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Today we're officially launching MotoringFile v1.3. It's our third, and by far biggest, design change since MotoringFile (formerly Bridger.us/MINI) launched its weblog/news format. We've updated the header images (all 50 of them plus many new ones), the top navigation, and the “How To Guide” section. Beyond this, there are also some fairly major back-end changes that have been done to reduce bandwidth and make the site faster. And if that's not enough we'll also be making some alterations to the comment section of each article and improving archive navigation in the coming weeks.
It's worth noting that with this change we've eliminated the top images used for navigation and replaced them with text. What that means is the navigation you see just below the header at the top is actually text and not an image as it had been. This was done to decrease our daily bandwidth and to give us more flexibility for the future. Believe it or not, those six little GIFs (4K each) were adding over 300MB of bandwidth a day alone! This change means that the navigation text might not look as smooth as it used to for those of you using Windows (80% of our readers). However on a Mac (15% of our readers) it will look the same, if not better.
Another area that we've also made some changes to is our available advertising throughout the site. If you're interested in learning more about the new advertising opportunities with MotoringFile, check out our Advertising page.
We'd also like to take this time to update you on the latest site stats. We're happy to report that MotoringFile is now topping 5,000 unique visitors on days of heavy traffic. And our visitors are not only checking out the front page, but also diving deep into our huge archives. We often see daily over 15,000 pages served and well over 150,000 hits. The amazing thing is our stats just seem to never stop going up, increasing 15-20% every month! In fact, we've had almost 12,000,000 hits since our March 1st launch as MotoringFile and for the month of June we had well over 100,000 unique visitors.
So a big MotoringFile thank you to everyone who has visited, contributed and just generally has made this site what it is today.