DCT: New and improved


New look. Same great taste!

DCT before the blog

Over the past 5 years DCT has been through many changes. I think most of them for the better and I hope I’m not in the minority. Moving to a blog format in August presented quite a few hurdles and one of those was the look and feel of the site. At the time of the move we had an established forum that used a different software than that of the blog and it was easiest to make the blog “look and feel” like the existing forum. I’ll admit the look was a bit “dated” to say the least and others referred to it as plain.

 

 

 

 

 

DCT blog before

One of the positives about moving to a blog was the ability to simply change the look, feel, and functionality of the site with a simple theme. One change affecting the entire site. Unfortunately due to the differences between the blog and forum software this was not a viable solution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCT forum before

Since the launch of our new blog I’ve been searching for a solution that would address the appearance issue and allow us to integrate all site functions within one software solution. I found that solution in Simple Press. Simple Press allows us to move away from a PHPBB based forum and integrate that functionality directly into the blog thus opening a door for DCT to update our appearance and functionality across the board site wide!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New DCT blog

Today I introduce you to the new and improved Daves Computer Tips. A more professional and mature look with quite a bit more functionality and capability for the authors – and I still get to keep my Blue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New DCT forum

The forum now resides “inside” the blog so we present one unified professional interface to you. We are still working out a few bugs so be patient over the next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improvement? What improvements?

We’ve also added new authors to bring more computer and tech information to you! Please allow me to introduce to you Mike Conroy and Pat McMullen! You may have read a few of their posts over the past several days. I know they will provide you  with the same level of enthusiasm and trust that you have come to expect from DCT. Leave a comment and welcome them to DCT when you read one of their posts.


Mike Conroy

Mike is an old computer guy from the DOS era (he boots up quickly though). Always up for a challenge and willing to lend a hand to a troubled computer user!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat McMullen

Pat is a recent college grad with PC, Mac, and mobile experience. His writing has a certain flair (he’s too good looking for our bunch – makes us all look old).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Author

David Hartsock

Executive Editor/Owner/Admin of Daves Computer Tips and all-around good guy - Dave's interest in computers began in the early 1980's during the Apple II era. In the early 1990's the PC began to replace proprietary and mainframe devices in Dave's industry so he began to learn and experiment with the PC. Through DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and now Windows 10. Dave became the "go to" guy for friends, family, and coworkers with computer problems. Daves Computer Tips was born in 2006 in an effort to share these experiences with others in an easy to understand, plain English, form.

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