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New content locations on X.com

September 26, 2011

By now you've probably noticed that PayPal has launched its reworked X.com site in anticipation of merging in the eBay and Magento developer sites in the near future.

All in all, this is a good thing.  But there are some issues that you, as a developer community member, should be aware of.  The biggest in my opinion is the fact that many content locations have now changed, and redirects are not in place for all of them to automagically transport you to the correct new location.

Here are a couple of examples I've bumped up against with my own writing and content:

First, my blog posts formerly appeared in the DevZone section at https://www.x.com/developers/paypal/devzone/blog with date strings included in their path; they are now located at https://www.x.com/developers/community/blogs/billday without any date strings.

For example, my July highlights post which was formerly at https://www.x.com/developers/paypal/devzone/blog/2011/08/04/summertime-and-the-highlights-are-easy is now at https://www.x.com/developers/community/blogs/billday/summertime-and-highlights-are-easy.

Second, my X.commerce articles were formerly published with URLs such as https://www.x.com/docs/ with a DOC number at the end, e.g. https://www.x.com/docs/DOC-3752 for the final part of my "Alternative Payment Systems" series.

Articles are now published at URLs beginning with https://www.x.com/content/, with the hyphenated article title appended. For the article above, for instance, the new location is https://www.x.com/content/alternative-payment-systems-part-6-comparing-options.

What should you do if you're looking for a particular piece of content and can't find it?  I'd suggest searching for the title of the missing item using the "search x.commerce ecosystem" search box in the upper right of X.com pages.  So far that's turned up everything I needed to find.

What other rough edges have you found in the site redesign?  Please give the X.com team your feedback by leaving a comment on the full X.com post.

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