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 http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/forums (note the plural).

Mobile

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. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 6th October 2011, 8:15

    Keith, as I use this on IE9, I see that the frontpage layout doesn’t look like how it should. Can you have a look-see?

  2. Puffy (@puffy) said on 6th October 2011, 8:54

    @keithcollantine Fantastic new features, been wanting a way to track comments for years. Are you planning to extend the functionality of the predictions championship at all? Allowing you to track your rank/points per race by graph over the course of the season and that sort of thing? :D

    • Puffy (@puffy) said on 6th October 2011, 8:59

      Also I noticed that there is a checkbox at the bottom of the post comment section for email notifications. Is this superfluous now that my profile notification settings are set to notify me?

      Furthermore, while posting this reply, I noticed it reloads the entire page when you click reply? Surely it can just inject the div into the current page? It may seem like a nit picky gripe, but living in South Africa we don’t always have the best international bandwidth, and having specifically turned off my adblocker for F1Fanatic, the pages can sometimes take an age to load.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 6th October 2011, 9:08

        @puffy It’s not superfluous as it allows non-registered users to subscribe to comments. However it should probably be hidden from logged-in users.

        The reply page reload thing is a glitch, it’s on the fix list.

        • Puffy (@puffy) said on 6th October 2011, 9:24

          @keithcollantine Sorry Keith, I only meant superfluous in the situation of having turned on the notification in my settings. Obviously it’s useful if you’re not a registered user or you’ve turned notifications off by default.

          Anyways, you guys have done a great job with the site, F1Fanatic really is the best resource on the web for anything Formula 1.

  3. disjunto (@disjunto) said on 6th October 2011, 9:00

    ooo, much much nicer, hopefully things work as well as they look now :D

  4. Harry Palmer (@harry-palmer) said on 6th October 2011, 9:27

    The new layout and features look great – good work Keith!

  5. supernicebob (@supernicebob) said on 6th October 2011, 9:42

    This is great! Thanks for all your hard work Keith, and everyone else involved too.

  6. Klaas (@klaas) said on 6th October 2011, 10:22

    Keith, how can I see older articles? I entered the Archive but the page is empty.

  7. Dobin1000 (@dobin1000) said on 6th October 2011, 10:36

    Now I don’t have to be at home to be able to comment, and don’t have to use twitter to talk to @nedflanders…

  8. SamS (@sams) said on 6th October 2011, 11:12

    LOVE IT KEITH

  9. Good job Keith! If anyone would like to help me feel less of a billy-no-mates, add me as a friend here: http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/members/badgergp/profile/public/

  10. Tyson Evans (@bobtehblob) said on 6th October 2011, 11:35

    Really big improvement, great job Keith!

  11. PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 6th October 2011, 12:00

    Hello Keith. I just wanted to congratulate you on the superb job you have done with the website. It has been my first stop for all things F1 for the past couple of years and it’s clear to see that a lot of work has gone into making this one of the best F1 sites on the net. I use mostly the mobile version on the iPhone and it looks and works great. Thank you and again congratulations!

  12. Eggry (@eggry) said on 6th October 2011, 12:35

    And much faster!!

  13. Antranik (@antranik) said on 6th October 2011, 12:52

    I gotta say, great job on all the changes, I’m lovin it! The only minor complaint I have is that I’m not a big fan of the new layout of the home page, but I guess I’ll get used to it and once I do, it probably works alot better than the old one!

  14. HounslowBusGarage (@hounslowbusgarage) said on 6th October 2011, 13:24

    Hmmm. Probably great, but am I the only one having problems on IE8 on PC?
    It looks okay on Firefox and Opera though.
    Mind you, I’m a bit surprised that I can sign in via three browsers at once – and on separate machines using the same sign in!

  15. TrueF1Grit (@truef1grit) said on 6th October 2011, 13:29

    Awesome update to the site Keith! It’s changed so much since I first visited!

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