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.
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 So the code and design were beyond outdated.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.