Welcome to the New Shur’tugal!

As you see, the new Shur’tugal is now live! While there still may be a minor bug or broken link left over, we’re almost back to full capacity! If you notice any problems, please report them in the comments! In the mean time, lets jump right in to the details of this new layout, including an explanation on how to register for the site comments! Keep reading!

“Old Shur’tugal” was getting a bit dated. The layout itself had been running since August 2008 — released right before the release of Brisingr — and its size and the systems powering it were beginning to hold us back in terms of new things we could do with the website. We decided to not only create a new layout for Shur’tugal but to switch to the popular blogging platform, WordPress.

Our comments system is now handled by a service called DISQUS, which allows you to post comments one of five ways: a DISQUS profile (easiest), using your Twitter or Facebook accounts, OpenID, or as a guest. We recommend registering a DISQUS account to take full advantage of our comment system. Here’s how:

  1. Visit DISQUS’s website by clicking here.
  2. Enter your desired username, a valid email address, and choose your password.
  3. Congratulations, you’re registered! You can now optionally insert profile information, such as a preferred display name, an avatar (display picture), and more.
  4. You may now post on Shur’tugal using your DISQUS comment login!

We’ve simplified our navigation and have removed many of the pages that simply weren’t being used. Key information — the Book 4 pages and our interview archive — can now be easily located by using the navigation at the top of the website.

Another new feature we’ve added is the highlighting of publications, pages, sites, and events using three locations on the website. First you’ll find two featured news story boxes above the news on the home page; these boxes will highlight news stories we feel are worth pointing out. Second, you’ll find three site ads for site features on the right content area. These ads will highlight site features such as our upcoming book, Inheritance merchandise, and more. Finally, at the bottom of the website you’ll find four advertisements for Shur’tugal Network websites. These websites, including the forums, fan fiction, fantasy/scifi library, and our up-coming fantasy/scifi/horror blog, Lytherus.

Can’t forget the thank yous! We owe a huge thank you to Matthew Heck, responsible for all of the coding, tweaking, and WordPressing on the new website. He was a huge help in coding our layout for WordPress, showing us the ropes, and ensuring that everything was running smoothly. Big thank you to Joelle Saveliev, the uber talented artists responsible for the awesome mountains and dragon silhouettes!

Our aim has been to deliver the best Inheritance experience we can and we truly feel that our recent update to Shur’tugal is a huge step in that direction. But we need your help! What features would you like to see come to Shur’tugal in the future?

Please let us know in the comments if you spot any bugs, problems, or broken features/pages on the new website. We’re still working out some of the bugs!

  • Stevenmortelmans

    Can someone tell me when the book comes out?

    Rabbit 5555

  • PrettyBullet

    hey Mike… i dont know if its this site or what, but
    http://shurtugal.com/2010/08/22/eragon-in-book-4-tortured-dying/
    wont show up on my screen, the other pages do, but i cant even get to the comments.
    i use google chrome, but i also tried useing Net explorer 8, and it still wont work, only that page tho as far as i know….

    😉

  • EragonZahner

    Do you still have the Ancient Language guide? I found it quite entertaining….

  • Faraway as guest

    Mike,why is it that i cannot log in with my old acc.Faraway in Shurtugal.com,neither create a new one with the same name in DISQUS.Could you help me please?

    I love the new Layout.Absolutely better than the last time.Keep it up =-).

    • Old Shur’tugal accounts can’t be used to post. If they aren’t letting you register with Faraway, it’s probably already taken. Simply register with another username and once you’re registered on DISQUS, set your display name as Faraway and that is the name that will show when you post.

  • Faraway

    Mike,i really have a huge problem,since i am know as my account named Faraway,i cannot join as that username in DISQUS.What happened,i want to know where it went.

    Btw,amazing new layout.I love it.Congratulations.

  • I like the new layout, but I do prefer the old comments system. It would have been nice to comment on here with my old Shurtugal username (blinkkandyoumissit).

    • No offense to Bob (as our comment system was amazing for the time we had it) but this comment system is much better and offers many more features for both you guys (the users) and us (the admins).

      Plus, you can always edit your DISQUS account’s display name to show as “blinkandyoumissit” if you’d like.

  • Anonymous

    WOW Mike, i’m gone for a few days and EVERYTHING changes, I like the way the comments are being done now. Now, just to get use to how things run now, might take me a bit.. Good Job Shurtugal Team ***pats on the back*** cant wait to see this page in full swing 😉

    • Anonymous

      dangit… thats me… LOL…. i guess i delete something i shouldn’t have checking out DISQUS… know better now dont I? haha

  • Denmark111

    Just wondering: Why does it say “1 like received”, when I haven’t posted anything anyone can like yet?

  • Anonymous

    There is a problem with the article Eragon in Book 4 : Tortured? Dying? .. But other then that amazing!!!

    • Denmark111

      I have the same problem… It’s just a blank screen! It can’t be supposed to be like that.

    • Yeah, we’re working on that problem. We have *NO* idea why the page won’t display. For now you can view it here: http://shurtugal.com/2010/08/ (second post down)

  • OK guys, the menu issue with it being hard/impossible to read has been fixed. Tomorrow we are working on sub-categories to categories in the navigation to fix the remaining display issue. Thanks for your patience!

  • Anonymous

    Honestly I liked the old one better no offence

    • None taken. But out of all of the people who have posted here so far, you’re the only one who doesn’t like the new one better. 🙂

      • Tulkas Astaldo

        Actually, I don’t like the new one better… yet. I am reserving judgement until it is completed, but…

  • On the top menu bar: I’m assuming there’s supposed to be drop-down menus for the “Fan Stuff” and “Media” categories? When I mouse over them, the bottom status bar shows the link as “www.shurtugal.com/#” meaning there should be drop-downs, but they don’t actually do anything. The other ones with drop-down menus (“Site Stuff,” “Book 4,” and “Interviews”) all work fine, it’s just those two with problems. I’ve tried it on multiple browsers and it’s the same thing. Any way you could fix that? Thanks! 🙂

    Other than that, the new site looks GREAT!

    • We are still working on moving old content over/making our old content systems work on WordPress. That’s why those aren’t functioning properly (but should be soon).

  • Anonymous

    The site looks amazing!! hats off to the shurtugal team! way to go!!

  • Fianlly I can comment!!1 no faults so far 🙂

  • We change the layout every year or two. I think it just keeps getting better and better 😛

  • Anonymous

    Oh wow, this is really awesome!

  • wolf

    Love the new graphics at the top, the mountains and dragon is epic

  • Anonymous

    nice layout. kinda miss the old one though. added an air of mystery… 😉

  • alucard

    Love the picture of Saphira peering over the cliff after Eragon!

  • Ruydragon

    A little curious thing going on here. Why aren’t the comments in chronological order? I see some comments posted about a week ago right above ones posted hours ago?

    • Anonymous

      if you look at the top of the comment section it says ‘sort by’ an then theres a boxs with a few choices in if you change that to newest first that should do it mate

  • Tulkas Astaldo

    Ignore this, Mike, I’m just testing to see if my new account works…

    Tulkas the Strong, also known as Astaldo the Valiant. The last Ainur to come to Arda to aid the Valar in the early battles against Melkor, who he once challenged in the Halls of Utumno and took him out in disgrace. All dark creatures ran in chaos and disorder from his laugh and light, the Wrestler of the Valar and the Laughing Warrior.

    I AM TULKAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tulkas Astaldo

      Great, it works.

  • Wippidefluf

    The new layout is great, but the ads really annoy me and they take away from the site.

    • We need a way to fund the website. You visit the website for free — Shur’tugal is a free service. The only way for us to pay for the website and the hundreds of ours spent working on it per month is via the advertisements.

      I challenge you to find a free news website on the internet that offers top quality content to their users without charging them or displaying advertising. 🙂

      • Wippidefluf

        Sorry, all I was saying was that it is a pity to have to have all the ads.

        • Anonymous

          Get Adblock Plus for Firefox. Ads will never bother you again.

      • Nate

        but you have to agree, mike makes a valid point.

      • Denmark111

        Here you go! It’s in danish, but it’s free and without advertising 🙂
        http://www.dr.dk/

      • Darren Bell

        my only issue with the ad’s is the location of some of them, particularly the one to the right of the tweet/like thing…

        it’s annoying trying to read the main thing with the occasional moving ad to the right of it.

    • Kennyj20099

      well sorry the site cant be perfect for you…they need some way to fund this site.

  • Anonymous

    sweet! much needed and lookin good

  • Doodles3

    Testing…123….Testing…

  • OK everyone, please stop reporting navigation/drop down issues. We’ve been aware of that for a while and are working on fixing it.

    • Anonymous

      May I make a suggestion? If you add a “Home” link to the navigation at the top, make the Shurtugal logo unclickable and make “Interviews” a lone link to the archive page thereby eliminating the need for a drop down menu under it, it’ll get rid of all the problems with the drop down menus closing. Then all you’ll have left to tweak is the hover coloring.

  • Dennis

    Awesome!!! Def like this better than the old one!

  • EternalShade

    Great layout guys.

  • Robinpillar_

    one thing I’ve seen is on the Interviews drop down, on the 2nd one down when you go over it with your mouse and goes green, the green bit is slightly off from the actual text so you still see the white and the green text, and this makes it quite hard to read. also when you move your cursor down this same drop down, the top one stays clear, not that this is much of a problem really. finally some of the drop downs are quite hard to read when they go over the white background

  • Robinpillar_

    one thing I’ve seen is on the Interviews drop down, on the 2nd one down when you go over it with your mouse and goes green, the green bit is slightly off from the actual text so you still see the white and the green text, and this makes it quite hard to read. also when you move your cursor down this same drop down, the top one stays clear, not that this is much of a problem really. finally some of the drop downs are quite hard to read when they go over the white background

  • keeeendy

    I can’t loggin as Kendy (my username) what can I do?
    ps.: love the new layout!

    • Follow the directions in the news post. You’ll need to register a new account through DISQUS or keep posting as a guest.

  • Kendy

    Love the new layout ! ;D but is kinda difficult to find many things.. it’s a matter of getting used to it I think so.. Nice changes Mike, congratulations!!

  • Anonymous

    thanks mike! its nice to know

  • Arwen

    On my computer the background is dark blue and the text is grey. I can’t hardly read it….It might just be my comp.

    • Anonymous

      ya i think it is……mine is white with black with lettering…is any one else having the same problem as arwen?

    • That’s definitely an issue on your end. Are you using an outdated browser like Internet Explorer 6? We don’t support any of the old browsers any more.

  • Anonymous

    sorry this isnt about a servor error but when will the september q and a come out? i have a question i reallly want answered

    • We haven’t opened questions for the next Q&A, so the Q&A itself is a long way out. However we will be taking questions for it soon.

  • EternalShade

    One problem i see is that when i go to the drop down bar and try to click one of the things that come down it dissapears on me.

    • We’re aware of the drop down issues and are working to fix them.

  • Anonymous

    the drop downs are better but i cant see it at all on the white.

    • We’re aware of the drop down issues and are working to fix them.

      • Anonymous

        sorry for saying the same thing again.

  • Whitlocktj

    imageoptimizer [dot] net is also a great site that assists in loading speed. Hope this helps.

  • Whitlocktj

    I posted this in the last topic but will repost here. First, thanks for transitioning to WP.

    Now to the critiques, I am assuming that you are still transitioning into the new color scheme, if not, you should look into it. The Google advertisements need to have the background changed. Furthermore, the menu at the very top needs to be changed as well. The transparency lacks in usability.

    Last but not least, the background images need to be compressed (and changed to .png if they aren’t already). I suggest using imageoptimizer [dot] net. They have a good compression ratio.

    • We’re aware of the drop down issues and are working to fix them. Ads haven’t been changed yet but are on the to-do list. Thanks for the image compression suggestion, I’ll look into it.

  • Siera Sushi

    New layout is nice. 😛

  • 7th

    Just like to say good job on the new site. In the loose ends area, there were a couple things that were wrong. I might be mistaken, you never know.

    To my knowledge brom gave the seven words to eragon while on his death bed. Not saphira.

    In the beast and places category it was revealed there were other werecats besides solembum and maud.
    thanks mike.

  • KingEragon

    Love the new layout guys!!! Very good job. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I love the layout of your new site! Ever since brisingr came out ive been trawling the site for news of when book 4 was to come out. now the new layout feels much more organized even if there are a few bugs the only bug i found is in the interviews section. The “Monthly Q&A with Christopher Paolini May 2009” overlaps with a second christopher paolini name beneath it that isnt part of the site background. But still its just a minor bug.

  • Anonymous

    Loving the new layout and disqus is so simple to use

  • Ezio_Auditore

    the new layout is awesome 😉 i really love it

  • The bounding boxes on the navigation links need to be the actual buttons and not just the type. Also the drop downs for Book 4, Interviews, ect. need to be opaque. You can’t read half of the subcategories. Fr example, under the interviews button, the drop menu comes down and since the text is white you can’t see it in the clouds of the layout. Other than that, you guys have a pretty solid design. Just some tweeks are needed.

    • Still working on the navigation. We hope to fix the problems ASAP.

      • Ok, I hope to see the further improvements.

      • Ok, I hope to see the further improvements.

  • Arwen

    The only Thing i see wrong with the site is the text color other than that it’s great. And I would also like to thank you for keeping us updated on all the latest news!

    • Text color where? We are having no issues with text colors. Black is pretty simple to read on white. 😛

  • Trangchu_93

    Hi there!
    I’m a german student and I have to write a term paper about dragons^^
    Yesterday I found yor internet site and I really like it!
    The only problem is that I can’t find the usful article about dragons I read yesterday which is really really bad because I haven’t saved it:(
    I hope you havn’t deleted it yet??
    Thanks for your help!^^

  • Anonymous

    New site looks great, good job guys 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! the new site looks great.

  • Anonymous

    Finally I got it working… I have my user name back.

  • Anonymous

    Just wanted to say been watching the site for a year now and never signed up! but with the new layout made it 10x more better i just had to good job shurtugal team props!

    • Glad to hear you finally took the jump! Welcome aboard.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks its a awesome thing you guys have going here i’m really glade its really successful!! What are your guys plan for after the 4th book comes and it becomes old news?? Are you guys going to follow new and other books with a different site URL??

  • Anonymous

    love the new lay out , love the site you guys do the a really good job! o and the links at the bottom of the page still will not come up correctly. other than that keep up the good work and keep the Q&A’s with CP coming!

    • We recorded a really awesome post-Comic-Con podcast (Chris and I) and as I was exporting my half of the file, Audacity froze and we lost the entire recording. We were a bit deterred after that.

      We intend on recording another podcast, we’ve just been overloaded with work (new Shur’tugal, big Inheritance Forum changes, new site launching soon, and promotions for The Inheritance Almanac). Soon-ish!

      • It was a great podcast! We do need to do another soon though… 🙂

      • Anonymous

        i look forward to it, thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I think the website looks fantastic. Thanks for the overhaul and all the legwork.

    Oh, any news as to when the suvudu interviews will be released?

    • I asked but haven’t heard back. They are a completely separate website and we have no control over when they post information.

  • ebonyMoon

    i think a couple of people have pointed out that the 4 things at the bottom are not there. also, the fan stuff is not opening. i’m not sure if that’s just my computer, though. there’s an overlapping for “monthly q&as with christopher paolini” and “q&a with cp may 2009” and i agree with alive285 about the dropdown menus. i love the new design, matthew and the artists were great! thanks!

    • We are still working on moving content over. The fan stuff is on the list of “not yet moved”.

  • Anonymous

    awesome! nice and updated.

  • Anonymous

    liken the new site!

  • DragonMiracle

    I love it to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    the old website was amazING but all in all this website is amazing too!

  • Anonymous

    Question MIke I stumbled into this website that explains the ancient language and is kind of a dictionary is it accurate? http://inheritance.wikia.com/wiki/Ancient_Language

    • Most of that guide was stolen from our website.

      • Anonymous

        Oh i am sorry to hear that

      • EragonZahner

        do you still have that guide in this new layout?

  • bossmagnet17

    I loved the other Shurtugal, but this is soo much better. Thanks so much Mike for working on this and all the interviews

    • Matthew worked just as hard on this too. 🙂 He was a HUGE help with all of the technical aspects – coding, converting, updating, etc. Just making sure he gets his due credit!

      • Matthew Heck

        Aww… How amazingly nice of you!

      • Matthew Heck

        Aww… How amazingly nice of you!

      • bossmagnet17

        Shout out to all Shurtugal site managers thank you so much! Sorry Matthew about forgetting you, but lemme say thank you rite now! THANK YOU!!

  • Brom88

    Question…. so to have your own little post name and everything like the last shurtugal website you have to make a DISQUS account?

    • Anonymous

      Yes but it is fairly simple. Put in your desired screen name if not already taken, then add your email and password. Then your set to post where ever on the main site by just login.

      • Brom88

        Oh thank you for the info

      • Brom88

        Oh thank you for the info

  • Anonymous

    Only bug i see is the one at the bottom which was already pointed out by Silverking. Another thing is when i go to select something from the nav bar and its over a light blue area and or white, it tends to fade out since when being highlighted it turns blue. The txt is kinda hard to read. If you could possibly make it a different high light color? Anything else is doing just great and im glad most of the ads are inheritance based because all the muscle ads were getting annoying haha. Great job Mike and co

    • Thanks, we’re working on making the nav drop-downs more readable.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you guys very much. Good to know y’all tend to jump on things in a moments notice makes for a great website

        • Anonymous

          Continuing the navigation bugs, you might want to take out (if you can) the clear spaces between the links in the pull down menus under “Site Stuff,” “Book 4,” and “Interviews.” Because those spaces are there, the menu closes when you hover over one of them because behind the pull down menu is the clickable Shurtugal logo. I have to scroll down really quickly to avoid ending up over a blank space and the menu closing.

          • I’ll point that error out to Matthew and see if we can do something to fix it. Thanks!

    • Thanks, we’re working on making the nav drop-downs more readable.

  • Anonymous

    At the bottom of each page where I think the advertisements for the four websites are suppose to be I personally can’t see the picture or link or whatever it is that is supposed to be there. It comes up as a little box. I can click on them though so the links work just the image seems to be broken.

    • Thanks! Fixing that now.

    • Matthew Heck

      Just fixed it! Thanks for pointing that out.

      • Anonymous

        No problem, looks great. I love the rest of the site too!

    • Matthew Heck

      Just fixed it! Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Arthur

    LOVE THE LAYOUT! Awsome job guys