It’s been a hectic few weeks for the New Media team at CCHQ – the most obvious things keeping us busy being the launch of MyConservatives and the webcasting of Conference 2009 (…and if you missed any of the action, the replays are all available here).
But we’ve been adding lots of new features to Conservatives.com too, some of which you might have missed along the way. And now seems as good a time as any to round them all up – so here goes…
For starters, we’ve recently introduced the new Party Shop, which is selling all sorts of items from pens to umbrellas and everything in between. It’s a great addition to the site, and also a good place to stop off if you’ve not sorted out your Christmas presents yet!
Another significant change is on this very blog, which has been moved over to the popular WordPress platform. The main benefit of this is that users no longer have to register to post comments and we’re seeing lots of new names contributing which is great news.
Along with the new Blue Blog, we’ve also started using Del.ici.ous to bring together interesting stories from around the web. Look on the right hand side of this page to find links to, amongst other things, an NME story on Eric Pickles’ recent Spotify ad.
One of the other things you’ll see on the right hand side of the page, along with our most recent tweets, are our most recent Flickr photos – another new addition and proving to be an excellent way of storing the latest shots of David Cameron and the Shadow Cabinet.
And if you look at the bottom of this post, you’ll see a new “share” button. Hover over this to see all the sites you can post our news stories, blog posts of videos to – including Twitter, Facebook, Digg and so on.
A lot of these new additions are in response to suggestions from users – so if you’ve got any ideas for how Conservatives.com could be further improved, let me know in the comments thread below or send a tweet to @craigelder.