The new “magazine-style” homepage of ADVrider.com you are looking at is the culmination of months and months of hard work by a team of us from the ADVrider community. Much like all the time and effort that goes into planning an epic adventure ride, the real journey begins when you start riding, or in this case launch the site.
Firstly let me introduce myself. My name is Paul William (@PaulADV) and I am the new Content Director at ADVRider. I want to share with you what the new editorial arm of AVRrider is all about, what I have been doing over the past six months and what is planned for the future.
Before I begin, I would like to say what this new homepage is not. It is NOT a replacement for the ADVrider forums, and it is NOT taking away any resources or emphasis on the forums.
The community (YOU) is what ADVrider is all about. The forum is where the community grows and interacts. Building the new editorial team and site felt a little like building a newspaper HQ (the new editorial arm of ADVrider) in the center of the town (the forum). It exists to support the residents of the town (forum), not to replace or destroy the apartment blocks. Without residents, a newspaper is useless. Without you, the editorial team and I serve no purpose.
It is my genuine desire to build a resource YOU want to read every single day, just like the forum. Achieving this has been my passion over the last six months and is going to be my driving goal for the years to come.
So how did this all come about? @Rudy1220 and @Baldy felt that in today’s media landscape, a strong independent online Adventure Motorcycling magazine staffed primarily with inmates was needed. Because of my background in journalism I was tasked to build a team that could deliver daily motorcycle news, honest authoritative reviews, in-depth interviews and exciting rides from around the world. I think I have succeeded in building an excellent editorial team, most of who you will recognize, and who are passionate about this vision. I believe our technical wizards Robert, @SpecialKev, and Scott have done an incredible job putting the pieces together. I also want to mention all the inmates who have given us feedback while we built the site, and and the mods for helping moderation the homepage.
This is a journey, expect the new homepage to evolve. We (and by “we” I mostly mean me) will make mistakes. We will try some things that probably won’t work. Please bear with us and help us do better as we learn and evolve.
So what is planned for the future? Members of the team are going to events, rallies and expos around the world to bring the latest adventure motorcycling news. The first event to be covered is INTERMOTO in Germany, the KTM Rally 2018 in Canada, followed by AIMExpo in Las Vegas and then EICMA in Italy later this year. We have some technical upgrades such as improved mapping that did not make it into the launch window. We also plan to create a free authoritative online adventure motorcycling guide for beginners and experts alike.
I would like to point out some of the new homepage features. Alerts from the forum show up in the top right-hand side of the homepage, so you won’t miss a mention, reply or direct message when browsing the homepage (thanks @plumer1kt for the idea).
To leave comments on articles, scroll down to the bottom of the article and log in by clicking the orange button. Use your forum username and password to log in. Comments will be moderated by the forum mod team lead by @CannonShot. Same rules apply here as on the forum.
If you want to write for us, if you any ideas of how we can serve the community better or if you are a manufacturer and you want us to review your product, please contact me on the forum or by email. My forum name is @PaulADV, and my email address is Paul@ADVrider.com.
I hope you all enjoy the new homepage. Please check back daily for more news and updates.