Introducing F1 Fanatic’s new community and mobile features

F1 Fanatic updates

Today F1 Fanatic launches the biggest changes to the site in five years.

The upgrade is designed to improve how F1 Fanatics can interact with each other through the site and provide better site performance on mobile devices.

Your new F1 Fanatic profile

F1 Fanatic user profiles are a much bigger part of the site now.

You can now use your profile to keep track of all your comments on an articles and in the forums. Note this will only apply to comments made from this moment on, though all your previous comments remain on the site.

When replying to another user, you can place an @ symbol before their name so they are notified of your response. You also now have the option to send direct, private messages to other users.

Avatars can now be uploaded and edited within the site.

For the first time you can also declare your allegiance to a particular driver, team, or even racing series – and use it to find other supporters on the site.

Groups and forums

The F1 Fanatic Forum has now been fully integrated within the main site.

Where these were previously separated into “F1″, “F1 Games” and “Not F1″, you’ll now find a much wider selection of Groups on offer.

These include different racing series (IndyCar, GP2 etc..) and dedicated discussion areas for people visiting races.

More groups will be added in the near future and there will also be a space for you to suggest new ideas for groups.

You can still find a list of all the forums in one page but please be aware the URL has changed to (note the plural).


Users visiting on mobile devices will notice a number of additional changes and improvements.

First, all the new features are part of the new mobile site.

On top of that, some other features that were previously missing have been added. Comments now appear threaded as they do on the desktop site and the forums are now optimised for mobile viewing as well.

Changes in full

See here for an overview of all the changes made to the site:

The home of racing fans

F1 Fanatic aims to be the best place for motor racing fans to share their passion for the sport.

These enchancements, built using Buddypress and Buddypress Mobile, offer new ways for fans to do that.

There is also plenty of opportunity for new developments in the future.

While incorporating these changes I’ve taken the opportunity to make some changes to the layout of the site. The fundamental structure and basic look and feel remain unchanged, but you will notice wider article pages and comment boxes, a re-organised home page and some other tweaks.

As is always the case these changes will take some getting used to but I hope you agree they add up to a substanial improvement.

Inevitably there were some features that I hoped to include but had to be left out for the time being, such as an editing facility for user comments.

Thank to Andrew Tanner, Magnificent Geoffrey, BasCB, Icthyes, Greg Morland, Tom and Alex Odell for helping to test the developments and their many excellent suggestions on how to improve them.

As always, if you experience any problems with the site please follow these steps to report them:

Please leave any other feedback on the changes below.

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127 comments on Introducing F1 Fanatic’s new community and mobile features

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 5th October 2011, 22:39

    Maybe the forum post header needs a cosmetic update @keithcollantine , when having very long titles of the topics they blend with the topic header on the right side, see pic enclosed.
    Oh, and that dashboard thing @damonsmedley mentioned above shows up as well there.

  2. I’m enjoying these new features, they’re superb. I actually feel proud to be a member now. (I was before, too, it’s just now everything is much more organised)

  3. shrayyef (@shrayyef) said on 5th October 2011, 23:12

    F1fanatic is getting close to facebook now :D:D

  4. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 5th October 2011, 23:29

    Yes Yes Yes!!! Oh, yes! Thank you very much Keith!

  5. Steven (@modtl) said on 5th October 2011, 23:52

    Love the new features Keith, thanks also for keeping the great design of F1 Fanatic – I think sites like Facebook can learn a lot from you.

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 5th October 2011, 23:53

    @keithcollantine Just thought i’d mention that the mobile site seems to have a bit of an issue. I click on the Menu button and I’m only presented with a link to my profile. Plus, the notification icon seems to hover over the advert when in portrait mode. I’m using Android stock browser.

  7. S-D (@s-d) said on 6th October 2011, 0:00

    I seem unable to change my email address (this was true pre-profiles too, but I thought the revamp might have altered something). I get the correct ‘changes saved’ message after submitting a change of email, but the old address still shows up in my profile. Any idea what that’s about?

    Oh, and otherwise: thanks for an awesome update :-)

  8. Dane. (@dane-1) said on 6th October 2011, 0:27

    Love the new look site with all of the new bells & whistles

  9. manatcna (@manatcna) said on 6th October 2011, 1:57

    One word – Impressive!

  10. manatcna (@manatcna) said on 6th October 2011, 1:59

    Where’s my avatar gone?

  11. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 6th October 2011, 2:42

    I was shocked when I opened the site today in the morning I thought “which site did I open up” .Anyways the hard work Keith have given here needs for a pay back.We all love this site mate & we all hope that we will be able to contribute more for this wonderful blog.
    Thanks Keith & all the F1F here.

  12. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 6th October 2011, 3:56

    Thanks to @AndrewTanner,@ Magnificen Geoffrey, @BasCB, @Icthyes, @GregMorland, @Tom and @AlexOdell

  13. vho (@) said on 6th October 2011, 3:57

    Performance is definitely a lot better. It used to take ages to load up each page, now it’s almost instant.

  14. soundscape (@soundscape) said on 6th October 2011, 4:04

    Overall love it, just a cosmetic comment: The right-hand panel takes up a boatload of screen real estate. Would be great if it was slightly narrower, with more room for the main attraction.

  15. Scalextric (@scalextric) said on 6th October 2011, 5:36

    @keithcollantine Tried to edit a forum post I’d just made. A screen appeared with a headline and no editing functionality. Firefox 7.0.1 Win7. But everything else is great. I’m so happy to have an avatar!

    • Scalextric (@scalextric) said on 6th October 2011, 5:43

      You know what, this is no longer “F1Fanatic, the Formula 1 Blog”. Because the word “blog” is inadequate to describe how magnificent and comprehensive this site is. F1 Fanatic, the Formula 1 …Encyclopedia? …Resource? …Fanatic’s Home? …, Formula 1 Central? Whatever, it’s certainly developed well beyond the original web log.

  16. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 6th October 2011, 6:38

    Fantastic upgrades… Great job Keith!

  17. graham228221 (@graham228221) said on 6th October 2011, 6:46

    This. is. amazing!

  18. Hatebreeder (@hatebreeder) said on 6th October 2011, 6:59

    pages load much faster! and a nice touch. Dont like the font made bold of titles on front page, but i’ll grow into it. And finally a way to chat with other members! Great work Keith. really really nice! :)

  19. W-K (@w-k) said on 6th October 2011, 7:20

    Wow, new toys and it’s not even Christmas.

    Congrats to Keith and all the hard workers.

  20. Chalky (@chalky) said on 6th October 2011, 8:07

    Nice work Keith. It’s come a long way since when I first started reading your blog.

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