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Congratulations on upgrading from PHP 5! My understanding is that PHP 7 has a lot of breaking changes, so it must have been quite a task to upgrade from PHP 5. Should make things a lot better though, I imagine! I feel the pain this must have caused because where I work, we're in the process of performing some updates that should have been done a long time ago, and it's a huge pain to do all the while developing new features as well...That said, while I appreciate all the work, at first I'm not a huge fan of all the UI changes. It's mainly because of what seems like added scrolling and visuality, which takes up space, but it's definitely nothing I can't cope with. I might leave more detailed and constructive feedback once I have the time to get familiar with the site refresh, but for now, thanks for the work anyway! I really do appreciate taking care of the site.



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Some really eye-popping changes. Major props to Talon and everyone else involved. Can see a lot was put into this.



Was a bit nervous of how it would turn out, but it looks great. Good job!



I'm going to be shortcutting suggestions and bug reports, that doesn't necessarily mean we'll do absolutely everything suggested but it makes it easier for us to keep track.

  • We're aware of the site slowness too, will hopefully be fixed soon!
  • Also aware that line break isn't working in quick reply.
Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 07 November 2020

Cerebralbore101 said:

I love how there's a weekly chartz section for different countries. Does this mean articles like "Game X sells 10,000 copies on the Swiss chartz" won't wind up clogging the news feed? There's been a lot of articles in the past on this site that just weren't newsworthy or didn't really need to be pushing more important articles off the front page. I feel like giving them their own section of the front page off to the side is a really good compromise.

Edit: I just noticed that there more room for articles on the front page. Before the site update the limit looked like 17 articles. Now it's 24. Anyway hopefully between these two improvements the site becomes less clogged with articles that just aren't newsworthy, and nobody cares about. You know what I mean. All those articles that have 0 comments. There's 11 of them on the front page as we speak!

The front page used to display 14 articles under "latest stories." While the smaller news doesn't get as many views as bigger stories, a decent number of people have told me they are happy we report on smaller games. If you go into a specific article you will see on the side there is a new "Popular Stories" section that displays the most popular stories of the past week. 



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Zkuq said:
Congratulations on upgrading from PHP 5! My understanding is that PHP 7 has a lot of breaking changes, so it must have been quite a task to upgrade from PHP 5. Should make things a lot better though, I imagine! I feel the pain this must have caused because where I work, we're in the process of performing some updates that should have been done a long time ago, and it's a huge pain to do all the while developing new features as well...That said, while I appreciate all the work, at first I'm not a huge fan of all the UI changes. It's mainly because of what seems like added scrolling and visuality, which takes up space, but it's definitely nothing I can't cope with. I might leave more detailed and constructive feedback once I have the time to get familiar with the site refresh, but for now, thanks for the work anyway! I really do appreciate taking care of the site.

Keep in mind - most UI changes were made with being more "mobile friendly" in mind. Things like those scrolls work MUCH better on a mobile device - rather than trying to navigate a drop-down... 



It looks amazing! Clean and crisp and you have more overview of the whole front page, categories nicely placed and sorted as well. I've yet to try it on mobile but I'll look tomorrow. Great work, you guys!



Thanks everyone who were involved with this upgrade. Seems like a lot of effort has been put into it. My only wishful thinking would be the same as Cobretti2 mentioned. Currently, forum section gets a bit lost on low resolution displays, like laptops for example.



 

Looks nicer but now it loads so slowly.



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

Seems like some people are crashing and no matter the link they click they end up in the same page



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Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

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Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."