@PsychoGoldfish pushed a bunch of updates live today, let’s walk through them!
1) New User Pages! Your user page is now mobile-friendly and we’ve brought back page headers but with a modern flare where they stretch to fill the screen. Instead of two different user pics, you now have one that serves as your icon throughout the site.
We’ve added reactions to blog posts! We’re hoping this fills the gap when you want to acknowledge someone’s post but don’t have anything to say. Try to speak up when you can, though!
You can now edit your profile information in-page rather than dig for it under your account options. You’ll find color customization options in there, too. We intend to create color groupings for the three background tints as a quick-and-easy option later. Let us know anything you find confusing because we want to keep improving it.
2) New Site Header! We’ve streamlined the header and on desktop you can do more without leaving the page. For example the PM (private messages) button now shows your latest PM summary in-page and will ultimately load your messages in-page as well, once the PM system has been updated. Your notifications button will load the feed in-page too. The header now scrolls away when you scroll down and re-appears when you scroll up, solving some screen real-estate issues people have had.
3) Feed Updates! You can now reply to and react to blog posts without leaving your feed. This same functionality will be coming to forum posts when the forums get updated. We will be doing a lot of fine-tuning to the feed to make it more readable.
Once the dust settles, our next steps are to revamp the private message and forum systems, making both mobile friendly and adding usability improvements in the process. We’re also tinkering with other aesthetic updates for the coming weeks, wait and see!
Let us know what you think of these updates and pm me with bug reports! Please include your operating system and browser version if you do. You are also welcome to PM me with suggestions or post them right here. If you like making visual mock-ups of ideas or improvements, it is ALWAYS fun to see what people come up with.
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Newgrounds relies on very few ads and doesn’t do weird things with your personal data to make money, which is why support from the community is VITAL to our success. If you already are a supporter, thank you for making all this possible!
Also thank you to everyone who uses NG in any form, whether you are sharing stuff you made, voting, writing reviews or socializing. Your presence on the site keeps it lively and gives us a reason to live, er keep working on NG. Now would be a great time to spruce up your user page and share a blog post about what you’ve been up to! We’ll be looking around reading all of it.
Be sure to stick around for the Dragonball Z Collab release later today! @PhantomArcade and @IvanAlmighty have really hit it out of the park with organizing this. You won’t want to miss it!