We launched this latest version of Buffalo Rising a little over a year ago. This latest version has proven quite popular as our traffic continues to grow. We had over 2.3M visits last year and our traffic through the first two months of this year is up over 20% over last year's first two months. Better yet, we just had our highest traffic day ever last week thanks in no small part to the Powder Keg Festival popularity.
But everything needs to evolve so we're currently working on a refresh of the site. We're focused on a few key areas including a new way to display the most popular stories, varying how posts are displayed (moving away from the same size and same layout for all stories) and enhancing the design to make it more dynamic and user-friendly.
We're also considering building an area of the site which would allow users to interact with one another more easiliy. Some users have requested a forums section of the site while others have asked for a regionalized Yahoo Answers style section of the site where users can post questions and get quick answers from other knowledgable Buffalonians.
As we work through the redesign process, we're eager to hear your feedback on what works, what doesn't and what you'd like to see added. So let us know your thoughts in the comments section or, if you prefer, email us at help at buffalorising.com.