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See Something New? VoiceOverXtra
New Face, Features And Navigation

March 22, 2012

By John Florian

(VOXtra) Looking for VoiceOverXtra? Well - you're here. We just look different today.

At about 4:30 p.m. Eastern, I emailed Ray and Brian at Quasar Enterprises, my web developer and host: "Ready to launch!" And many months of ideas, designs, tweaking and linking entered computer screens worldwide.

This brought memories of the July day in 2007 when I told them to "Flip the switch" (which is how much I knew about websites then), and VoiceOverXtra itself was born.

Now nearly five years later, the big challenge with a redesign was to consolidate all those years of how-to features, news, directories, and more into pages that you will find graphically pleasing and easy to navigate to quickly find what you want.

Did we succeed?


Actually, what you see here now is a repackaging of what up to 500 people per weekday visit VoiceOverXtra to find - how-to info for succeeding in voice over. And we share this info in many ways.

Take a quick tour with me ...

On the gray and red menu bars above, you see links to popular pages like our:
  • comprehensive industry Directories (you've checked it out, haven't you?),
  • Calendar of wonderful training events,
  • Classifieds (hey, they're FREE to subscribers!),
  • a place to SHOP online for voice over equipment,
  • a special section for voice over Newcomers, and more.
On the Home Page, below the menu are these main sections:
  • News & Features, where you find the most recent articles in Business & Marketing, Home Studio, Industry News, and Voice Acting, plus links to complete archives;
  • Training, with links to VoiceOverXtra's upcoming webinar and workshop opportunities, plus a preview of our upcoming eBook, Voice Over LEGAL, by voice actor / attorney Rob Sciglimpagia;
  • Resources, with links to blogs, award competitions, social media sites, pronunciation guides, sample demos, wacky stuff and more; and finally,
  • Poll - vote your opinion on topics that will change often. Followed by text and banner ads from among the best professionals in this business. Please do click and check them out.

As with anything new, there may be a bug or two lurking in these links. I'll stomp 'em as we go along - but will also appreciate a note from you if you catch any in your exploration of these hundreds of articles and departments.

And please feel free to comment below (or privately, to about this new look.

Believe me: I greatly value your ever-lasting friendship and help over the years, and feel honored to continue serving you.

To Your Success!

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Comments (14)
3/31/2012 at 8:05 PM
John...great job! Your site was fine before and now just better than ever! IMHO, You are the leader in providing information and education to the world of VO. Remember the recent interview with Joe Cipriano? Paraphrasing, he said, "stick to your goals no matter what". You obviously took his advice and did a great job! Keep up the terrific work!
Chef Deb
3/30/2012 at 3:25 PM
SO PROUD OF YOU JOHN - you've done a great job
SO happy to be on board

The site looks fantastic. You've worked very hard to offer us a site that benefits us all - on behalf of all of us - THANK YOU for your hard work!

You're the best my friend
Deb Munro
Peter Drew
3/30/2012 at 10:59 AM
Hey, John: Site looks great and navigation is excellent. Congratulations on the redesign!
3/30/2012 at 10:43 AM
Very NICE, John. Keep up the good work!
Ken Budka
3/30/2012 at 10:10 AM
Great job on the redesign John. So far it seems much easier to navigate and find things quickly. You're the man...

Linda Ristig
3/30/2012 at 8:39 AM
Wonderful improvement, John. Bravo!
3/29/2012 at 8:04 PM
Fantastic, John. Congratulations!
Rosi Amador
3/28/2012 at 4:30 PM
It looks terrific, John! Felicidades. You must be so pleased. I have the same request as Peter. I actually often print your articles so I can read them more leisurely because my eyes are fried from reading on the computer all day long, so would love a way to save an article formatted for print, to exclude all the logos, etc.

Thanks for all the work you put into this. It makes your site even more inviting and is far easier to navigate. Wonderful!

Warm regards,
jill goldman
3/28/2012 at 12:31 PM
Looks great, John!
3/27/2012 at 10:28 AM
Looks great! Definitely a go-to resource when looking for a voiceover blog
3/23/2012 at 11:49 AM
Thanks for everything you do, John! It is awesome(r?!) God bless!
Jerry McClellan
3/23/2012 at 10:17 AM
John, much, much better. User intuitive/informative/friendly.
Two words: "spot on"
Thanks for your very appreciated daily contribution via VoiceoverXta greatly benefiting voice actors everywhere.
You did good, John!
Peter Katt
3/23/2012 at 6:24 AM
Looks nice, it's easier to read! One request for a feature, I'd like a way to save an article formatted for print. I wouldn't actually print them, just save them as PDF for later reference, but using the browser's print function includes the navigation elements, links to other articles, ads, etc.
Doug de Nance
3/23/2012 at 12:30 AM
John - another award winning moment for you (to go with your VOICE 2010 one). The site looks spectacular. And the navigation is sooooo smmmmooth. When anyone asks me about voice over I always answer Voice-Over Xtra!

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