After a month of work, the new-look DigitallyDownloaded.net is finally live, and we are absolutely thrilled with how it has turned out. I’m sure you’re all going to love a cleaner, prettier, more functional and more interesting website too. It makes our reviews and features really pop!
This was the most requested thing (by far) from the reader’s survey that we ran earlier in the year, so it was well and truly past time to do it. I can’t thank the web development team enough for working so hard on such a mammoth project for their work over the last month. Most website projects involve a few dozen pages. With all the links, tags, articles and so on we have on DDNet, our team needed to port 40,000 links across! I’ll be buying them many rounds of drinks after they all get some well-deserved sleep.
So, some housekeeping – the site should be quite straightforward and easy to navigate around, and all the previous articles that we wrote should be on here. I can’t guarantee that legacy content will be presented perfectly – there are likely small formatting issues and the like that have come with the port, and with 12,000 articles across DDNet’s history, making them all look perfect was never going to happen. However! They should all still be readable, and going forward, of course, all new articles will be written for this specific site.
If you do come across any serious bugs that you want to flag with us, do let me know! Obviously, we’ve tested the site thoroughly, but who knows if little issues have snuck in under the radar.
Virtually nothing changes about your experience of the site, with the one exception of the comments system. Because I’m committed to keeping this site entirely ad-free going forward, and because Disqus costs a lot of money if you want the ad-free version, for now I’m leaving Disqus off the site. I know a number of regular readers have been using Disqus here for quite some time, and I am sorry about any inconvenience with the change there, but I do think we’ve got a clean comments system here and I look forward to interacting with you on it!
And that’s it! Enjoy the new site and do let us know what you think of it. After seven years with the old DigitallyDownloaded.net (SEVEN YEARS!), this is a big and bright step forward and we wouldn’t have gone all-out as we have here if we didn’t have the best readers and support.