Introducing the New German Pulse

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Welcome to our next chapter!

Today we are celebrating our 5th anniversary with some new and exciting changes that are laying the foundation for an exiting next chapter of German Pulse.

nothing has really changed in the last 50 years

When we launched the site on May 1, 2011, we set out on a journey to restart the German-American community and show a side of Germany’s growing culture that many established organizations were afraid to embrace. I get it, change is tough, and when you’ve built an organization around aging principles, making that leap into the unknown can be frightening. Your worst fear of paying members jumping ship might come true! But lets look at reality for a minute… most German-American organizations are losing paying members at a rapid pace, and it is not because they have tried something new and exciting, it’s because nothing has really changed in the last 50 years.

So for the last five years, we at German Pulse have been looking at what Germany is today, how the country and culture has advanced, and how Germany and the United States have worked together to advance society. It has been refreshing to see a side of Germany that most Americans don’t realize exists, and what we’ve been able to do here is just the beginning of an exiting journey that lies ahead.

 

What’s New?

If you’ve been around German Pulse, you will notice that nothing looks the way it did before. We have rebuilt this site from the ground up, changing every bit of code, while retaining the five years of articles we have written. It has not been an easy feat, but it is something that had to be done before we moved ahead with our roadmap.

will look amazing on any device, whether it is your 27-inch monitor or 4-inch phone.

The initial site we set up at launch was only meant to last a year or two, at most, before introducing a more robust system. A lot of time was spent evaluating the best options, and in that same time, there was a major shift in how people were using the web. A majority of traffic is coming from mobile devices and websites need to adapt to all screen sizes. This new site is now fully responsive, and will look amazing on any device, whether it is your 27-inch monitor or 4-inch phone.

Our original site was also not built to accommodate our future plans for German Pulse. We have promised many big changes in the past, but our old structure was not built to handle what we wanted to do.

When we launched LGBT Germany last year, the newest site in the German Pulse Network, we were able to test out the code for what would eventually be used to power this site. We learned a lot with the new system, and I am very excited about what this means for the future of German Pulse.

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Our New Logo

A brand new site wouldn’t be complete without a new logo. Our original logo served us well for our first five years, but it didn’t speak to what we are about. Yes, we are dropping the colors of the German flag, but honestly, it was a bit cliché. In our new logo we are conveying that we are here to hit the power button and ‘restart’ the German-American culture, and one of the best ways of doing that is by both opening up a dialogue in the community and sharing what I believe is the most exciting and diverse culture of Germany.

 

What’s Next?

Rebuilding this site has been a challenge, and with most of that hard work behind us, we can look forward to expanding into some fun areas. We are already working on some projects that will be introduced soon, including videos, reviews, and longform feature articles that will dive deep into modern German culture. Those will all be making their debuts on the site this year!

However, with all big changes, a lot of time has to be spent on making sure the site functions the way it should. In the coming days we will be working to iron out the remaining bugs and going through all 1,269 articles to clean them up and make sure they look great on the new site. We have a page set up that will be tracking all of the major, and some minor, changes to the site, and if you find something you think needs to be fixed, please let us know by sending an email to [email protected].

 

I hope you love the new site as much as we do, and I want to welcome you to join us as we shake up what it means to be a German-American in 2016 and the years ahead!

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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