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18 Dec 2006

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the new and improved As you can undoubtedly see, we (well, actually, Semmens) were hard at work this weekend renovating your go-to website for daily cigar news, reviews, and commentary on the average guys’ search for the next great smoke.

screenshotThe most noticeable of the changes is the new look. While we decided to keep many features from the old design, I think you’ll agree that the new style is sharper, more up-to-date, and – hopefully – more user friendly.

You’ll also notice we added a “Categories” section to our sidebar that allows readers to browse past articles by topic. So if you’re in the mood for some cigar tips, Friday Samplers, stogie reviews, news, or our off-the-beaten-path commentary, this feature should make your life a lot easier.

Bear in mind, however, that the process of switching over from Blogger software to WordPress is not yet 100 percent complete. Every single post we’ve published since establishing in May 2006 needs to be individually re-formatted for the new website. So some things – like pictures and category tags – will require extra work. Please excuse these technical inevitabilities; we hope to have each and every one corrected by the end of the week.

That said, I think you’ll find many of the old features that you’ve come to know and love in their old places. For instance, you can still access our Archived Reviews Page, browse our “Hot Topics,” and visit our ever-important “Recommended Retailers” (who made this website renovation possible) from the sidebar.

Most importantly, I hope you will keep in mind that we made these improvements for you, our readers. If there’s anything we can do to make your stay at more enjoyable, please let us know.

Patrick A


10 Responses to “ Gets a Makeover”

  1. Eric D. Monday, December 18, 2006 at 5:47 am #

    Great job, looks great!

  2. Mac and Nudo Monday, December 18, 2006 at 6:02 am #

    I've always liked the unique look of your site, but this is a big improvement. Keep up the great work!

  3. Andy Monday, December 18, 2006 at 11:45 am #

    Is this the wrong box to put in a spot to ask for recommended smoke shops (ie: brick & mortar)? Or should I send that suggestion somewhere else?

    I dig the new look…just started reading this blog a few weeks ago.

  4. Patrick A Monday, December 18, 2006 at 3:44 pm #

    At, it's never a bad time or place to talk about all things cigars.

    Andy, where are you writing from? Are you looking for B&Ms in a specific city?

    Thanks for the kind words about the new design.

  5. George E. Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 3:32 am #

    Andy –

    One good place to start when looking for a shop is the Retail Tobacco Dealers Association Web site: Just click on Find a Tobacconist on the left side.

  6. zBob Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 10:10 am #

    Hey your RSS feed location changed along with the site makeover. That was easy to fix once I realized that you had posted some new entries 🙂 But the one bummer I noticed is that this feed only includes the articles, no comments. Maybe you could look into adding that in when the time allows.

    I like the changes, and I like using wordpress. I have not used blogger very much so I don't have any advice for migrating but it does make me feel good on my choice of software. Hopefully I will not need to move any of my junk off of it in the future.

    Keep up the great work!


  7. The Stogie Guys Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 10:27 am #

    The comments RSS feed is here:

  8. Jerry @ Stogie Revie Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 6:41 am #

    Love the new site design! WordPress is the way to go. Even though the color scheme is pretty much the same I find the type easier to read and the navigation is great! Makes it so much easier for me to find past Friday Samplers.

    Keep up the great work!

  9. Andy Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 10:16 am #

    The RTDA gives too many hits in some towns to be useful. I'm looking for reviews(?) of places to buy stogies and smoke. I travel about once a month on business and the first thing I do when I find out I'm travelling is look for a place to buy stogies (I *ALWAYS* buy local) and smoke.

  10. Ренат Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 2:42 am #

    Конечно, автор блога молодец! Пишите еще!