A few weeks ago I asked for your suggestions for how to improve F1 Fanatic. The response was great, with plenty of useful ideas and – just as important – lots of poeple telling me which bits to keep because they like them.
I have compiled your suggestions along with the many improvements I want to make and created a schedule for publishing these new versions of the site. Here’s what’s coming up first and next:
Changes coming soon
Here’s what we’re planning for the first version, which we hope to have live early next year:
Speed and reliability
Changes to the home page should reduce the time it takes to load the site and cure (or at least reduce) the intermittent ‘Error 500’ problem.
As part of the work to fix this the Avatars on blog articles have been taken down temporarily. They will be restored in the new version.
The home page is being reorganised to make it quicker and easier to find the newest, most relevant and most popular content on the site. A preview of the design will be posted here later.
Some elements of the site design will change, partly to make it load quicker and also to update the look. It will allow for better promotion of popular content, and a general cleaning up and de-cluttering of the site.
Changes coming next
The first batch of changes are largely cosmetic. The next set of changes are aimed at improving how the site works.
As this will involve some site development there are opportunities for people with web design experience to get involved in building the new areas:
New F1 Fanatic live blogs
I’d like to find a new soution for the live blog which allows us to retain the benefits of the CoverItLive system (such as live polls, Twitter feed integration and comments appearing without a page refresh) while integrating it into F1 Fanatic.
This is one of the more ambitious aims of the site changes, so if you have any experience of developing this sort of functinality and would like to help out, please join the discussion here: F1 Fanatic Live Blogs: The next generation
Twitter and Facebook integration
Allow users to post comments using their Twitter and Facebook logins. If you have any experience of developing this sort of functinality and would like to help out, please join the discussion here: Integrating Twitter and Facebook support on F1 Fanatic
Re-style the forum in line with the F1 Fanatic design updates.
Re-style the F1 Fanatic mobile site in line with the main site design updates and improve how comments are displayed.
Improve the search engine on the site.
Quite a few people asked for the drivers’ and teams’ points standings to be included on the home page. This will be introduced on the next version.
More changes to come
This list represents just a small fraction of the changes under consideration. Your input is welcome at all stages of the process so if you have any ideas for how we could improve the site, or you would like to offer to help develop parts of the site, please let us know in the comments.
Thanks again for your feedback and support.