Lifehacker Expands: Check Out Our New IT Pro, Life And Work Channels

Today is a big day in the history of Lifehacker Australia. We're expanding to bring you even more technology and life advice, helping you to do everything better in your career, at home and in your leisure hours. To reflect our expanding focus and make it easier to find the content you want, we're dividing our stories into three channels: Work, Life and IT Pro. Read on to learn all about what's happening.

Lifehacker's core mission remains the same: offering advice on how to live your life better, with a particular emphasis on how technology can make that task easier. We've often described our approach as "looking at the world from a programmer's perspective". As the site has grown, that perspective has applied to a wider and wider range of topics, ranging from saving money to securing your computer to learning how to set up an automated download server to finding the most rewarding career path.

We wanted to keep that diversity, but we also knew that we needed to make it easier for people to find the stories they were interested in. With 30 or more posts scheduled for a typical weekday, not everyone has the time or inclination to check them all out. We're all about efficiency, and we wanted more efficient ways for readers to navigate the site.

So from today, we've divided our content into three major channels: Life, Work and IT Pro. The names are fairly self-explanatory. The Work channel looks at how to use technology to be more productive, along with tactics to be more successful and productive in every activity you perform. The Life channel looks at tips for enhancing your day-to-day chores (sorting your finances, organising your home, and staying healthy). The IT Pro channel looks specifically at advice for people who work with IT as their day-to-day job (a large and growing part of the Lifehacker readership).

We're very happy to have Microsoft Windows Server 2012 on board as our launch sponsor for the new IT Pro channel. A key part of that channel is a new editorial project, World Of Servers, which we're extremely excited about. We'll tell you more about World Of Servers tomorrow.

When you come to the Lifehacker home page, you'll still see every single story we publish across all channels in reverse chronological order, just as you do now. If you want to see everything, that's still the default option, but you also now have other choices.

At the top of the page, you'll see the most recent major story in each of our channels. Click on the name of a channel in the menu bar and you'll see all the major categories under that channel on a drop-down menu. Hit the channel page and you'll get just that content. So if your big interest is in IT pro tips, bookmark the IT Pro page and you're good to go.

New Categories For Easier Navigation

As part of our revamp, we've also rethought the categories we use for our posts, to make it easier for readers to navigate. Since 2008, Lifehacker has operated with seven major categories, but as time has passed, it has become clear that we could do a better job with that classification. So these are the main categories we're now using.

Within the Work channel, we have:

  • Productivity, covering software, hardware and tips to make you more productive and effective;
  • Communicate, examining every aspect of communication, from mobile phones to social networking to improving your writing;
  • Career, packed with tips on finding the perfect job and surviving the modern workplace;
  • Business Travel looks at how to travel effectively in a work context and the gear you need;
  • Security covers all the latest security tips to keep your technology safe from hackers (and prying relatives);
  • Small Business & Startups examines issues around freelancing, entrepreneurship and starting your own business.

Over on the Life channel, we have:

  • Money helps you manage your finances and spend wisely;
  • Entertainment covers every technology entertainment option, from setting up a media server to the future of digital TV and streaming music;
  • Home offers advice on organising, automating and improving every aspect of your domestic life, indoors and outdoors;
  • Health examines ways to stay healthy and fit;
  • Travel looks at general travel advice, including planning your trip, saving on bookings and getting around day-to-day;
  • Design gets graphical with advice on image editing, photography and creativity.

And in the IT Pro channel we have:

  • Cloud covers cloud technologies and servers and how to use and manage them;
  • Developer examines issues that matter to programmers on every platform;
  • Deployment looks at the technologies and skills needed to make IT projects actually happen;
  • IT Career explains at how to build and enhance your career in IT;
  • IT Security discusses the challenges management of IT security on a business-wide basis
  • World Of Servers; tune in tomorrow for more on this exciting project. (Hint: readers can win some truly awesome prizes involving international travel.)

Even More Stories

Observant readers will remember that we advertised for a new writer on Lifehacker a few weeks ago. Our new staff member will be starting soon (we'll do the formal introductions then). In the meantime, longtime Lifehacker contributor (and former Gizmodo editor) Alex Kidman is helping us out so we can start offering more stories than ever right away.

Everything else about Lifehacker remains the same. We still bring you all the best content from Lifehacker US (with all the non-Australia-relevant stuff removed); we have an awesome membership and commenting system, complete with notifications and voting, which we encourage everyone to use; and we're still committed to bringing you the best life hacks every day. Enjoy the site, thanks for reading and as always, we welcome your feedback, either through the comments or via our contact form.

Big thanks also to our tech team, @benwhite and @robhussey, for taking on the site rebuild and doing such a great job.


Comments

    Great idea! Hope it works really well and makes reading your stuff easier for people.

    Last edited 21/01/13 11:29 am

    Will there be separate RSS feeds for each channel?

      We've set one up already for IT Pro http://feeds.lifehacker.com.au/lifehacker-australia-it-pro

        Hi Angus, will there be an amalgamated RSS Feed? Or shall there only be the 3 individual feeds since I'm interested in all 3 of the main sections, but don't particularly wish to have 3 separate RSS sections.

          The amalgamated feed (in both all stories and AU only versions) will indeed continue. Right now we've only planned for an IT Pro feed among the new channels, though if there's enough demand we'll look into others.

            I'd really appreciate an RSS feed for the life channel (if viable for you guys to set up). I try to keep up with the main feed, but its overwhelming when you subscribe to multiple sites. Given I'm not an IT Pro, its really the Life and Work feeds that interest me more.

            I agree, I am interested in the life and work feeds, but I'm not an IT Pro so I'd love separate feeds. BTW: Keep up the great work.

    Are you going to set up some sort of 'forum' like Talk Amongst Yourselves on Kotaku and Whitenoise on Gizmodo for us people from Kotaku to invade visit every once in a while? :P

      We have thought about it; the challenge is fitting 'here's somewhere to hang out' in with our core mission to make people more productive. US Lifehacker used to run a post on Fridays for time-wasting purposes; that might be an option.

        Oh, lol. I hadn't thought of that. Talk Amongst Yourselves really promotes procrastination :P

        Last edited 21/01/13 1:19 pm

    I like the idea of splitting this up into separate sections.

    Can we get the website fixed next? The current "system" of logging in to post comments is just broken. Every week I'm having to log back in again, and the way it's been set up doesn't let chrome autofill my email address or save my password. Can you just change it so that works (I suspect it's got to do with the un-necessary overlay that opens when you click login.)?

    Also on the website, you really need to remove the logging and visibility of who voted comments up or down. I'm extremely hesitant to vote on comments fearing retaliation.

      Apologies for the hassles @moonhead - we've not had widespread reports of login issues but I'll get the tech team to investigate. We made a conscious decision to make upvotes/downvotes visible; it makes people accountable for their actions (including if they retaliate). Interested if others have similar feedback though.

        And so LifehackerAU becomes even more Flipboard unfriendly.

        Meh. Not a great loss for you Angus no doubt, so I will find a new site and mourn the days gone past of LifeHackerAU and it's chocolate butt-plug articles, tips on how to break the law and random grammar Nazi posts.

        Farewell LifehackerAU, we barely knew thee.

          I'm not going to claim we've designed with Flipboard in mind, but given that the main page runs exactly as it did before, I'm not quite sure how you deduce this makes us "more" Flipboard-unfriendly . . . (My grammar Nazi will also point out you've used the wrong spelling of "its".)

          Evidently you didnt read the whole article, my first though was what a dumb thing to do, make it 3 times harder to read, but really they are just adding optional filters for people that for some reason only want to read one or two categories of LH stories (god only knows why, an author filter would be much more useful) .

    Now you need a mobile app. Android please

    With MS as the sponsors for IT Pro, how heavily will the articles be skewed towards MS tech?

    Always nice to expand your revenue source, but wihat about the "quality" of the content. There are times here that you are really scraping the barrel for a story, now you need 3 barrels. Nevertheless, who am I to question "progress".
    Will there be seperate links for each "new" lifehacker at the top of the page, alongside the members of this evergrowing family?

    Any chance of adding support for custom filters? I'm interested in something like 4 life categories and 2 work categories. It'd be nice to display stories for those 6 and just those 6. Having to separately check 6 categories every time doesn't sound fun...

    Thanks.

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