If you look at the individual entries at Wizbang, now you will see that each author has a link. That link goes to an archive page of their last 250 stories. Author archives are not available in the standard installation of the software that Wizbang runs on (Movable Type), but thanks to an ingenious plug-in (Custom Fields) they’re now available. As soon as I iron out a small bug the author archive screen will contain more data about the author and a paginated listing of all of the authors pieces. Author archives are just the first piece of our upcoming site redesign.
The next piece is post ratings – you’ll be able to rate each story on a scale of 1 (worst) to 5 (best). Once the ratings systems is installed and stabilized there will be sidebars that list the most popular stories on Wizbang.
After ratings, I’ll be adding a community function which will allow readers to register as authors on a forthcoming “diary” section. If you’ve visited RedState or DailyKos the diary feature should be familiar. The main blog section isn’t going anywhere – it’s just getting company in the form of different sections.
The final piece in the puzzle is a new layout which brings the whole thing together in a more concise, efficient, and standards based format. We’ll be retaining the things that work well and adding stuff to better utilized space. Search, navigation, and content will be more tightly integrated into the layout – so there’s less of a sense of jumping around between the main page and the archives.
I don’t have exact time frames for each piece of the puzzle, but the process is underway.
Stay tuned, it should be interesting…