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Website Revamp

By popular request... a complete redesign and revamp of my website debuted today.

Same content. New look. More bells, more whistles, more functionality (we hope).

There will be a few bumps as we ease through the transition, but we should have everything smoothed out and running well before too long.

Let us know your thoughts.



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Mar. 27th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
First time to your site, I Love it....
I've only just discovered your site while I was looking for information about the possibility of a Book 6 in A Song of Ice and Fire.

I don't know what the old site looked like but I find this site lovely to look at and easy to get around in.
Mar. 27th, 2013 03:27 am (UTC)
Your site has finally made it out of the 90s! ;)

Seriously, though, it looks fantastic. :)
Mar. 27th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
I don't know... I loved all that violet!!! I must confess that I miss the counter and all the houses' arms all around (them most of all). But then I've been roaming the old one for so many years that I admit this change is "difficult" for me, even though I see there's nothing missing as far as the contents go, maybe there is even something new - I really like the idea of introducing "featured artists"!!! Every time you got a new one for calendars or cover art I was always running through the net to search info and now it comes real handy! and that's fine and good!!!
If possible I would only add a "little something" to let the page stand out in a way or another (I know it's different, but it reminds me badly of Joe Abercrombie's site). I know it stands out only because it's YOUR page. But the previous one screamed "I'm George RR Martin's" from every byte!!!
Maybe I only need getting used to it ;)
Miguel Prez Delmonte
Mar. 27th, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)
Where is samples section?
I don't know if this is the place to ask but where is the Arianne chapter that used to be in the samples section?
Mar. 28th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: Where is samples section?
go to the news section, click on "book news", scroll down til you find Theon's chapter... I was only able to find that one ;)
Mar. 27th, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)
It looks very slick professional. But I am going to miss those rotating shields ... isn't there a way to keep a few of them, just as a little nod to the old fans from way before the show, for old time's sake ...?
Raya Golden
Apr. 2nd, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Go and check it out one shield lives on ;) with a quick link to Arianna's Chapter all updated and back to normal :)
Mar. 27th, 2013 03:55 am (UTC)
Great New Look
The new website looks GREAT !

However, is there still going to be a section where we can read the sample chapters?
Mar. 27th, 2013 03:57 am (UTC)
Finally! It looks great now, so much easy to navigate. I liked it.
Daniel Canton
Mar. 27th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
A compliment, a bug and a wish :)
Hi George,

I really like it. I access your website not very often, usually once a month, and it just happened that I checked in now! To be honest, I thought I had gone to the wrong website, to some HBO page that got automatically populated in Firefox when I typed "geor...", but then I went to the blog and read this entry... I really like the new look, it deserved it!

As I'm trying to provide some constructive feedback, I did a quick "testing", and found that in IE, the button for "Merchandise" (from the upper menu) moves one line below when zoom is at 100%. It gets corrected when in lower or higher values. It does not reproduce in Firefox or Chrome. Maybe others will join and collaborate with a QA testing work ad honorem :)

Finally, something to add to the wishlist. It might be that it's there and I can't find it, but if not, could you please upload the podcasts you recorded? They are 8 episodes, where you talk about your writer's experience. I found them in the Android market, I think they are great, and they deserve to be in your website for others to know them :)

As someone else said already, keep up the great work!

Daniel, from Rosario, Argentina

Mar. 27th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Looks great!
Great work, the website looks terrific!! I really like the drop-down menus and the color scheme!
Aaron Kemerling
Mar. 27th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Seems nice, I do like having the News feed on the front page, but I've been visiting for years. Going to take some time to get adjusted to the new format. There really were people complaining about the layout of the front page? lol Didn't bother me, just wanted to get to News, Not a Blog, and update/preview sections. ;)
Mar. 27th, 2013 04:43 am (UTC)
Hurray, love the update! :)
Michael Fitzgerald
Mar. 27th, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
Looks great
I try to check out the site from time to time, I guess I picked a good time to do it. The old site worked well enough but it's had the same look for at least ten years, no? I remember checking it out when I was still in high school and my ten year reunion is coming up in July.
Jack Ashcraft
Mar. 27th, 2013 05:27 am (UTC)
Sample Chapters?
Looks really nice, but I can't seem to find the sample chapters for Ice & Fire and Wild Cards though.
Mar. 27th, 2013 05:28 am (UTC)
Looks and feels slick and more modern. I think it's a neat upgrade, personally, though I didn't think there was anything wrong with the site before the upgrade.

Also, I like the general tone of Parris's page. Very heartfelt and loving. :)
Jezabel Nightroad
Mar. 27th, 2013 05:52 am (UTC)
Love the new web look.
Mar. 27th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
it's missing my favourite part
i've been hanging around your blog and website since 2007 and what i have always kept an eye out for were the song of ice and fire updates and samples. either your webdesigners forgot to keep that content or it was intentional. or maybe i'm blind and can't find it. i don't know. all i can say is that i miss it. a lot^^

your new website looks really nice and modern, and of course it fits your new ice and fire theme. but at the same time it feels cold and distant. your old webdesign was... old, yes. but it was charming, playful and had personality. i really liked that.

how many men can say they have a rose-colored website that both men and women visit very often?

well. all in all i'd say the new webdesign was a success. but the "same content"-part doesn't seem to be quite true ;D
Mar. 27th, 2013 06:14 am (UTC)
looks great
George, Looks really great! It's very fair to look upon :)

Hope to see you in San Antonio in September.
Mar. 27th, 2013 06:46 am (UTC)
And of course... more boiled leather!
Mar. 27th, 2013 06:54 am (UTC)
New site looks amazing. Love that its following the Dance With Dragons color scheme. I do miss the house banners though.
Maria Jordan-Oreilly
Mar. 27th, 2013 07:39 am (UTC)
New Website
Love it George,
It look really well and is easy to navigate. Will enjoy exploring.

Thank you for writing this wonderful, rich and complex story. It's the sign of a truly great saga when you enjoy discussing it as much as you enjoy reading it. So engaging it can be read again and again, and each time more of the details reveal themselves and add to the speculation and delight.

Can't wait to read 'The Winds of Winter', the cliffhangers are nearly killing me!

Once again, thank you.

James Dring
Mar. 27th, 2013 07:55 am (UTC)
New site.
The site looks great! It pops and stands out to the eye and immediately had me interested in checking out more options rather than just heading to "Not a Blog".
Mar. 27th, 2013 08:15 am (UTC)
Looks great. . . But no Ice & Fire sample?
Mar. 27th, 2013 08:41 am (UTC)
Very nice layout
Love it... but I don't see anymore the section of TWOW sample chapters
Mar. 27th, 2013 08:42 am (UTC)
Nice changes
The site is sober and with a user friendly inteface. I think I'll miss the old one but the change is great.

Now fill it with new content! :)
Mar. 27th, 2013 09:17 am (UTC)
I really liked the old school, simple purple. It will take a while to get used to. Don't change your Not a Blog. Just be.
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