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Creating Ground-breaking Websites

davidburleson > davidburleson Blog > Creating Ground-breaking Websites
13/06/2008 - 11:07 AM

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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.

Tags: Ephotozine, Internet, New features, Website development


TonyFrith  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2008 - 8:12 PM

Thanks for your Blog it is interesting to read & to know that so much thought goes into this site

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redjoker  7981 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2008 - 8:15 PM

ooo so we have lots of new things to come then?

i think its great that ephoto is always adding new features, ive tried so many sites but non have held my attention as long as this one, change will always come with negative opinions, after all you cant please everyone...but i think people would moan a whole lot more if ephoto was still the way it was 7 years ago, and just another boring forum

i love the changes, cant wait for some more Grin


Do you get disheartened by the amount of opposition you get to many of the changes introduced? I was staggered at the amount of opposition you got to the "good critique" feature.


davidburleson ePHOTOzine Staff 92829 forum postsdavidburleson vcard United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 - 9:32 AM

Quote: Do you get disheartened by the amount of opposition you get to many of the changes introduced? I was staggered at the amount of opposition you got to the "good critique" feature.


Disheartened, no. Challenged, yes. Because the business of ePHOTOzine is mainly community based, we have to listen to the voice of the community. If there is enough opposition we try to find ways of resolving it. We know that the majority of people do enjoy our new features, but like the good critique feature, a large amount of people saw a a competitive side to it that was negative in their eyes. In this case, the 'good critique' feature was built to encourage good critique, not create a competition. We have to then figure out how to resolve the issue of it appearing to be a competition. The usual answer is adding more website options to personally disable the feature. 'Good Critique' feature was a bit more complicated as we had different outlooks on the feature. Some wanted the badge disabled, some didn't want to see anything about it, and some didn't want others to have the option to give good critique on their photos.

Yes this kind of stuff is what has made ePHOTOzine the monster it is today. Lots of ins and outs and loops in the code to check all sorts of options and rights to display each page to the preferences each user has selected in their website options. Of course, sometimes you have to draw the line as well.

So it's a challenge, we try to think of as many options as we can to keep the site enjoyable for everyone.

conrad  1110882 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2008 - 9:05 PM

Without change, you come to a standstill. And standing still, in several respects, can be like going back. No change, no progress. I can see where you're coming from.

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