It is with great happiness that I can announce that overnight, WebDesignForums hit 25,000 members! Our growth over the last few months has increased hugely with almost 1000 new members a month!
25,000 is a fantastic milestone, and what better time to celebrate it than the same month that WebDesignForums.net turns 8 years old! (Take a look at what WDF looked like 8 years ago here: Web Design Forums.net)
A huge thanks to all the members and moderators for your years of support to the community. You're the people that make WDF such a fantastic resource for web developers!
So....whats to come?
I felt that this would be a great time to announce some of the great new features we've been working on for the last few months.
We've been working on a new design for WDF and will be moving the community over to a new forum package, XenForo - created by the same people that made vBulletin (which we currently use). The reason for the change it mainly because the software we're currently using is years out of date (created on PHP4) and we feel the new system will be able to allow us to create some great new features for our members.
New features include a redesigned 'Website Ratings and Reviews' forum, providing live XHTML/CSS validation and a screenshot preview of the website. We've also redesigned the voting/rating interface.
The Site of the Month system will also get a new look. We've been trialing screenshots on the existing SOTM system for a few months, and are going to be rolling our our own screenshot capturing system to take screenshots of sites. Unlike the 3rd party provider we currently use, our system recognizes flash and uses a modern browser (webkit) to take the screenshots.
Sneak Peek Time!
Since its a special occasion, I'm sure we can show you a few small previews of whats to come!
New Logo: We hired a fantastic designer to create a new logo for WDF. Lets face it - the current one is a little dull, and we wanted something more...cool
So, here it is:
New Ratings Layout
The new ratings layout makes use of some great jQuery plugins to provide some extra fancy bits!
Take a look:
Other features to come
We're working hard to get the existing features (SOTM, Ratings, etc) ported over first. After we go live, we'll be working on rolling out some new areas to WDF, including a new Inspiration Gallery for web designers, and a webmaster tools area!
We hope you'll love the new look - whilst we've not got a definitive launch date, we're looking at early 2011.
That's it for now!