If you’re a regular reader of the Adam Smith Institute, you’ll have noticed that we have a new website. I’m a big fan of the design – that and the rest of the site has been done by freelancer Rob Bell (who I strongly recommend for quality, value and ease-of-doing-business if you’re thinking of getting a site designed yourself).
But the changes have been a little more than cosmetic: moving to WordPress from Drupal means that we can manage the site at the back end more cheaply and easily than ever before, and if/when we want to redesign the site in the future it should be relatively simple.
Most importantly, the site is now fully responsive to mobile and table screen sizes, so reading on your phone should be a very pleasant experience from now on.
Naturally, there have been a few hiccups – we’ve imported all our old research and blogposts and maintained most URLs, but some old images have been lost and some posts with special characters in their URL may not be working. Thanks in part to Google’s caching of old pages and the Wayback Machine, all of these things can be fixed manually. If you spot anything amiss, just let us know in the comments here.
There are some other minor niggles that need to be sorted out – we have pages about (for instance) Adam Smith that were almost never visited on the old site and we haven’t found a good way to link to on the new site just yet. As is often the case, the balance is between style and function, and it will take a while to get everything working properly.
We’ll be experimenting with some other changes, like keeping the Research section for ASI reports only and putting longer think pieces (clearly labeled as such) on the blog. We’re also using tags for posts to make it easier to find what you want from our archives.
If you have any comments or suggestions, do please let us know!