A few housekeeping notes

We’ve grown considerably in size over the last few weeks. It’s clear, also, that many visitors are quite new to the internet. So here are a few tips you might want to try to get more out of save-wye for less effort. This is not a normal website of the kind that’s been around for years. It can let you find the information you want in a flash and even deliver the news to you in a shot too, by e-mail or directly over the web.

The first is… get a new internet browser. We know from our statistics that most of you are still using Internet Explorer which comes with every Windows PC. This is a very clunky, unreliable and — on some sites, though not ours — insecure piece of software. You’ll have a much nicer and safer time on the net if you use something else, such as Firefox or Opera. Both are completely free and change nothing on your machine. They will, if you like, import all your old IE favourites automatically. And they are very similar to use — just faster, more reliable, and capable of doing a few aesthetic things IE cannot. We think you will find save-wye looks a little better and works better too.

The second tip is… click everywhere. This is a website, not a program on your PC, so as far as you’re concerned it’s unbreakable. Look at the information in headlines; a lot of it is hot-linked, so that clicking on an author’s name or a category will take you to everything else by that person or in that field. Explore the archives too — you may find something you missed. As the article count grows, we will try to make it easy to discover what you want. Which brings me to…

Tip three: play with searching. If you’ve taken our advice and ditched Internet Explorer you should find our search field up the top right has taken on a new life. You no longer need to type in a search term and hit return. Just type in the word you want to search on, pause for a second and a list of potential hits should appear magically below. You can scroll to the one you want with the arrow key on your keyboard.

This is a supplement to normal searching — you can still hit return if you want. And it is dependent on how many people are online at any one time. If the site is very busy, or you choose a search term which has lots of answers, it may take a little while to appear. So in those circumstances just search normally.

Finally, don’t think you have to keep coming back here to check if something new has appeared (though you’re always welcome). Signing up for the subscription page in the top menu will ensure you’re emailed every time something new appears. Or clicking on our new Feedburner service to the right will give you the same updating facility using what is known as RSS.

If you’re unfamiliar with RSS, take a look around the web where you will find plenty of explanations… and it’s built into both Firefox and Opera too. Once you get the hang of it you’ll find we deliver the news to you the moment it appears. The simple way to use it, if you are using Firefox or Opera, is to drag the orange icon below up to your bookmarks bar. From that point on it will always keep the latest save-wye news stored under that shortcut automatically.

Do let us know how else we can improve the site for you as it grows in the future too.


About David Hewson

Professional novelist, published in more than 20 languages. Creator of the Nic Costa series set in modern Rome, Pieter Vos in Amsterdam, adaptions of the Sarah Lund stories in Copenhagen, and versions of Shakespeare worked for Audible.
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