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Welcome to the New

16 May 2011

After five years of publishing daily, my colleagues and I would like to welcome loyal readers and first-time visitors alike to the new and improved Stogie Guys. We hope you like what you see.

This cleaner look and improved functionality is the result of months of research, soliciting feedback, and trial and error. Many thanks to those of you who took the time to provide us with comments and constructive criticism along the way.

Let me first say that, as far as content and format are concerned, not a lot has changed. It was never our intention to completely deviate from the format that has worked well since May 2006.

So, going forward, we will continue to publish daily, offering such regularly occurring features as full reviews, tips, Quick Smokes, commentaries, interviews, and Friday Samplers. We aim to keep our readers informed about the most pressing threats to cigar rights, be they taxes, smoking bans, or regulations. And, even though we may provide occasional video content where appropriate, we have no plans to abandon the written word as our medium of choice.

Aside from the new logo and enhanced color scheme, there are a number of other features that we’d like to draw your attention to. For one, we have gone to great lengths to make the hundreds of articles we have published over the years more accessible. This includes upgraded search capabilities, courtesy of Google. It also includes better organization of our Reviews Archive and the introduction of Cigar University, which organizes our tips into 100-level, 200-level, 300-level, and 400-level “classes.”

We have also improved our comments system, launched a “Question of the Month” poll feature, and made it easier to view our articles by author.

Many of the other new features are pretty self-explanatory, so please feel free to explore away. Just keep in mind that, over the coming weeks, we’re bound to discover bugs, inconsistencies, or other problems, and we’ll be making changes as necessary. And we’ve got additional improvements planned over the coming months. Your patience is appreciated.

So is your feedback. Without you, we wouldn’t have been able to build the new—a solid foundation for the next five years and beyond.

Patrick A & Patrick S

7 Responses to “Welcome to the New”

  1. dmjones1009 Monday, May 16, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    Nice new look, guys. Congrats on a job well done!

  2. @AronL Monday, May 16, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Gorgeous new layout, guys. Congratulations are in order.

    The navigation is much easier, especially on a mobile device, and as my phone is my primary browser, I appreciate that.

    Aron Levy

  3. Keith Monday, May 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Love it. Wishing you many more years of success from a loyal reader.


  4. pat o'boyle Monday, May 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Bravissimo! Nice, clean layout. Best wishes in the years ahead.

  5. Phil S. Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    Oh my God, this new design is really ugly. I’ll never visit again. Goodbye!

  6. Cigar Seeker Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    You have implemented almost everything I wanted. Great job. The one thing I would have liked to see that I don't find is to have easy access not only to "top-rated" cigars, but also to all levels of ratings: 5,4,3,2,and 1-stogie reviews all accessilble by rating level.

  7. EdMac Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    I like the changes (not that I didn't like the old style) and love the Cigar University idea.

    It looks like I will be going back to school.