Welcome to all new PhotoBlog

by Ram Ya July. 09, 2016 81368 views

We hope all of you are pleasantly surprised by the new design change on PhotoBlog.com. This blog post will introduce the changes we did and the reasoning behind them.

Sunris - Jesenice, Slovenia

Sunris - Jesenice, Slovenia

Background of PhotoBlog.com

PhotoBlog was started in 2006 and reached its peak popularity in 2008. However, the site did not keep up with feature updates and a major overhaul was long overdue. Since acquiring the site, we have come up with a new vision and a robust platform.

 

Why did we need to start over?

Previous technology stack was a decade old! So the code and design were beyond outdated. We needed a new system that is modern and scalable. Most of all, we needed a robust system upon which we could easily build new features and solve problems.

 

Our New Vision

PhotoBlog.com aims to be ‘the’ blogging platform for Photographers and storytellers.

Tools: We aim to simplify the blog setup process while providing powerful tools for creating a stunning blog.

Network: Perhaps the most intriguing value proposition is our social network for Photographers. We aim to eliminate the number one reason bloggers abandon their photo blogs, isolation.

What is new in beta release?

Below is a list of main changes we have implemented. However, the best way to experience change is to head over to our Editor and start creating your first blog!

Vastly improved UX design of blogs and main site

Increased image display size (870 px) for all accounts

Editor with a host of features for telling your stories. More info

Real-time notification system to help you engage with others.

Allowed full-screen images to highlight your best captures

Public and private stats to measure blog engagement

More robust and automated SPAM fighting tools

 

Where do we go from here?

We are still in beta release, over the next few weeks we will iron out any bugs. We will add lot more features in the coming weeks, such as a forum, contests, and badges.

 

How can you help PhotoBlog?

You can help us by reporting bugs and providing feedback in our feedback forum. A new vision also means new acceptable behavior and content rules. Please make sure you are familiar with them. Above all, please keep blogging and focus on photography and storytelling.

What is your story?

What is your story?

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Longchamp Henri 2 years, 3 months ago

I received your mail announcing the weekly theme BUT the link leads to

"Sorry, this page no longer exists If you think this is a mistake, contact us. " so you're contacted :)

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Anuj 2 years, 3 months ago

Can u give some more tips?

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Anuj 2 years, 3 months ago

It really helps a lot for new comers like me

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Bzh29 2 years, 3 months ago

When I enter on my blog page , just after the login, I can easyly find my blog (your blog button) ...
But ... when I click on browse button i am automatically directed to "popular" ... I am not interested by the nude shoulder displayed by a talented photographer sharing view of his "princess" ... no more interested by young girls boys, and I am not more interested by the daily life in a "performing & creative arts camp" ... I just want the free choice the way where I will go (that was an option in the old pb) ... Just want priority to be directed to "following" or even "fresh" ... (I prefer the advertising and ugly "escorts" or even for shoes or phones ... more than all the personnal photos posted as in a mail box and "popular" because they have numbers of view only by the number of their "followers" who have just a name, but do not post or have friends - they are just viewers !) That are my wek-beginning thoughts .

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Bzh29 2 years, 3 months ago

What happens ?
Click on "announcement" link in top of the page → https://www.photoblog.com/admin/2016/07/09/welcome-to-all-new-photoblog/
Click ont the tag *announcement* below the photo on this page (below the climber) → https://www.photoblog.com/browse/tag/announcement/
And disappointed to find pregnant's or birth's announcements (Popular Announcement posts on PhotoBlog.com -- top -- latest) ...
I am interested by only the administrator's announcements ! ... (and I keep smiling) :))

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Bzh29 2 years, 3 months ago

Lol, I shall use a different tag then. I will change them to site_announcements
Thanks for this feedback :)

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Kenny H 2 years, 3 months ago

Does the blog from each member go back to their very first photo?

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Kenny H 2 years, 3 months ago

Hi Kenny, Yes you can scroll down the home page and it list all the way back to your first photo.
Since you have several years, I think archive page is the best for doing this i.e. https://www.photoblog.com/popparatzee/2012/11/
Please let me know if that helps.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Wietske 2 years, 4 months ago

Hi there! Absolutely love the new look, it's made me want to blog again once my exams are over. I do have one question though: all my photos from previous blog posts are blurry now, is there a way to fix this or do I have to re-upload all of them? Thanks in advance! x

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Wietske 2 years, 3 months ago

@Wietske Thanks for the compliment.
As per the old blurry photos, we faced a dilemma when migrating old blog posts. The previous owners only kept a 500px copy of the photo and this caused some blurriness in the new 870px format. All new photos will be saved in large format, so this issue will never repeat.

Thank you for understanding.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Theshockofnottingham 2 years, 4 months ago

Hi there, I do not expect you to remember me but I have been a member of this community for quite a long while. I had already been in touch before the change of the blog and you may remember that I was not very happy nor impressed by the new look. Not because it is not nice, but because, in my personal view, it took away some of the the originality that the previous interface had without really offering anything that many other blogs around are offering too, and some with much better capabilities. The blog as it is now left is one that being quite basic hides behind a flavour-of-the-month appereance.

Since the change I have not posted yet anything because all my blog was based on the idea of a photo diary. This means that I could post my pictures with any previous date (useful for instance when you are waiting for a film picture to be processed or you are just on the road). This was really nice because I live far from my family and it was a way to share with them in pictures what I was doing and seeing the previous days. One does not always have the time nor the energy or resources to post your images on the same day they are taken. The blog used to be able to be displayed in the form of a calendar where you could browse month after month, locating those special weekends, workdays, events and evidencing also the inevitable gaps during the weeks. Unless I am missing something now those features are lost, even for the upgraded membership. And my problem now is that since 2004 this is my photo diary. I would hate to change blog now.

In short I would like this to be possible:

A) The possibility to back-date posts

B) A calendar view, but with the weeks and days and the thumbnails in them to know when you took picture or not.

If you could do this I think they would be also great features to promote the blog. There are not blogs around that do that. Anyway let me know what you think and if you think is going to happen or not. Otherwise I will need to consider if staying or leaving. By the way, I was also a happy paying member. This is to show you how valued were those features by me.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Olga Helys Replied to Theshockofnottingham 2 years, 2 months ago

I agree with you about
A) The possibility to back-date posts
B) A calendar view, but with the weeks and days and the thumbnails in them to know when you took picture or not.
It's very useful for me too!
Thank you

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Alanloyed 2 years, 4 months ago

I am new here and thanks to admin who has allowed me to be part of it.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Mafalda Luisi 2 years, 4 months ago

I've been a member for a long time with some big breaks, came back and had a wonderful surprise.. congrats with the change. For me a good reason to start posting every day again.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Mafalda Luisi 2 years, 4 months ago

Mafalda, that would mean a lot to us.
Please let me know if anything is hard to figure out. Thanks and welcome back!

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Hardy Kwan 2 years, 4 months ago

Cool~

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Hatsumi Suenaga Dybdahl 2 years, 4 months ago

I enjoy the new designed PhotoBlog. Thank you so much for your great work!!

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Hatsumi Suenaga Dybdahl 2 years, 4 months ago

Hatsumi, Thanks for the kind words.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Annagyorffy 2 years, 4 months ago

Why did you kill the option of setting the date for a post??? All users I know have a tendency to batch-upload pics taken on a number of days and liked creating a photo diary. This isn't possible anymore which is a real shame...

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Annagyorffy 2 years, 4 months ago

I have detailed some issues with backdating posts at https://feedback.userreport.com/260b277e-18fb-4b0e-a615-066dcffb2154/#idea/126637 please have a look.

As you can see from that link, I am looking for a solution to this issue. I am open to suggestions.
Thanks.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 4 months ago

As an older member l am slowly getting there.
I like the new look!

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 4 months ago

@Marilyn Thanks for the kind words.
The new system is a completely overhaul and change can be frustrating. If you need any help please let me know.
-Ram

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Paolo Martini 2 years, 4 months ago

How can I upload a picture ?!?! I have always an error ... Thank you so much

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Paolo Martini 2 years, 4 months ago

@Paolo we fixed an issue with the jpeg file type. You should not get this error anymore. Please test and let me know.
Thanks.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Paolo Martini Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you very much ... Congratulations ! Happy week end ;o)

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Longchamp Henri Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 3 months ago

I stumbled on such an issue : loading a 810x540 portrait picture didn't succeed without any error message, the same picture 1200x800 has been accepted BUT it displays far too high for a "normal" (1920x1080) screen :)

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Morteza Akhnia 2 years, 4 months ago

Many Thanks

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Morteza Akhnia 2 years, 4 months ago

Morteza, Thanks for the comment. Would love to see more posts from you here. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for us.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Veronica 2 years, 4 months ago

there used to be a friends category in browse so i could see fast what they posted, and also a guest book. I cant find those now. all the private messages are gone too?

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Veronica 2 years, 4 months ago

There is a "Following" tab in the Browse page
https://www.photoblog.com/browse/following/

You will be able to see all your friends posts there.
Thanks.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 2 years, 4 months ago

Good job Ram ! I like the new PB !

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Tomie Poodle 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks a lot!

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Michelle Mcleo 2 years, 4 months ago

Looks great! My usage has been touch and go over the years but I'll be back much more often now! Love that I can now share up to 10 photos to a post!

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Michelle Mcleo 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks a lot Michelle. Looking forward to see more of your stories here!

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Giancarlo Fosci 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks a lot for new wonderful look!

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Giancarlo Fosci 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for the compliments Giancarlo. Glad to hear if you have any feedback.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Moira 2 years, 4 months ago

As I'm so used to the old blog, this will take me a little while to understand but younger and " bright" older members I'm sure will be delighted .
I wish you more success.

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

Congrats for such a great work Ram. Long overdue. :-)

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks a lot, Antonio. It's great to hear from members. Please let me know if you have any ideas or if something needs improvements. Thanks again.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Michael Anderson 2 years, 5 months ago

Excellent. So far, I am impressed and grateful.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Michael Anderson 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Michael!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
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