We’ve been working behind the scenes to update some code structure to our website and have taken the opportunity to make some needed changes to the front-end portion of the website, too. Within the next couple of days, we will be rolling these changes out site-wide. Here’s a recap:
The homepage will change.
Since the beginning of time, our homepage has been the most recent post (not counting the time when we had a VOTE section). This has been an easy entry point for users and it is pretty unique to most websites. However, it has always created a bit of a technical challenge to get a uniquely numbered post to think that it’s a generic homepage (https://dev.lolsnaps.com) and then switch back to the uniquely numbered post when a more recent post comes along. More alarming, however, is that the search engines (Google, Bing, etc.) are greatly confused by this technical witchcraft and have been penalizing the site and our posts for a number of years. So, the homepage will now become the ‘scroll view‘ page. This will require one additional click to get to the most recent post.
The sidebar will change.
With the homepage transitioning to a scroll view page, there is no need to retain the “Recent” posts sidebar. The two are redundant. We will be testing some new sidebar features over the next couple of weeks. For mobile users, this sidebar shows up below the comments.
Other stuff you may never notice will change.
The backend code fixes are addressing several bugs, including FIP point calculations, Youtube video post bugs, and general website speed and efficiency stuff. We’re also cleaning up the menu bar a bit. We should be able to deploy these changes without any major issues and hope this won’t send anyone into premature panic.
Your comments are always appreciated.
These are pretty broad categories of changes and if you’ve got a bug, problem, or suggestion… let us know in the the comments below.
Published on: Jul 5, 2018