college…

  • fan404

    this is stupid. seriously, more than one series of books is way too much!

  • fan404

    this is stupid. seriously, more than one series of books is way too much!

  • Glorfindel

    Oh okay.
    From what was the name “Lytherus” derived?

  • Glorfindel

    Oh okay.From what was the name “Lytherus” derived?

  • gashz

    This looks really nice! Great Work!

    I have an idea for a future update. With all the iphones and androids out there; how about a mobile version of the site? I know that I would use it…

  • gashz

    This looks really nice! Great Work! I have an idea for a future update. With all the iphones and androids out there; how about a mobile version of the site? I know that I would use it…

  • Mike

    The new website will essentially be Lytherus minus the name.

  • Mike

    The new website will essentially be Lytherus minus the name.

  • Glorfindel

    What about Lytherus? Is anything still happening with that?

  • Glorfindel

    What about Lytherus? Is anything still happening with that?

  • Lareesha

    I like Glaedr the most. No offense is meant. I just like this particular site with a darker cast over it.

    But I’m eager to see what you come up with!

  • Lareesha

    I like Glaedr the most. No offense is meant. I just like this particular site with a darker cast over it.But I’m eager to see what you come up with!

  • Mike

    Sorry, we can’t share specific traffic information.

  • Mike

    Sorry, we can’t share specific traffic information.

  • ShurtugalLiam

    Haha! Well I’m not from London, for everyone’s information, but i visit regularly πŸ˜›

    Would it be possible for you to upload this chart of information for us? I think it would be very intriguing πŸ™‚

  • ShurtugalLiam

    Haha! Well I’m not from London, for everyone’s information, but i visit regularly πŸ˜› Would it be possible for you to upload this chart of information for us? I think it would be very intriguing πŸ™‚

  • MagitekElite

    The preview rocks. really!

    My family uses WordPress, and its very helpful and easy to use.

    I’m a little curious though…will the links you have here
    still be on the WordPress start?

    Anyway, can’t wait to see the new theme in action!

  • MagitekElite

    The preview rocks. really! My family uses WordPress, and its very helpful and easy to use. I’m a little curious though…will the links you have herestill be on the WordPress start?Anyway, can’t wait to see the new theme in action!

  • Dragonasker

    @Robert Cox:
    Wow and I always thought I was the only person who read the IC, but in numbers it ain’t surprising I mean we only have a little over four million people way down here… Thanks for replying!!!

  • Dragonasker

    @Robert Cox: Wow and I always thought I was the only person who read the IC, but in numbers it ain’t surprising I mean we only have a little over four million people way down here… Thanks for replying!!!

  • Tulkas

    Well, I’m in Scotland, while I am usually in Americia…

  • Tulkas

    Well, I’m in Scotland, while I am usually in Americia…

  • Bob

    @Dragonasker: Not just you! Can’t really say exact numbers but I can say it’s ranked 12th in countries (5 cities have more visitors then the country of New Zealand, three of those cities are in Australia).

  • Bob

    @Dragonasker: Not just you! Can’t really say exact numbers but I can say it’s ranked 12th in countries (5 cities have more visitors then the country of New Zealand, three of those cities are in Australia).

  • Dragonasker

    @Robert Cox:
    How many from New Zealand, or is it just me?

  • Dragonasker

    @Robert Cox: How many from New Zealand, or is it just me?

  • Bob

    Fun fact of the day:

    In the past month, Shurtugal has had more visitors from London then from Sydney and New York combined (the next two on the list)!

  • Bob

    Fun fact of the day:In the past month, Shurtugal has had more visitors from London then from Sydney and New York combined (the next two on the list)!

  • Mike

    Not sure why it’s a big deal to take 2 minutes to re-register a comments account. Or use Facebook or OpenID to login instead. Either way, it’s simple and takes very little time. Not an issue.

    You will still go to Shurtugal.com. There’s no difference in domain, just the software used to power our news system.

  • Mike

    Not sure why it’s a big deal to take 2 minutes to re-register a comments account. Or use Facebook or OpenID to login instead. Either way, it’s simple and takes very little time. Not an issue.You will still go to Shurtugal.com. There’s no difference in domain, just the software used to power our news system.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    I love the idea, and the layout, the only problem I have is reregistering my account.

  • DuSundavarFreohr

    I love the idea, and the layout, the only problem I have is reregistering my account.

  • ShurtugalLiam

    I have a question however, will we still have to type in SHURTUGAL.COM? or will we have to route through WordPress? :S just a question as I’m not that much of expert when it comes to internet management stuff… ;p

  • ShurtugalLiam

    I have a question however, will we still have to type in SHURTUGAL.COM? or will we have to route through WordPress? :S just a question as I’m not that much of expert when it comes to internet management stuff… ;p

  • ShurtugalLiam

    I have a question however, will we still have to type in SHURTUGAL.COM? or will we have to route through WordPress? :S just a question as I’m not that much of expert when it comes to internet management stuff… ;p

  • ShurtugalLiam

    Wow guys that looks awesome! :O i like how the site is now, however, it gives the series a dark aura… nothing at all like the old Glaedr or saphira layouts πŸ™‚
    I like it πŸ˜€ can’t wait to see it up and running, presumably in the run up to the release of this amazingly important interview? πŸ™‚

  • ShurtugalLiam

    Wow guys that looks awesome! :O i like how the site is now, however, it gives the series a dark aura… nothing at all like the old Glaedr or saphira layouts πŸ™‚ I like it πŸ˜€ can’t wait to see it up and running, presumably in the run up to the release of this amazingly important interview? πŸ™‚

  • ShurtugalLiam

    Wow guys that looks awesome! :O i like how the site is now, however, it gives the series a dark aura… nothing at all like the old Glaedr or saphira layouts πŸ™‚ I like it πŸ˜€ can’t wait to see it up and running, presumably in the run up to the release of this amazingly important interview? πŸ™‚

  • Smoke

    Thanks for answering my questions about the website design guys. All I wanted to know is who designs the site and how can I advertise on it. I have been ignored 3 times now and I have not just asked on the comments. I have also sent an email which was not returned. THANKS

  • Smoke

    Thanks for answering my questions about the website design guys. All I wanted to know is who designs the site and how can I advertise on it. I have been ignored 3 times now and I have not just asked on the comments. I have also sent an email which was not returned. THANKS

  • Denmark111

    Nice look! I’ll miss Thorn, Saphira and Glaedr though.

  • Denmark111

    Nice look! I’ll miss Thorn, Saphira and Glaedr though.

  • Denmark111

    Nice look! I’ll miss Thorn, Saphira and Glaedr though.

  • Daniel

    Om nom nom. Cookies! I’m a bit of a WP geek. I’m in the process of rebuilding a skin on my own website. xD Doesn’t look nearly as good as the thumbnail of the Shurty skin, however. Who designed it?

  • Daniel

    Om nom nom. Cookies! I’m a bit of a WP geek. I’m in the process of rebuilding a skin on my own website. xD Doesn’t look nearly as good as the thumbnail of the Shurty skin, however. Who designed it?

  • Daniel

    Om nom nom. Cookies! I’m a bit of a WP geek. I’m in the process of rebuilding a skin on my own website. xD Doesn’t look nearly as good as the thumbnail of the Shurty skin, however. Who designed it?

  • Mike

    Thanks Daniel, you just scored some cookies from me!* Hadn’t seen that plugin! Will definitely use.*Note: cookies may be e-cookies. Sorry.

  • Mike

    Thanks Daniel, you just scored some cookies from me!* Hadn’t seen that plugin! Will definitely use.

    *Note: cookies may be e-cookies. Sorry.

  • Daniel

    I know the photo galleries here run on Coppermine, so might I suggest this WP plug-in?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-cpg-widget/

  • Daniel

    I know the photo galleries here run on Coppermine, so might I suggest this WP plug-in?http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-cpg-widget/

  • Eldest13

    that’s cool.

  • Eldest13

    that’s cool.

  • Daniel

    It looked a lot like Joomla to me for a minute. WordPress is a nice CMS, though I won’t like having to re-register my account.

  • Daniel

    It looked a lot like Joomla to me for a minute. WordPress is a nice CMS, though I won’t like having to re-register my account.

  • Daniel

    It looked a lot like Joomla to me for a minute. WordPress is a nice CMS, though I won’t like having to re-register my account.

  • Dragonasker

    Big Yeeeessssss!!!!

  • Dragonasker

    Big Yeeeessssss!!!!

  • Dragonasker

    Big Yeeeessssss!!!!