May 13, 2013
By Alyssa J. Miller
Be one of the first to see AOPA’s new website and help us give it a thorough preflight as a beta tester before we launch. This will give you the opportunity to get acquainted with the new design, navigation, and search capability. Your valuable feedback will help us correct major glitches in the new website before it goes live.
Because you will be viewing a beta test site, there are a few things to keep in mind. For the best user experience, please use Internet Explorer 9 or later, or the latest version of Firefox or Chrome to enter the beta site, and then press “CTRL” and “F5” to ensure the beta site loads correctly. Be patient as you navigate the site because performance may be slow in the beta environment.
Design limitations in beta AOPA.org
Functionality limitations in beta AOPA.org
When the new website launches, each of these design and functionality limitations will be corrected and appear and perform normally. Bookmarks, search, social media share features, and the new calendar of events will work seamlessly when the new website launches.
If you encounter one of the design or functionality limitations listed, you do not need to report it to us. They are limitations unique to the beta environment.
Glitches beta testers should report
Your feedback on the new website is very important to us. While we have been scouring the site, we know you may find some problem areas as you navigate to your favorite or most-used pages in the site. As you experience glitches, please send a note to us via the Contact Us form. Here are some examples of items we would like for you to report.
To report a glitch or provide other feedback on the beta website, please use the Contact Us form. Include the browser and version you were using; the type of computer, tablet, or mobile device; the URL or link of the page that you were on that contained a broken link, formatting issue, or missing image or text; the URL or link of the page that you were on before you received the “Web page not found” error, and note the link that you clicked when you received the error.
Although we may not be able to personally respond to your email, know that our dedicated website and information-and-technology teams are reviewing every single piece of feedback and will work to address all issues before and shortly after the launch of the new site.
We understand that the website is an important member benefit to you, and we want to make the transition to our new design and technology platform as painless as possible. This switch will enable you to access the site easily from your mobile device, find content easier with better website navigation and search functionality, and more. Plus, it will allow us to roll out new interactive online features in the coming weeks and months, including the ability to comment on articles, a Q-and-A board, and an upgraded AOPA Forums platform.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
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