Readers may recall that I announced in early April that I have been working to make WUWT more accessible as well as more community oriented. Improvements so far have included enhanced commenting speed with less moderation and improvements to the Submit a Story system.
I’m pleased to announce the WUWT toolbar. Now, I know some people aren’t fans of toolbars, and others love them. I was on the fence until I saw that it could actually provide some useful tools. One of the biggest is an improved search engine for the now 8000 WUWT posts online. The WordPress search engine is rather limited, some might call it “lame”, and it makes it difficult to find stories you remember and want to reference. Since WordPress still has no plans to upgrade it, I decided this would serve the community better.
Other improvements include:
Instant access to our many reference pages, and the ability to submit stories and news tips right from the toolbar. It eliminates having to wade through the WUWT header menu since you don’t even need to be on the WUWT website to use these features.
You can disable/enable it with a right click as well as configure some elements using the gear icon.
I have decided to keep “Tips and Notes” on as many have requested it and don’t want to go to the trouble of submitting a full story. Either way, this makes it easier since you can submit from the toolbar now – handy if you are on a web page you want to bring to attention.
Quick links are also available to the WUWT Facebook Page and Twitter feed.
The other value to this toolbar is that it helps Alexa get accurate data on WUWT traffic and reach, so you’d be helping WUWT by installing it and using it.
It works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome (on Windows). I regret that Alexa doesn’t offer other browsers such as Safari and Opera, but perhaps they will in the future.
There’s no risk using this toolbar, uninstall it at any time if you don’t like it, and you can’t beat the price.
The toolbar is editable, and I’ll take suggestions into consideration.
Thanks for your continued support of WUWT.
If you want to check out and then install the toolbar, CLICK HERE