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VG247 – Welcome to our second year and your new site!

Monday, 2 February 2009 18:46 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Happy birthday to us. VG247, “Britain’s leading videogaming news site,” according to the press release we just put out, is one year old. We launched on February 1, 2008, and had a fantastic first year.

To celebrate, we’ve done some stuff.

First things first. Our biggest anniversary news is that we’ve hired a full-time American journalist. Stephany Nunneley joins us today as our Associate Editor, US. We’re very excited by Steph coming on board, and believe her joining the staff will make a big difference to both the depth and daily time-span of our content. She was previously a news editor on Ziff Davis’s Gaming Today and a contributor to 1UP.

Secondly, we’ve redesigned the whole site and rebranded it as VG247, as you’ve probably noticed. We’re known web-wide as VG247 and the new URL’s more succinct. Immediacy ‘r’ us. The videogaming247.com address now forwards to the new domain.

As part of the relaunch, we’ve added a bunch of new stuff to make the VG247 “experience” more rounded. Here’s what’s changed:

  • New design – Martin’s done himself proud with the site’s new look. He also designed the original VG247, but decided to drop his famed rounded box corners for year two. We don’t question. He gets really angry.
  • We’ve added a forum – See. We listened. The “board” experiment didn’t really work, so we’ve added a “proper” forum for you. It’s what Shatner would have wanted. Go and use it. Remember, as with the comments threads, there’s no moderation and no one gets banned. We will remove spam – if you want to advertise on the site, look at this – and we’ll delete posts if we receive specific legal threats. But that’s it. We want you to live the hippy internet dream.
  • There’s a forum box on the homepage – This worked well for the comments threads, so we’ve added a recent activity box for the forum on the main editorial page. Keeps you nice and updated, isn’t it.
  • New “hot” features – Any stories we tag as hot will now get a “hot” headline in the news feed. We know it can be difficult keeping up with the news, so hopefully this’ll make skimming a little easier.
  • DigestThe Digest button on the top left gives you every headline from the last day. Again, this should make keeping up with things easier for you.
  • Social bookmarking stuff – Mart’s added a new share box at the bottom of every article that should include every social bookmarking link you’ll ever need. We hope.
  • We’ve dropped the “tag cloud” – No one liked it. No one used it. It’s been eliminated. We’ve added some links at the bottom of the page templates, but that should be it for “links” in boxes for now.
  • Staff page – As Christina Aguilera once said, we are beautiful in every single way. Here’s the proof.

That’s it for now. We sincerely hope you like the new look, and please bear in mind this is all work in progress; expect plenty more refinement as we go along. Thanks for reading, and here’s to year two!

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139 Comments

  1. mart

    Special mention to my good buddy Mark for all his help making wordpress do obscene things!

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Garratt Patrick

    *hyperventilation*

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Hunam

    You’ve got a forum!

    It doesn’t work!

    Yay/Boo!

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    It does work, man. Look again.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    I can’t seem to post there either… I have no buttons / text entry fields. :D

    #5 6 years ago
  6. mart

    Totally works. Like funky clockwork. Are you guys logged in on the forum?

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Hunam

    Not for us it doesn’t!

    The reply bit is just a word, no box to actually type anything in.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    You shouldn’t have to log in twice…

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    It says “Welcome Psychotext” at the top… so I’d assume so.

    Blech, what’s this? I can’t edit my comments any more? :(

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    K, we’ll sort it.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    Permissions issue perhaps?

    #11 6 years ago
  12. mart

    Please try going to the forum, logging out, then logging back in.

    Regarding the comment editing, that was causing a some issues so it’s out for now. We’ll put it back when we find a suitable solution. For now, just be careful before you hit the post button :)

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Patrick Garratt

    Just glitches. We’ll get it all fixed.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Hunam

    You can’t argue with the internets!

    /smug

    #14 6 years ago
  15. ecu

    Looks nice, good work. :)

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Logging out then in doesn’t work either.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. reask

    Same here I will try logging out AND THEN BACK IN.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Mike Bowden

    Wow. It’s the future but it’s right now.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Hunam

    I tried the logging out and back in, both on the forum main page and on an open thread. Logged in using the login box at the top and by using the little login message under the reply text and still no luck.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Patrick Garratt

    Make the magic happen, Mart.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. nousemerk

    Congrats on the new site design and features. I check your guys site nearly everyday. Keep up the good work. ;)

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Roybott

    Cool, Nice new site and Happy Birthday VG247!

    (Just been looking around and your ‘About’ page includes links to the old domain and MessageBoard, which returns 404′s. Just a heads up!)

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Patrick Garratt

    Cheers! Glad you like it.

    We’ll get those bits fixed.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    For the record… something about those numbers to the side of the comments offends me deeply. :D

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Dean

    Awesome power! And glad you’ve got a snappy new URL.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. reask

    Doesnt work for me either I also had to get a new password but hey it looks good.
    After all I think the site is only back a couple of hours so will give it time.
    Nice work lads btw.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Chris Evans

    Now this is what I call a very nice looking site, great job :)

    Looking forward to more of the great writing from you guys (and gal!)

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Hunam

    I’m scared of change, so I’m a little bit upset right now.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Patrick Garratt

    :D

    Mart reckons he knows what the forum problem is.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. poopypants

    Try now, you crazy cats.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Patrick Garratt

    OK, try the forum now.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Hunam

    mart: “Hey forum, how’s it going?”
    forum: “Fuck you buddy”
    mart: “Whoah! What’s your problem”
    forum: “Leave me alone”
    mart: “No valentine eh?”
    forum: “cram it up your ass”

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Peetry

    Liking the new look, its clean and clinical. I prefer it. Onwards to the forums!

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Dean

    Your favicon (up there to the left of the URL in Firefox) is gone.. *sob*.

    #34 6 years ago
  35. Gekidami

    Very nice indeed, i perfer the old “Latest Comments” part at the side though.

    #35 6 years ago
  36. Patrick Garratt

    The favicon will return. I’ll put it on the list.

    #36 6 years ago
  37. Retroid

    Nice!

    Although I don’t think I should’ve been dumped onto the admins page when I logged in :)

    OR WAS I?!

    #37 6 years ago
  38. Patrick Garratt

    We’ll have a fiddle with the comments box, geki. It’s not working quite as it should atm. Something lost in translation a little, there.

    #38 6 years ago
  39. Psychotext

    @Gekidami: Yeah, with the old one you could get a good idea of what was going on in a particular topic. The new one is just a stream… hard to see what’s going on there.

    #39 6 years ago
  40. mart

    favicon will return :)

    #40 6 years ago
  41. Retroid

    I read that as Famicom.

    /Old

    #41 6 years ago
  42. Psychotext

    Oh, and please give us back our stealth editing capability. Some of us care about correcting mistakes we make. :(

    #42 6 years ago
  43. Syrok

    Where are the rounded corners? ;_;

    #43 6 years ago
  44. mart

    You weren’t dumped onto the admin page, it just dumps you to a useless wordpress dash, which is annoying default behaviour that we want to get around.

    #44 6 years ago
  45. mart

    @Psychotext

    I’ll look into it, but I can’t make any promises.

    #45 6 years ago
  46. Psychotext

    Good enough. :)

    #46 6 years ago
  47. JesteR

    We want you to live the hippy internet dream. <—- I really appreciate that. Too many forums have dicatator admins who think they can decide whats allowed and whats not.

    #47 6 years ago
  48. Retroid

    @mart:

    Ah, OK. I didn’t touch anything obviously, just thought it’d be a good idea to let the tech monkeys know, just incase ;)

    #48 6 years ago
  49. Patrick Garratt

    JesteR – It’s one of my big “things”. I hate being told what to do, so I’m not about to do it to you.

    #49 6 years ago
  50. JesteR

    I clicked on the staff link and i doesnt work. i get this in FF in the adress bar when i click it:

    http://www.vg247.comstaff/

    Yeah i know i just have to add a / but some might not know that.

    #50 6 years ago
  51. Psychotext

    The forums will become the new home of Razz’s amateur porn on the interwebs!

    :D

    #51 6 years ago
  52. mart

    That’s odd Pat, you let me tell you what to do.

    #52 6 years ago
  53. JesteR

    Your comment is awaiting moderation. <—– Is that new? I think a moderation check wasnt here before ^^.

    #53 6 years ago
  54. Gekidami

    Only 50 comments by page now? Was that always in place?

    #54 6 years ago
  55. mart

    Where did it say that JesteR? We don’t require moderation.

    @Geki – no, that’s new. Helps keep the pages tidy and speed the site up a bit.

    #55 6 years ago
  56. Patrick Garratt

    mart – Only because you beg me to.

    #56 6 years ago
  57. Syrok

    The site is a lot faster. Shame the rounded corners had to go though.

    #57 6 years ago
  58. mart

    They just had to. It’s 2009 man. Plus I wanted to cut down on the number of superfluous graphics on the page, and make the layout less break prone, as the old design was wont to do.

    #58 6 years ago
  59. JesteR

    OK here

    JesteR said:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    February 2, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I clicked on the staff link and i doesnt work. i get this in FF in the adress bar when i click it:

    http://www.vg247.comstaff/

    Yeah i know i just have to add a / but some might not know that.

    #59 6 years ago
  60. JesteR

    JesteR said:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    February 2, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I clicked on the staff link and i doesnt work. i get this in FF in the adress bar when i click it:

    LINK <—— maybe the cause?

    Yeah i know i just have to add a / but some might not know that.

    #60 6 years ago
  61. JesteR

    Btw none of the picture under the news headline are displayed. Only the latest with the vg247 logo is displayed. All older news pictures arent displayed.

    #61 6 years ago
  62. Johnny Cullen

    Ooh, looks swank Pat.

    Congrats on the new addition too.

    Say… you looking for more editors too like in the old days?

    Because ahem… I am interested (I needz to write for a site, I haz a craving =( )

    #62 6 years ago
  63. Gekidami

    Mart wanted to cut down on the number of superfluous graphics Jester.

    #63 6 years ago
  64. mart

    Fixed the staff link in this post.

    Also aware of the article image issue, it’s noted.

    #64 6 years ago
  65. Tejstar

    Nice refresh guys. Glad you shortened the name too – vg247 is much more catchy!

    #65 6 years ago
  66. DrunknMunky

    Love it, great work =)

    #66 6 years ago
  67. Patrick Garratt

    Johnny – patrick [a] vg247.com

    I’m off to write some news. Thanks for the feedback, everyone :D

    #67 6 years ago
  68. JesteR

    mart it seems that if you post a link in the comments that you get an awaiting moderation notice then.

    #68 6 years ago
  69. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve posted a thread on the forum for stuff that needs fixing. Stick faults in there so they’re all in one place and we’ll take a look at them in the morning.

    #69 6 years ago
  70. JesteR

    @mart again. Pictures are working now. Nice work! :).

    #70 6 years ago
  71. Chris Evans

    Must say it is a bit odd to have a giant ‘Site Admin’ button at the top for normal users :D

    #71 6 years ago
  72. Patrick Garratt

    We’ll change that, Chris.

    #72 6 years ago
  73. Chris Evans

    Hopefully I’ll actually get around to commenting on your stories more often, always visited before the redesign, but only commented…once maybe :P

    #73 6 years ago
  74. Johnny Cullen

    Ta Pat.

    Expect an email shortly dude :D

    #74 6 years ago
  75. Psychotext

    Is it me… or did a bunch of posts disappear from this article?

    #75 6 years ago
  76. Grimrita

    nice one – but the text is all screwed on the left hand side. It doesnt actuall form a paragraph. I’m using IE7

    #76 6 years ago
  77. Psychotext

    Ohhh… I see, 23rd comment on this page. That’s another one for the bug list. :)

    #77 6 years ago
  78. mart

    @Psychotext – it’s paged. Click on “Older comments”

    @Grimrita – thanks for the heads up. I’m going to be doing some compatibility work tomorrow to fix any layout bugs that crop up in IE.

    #78 6 years ago
  79. mart

    @Psycho – it’s not a bug believe it or not; that is default wordpress behaviour. Bonkers.

    #79 6 years ago
  80. cachucha

    rss and site are kinda broken now @_@

    #80 6 years ago
  81. Superfrog

    Congrats on the relaunch! I actually liked the old ’round corners’ design better, but the new one’s nice too.

    #81 6 years ago
  82. Superfrog

    I just noticed that all those lovely header graphics are gone for all news except the most recent ones. Meh.

    And by the way, an edit function for the comments is also missing. ;)

    #82 6 years ago
  83. Patrick Garratt

    We’ll fix the images tomorrow. Mart’s looking at the editing :)

    #83 6 years ago
  84. Psychotext

    @mart: Filthy wordpress amatuers!

    #84 6 years ago
  85. mart

    @cachucha – What’s wrong with the RSS? Please post in the stickied bugs thread in the forum.

    #85 6 years ago
  86. Spiral

    I must admit to preferring the old Latest Comments Page, but the rest is spiffy and lovely.

    #86 6 years ago
  87. Michael O'Connor

    Very, very nice job.

    Only thing I can complain about is that there appears to be a (VERY small) scroll bar at the bottom of the screen on 1924 x 768 resolutions. Take 10 or so pixels in length on any box should fix that easy enough.

    #87 6 years ago
  88. mart

    Really?! Would you mind sending me a shot of that? If possible, then please email to martin [at] eurogamer [dot] net. Ta!

    #88 6 years ago
  89. Michael O'Connor

    Whoops, I meant 1024 x 768

    Still want the screenshot? =P

    #89 6 years ago
  90. mart

    Ah, no that’s ok. That makes more sense. Ok, I’ll look into that, thanks.

    #90 6 years ago
  91. Welkers

    Really like it, good job!

    #91 6 years ago
  92. El_MUERkO

    i feel special :D

    #92 6 years ago
  93. El_MUERkO

    should we be going to http://www.vg247.com/wp-admin/ when we login?

    #93 6 years ago
  94. David Sarkisjan

    This is indeed awesome work guys. Looking fantastic! Just the Poker ads are a lil annonying up there.

    #94 6 years ago
  95. El_MUERkO

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    boooooo

    #95 6 years ago
  96. Blerk

    Well, congrats all – it looks mighty fine. Apart from those boxes around the comments. I don’t like those.

    And your ugly mugs on the staff page. But there’s nothing you can do about those, really. :-D

    #96 6 years ago
  97. davidkenobi

    Congrats guys, simple, class, fantastic ! Long life to you (think it’s rather in the right way)

    #97 6 years ago
  98. SticKboy

    No rounded corners, no interest. I’M LEAVING!

    No srsly, the site looks fab, great job all round chaps! Here’s to another fun filled year :)

    #98 6 years ago
  99. Bleak Harvest

    Congratulations, Gentlemen!

    absolutezero introduced me to the site about 10 months ago and you’ve been on the old Firefox Bookmark Toolbar ever since. Keep up the great content and I look forward to using the board. Cheers!

    #99 6 years ago
  100. El_MUERkO

    100th comment

    woo!

    #100 6 years ago
  101. XDamage

    Congratulations on the remake! Of all the remade sites I’ve seen this year, this is the nicest without a doubt. And I’ve got to hand it to the writers. During the first year this site has existed you’ve always been objective, and may actually call yourselves journalists! That’s a rare thing in the world of gamesites and blogs.

    Anyways, keep up the good work in 09 and beyond! And thanks to Pat for taking the initiative to make it all happen.

    #101 6 years ago
  102. Patrick Garratt

    Thanks, dude. Glad you like it :D

    #102 6 years ago
  103. Malfet

    Found this site a week ago, cheked it every day after. Great info source! Glad you doing all right, keep this stuff up %-)

    #103 6 years ago
  104. endgame

    sweet. keep up the gd work! ;)

    #104 6 years ago
  105. Tonka

    Nice rework. Well done! My one and only gripe is that the Titles of the news in Latest Comments don’t stand out as much.

    #105 6 years ago
  106. Blerk

    I agree with Tonka, it is harder to make that panel out.

    Can’t we edit comments any more? And where’s the full ‘latest comments’ page gone?

    #106 6 years ago
  107. Patrick Garratt

    There’s a latest comments page on the top nav bar, but it’s broken at the moment. It’s on the list. Mart’s going to look at inline editing today.

    #107 6 years ago
  108. Blerk

    Ah, there it is! I’m as blind as a meths-fuelled tramp!

    #108 6 years ago
  109. BraveArse

    I’m liking it – had a little bit of panic last night as I check the site with an OCD-like regularity, nice to see a subtle redesign approach, looks comfortably familiar with some nice changes and tweaks,

    Top job…

    #109 6 years ago
  110. Robo_1

    Nice work guys, it all looks fresh yet familiar.

    #110 6 years ago
  111. evilashchris

    I can’t believe it’s been two years actually!

    Seems like only yesterday..

    #111 6 years ago
  112. Blerk

    It’s not been two years, it’s been one. This is year two. :-D

    #112 6 years ago
  113. Newbie101

    Which ones Blerk on the staff page? I thought he writes too?!

    #113 6 years ago
  114. Blerk

    I only write caustic comments. Sadly there is neither fame nor fortune to be made in this line of work.

    #114 6 years ago
  115. evilashchris

    Ah ah, that makes more sense Blerk, I thought maybe I’d been alien abducted or something.

    #115 6 years ago
  116. Blerk

    Well, I can’t guarantee that you haven’t. Is your bum sore?

    #116 6 years ago
  117. evilashchris

    Yes. ;_;

    #117 6 years ago
  118. mart

    The comments have always had boxes around them Blerk, you mentalist.

    #118 6 years ago
  119. dirigiblebill

    Check out them greys. Niiiiiice.

    Congrats Pat, Mike, Nathan, Stephany and Martin on a great first year.

    #119 6 years ago
  120. Blerk

    I… er.. what? :-?

    I don’t remember them ever looking like this.

    Is it the numbers that are new, then? Maybe that’s why the boxes suddenly look odd.

    #120 6 years ago
  121. mart

    It’s the numbers yeah.

    #121 6 years ago
  122. Blerk

    In that case I retract my previous gripe. And will log a new ‘I don’t like the numbers’ one. :-D

    #122 6 years ago
  123. Johnny Cullen

    Bah.

    Comment in Moderation.

    :(

    #123 6 years ago
  124. Patrick Garratt

    Approved.

    #124 6 years ago
  125. Tonka

    I would personally (IMHO) prefere if the powers that be decided, in their infinite wisdom, that the Title of a news thread should precede who wrote the comment in the Latest Comments box.

    Please.

    #125 6 years ago
  126. mart

    The numbers are staying. It makes sense because of the paged comments. They don’t make quite enough sense yet though, since they start at 1 at the top of each new page, but I think we can fix that.

    #126 6 years ago
  127. Mike

    Can you change the logo, the sidebars, the format, and the comments completely?

    Just to see what it would be like, like?

    #127 6 years ago
  128. Blerk

    It wouldn’t be so bad if the numbers were inside the box rather than outside. I think.

    Actually, I like how the forum differentiates different posts with the alternating colours. That looks much neater and more modern than the “box around the text”.

    Can you change Mike for a hot lady?

    #128 6 years ago
  129. mart

    The comments are staying as they are, and you’re going to have to get over it :)

    #129 6 years ago
  130. Blerk

    What about Mike?

    #130 6 years ago
  131. mart

    I’ll see what I can do about Mike.

    #131 6 years ago
  132. Blerk

    Excellent!

    #132 6 years ago
  133. Johnny Cullen

    Hey Pat, did you get the email I sent to you last night?

    #133 6 years ago
  134. Patrick Garratt

    I did, yeah. Will reply later. Been very busy :)

    #134 6 years ago
  135. lovemoose

    Bit late to the party (dead laptop) but congrats everyone. Nice Work.

    #135 6 years ago
  136. scratchy69

    If you launched on Feb 1st 2008, how come you’ve got posts up from earlier than that? I check these things you know Pat.

    #136 6 years ago
  137. Cort

    Too many comments to check if this has been mentioned already….

    Great redesign, but do you know that it no longer works properly with the PS3 browser?

    #137 6 years ago
  138. Michael O'Connor

    “Great redesign, but do you know that it no longer works properly with the PS3 browser?”

    Yes, they know. They’re not planning to fix it as far as I know.

    As a webmaster myself of numerous websites, I can tell you that traffic from internet enabled consoles makes up, on average, less than 1% of most sites traffic.

    #138 6 years ago
  139. Cort

    PS Worthing? I grew up in Lancing! AKA South Central LAncing…..

    #139 6 years ago

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