Over the last few months we have been working very hard behind the scenes to provide a major security upgrade to UsingEnglish.com.
Since UsingEnglish.com launched in February 2002 users have been accessing the site using something called the HTTP protocol. You will perhaps recognise this as the first part of many internet addresses, such as in http://www.usingenglish.com/. Without wanting to get too deep into what this is, suffice to say that the HTTP protocol is an old and fairly insecure technology. Many many sites are using this as a way for users to access them, but increasingly sites are converting to the safer HTTPS protocol.
On 14th August 2016 we successfully performed the switch to HTTPS and have been closely monitoring it every since.
In the past it was a requirement that you would have to register with the site before you could access any advanced level content in the teacher handout and online quiz sections, and some beginner and intermediate content in those areas was also reserved for members only.
We at UsingEnglish.com are very pleased to announce that, as of today, we have removed that requirement. All of our beginner, intermediate and advanced teacher handouts and online quizzes are now freely available to everyone without the need to register. This means that you now have access to an additional 225 free handouts and quizzes.
We think this is great news for everyone wanting to learn English, or for those who teach the language, so please help us spread the word by sharing this news with all of your friends and collegues.
You could also help us by sharing this post on your blog, your site or on your social media channels.
Thanks, and enjoy!
The team at UsingEnglish.com
We have now made a selection of our English idioms available to download. We've recently published our British and American English idiom lists, and our list of animal idioms, in PDF format. These PDFs include lists of English idiom expressions and phrases with their meanings and definitions. We'll be adding to the available downloads over time so keep checking back to see what's new!
For more information simply go to our eBooks page from the menu, or follow this link: http://www.usingenglish.com/e-books/
We have today released an upgrade to the advanced text analyser that allows you to export data and results from your text analysis results.
On Friday 1st July 2011 from 19:30 - 23:00 BST we will be performing some system maintenance and as a result we expect that there may be periods during which the site will be unavailable. We hope to have the maintenance completed quickly but if you find that the site is not responding, or is otherwise misbehaving, please try again outside of this time period. We will keep you posted if any of the details change, and you can get up-to-the-minute updates by following us on our Twitter feed here: http://twitter.com/UsingEnglish.
Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused.
The UsingEnglish.com Team
A new and expanded PDF Lesson Plans section has recently been launched which brings you an improved user interface and allows easier navigation of our free downloadable PDF lesson plans and handouts.
We've just launched an upgrade to the idioms section of UsingEnglish.com that makes it much simpler and easier to use.
Whilst this blog has remained quite for long periods of time, it doesn't mean that work and new developments on the site have stopped. Far from it. The server and the site are continually monitored, optimised and improved. The main reason for the quietness is that, on the whole there's not a lot to show for this work on the site's interface.
Here's a case in point:
Last night at around 22:30 in the evening I implemented a little trick to help speed up access to the site. I configured the site to utilise caching in a more optimised and efficient way. It seems to have worked, for me at least.
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