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May 11, 2009

Welcome to the All-New Mark’s Daily Apple!

By Mark Sisson
128 Comments

Welcome, everyone, to the redesign of Mark’s Daily Apple!

If you watched the video you know the basics already, but here is a more thorough introduction to the new site.

We really did outgrow our old site. Loyal MDA readers wanted more ways to connect with me and the community so I’ve tried to incorporate some elements into the site that help facilitate this.

There are so many things that have been updated! I’ll try to be brief and just touch on some of the more important changes.

[UPDATE: Existing newsletter subscribers will be sent the confirmation email over the course of the entire week. If you are an existing newsletter subscriber and don’t want to wait to for the Free Introduction to The Primal Blueprint and want to ensure you get this week’s newsletter go ahead and enter your email address Weekly Newsletter Subscribe box in the sidebar and you’ll get the confirmation link immediately. Thanks, everyone!]

– Starting at the top. As I mentioned I ditched the old cartoon image of me in exchange for photos of me living the Primal lifestyle. Whenever you refresh the page a new photo will load. I hope the photos inspire you to get out there and stay active. If a 55 year old dude can stay fit so can you. I’ll plan on updating these fairly regularly so stay tuned.

– I’ve added the forum back. Many early MDA readers may remember that we originally had a forum. There were a number of reasons why I ended up removing it, but needless to say I think the community is robust enough now to fully appreciate a forum based around the Primal Blueprint and everything related to health and fitness. I hope you all take advantage of the forum to share your ideas, success stories, recipes, workouts and experiences relating to the Primal Blueprint.

– Next, jumping over to the sidebar: There are three ways to subscribe to MDA content now: by subscribing to the Weekly Newsletter, by subscribing to our RSS feed, and (at the bottom of the page) by subscribing to each day’s post via email. Just click the “Feeds” tab at the top of the page for more information on all of these ways to get MDA content delivered to you.

By the way, if you sign up for the newsletter now you will receive the complete introduction to my new book, The Primal Blueprint, for free. If you’ve already signed up for the newsletter there is no need to sign up again, but, as I mentioned in the video, you do need to click on the link in the confirm email you will be receiving today. Once you do you will the get the introduction delivered to immediately and will begin to receive all the new features I’ve added to our newsletter.

Ok. What else do we have?

Well, I’ve also addressed some of the navigation shortcomings found on the old site. To make a long story short you can view every post ever published on MDA by clicking “Site Map” at the bottom of the page. Search Results are now truncated versions of the post instead of full posts. Archives are now organized by category and date. And we now have a nifty “Top Posts” section that will highlight the latest and best the site has to offer.

There are a few more notable sections in the sidebar. “Mark’s Daily Apple TV” will be the go-to place for our latest videos. I’ll be putting up Primal related videos here. Sometimes they will be from around the net, but I do plan on creating my own on a more regular basis in the future so stay tuned.

The “Connect with Mark” section provides a way to stay in touch with me personally. Join me on Facebook and Twitter.

“Sites Mark Visits” is a rotating blogroll. Every time you refresh the page this list will update, so keep coming back for more of my favorite sites.

“Grok in the Wild” is a Flickr photo stream of members from the MDA community sporting the “Grok On!” t-shirts. I just released these shirts. They are American Apparel shirts and feature our new Grok logo. Send me a pic of you acting like Grok in one of our t-shirts and I’ll add you to the stream.  And check out the pics. Son of Grok and others have already sent in photos of themselves Getting Primal.

Some other features include the ability to email and share a blog post with others by clicking “Share This” and also the ability to print out a printer-friendly version of a blog post.

Lastly, the comment section has been improved. You can now add an avatar to all of your comments and you can reply to specific comments. Test it out to see how it works.

If you poke around you’ll also find information on Primal Nutrition products including my book The Primal Blueprint.

Apart from the design changes I also have some great new content up my sleeve that I plan to roll out soon, so check back daily.

Free Giveaway

I would love to hear your feedback. If you notice any broken links or funky problems, or just have a comment or question please let me know. We’ll be working out all the bugs and site quirks in the next few days.

And for everyone that comments I’ll be holding a random drawing tomorrow afternoon. The winner will receive a free Grok On! t-shirt.

Just submit a comment and you could be one of the first to sport our all-new Grok apparel. I’ll be in touch with the winner by 4:00 pm PST tomorrow via email, so be sure to enter your email address correctly.

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dale milam
dale milam
7 years 4 months ago

Mark – the old website was awesome but this one is supercharged!!! i am looking forward to finding all of the new features that are from before i found your website and that are brand new. i check it every day and keep learning. way to go and Grok On!!! thanks Dale in Columbia, Missouri

Ellen
Ellen
7 years 4 months ago

I’d love a Grok T-Shirt!

Dr Jerry Owen PhD CCN
7 years 4 months ago

Love your site. I am a nutritionist and mma fighter and your sit has been beneficial to bot my passions. keep up the good work. also the changes to the site are great.
Jerry
Would love to wear this shirt to my next primal lecture on the 30th. also if you have any brochures on your company for me to give out that would be great.

Derrick
Derrick
7 years 4 months ago

Mark,

New format looks great. I see no problems. As a professional kickboxer, I use the tips found on your blog often in order to maximize my strength for my size, and maintain a diet that will keep me fighting fit. Thanks for the hard work and keep on Grokin’.

chris johnson
7 years 4 months ago

Great stuff Mark. Congrats on the site relaunch!

Christine Crain
Christine Crain
7 years 4 months ago

The actual site looks even better then the screen shot you were circulating last week. I’m really excited to jump into the forum and starting sharing with other people!

Stephan
7 years 4 months ago

The site looks good. I like the t-shirts. I think I’ll have to get me one.

Lula
7 years 4 months ago

Look fabulous! Congratulations!

Rodney
Rodney
7 years 4 months ago
I love the new site! Of course that was expected. I like the “Psst…don’t miss these” at the bottom of the page. As I have said before I like all of the ways you bring old posts to my attention to review and refresh my mind. I will have to play around a bit to determine my favorite part though. Lastly, Modern Forager and IF Life are still listed as separate blogs, instead of the new and fabulous LifeSpotlight. The links take you there, but the names just need to be updates. Awesome job to everyone involved in this life… Read more »
steve
steve
7 years 4 months ago

Mark,

I enjoyed the old site but the new design is nice and fresh.

You’re an inspiration.

s.

Chris
Chris
7 years 4 months ago

Mark,
Love the new design, really clear and simple. Well done for taking it to the next level.

erik.cisler
erik.cisler
7 years 4 months ago

Hats off. It looks great. Shirts are awesome, too.

Neal McKegney
Neal McKegney
7 years 4 months ago

looks great… look forward to searching the new site.

Jon
Jon
7 years 4 months ago

The new design is awesome but the shirts are amazing — are they going to be available in the store eventually?

modernape
7 years 4 months ago

Hi Mark,

as I already said: it was about time to get a new design. I really like it: it’s fresh, stylish and functional.
One thing I would suggest is to make the articles on the front page shorter stubs oder previews of the whole articles. IMO this gives a better overview of recent posts and keeps the reader interested.

But maybe that’s just my personal preference

Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan
7 years 4 months ago

Great job on the site!

I’ve been following your blog for the past 6 months and you’ve helped me open my eyes to the real way that food works for (and against) our bodies.

Since I’ve went on a primal diet. I’ve lost an additional 12 lbs and 12% body fat (now 158 lbs). I’ll be 36 in three days I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m going to compete at the World Braziian Jiu-Jitsu Championships the first week of June with my newfound body and stamina.

Take care and thank you for all your efforts.

Marc Feel Good Eating
7 years 4 months ago

Hi Mark,

AWESOME!! Really looks nice.

Marc

Jedi (France)
Jedi (France)
7 years 4 months ago

Love the new design, great to have different photos of you and very glad the forum is back… onwards and upwards 🙂

Kevin
Kevin
7 years 4 months ago
Mark, great job on the new format of your website. I have been following your advice for over a year now and as a healthcare provider I must tell you that you are spot on Big Pharma, the medical system in general, and the Primal nutrition facts that you have provided to the public. I must admit that I get on my soap box every chance I can to promote the views of Primal Nutrition even when it means not making a sale. I am very thankful for your honesty and integrity in spreading nutritional information defying all the slick… Read more »
Annie
Annie
7 years 4 months ago

Love the redesign. I’ll be coming here often. (And I would totally wear that shirt!)

Roland
7 years 4 months ago

Mark,

Looks awesome. I like the photos instead of the cartoon!

Things are a lot easier to find. I got a couple of errors at first, but they seem to be gone, now!

Can’t wait for the book! I hope I win a shirt… 😉

Roland

Bianca
Bianca
7 years 4 months ago
Hello from Romania Mark, I guess The Primal Lifestyle had reached my country too. It`s too bad though little people had heard about it. I’m actually working on a site about this: Primal, IF, Eat Stop Eat, Low-carb. It’s everything I stand for. Very excited to launch it. I mostly like the fact that you support your affirmations with studies, it’s good quality info and I want to thank you for that. It’s funny.. I always wonder what you’re going to write about next 🙂 What can I say.. The design looks great, love the forum idea. Keep up the… Read more »
Bill
7 years 4 months ago

Great look to the site, Mark!

Very clean and professional looking, which I know is just a small part of it.

And I like the forum concept. It’s a much better platform for all of us to share our success and tips.

Keep moving forward,
Bill

Stacy
7 years 4 months ago

Nice redesign! It is fun to see who is following you on twitter – I see other blogs I love listed!

Marci
Marci
7 years 4 months ago

Yay – I love the new site & look forward to connecting with the PB community via the forum & with recipes (got lots of those to post.Great job, I know this took a tremendous amount of work. But you guys have the energy since you eat & work out right!
Grok on, people!
Marci

Phil
Phil
7 years 4 months ago

Looking good so far. I look forward to using the forum!

Samantha Aurelio
7 years 4 months ago

Mark! Awesome! I love the site!!!! I thoroughly enjoy the colors, too. Hah. I know, I’m a dork. But yeah, great site! And WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PRIMAL BLUEPRINT!
<3

IDRISCKY
IDRISCKY
7 years 4 months ago

Really like the new layout, and pre-ordered my copy of The Primal Blueprint.

CC
CC
7 years 4 months ago
Hey Mark, I just pre-ordered the book and I’m so excited! 2 things that may seem a little nitpicky but I figured I’d tell you anyways: 1)The CVV# for credit cards. A lot of times when you buy something online there’s some sort of explanation as to what it is. Usually a “what’s this?” link that instructs you where to find the number on the card. 2)The expiration date on the credit card. Is there any way to limit the number of characters in that box? Because (dumb me!) even though it said MM/YY I typed in MM/YYYY (which I… Read more »
madMUHHH
7 years 4 months ago
Wow! I’m dazzled. There are a lot of new things to discover. After seeing the screenshot preview I thought that the site would look good, but not great. But now that I’ve seen the whole page, I actually think that the design is damn good. I won’t pass a final judgement just yet though, bein a hobby web designer myself, this is something I pay a lot of attention to. primalblueprint.com, the website for your new book looks very cheap though. I haven’t read the book yet, of course, but I’m simply gonna assume, that it’s gonna be pretty good,… Read more »
Charles Payne
Charles Payne
7 years 4 months ago

Hey Mark,

Great new site! Just ordered my copy of the The Primal Blueprint.

Kyle
Kyle
7 years 4 months ago

Mark,

Great site! This will add to your momentum towards getting the word out.

Kyle

Stephen Hubbard
7 years 4 months ago

I really like the new sight! I am especially looking forward to using the forum.

See ya,
Stephen

Chris
7 years 4 months ago

Redesign looks much more professional. I am disappointed I’ve not made it into your links though 🙁

Looking forward to the book

Nehal
7 years 4 months ago

I really like the new design and layout. The old one was good; this one is great!

Rob
7 years 4 months ago

Love the new site, Mark! Awesome!

Evan
7 years 4 months ago

The new layout looks great. I’m anxious to get a hold of your book, too.

darcey blue
7 years 4 months ago

Wow, this looks so great. Thanks for all your hard work and intelligence you put into this. I reccomend MDA to clients and family and friends all the time as a good source of intelligent balanced information that can change their lives for the better!

Jonathan
7 years 4 months ago

I love the first video you chose for the MDA Daily TV. I really like the new site.

SuperMike
SuperMike
7 years 4 months ago

Mark, I just had a terrific thought… everyone that submits a testimonial with photos should get a shirt.

Mike OD - Lifespotlight
7 years 4 months ago

Mark,

The site rocks! Nice job. Congrats to everyone over there that worked hard on the redesign (as I know how time consuming it can be).

This should help take the primal message to another level.

Mike OD

Dean
7 years 4 months ago

Nice design, very user friendly and easy to navigate. Looking forward to getting my hands on your book, I just ordered one!

Sun
7 years 4 months ago

Beautiful re-design. I was actually a big fan of the primal cartoon homunculus myself, but a real life six pack is good too.
If we subscribe to your site via the RSS Feed, do we still have to register for the email newsletter to get the introduction?

Site looks great in Opera, btw.

Jason Turnage
Jason Turnage
7 years 4 months ago

Wow really neat redesign, very spiffy! I didn’t think the old site was that bad (and still don’t) but yeah the new site just looks awesome man, great job!

Brandon
7 years 4 months ago

Mark,

The site looks great! Can’t wait for the book. Keep up the great work!

Reid
Reid
7 years 4 months ago

Looks great Mark!

Brianne
Brianne
7 years 4 months ago

Love the redesign, and the t-shirts are fantastic!!!

Dave | The Intelligent Workout
7 years 4 months ago

Site looks amazing Mark! I can’t find one flaw. You should make some green and black Grok Tees to match the new design. I may or may not be stealing all your ideas for my next redesign.

Ryan Denner
7 years 4 months ago

“Grok on!”

“lets get primal!”

love it. you should have a “lets get primal”/book launch party!

Jeremiah Bell (Digital Trainer)

A definite improvement. I can’t get anything from the domtabs with most popular, eat primal or health news. Just thought you might want to know.

Cheers,

Jeremiah

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