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Welcome To The New RCP

So here we are at the new and improved RealClearPolitics. As we said in the original note, the look and feel of the site may have changed, but what we do hasn’t. Every piece of content from the old site has been incorporated into the new design, along with a number of new features that we hope are going to make RCP even better.

We’ve fielded a ton of questions and comments about the new site over the weekend, and we wanted to take a moment to answer a couple of the most frequently asked ones and to walk you through some of the new features.

Probably the biggest structural change made to the site is that we’re no longer displaying 5-7 days worth of commentary and opinion stories down the center of the front page. Instead, each day can be seen in its entirety by simply clicking on the day at the top of the site across from the current date.

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Scroll over each tab to see the numeric date (i.e. March 11, 2006). Clicking will take you to a page displaying not only the commentary and editorials from that day, but also any political news stories, blog posts or transcripts that were posted on RealClearPolitics that day.

Another change is the introduction of topic pages and RSS feeds. Every article posted to RCP is now tagged with keywords allowing them to be sorted and displayed automatically. Topics can be reached on the left column, by clicking on the main “topics” tab or any of the featured topics in the left column.

What’s more, you can subscribe to an RSS feed on any individual topic so that any time we post an article in a particular area of interest to you on RealClearPolitics it will be sent to you automatically via RSS. You can see a comprehensive list of topics by clicking here: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/topics.html. A full list of RSS feeds can be accessed here: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/rss/.

Stories from the RCP Politics & Elections section can now be found every day in the center column below the editorials. Clicking on the title will take you through to the P&E archive page (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/politics_and_election_news/). The daily RCP Blogosphere round up feature continues as well. You will find it in the left hand column or you can bookmark the Blog archive page (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/blogs/). Again, RSS feeds are now available for both of these pages.

For a more detailed description of all the new features on RealClearPolitics, see this letter from our new publisher.

Let us finish by saying that the response to the upgraded site has been overwhelmingly positive. Of course, change is not always easy, especially for a site that from a design standpoint hadn’t really changed since 2000. We’ve done our best to stay true to the original concept of RealClearPolitics and to improve and expand on what people have come to like and expect from RCP every single day.

Thanks again for your patience and support as we move through this transition. Please continue to send us feedback at feedback@realclearpolitics.com; and we look forward to hearing from you.

- John & Tom