Old-school baby-boomers like me still mostly use desktop and laptop computers with big screens to surf the internet. But mobile is the digital future, and there’s a rapidly growing number of users who access the web primarily on a smartphone. In fact, according to one report, 65% of digital time in 2016 was spent on mobile devices, up from less than 50% back in 2012. And while desktop computers aren’t expected to disappear altogether, the smartphone market will only continue to grow in size as baby boomers retire and are replaced in the workforce by Gen-Xers and millennials.

The shift toward mobile is one of the driving factors behind this relaunch of our website, but it’s not the only one. Whatever generation you belong to, PDB readers will find that our newly redesigned site is simpler to navigate and easier to read. Viewed from a desktop or a phone, deckmagazine.com should just look better as the home page automatically adjusts to fit the size of the screen you’re using. No more pinching and zooming in to view tiny fonts and photos when you’re away from your desk and using your phone to check out what’s new on the website.

The website redesign is more than a facelift that changes the way we look. With it comes a powerful new software package that will change the way we produce PDB content. From short news stories to long feature articles and everything in between, we’ll be able to quickly publish more information online than we can in our bimonthly print magazine.

Like any new tool, however, we anticipate that there might be glitches that will need to be ironed out. Our popular Forums need to be taken offline for a few days while databases get reconfigured; we’ll let you know when they’re up and running again. And all of the hundreds of articles that were on our old website needed to go through a process called ‘ingestion’, where they were decoded and reconstituted in our new format (in some cases with humorous results). We’ve been working on the redesign for a while now, and our talented team of developers has already found and fixed most of the errors. If you discover anything that we’ve missed, have comments about the redesign, or suggestions for improvement, please let us know by contacting me at awormer@hanleywood.com. In the meantime, welcome to the new and improved Professional Deck Builder!