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In today's internet, websites come and go in a blink on the eye. What's hot today, may not be hot tomorrow (Or what's not hot today, may be hot tomorrow). The key to creating a website that sticks around is creating fresh new ideas and always staying up-to-date with the times.
If ePHOTOzine stuck with version 1, it probably wouldn't had lasted 2 years. As much as some people hate change, they expect it. They may not realise that they want change, but everyone does.
Let's go back 5 years and visit ePHOTOzine then. Yea, it has news,reviews,techniques and gallery and a forum (probably a few other features). Then a new craze sweeps the internet. In this case, we will say its 'voting' (for no reason). All the sites on the internet start adding voting systems on stories/people/photos/downloads/etc and their users are loving it. But what if ePHOTOzine didn't?
What you would find is that as much as people say they don't like change, you would find that the majority would start moving towards the sites with these new features.
Not many people understand the amount of thought that goes behind creating websites and adding new features. We have to weigh of the pros and cons of the features, how it will affect our users. We have to try to think of all the objections and suggestions we might receive. Then on top of that, we have to make it work.
But that's the easy part. The hard part is being the first to do something new. Yeah this blog feature is nothing new to the internet, blogging has been around for years. But if you take a deep look around ePHOTOzine, you start finding features that you didn't know were there and cannot find on any other sites.
So, I suppose my conclusion and purpose of this entry is that change is overall a good thing, and anyone who objects to change is only kidding themselves. We have a list of great new features and ideas that we are itching to add in (blogs has been on the list for a really long time) and if you study our new features when they come out, you will see hints of things to come.