September is an exciting month in the Delta. Schools are back in session, college football is starting and cotton harvest can’t be far behind.

Sept. 1 will also be a red letter day for Delta Farm Press and visitors to its website, deltafarmpress.com. After more than a year of planning and preparation, we’re launching a totally re-designed website and a new content management system.

The sites are being built with a new open source platform that will allow us to provide more relevant content that is easier to navigate. Features also include a more robust search function, related material that is instantly available and a new and improved media player.

Our research indicates readers want to be able to find information they’re seeking quickly and with a minimum of searching. The new CMS platform will provide more content and fewer links that take readers all over the Internet.

The first thing you’ll see when you go to deltafarmpress.com is a new featured article and photo or video in the upper left hand corner of the home page. In the center column, you’ll find a list of Must Read articles you will find useful in your farming operations and daily lives.

The upper right corner contains a new feature that will direct you to collections of articles on the current “Hot Topics” of the day. You will also see a list of the topic pages you’ve visited most recently.

Also in the left column will be a special video belt displaying the newest videos produced by Farm Press and a list of the top feature articles, blogs, podcasts, related videos and Web polls that have recently been displayed on the site. We’re now posting three to four new videos on our website each week.

Information about new Continuing Education Courses offerings from Farm Press and up-to-the minute weather forecasts, commodity quotes and commentaries will continue to be available in the third column on the home page.

The ability to display information quickly and easily is made possible by a new listing of keywords that includes 1,099 agricultural terms common to the nine Penton Ag Media websites, which are all being redesigned and scheduled for re-launch this year. The listing was developed by the 26 editors in the Penton Ag Group.

The content will also be mobile friendly, meaning you can access the site more easily on your iPad, Blackberry or other smart phone. We’ve invested a great deal of time and effort in making the new site as Web-friendly and content-rich as we possibly can. We look forward to hearing from you after you have a chance to maneuver around the new site.

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