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StarTrek.com Relaunched With A New Design & Integrated Fan Content July 14, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Electronics/Gadgets,Merchandise,Review , trackback

Two and a half years since startrek.com went dormant, the official site of the Star Trek franchise has been re-launched with a new look and a new mission. More details and thoughts on the new official site below.

 

StarTrek.com is back

It is great to see that the Star Trek franchise will once again get the attention it deserves with an official site. The new look for StarTrek.com, from web developer Funny Garbage, is a nice improvement over the previous design. The site is broken into five main sections: News, Videos, Database, Galleries, Boards and Store.

The news section of the site has launched with a number of articles, with the emphasis so far being recently announced Star Trek products. This emphasis is not surprising as the site is now being run out of the CBS Consumer Products group. There is one news item announcing a new licensee, Earlooms, who are now making a Star Trek branded bluetooth earpiece. And of course the site still continues to integrate an official store

The site also promises to add more exclusive news content in the future including interviews, event reports and more. And in a welcome sign that CBS is embracing the fan community, the site is now integrating non-official sites by featuring headlines "from the blogosphere" from TrekMovie.com, TrekToday.com and TrekWeb.com. There is also a page with links to a number of other specialized fansites. Another way that StarTrek.com is embracing the fans is with the Galleries section, which now allows fans to upload images. And of course the discussion boards are still integrated into the site, but previous users need to reset their passwords to use the forums.

The Star Trek Database is back, now enhanced with info on the Star Trek 2009 movie and a new intro to Star Trek. The Database is pretty thorough, however it needs more updating, especially the biographies of real life Star Trek celebrities. Memory Alpha, with its team of dozens of editors, will likely continue to be a more extensive and up to date source. Also, I wonder if new fans and non-regulars will know to click on the ‘Database’ button to learn about episodes and especially about the new movie (and inexplicably this beta version sorts episode descriptions alphabetically instead of in airing or production order).

Probably the biggest enhancement to the site is the videos section. It now includes  full episodes (ad supported) from the original Star Trek and Star Trek: Enterprise. The episodes are organized better than they are at CBS.com, however unlike CBS.com the episodes are not available in HD (at least for now). There are also previews for all the episodes for DS9, Voyager and TNG, plus the previous library of interviews and documentaries. However, once again I wonder if “Videos” is the right term or if there needs to be a “Watch Episodes” tab or button at the top level of the site. The term ‘videos’ is often thought of as a place for clips and shorter features and not full episodes.

Overall this ‘beta’ version of the official www.startrek.com is very welcome. The addition of full streaming episodes and fan content is a big plus. Also, the new design is simple and clean, although it may be a bit too simple. Hopefully this is just the beginning and we will see more from the official Trek site in the future.

 

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Comments

1. jas_montreal - July 14, 2010

Farewell old star trek.com design…. You will be missed.

2. Harry Ballz - July 14, 2010

Well, it’s time for the collective here to analyze the crap out of this! Proceed!

3. jas_montreal - July 14, 2010

I prefer the old sites layout for Episodes. It provided a nice sleek list of all the episodes with quick 1-2 sentence summaries. I can’t find it in the new layout. Can anyone help me find the lists of episodes ? Or should i rely on memory-alpha ?

4. Frank Fischer - July 14, 2010

Nice to have the site back in living condition! Now bring on a new Star Trek TV show! Its more than time!

5. jas_montreal - July 14, 2010

@ 4

HELL YES. CBS should hire Ronald D Moore to develop a new Trek tv series !

6. Cheve - July 14, 2010

Sgrunt.

We can’t watch Star Trek.com’s episodes from outside USA

Justin.tv has a system so that the commercials shown to you are commercials from your country. I can only hope that startrek.com ends up using a symilar system in the future.

I get very angry when the press says that USA has very less piracy of tv series and movies than Spain. Of course you do. You can watch lots of tv series on Hulu, CBS, and plenty of other websites legally with commercials whenever you want.

7. Phaser Guy - July 14, 2010

It looks really good. You can watch a ton of episodes. And the little behind the scenes clips are nice.

8. David G. - July 14, 2010

From a news standpoint, the old startrek.com too often wasn’t on the ball in staying up to date with its content.

And, honestly, THIS site has been a far more informative and entertaining Star Trek news site than Paramount’s official one ever was…! So I’m not sure why we even need the official startrek.com site anymore.

9. Chakotay - July 14, 2010

Where is the Widescreen Wallpapers with all Crew Members from all Series ???

10. Vardonir - July 15, 2010

Those “exclusives” look interesting. I know what I’m going to do this weekend.

But what happened to the old interview transcripts? I tried the search button, I found a bunch of links, but I get redirected to the same page.

The Database articles’ layout look messed up, tho.

11. Phaser Guy - July 15, 2010

I thought the old Trek.com was really fun. It’s a lot more fun than the Official Star Wars site which is so jumbled.

12. Jim Nightshade - July 15, 2010

Ha! great point david g! Anthony and his awesome staff make trekmovie.com much more of a living breathing excellent site than startrek.com ever was–and the easy posting of opinions by us fans also make much more lively n fun dialogue as well–oddly enuf i stopped going to startrek.com soon as i found trekmovie.com-thnx anthony sir we cannot say thanx 2 u 2 many times–

13. njdss4 - July 15, 2010

I would spend a ton of time at startrek.com if it had all Star Trek episodes on it. TOS and ENT are ok, but DS9 or TNG would be amazing! Get to it, startrek.com!

Still, when it comes to news about Star Trek and scifi, I’ll always come here. It’ll never leave my Google Reader!

14. U.S.S. Manila NCC-99232 - July 15, 2010

I’ll always go to startrek.com!!!

15. Uwe - July 15, 2010

And as I expected … the videos can’t be viewed by fans outside the US :(

16. Phobos - July 15, 2010

Notice how the site is TOS centric.
Not that is a bad thing, just pointing it out.

17. Phobos - July 15, 2010

The main thing I used to like on startrek.com (until they broke it and never repaired it) was the section that listed all the episodes with a JPG, synopsis, and video preview.

They removed it completely on this new site (or at least I can’t find it).

18. ThisIsAName - July 15, 2010

While it’s no longer the franchise-embarrassing zombie site its last incarnation was, it’s still not bookmark-worthy like the version previous. I’d check in at that site weekly or daily for content like The Trek Life and the fictional columnists (Pelgar, K’Plett, Whatsisname from the mobster planet, and Kate). I dearly loved the short-lived series of quasi in-universe articles like “What happened to the Romulans’ ridges?”

Ah, well. I’ve long since mourned that incarnation. As I said, the reactivation means the site regains some dignity, and it’s still almost as good a reference as Memory Alpha.

19. Victor Hugo - July 15, 2010

Well, first of al it needs a comic strip like “The Trek Life”.

Don´t know, while it´s not bad, it feel´s kinda souless, generic, not nerdy enough, Trek is more than “Kirk and Spock” old and new.

Needs more okudagrams and infos on pocket books and comic books.

Needs to be more like “Trekmovie.com” or “Theforce.net”.

20. Victor Hugo - July 15, 2010

ah, good thing i no longer see VIACOM around suing the fans over fansites or fanfictions.

21. Harry Seldom - July 15, 2010

Anthony, you left an option of the poll:

“Who needs it? We have TrekMovie!”

I guess I’ll get around to checking it out this weekend.

- Harry

22. Damian - July 15, 2010

I’m glad the official site is updated and running again. For the last 2 years now I’ve been looking to this site and Memory Alpha for news and updates. Star Trek needs an official site. I will keep an eye on it for official news, as well as Memory Alpha and trekmovie.com for other tidbits and news.

#16–It is probably more original series-centric because that is what is current right now, with the new movies and such. The other series, while just as important to me and other fans, are not currently in production, so they are not likely to the highlight.

23. Kirk, James T. - July 15, 2010

What I don’t understand is why we have one site for the movie and another for the rest of Star Trek. Why not just make startrek.com the number one place to be for ALL Star Trek.

Whilst this site is better than the old site, it still doesn’t really do the Star Trek universe any justice. People come here and other Trek news sites for news, so what is startrek.com really for?

I believe the site should be far more interactive, kid friendly, free online games and far more colourful with a layout similar to the movie site, corridors and digital sets from the Enterprise and other ships – for example:

The home page could be based on the new Enterprise bridge – since this is current Star Trek, click your mouse to go to various information about the 2009 film, characters, watch trailers, clips, TV-Spots all the stuff that you would expect. then say you wanted to go visit the classic Star Trek era – click on the navigation button, it spins out into a galaxy on the new Enterprise view screen, you click to go to TOS and it takes you to the TOS galaxy, same kind of thing, corridors of the original Enterprise, click on the doors and it takes you to different information and interactive stuff.

and well you get the picture. also why don’t they have interactive features showing you the ships of Star Trek, similar to the HD DVD box set to TOS where you could see the Enterprise – lets see that on the site.

Also i know they have added the blogs such as trekmovie.com but i think they should work closer together because having CBS news as well as trekmovie news just doesn’t make sense unless CBS Trek.com news is first in breaking news.

Whilst this new site is a vast improvement on the old one, I still think that whilst Paramount are willing to spend money on Star Trek, CBS are still looking for the cheaper option with Star Trek which isn’t going to work in the long run

all in all i wish that Paramount owned all of Star Trek and CBS just stuck to what they do best – which isn’t Sci-Fi.

24. Victor Hugo - July 15, 2010

23.
You´re totally right. I mean, where´s the bloody Starships?

In the Star Trek games, like “Star Trek Encounters” they make good use of the federation ships silhouetes as icons.

They need to put some heart into it.

25. CaptCStark - July 15, 2010

I would like to see the return of The Trek Life. That was a feature I enjoyed on a regular basis.

I also have to agree about the wallpapers. Where are the wallpapers I can post on my computer at work?

Like the videos, I wonder when full episodes of TAS, TNG, DS9 and Voyager will be available?

I wonder if the RSS feed will work on the new site?

26. Hat Rick - July 15, 2010

Great stuff. I’m glad we have a new, revitalized StarTrek.com to visit.

27. Mel Gibson is a Romulan - July 15, 2010

This site redesign took forever. I hope it was worth it.

28. Explorer - July 15, 2010

#6, I agree with you. The episodes are only available in the US, not available to other countries… What about the rest of us??? Another Rip-Off…

29. Jordan - July 15, 2010

Too much ToS design.

30. That One Guy - July 15, 2010

Yay! It’s up! Time to abandon TrekMovie!

Yeah right. I’ll visit both, but TM will continue my main source of Trek/scifi/movie news as it has been for 3 years.

I am That One Guy, and I am a TrekMovie.com regular.

31. Gary - July 15, 2010

The Star Trek bluettoth is kinda cool, but they should have also made one trhat looks like Uhuras earpiece and also a Bluetooth Communicator Device that syncs with your cell phone.

32. buddykarl - July 15, 2010

Now all they need to do is bring back David Reddick’s “Trek Life”

33. Colonel West - July 15, 2010

Looks ok but with my designer hat on it’s a bit rough around the edges. No address bar icon yet (e.g. the lil trekmovie icon to the left of the address in your browser above). Content on the homepage is too centralised with gaping bars of space on either side causing a heck of a scrollbar to get to the content further down.

If I was doing it, off the top of my head I’d space things out better using more of the available page at the top and the sides and try to minimize the need for a scroll bar, at least on the homepage anyway. Switch the main links from a vertical nav bar on the left of centre to a horizontal one across the bottom of the banner image. The mirroring of the banner image either side of the content is pure lazy design and a complete waste of available space. It looks akin to a wordpress/ joomla layout.

Ok, web/ graphic designer hat off, it’s good to have it back!

34. Star Trek 12 : Klingon Rising - July 15, 2010

Episode guide is in Alphabetical order & no longer in season order. Thumbs down!

35. British Naval Dude - July 15, 2010

THIS HERE be me Starry Trek webbysite.

Lord Anthony- only when filled wit’ gin (which be often) wills I ever stray from thee and me bankeroo Trekmovie.com site. Asides, fur’ me internalnet connection, I hooked me typewriter up ta’ me tv so I only gets this one webbysite.

‘Nuff said.

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

36. jas_montreal - July 15, 2010

@16. Phobos

“Notice how the site is TOS centric.
Not that is a bad thing, just pointing it out.”

Yup, CBS/Paramount are focusing on the TOS era again. I bet if they even produced a new TV show, it would be set during that era. At least until they over-do the TOS era, then they’ll move over to the TNG-rebooted era.

37. jas_montreal - July 15, 2010

@ 34 Star Trek 12 : Klingon Rising

“Episode guide is in Alphabetical order & no longer in season order. Thumbs down!”

I’m really angry about this. I always loved look at the episodes in season order.

38. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - July 15, 2010

#16 – Every Trek-related thing should be TOS related. ;)

39. Simon - July 15, 2010

#23 – The Blu-ray box set has the Enterprise tour.

Best to pretend HD DVD never existed.

40. Dave in RI - July 15, 2010

For me it’s too late. When startrek.com went dormant, they left a vacuum–one that Trekmovie.com filled in very nicely. I really have no need to go there because:

1. Trekmovie.com covers all things Trek new and old, not to mention the whole genre and real science.

2. I can already watch Trek episodes any time I want be on disc or CBS.

3. Memory Alpha does a better job covering Trek history.

What can startrek.com offer is not already done elsewhere and done better?

41. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - July 15, 2010

As good as Star Trek.com is. It does not compare to Trekmovie.com. This site is by far the best and I believe it will continue.

42. Shunnabunich - July 15, 2010

@33: From the abrupt image-switching when the central banner slides to the next image, I get the impression that it’s a bug — besides, other pages have a repeated delta-shield background at the top. May as well report it, since they have an email address listed for site issues.

43. Slag - July 15, 2010

It sucks, looked forward to the new site for a long time and it is the same ols dhit in a new wrapper. No downloads or wallpapers…..BIG LET DOWN!!

44. Danpaine - July 15, 2010

I think it’s just fine – plenty of content, spanning the entire history.

Good Lord, some of you people complain a lot. About everything.

45. Victor Hugo - July 15, 2010

Considering the millions we paid along the decades to keep Trek running, we have every right to complain as much as we please.

46. Gary - July 15, 2010

Maybe TrekLife can move to Roddenberry.com if Startrek.com no longer wants it.

47. falcon - July 15, 2010

Interesting. I get a 404 “Page Not Found” when I click on one of the links above. But type it manually and it shows up in all its glory. Go figure.

48. Captain Warnock - July 15, 2010

I don’t know about this new site, it kinda just looks like a corporate facade to me. I mean it looks good, but looks are not enough. I don’t think the official site could ever have the in depth, news, and content that a fan made site has. I’m really glad to have it back, but I did get along without it, between trekmovie and memory-alpha, all my needs were met. For the most part i really think they just brought it back to sell stuff.

49. Red Dead Ryan - July 15, 2010

“TrekMovie.Com” will always be the place for everything Star Trek. Plus we get weekly science, sci-fi tv and sci-fi movies. Being an independent site allows for dissenting opinions which CBS would never allow on their site. TrekMovie.Com is a much more welcoming site.

50. Danpaine - July 15, 2010

“45. Victor Hugo – July 15, 2010
Considering the millions we paid along the decades to keep Trek running, we have every right to complain as much as we please.”

Well put. Touche. That reminds me, anyone want to buy all the Columbia House VHS tapes I bought for like, $500 at the time? Sheesh.

51. Damian - July 15, 2010

#47–I had StarTrek.com as one of my favorites and got the same message. I had to use the link above and add it in as a new favorite. They must have changed the URL or something.

#40–You can never get too much Star Trek info. I will mainly look to the official site for “official” news and product releases. No doubt trekmovie.com will still lead the way in all the Star Trek news there is to cover. And I am a Memory Alpha junkie. Anytime I forget something or need to look something up, I go to Memory Alpha long before I would the official site. So I guess I partly agree with what you are saying.

52. Damian - July 15, 2010

#50–I bought those Columbia House tapes for DS9 thinking I was getting a great deal. I have slowly been replacing them with the season DVD’s for a fraction of the cost per episode. Now I am trying to sell the tapes at yard sales and am lucky to get a dollar for them. Boy do I feel like I got raped.

53. Holger - July 15, 2010

I would definitely welcome a weekly cartoon.

54. Phaser Guy - July 15, 2010

I am glad I held off buying Trek on VHS. I only had the movies and one episode. So it was easy for me to get into Trek on DVD.

55. THX-1138 - July 15, 2010

Let’s try this again:

So….

I tried clicking the Startrek.com link and got bupkus. I will take that as a sign that there is no real need for me to check out the new Trek site. Until it has stuff to offer that I can’t get anywhere else I find it irrellevant.

56. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - July 15, 2010

I went to sign up and they have a few bugs they are working on… Hopefully sign in will be fixed by tonight.

57. Balok - July 15, 2010

This site has been really great over the past years, starting following it when TOS remastered stuff was announced. FWIW, like it here, no plans to switch…

58. Will_H - July 15, 2010

I gave up on that website a long time ago. Hell the lack of any updates was the reason I found Trekmovie and gotta say that I doubt any of these changes are gonna make me want to check it out. Trekmovie’s been great and you’ve been on top of anything and everything so you’ll remain my main Trek website.

59. trekboi - July 15, 2010

crap, wont even open properly- looks amaturish & cheap- average trek fan could do better with enuff time on his hands…

60. SamIam - July 15, 2010

Looks like a lot of effort for what is basically a facelift. How about some improved content instead? How about a downloadable magazine on par with Star Trek the Magazine? All of the great material from that magazine can’t be found anywhere on the web. Would beat the heck out of your database and provide something unique that even Memory Alpha doesn’t have.

How about a fan fiction archive with monthly writing contests and prizes awarded by Trek notables?

Now THAT would increment your visits counter!…

“Fan Fiction!” rattled Admiral Big R. Wig. “We’re against that, aren’t we?”

Fleet Captain Brass T. Hat opened his CBS handbook as rays of light burst forth from its pages, illuminating the Enterprise Bridge. “Let me check…D, E, F. Oh, here it is. YUP. Licensing problem. That’s something like Symbalene blood burn, I think.”

The pimple on the Admiral’s forehead went four shades of red before suddenly erupting like a Section 31 klaxon. “BLOOD BURN? I remember now! Are you kidding? Fan Fiction makes the Symbalene blood burn look like a mild case of the measles!”

The Admiral punched his combadge and issued the only order possible, “Abandon Ship! Abandon Ship!”

Racing down the corridor the two senior officers squeezed into a tiny escape pod. “I hope you remembered a can opener this time, Captain,” announced the Admiral, “and some antiperspirant.”

“Check and check, Admiral – but…”

“But WHAT, Captain? Spit it out!”

“It’s the handbook, sir, I forgot…”

“You what?!”

“I forgot the handbook, sir.”

“Then get your aft quarters back on that ship and find it!”

The captain resigned himself to what was almost certainly a suicide mission. There was something right, something noble, about it. Going down with the handbook. It was definitely better than a week or more of sharing a sardine can with Admiral Gasbag himself. The captain bravely took a step towards the pod’s hatch then turned and shook the Admiral’s hand.

“In case I don’t make it, Admiral. Good luck.”

The Captain closed the hatch behind him, stepped through the adjoining airlock and scrambled down the corridor towards a turbolift. ‘I just might make it,’ he thought.

But the Admiral had other plans, and launched his escape pod into space, abandoning Captain Hat to a certain fate.

“Very sad,” said the Admiral calmly. “Another casualty of Fan Fiction.”

61. Magic_Al - July 15, 2010

Also disappointed the “Star Trek” Bluetooth earpiece fails to look like Uhura’s earpiece, which inspired the invention in the first place! Maybe the FCC doesn’t like 23rd Century design?

62. LoyalStarTrekFan - July 15, 2010

I’ve explored the site some so far and overall I’m pleased. That said, the lack of organized episode guides for the various series (including previews, etc.) is disappointing. I plan to post my thoughts on the official forum so hopefully my thoughts will be heard. As a result, I voted “OK/Good” on the TrekMovie forum. Like any new site it’s got some bugs to work out but I am extremely pleased to see that CBS realized the value of the franchise.

63. South African Dude - July 15, 2010

This updated site is pathetic.
The ships are old pics from prior website, their is no numbering to the episodes. Their section on ST 2009 is desolate. Navigation sux.

I prefer Trekmovie.com any day.

CBS should invest some money in doing it properly.

Not Fan friendly in my eyes.

64. Majicou - July 16, 2010

Man, I thought a “Star Trek branded Bluetooth earpiece” meant one designed to look like the earpieces used by Uhura and Spock in TOS. That’d make the whole concept a lot less… lame. I see I’m not the only one to think so, as well.

65. Ironhyde - July 16, 2010

Ok. With the old StarTrek.com, my main purpose of going was to glimpse through the clean and concise episode guides so I could find my way through my TNG 7 season DVD collection and decide which season I wanted to pull out…

The new StarTrek.com has no DVD numbers on the episodes, which sucked at first. Then I discovered the episodes are not not in order, nor are they all listed. AND I’m certain CHARLIE X was a TOS episode, NOT TNG. So why’s it listed in the TNG episodes database? D’oh!

Other than that, I’m one of those that bangs his head about the videos not running outside of the US. It’s the Internet, people… I know everybody likes to OWN and control, but the internet isn’t supposed to have borders.

66. Adam Collings - July 17, 2010

Ho Hum. You can watch episodes if you happen to live in just one of the many countries on this planet.

I am not in the least suprised.

67. GilanTC - July 17, 2010

Ironhyde, can you point to the where Charlie X is listed as TNG? I see it here: http://www.startrek.com/database_article/charlie-x , and it seems to only reference TOS.

68. Chasco - July 18, 2010

It would have been a selling point for this site to offer its ‘old’ news content in an archive – the unique videos and interviews, photos that were not available anywhere else, reports on events (ditto).
But nope.
All gone.
Where would the ‘Enterprise’ crew(s) have been without access to archive information? But these days anything more than about 2 days old is seen as past its sell-by date and shoved aside.
Bad move, guys.

69. ThisIsAName - July 19, 2010

I accept just fine that there’s a separate site for the movie and for the franchise. Movies get their own sites all the time, nevermind that Star Trek is owned by two unrelated companies now. The reason ST.com went down was likely so CBS’s site could avoid competition with Paramount’s site.

When ST.com was in its last active incarnation, I went there for news, games, magazine-like content, and reference.

Now, TrekMovie handles my news, I don’t play Star Trek webgames, and Memory Alpha gives me much more in-depth info. Guess what’s not on the new site? (Also the games are gone.)

70. Romy - July 19, 2010

The TOS database ‘cast’ link has ‘Kelley, DeForest’ at the top, and anyone with a surname further on in the alphabet listed below him.

‘Barrett, Majel’ and ‘Doohan, James’ aren’t listed!!!

71. Ironhyde - July 19, 2010

#67 GilanTC

http://www.startrek.com/database_article_navigator/star-trek-the-next-generation : 22nd from the top.

72. Ironhyde - July 19, 2010

Under “Episodes”.

73. Joe - August 1, 2010

OK, so did they get rid of episode reviews? I’m rewatching it, and, especially in the first couple seasons of each series, a decent portion of the episodes were bad, and I’d like to skip them. Previously, I was able to see the rating on there as one indicator of whether or not I should watch it or skip to another, better one, but now this is gone. Is there any way to access it, or another source that has ratings that are concise and not buried in a long review that takes time to read and can spoil the episode?

Also, it’d be really nice if there were a way, when viewing an episode’s page, to navigate to the next episode aired, instead of having to look up on Wikipedia or Memory Alpha which episode comes next and then finding it alphabetically, in the process probably seeing the plot summary on one of those and having it spoiled.

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