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Post by RdxetDreril on Sat 14 Sep 2013, 8:20 pm


 
After several months of work, we have finally released the new design of our website. This may look like a simple design overhaul, but there is a lot more than meets the eye.
 
 
Our website has often been praised for being very easy to navigate, so we decided to keep the layout mostly unchanged, with the exception of the home page, where we can now feature important news. As a result, we focused mainly on giving the website a more pleasant look, hoping to make it more attractive, visually, to our readership. The hardest part in all that was redesigning the forums, because there were hundreds of templates to modify.
 
As you may have noticed, we have removed the social buttons that were previously found on each of our guides. This goes against the general trend that a website should be connected in every possible way with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. The main reason why we did this is because we never found much use for these buttons. The overwhelming majority of our readers do not share World of Warcraft links on their Facebook or Twitter, so we figured that it was a bit pointless to overload our website with these buttons if no one is using them (not to mention that these buttons enable social media companies to track our readers throughout our website).
 
Another major change is that the width of the website was slightly reduced. This has to do with our new advertising setup. I will post a longer message on this matter in the next few days, because I think it is important that our readers understand where we stand on that specific topic.
 
There are many features that we still plan on adding to the website, so this new design is really a first step towards a very much improved user experienced on Icy Veins.
 
After many months of work, it is also important to thank those who helped us with this new design, especially Michael Oglesby, who guided us in the right direction, and our moderators, who never run out of feedback to give us.
 
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