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).
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.