Welcome to the first new feature page here on the latest version of The Old Motor. Over three and a half years have passed since the site started in January of 2011, and in the meantime there have been changes in the way the internet is accessed. Smart phones and tablets are used by many today, and this new website has a responsive design to accommodate all of these devices. It is a new state-of-the-art system that takes advantage of modern high-speed transmission of data quickly and also enables the use of larger images.
The site was custom built by Adrian Pelletier of Build Interactive, who has been constructing digital products for over a decade. He specializes in web design, development, and mobile applications. He has worked with clients and businesses of all types and sizes from all over the globe. He is a car enthusiast and enjoys restoring his own classic cars.
This new site has two versions with different features: One is for mobile devices and smart phones, and it is automatically in sync with them; the second is for desktops, laptops and tablets, and it can be changed in width to suit the screen it is being used on. By clicking on the bottom right-hand corner of your browser and dragging it to the left or right, it will automatically adjust to whatever width you choose. Give it a try and see just how you can customize it for your own use and how the site will react to it.
Using the photo above you can learn about the options for viewing images that have been carried over from the last version of the site. If you click on the photo, it will open up again in a different window, and at that point you have two options; the first choice is you can continue to cycle through all of the photos in the post just by clicking on each image. To return to the main article, click on the white link with an arrow that can be seen at the left below the photo.
The second option is to enlarge the images; above each one you will notice a line that tells you the date it was published and to the right you can read in this case: Full size is 1200 x 750 pixels. If you want to see the larger version, click on the colored 1200 x 750 notation and it will enlarge it to the full size. To return you need to use your computer or device’s process to go back and then click back again or use the white link at the bottom to return to the post.
To help you navigate the new site, after you are finished with a post you can click on home at the left side of the top header and go back the the home page. The other option is to go to the bottom of the page you are on and click on either of the links just above the multi-colored social networking buttons as seen below. Clicking on the left link will take you to older posts and the right to the newer ones.
While you are at the bottom of the page (see above) note that you can also share any post with friends simply by clicking on the email button and sending a link to them or use your own email address for forwarding later. The four buttons are for the most popular social networking sites that you can use to share the content with your friends there. To leave a comment on the site, use the Leave a Reply box at the very bottom of the page.
The other changes are the search box and all of the site categories have been moved to the top of the right-hand column (see image below left). You can access all of the nineteen different areas on the site that include the 3,000-plus posts and 11,000 photos that are now on The Old Motor by clicking on the the white triangle on the right-hand side of the box and a drop-down menu will appear.
The newsletter sign up box has been moved to the left-hand side of the footer at the bottom of the page. To use it you click on the box where you see Email Address, then enter your address and then click on subscribe; we will then send you a spam-free weekly newsletter showing all the new content that has been added in the last seven-days with a direct link to each post that will take you to what you choose to view.
So there you have it – take a few moments to look around and learn all about the new site. Take a minute to learn about the photo display system, as it will make your return visits more enjoyable. We will be working to finish up a few things in the coming weeks and take care of any issues that might crop up. If you are a longtime reader, the new site might feel a bit like it does when you first operate an old car, but we hope you will give it at test drive and soon feel at home. And one last thing, please tell all of your old car friends about it. Leave us a comment with your thoughts and do let us know if you spot any issues. The top photo is courtesy of Patty Allison, and the lower photo is courtesy of the AACA Library.