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Reasonexperts site update

Published: 6 months ago

Hi, I am Hydlide of ReasonExperts.com

Today I would like to announce that our site has been updated with a complete new Framework, look and feel and a new infrastructure that goes with it. While initially, the features are similar a the original site, things might change in the future. Simply because the infrastructure allows it to be much more flexible and I can do so much more with this setup.

So let me start with the basics about what has changed from the user experience perspective.

The changes for the users

The layout has changed from the perspective: content first, noise later. This means that you won't be nagged about stuff that floats on the right side on the screen (as it used to be). The layout is therefore much cleaner and people can just focus on reading.
Comments have been placed below the content. In the previous layout, the comments were placed at the bottom of the page. For some this because of an issue while looking at a mobile device.
Notifications have been redesigned. They are now categorized into 5 different categories.

  • Personal notifications (such as comments and replies on your comments), 
  • New shop entries such as rack extensions in the Propellerhead shop
  • Shop items going on sale in the Propellerhead shop
  • Version changes on Rack Extensions
  • Youtube uploads

The mail functionality has been updated. At this point, the mail look and feel is not ideal for using a mobile phone.
User preferences and options that were barely being used have been removed (such as notification display as a popup, display youtube notifications, changing the homepage of this site etc).
Anonymous users will have a different look and feel vs a registered user (this is done for A/B test case scenarios).
Homepage focusses more on our Youtube channel now, while the other content is still floating next to this (basically this change was made because most people prefer videos over text tutorials while I personally prefer to focus on both).
Tags have been introduced, so visitors can narrow down specific subjects. Tags are different than the category structure. 
Infinite scrolling has been introduced on all relevant pages (category page, tags page, search etc).

From a user perspective, it might seem that not much has changed. Which is quite true. Because I wanted to keep the functionality of the site similar as it used to be. However, from the core functionality of how the site works (under the hood) things have changed a lot.

Technical changes

Introduced a new API layer for fetching the content of this site
Refactor of the complete functionality of the site (due the above)
Getting rid of frontend frameworks and dependencies
Redesign the infrastructure of the inner workings of this site (frontend, API, backend, database)

Offcourse this will lead to questions about why to invest so much time to rebuild the complete functionality of the code. These initial steps were taken to build the new foundation on where this site might head towards. So at this point, I like to keep that part vague. Another reason for this change was a work-related question. And I personally wanted to prove to myself how fast an implementation could be done. And after two months time, I basically pulled it off. I rest my case ;) Last thing, I find it cool to do these type of things.
 

While changes might also result in issues (things not working properly, things that have been broken just because it remains software after all). If you have any suggestions, requirements and so on please leave a comment below or send my an email.

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RogerTaylor
29 Sep 2018 

RogerTaylor

Hey Hydlide! I sent you an email a few days ago.Just checking to see if you got and your new system is working ok.... I know you are a busy guy! Site looks awesome!
Thanks again for all you do!
hydlide
 29 Sep 2018 

hydlide

Could you please resend the mail. I did receive multiple mails over the last week. So I might have overlooked it.
Thanx!
RogerTaylor
 1 Oct 2018 

RogerTaylor

No problem! Thank you!
RogerTaylor
 1 Oct 2018 

RogerTaylor

OK, just resent!
hydlide
 2 Oct 2018 

hydlide

i partially understand where this is going wrong now. There are two send buttons. One shows the send messages, the button sends the message. Both are labeled as "send". Therefore I made a cosmetic change. Could you please re-send the same message again. Since I think this 'idea' causes confusion right now.
marcomalacarne
22 Sep 2018 

marcomalacarne

"Your last visit was : 1 Jan 1970" hehe… curious where you go from here.
hydlide
 22 Sep 2018 

hydlide

thanx for the heads up about this one. I added an additional column to the users but forgot to update these. Should be fixed from this point on.
marcomalacarne
 29 Sep 2018 

marcomalacarne

another small issue: the "totalUnreadNotifications"-badge is always showing the number "1". even though that there are no new visible notifications.
Synap-Tic
22 Sep 2018 

Synap-Tic

I really like the new layout. Congrats
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hydlide
 22 Sep 2018 

hydlide

Awesome to hear!
hydlide
22 Sep 2018 

hydlide

Just checking if the comment section still works now ;)
hydlide
 22 Sep 2018 

hydlide

Yep. Pretty much

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