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Welcome to the NEW Digital Photography School – Our ReDesign is LIVE

Welcome to the NEW Digital Photography School.

Over the past few hours we’ve moved from our old design to a brand new one and have been working on getting a few small bugs out of the system. Thanks for your patience while we’ve made this transition. I hope that you think it worth the wait!

Let me give a special thanks to our designer Matt Brett who has been working for the last month on this design as well as the tech team at b5media who have worked hard to get the new design up and running smoothly.

Now if you’ll allow me I’d like to introduce some of the changes on the new DPS.

Change Takes Getting Used To

Let me start by acknowledging that many of you have become accustomed to the old design of DPS and some are quite attached to it. I understand that it may take a little time to get used to the new design and hope that you’ll find that the transition won’t take too long.

The reason we decided to move from the old to new designs was simply that we’ve outgrown the old version, wanted to modernize the look and make the site more functional. We also wanted to expand the topics we covered and needed to change how we presented content.

New Front Page of DPS

Perhaps the most dramatic change to DPS is our front page. Previously it was simply a holding page that did very little. In fact in many ways it probably put people off DPS. Here’s how it looked:

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Sure it was ‘clean’ but it didn’t really do anything. Today our new front page acts as a portal for a variety of activities happening around DPS. It pulls in headlines from our 3 blogs including the latest and most popular posts on them (read more on these below), promotes our forum, shows off a ‘photo of the moment’ (the winner of our last assignment), has a poll and points people to some of our readers images from the DPS forum. The whole point is to help people to find their way into the site.

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New Blogs

When DPS first launched it was simply a single blog. Then we added a Flickr Group which we quickly expanded into a Forum. Today we evolved DPS a little further and add two new blogs bringing the total of blogs to three. They are:

  1. Photography Tips and Tutorials – this is really just a continuation of our first blog. It will be the most active of our three blogs and contain all the normal photography tips, tutorials, reader questions and articles that you’re used to on everything from portrait photography to wedding photography to travel photography etc
  2. Cameras and Equipment – this blog will totally focus upon digital cameras and accessories. It will announce significant new products from camera manufacturers, provide reviews of gear and include a few gear related tips.
  3. Post Production – this blog will focus upon all things to do with post production and will largely be a tips focused blog. We’ll also cover significant news of new software in this topic.

Why the new Blogs?

Over the last couple of years of DPS we’ve covered some camera/gear related topics as well as some post production tips – however we’ve never really felt completely released to fully cover these topics because we didn’t want to overwhelm readers who were just hear to get photography tips and didn’t want all the gear and post production content. With three blogs we now offer readers the opportunity to pick and choose what content they want.

You can get it all or focus upon what you want most. Hopefully this will allow us to serve you better and not feel guilty about writing more on gear or post production (which some of you do want).

Where is the Old Content?

Don’t worry – all the old tutorials and tips from DPS are still there. Most of it is in the tips blog but if it was a gear or post production related post it’ll be in those new blogs. If in doubt – use our search tool towards the top right hand corner of the site.

Different Viewing Options on the Blogs

recent-popular.pngWhen you visit our new blogs you’ll notice that there are a couple of ways to view them. You can either see ‘recent posts’ or you can now also view ‘most popular’ posts.

The ‘recent posts’ option should be self explanatory (its chronological) but the ‘most popular’ tab will show you those posts on the blog that have been ‘hottest’ or most popular in the last 30 days. In this way you can quickly use the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ to help you identify what you should be reading.

Polls

We’ve had a handful of polls here on the blog previously but have never fully integrated them into DPS. Now you’ll find a weekly poll on the front page of the blog as well as in the sidebar. Hopefully they’ll help us to get to know you better as a readership but also be a fun way to help us all improve our photography a little too.

Reader Photos

Reader-Photos.pngDPS readers take the best photos going around (OK – so we’re biased) so we wanted to find a way to highlight some of them.

Now in our sidebar and on the front page you’ll find a widget that points you to reader photos that have been submitted in the ‘share your shots’ section of our forum.

At this point these are just pointing you to the latest images submitted so we can’t guarantee that they’ll always be ‘the best’ shots in the forum but in future versions of our design we’d like to find some different ways of highlighting our readers images (stay tuned).

At present to have your image featured you simply have to be a forum member and be submitting images to our share your shots section. All we ask is that you have a read of the rules for this section and keep posts to one per day.

Avatars in Comments

One feature that I’ve wanted to add for a while now is to give those leaving comments on DPS the ability to personalize their comments with an Avatar. You now can.

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To have a personalized avatar show up you just need to go to Gravatar and register with the same email address that you use to leave comments here on DPS. Once you’ve uploaded an avatar on Gravatar it should automatically show here on DPS every time you leave a comment on any of our blogs.

If you choose not to register at Gravatar you will be assigned a random avatar (a pattern like one of the avatars in the last two comments in the picture above).

Other New Features

There are quite a few other new things in this design. Obviously there are new colors and layout but here are a few other quick mentions of what is new:

  • Cross Promotion of Posts in Sidebar – you’ll see in our sidebars that we’re pulling titles from our three blogs. Also you’ll see ‘popular posts’ listed for the blog that you’re currently viewing.
  • New Subscription icons – click on the envelope on the top right corner and you’ll see a nice form appear for easy subscribing to our newsletters
  • Author Bylines – at the base of each post you’ll see a picture of and biographical information on the author of that post. If you like their writing click their name or photo and you’ll be taken to an archive of all posts they’ve written on DPS.
  • Latest Assignment Widget – new assignments will be linked to from our blog sidebars.
  • Social Bookmarking Feature – at the bottom of each post is the option to bookmark the post on a variety of social bookmarking sites.
  • Forum Redesign/Reskin – we have not changed too many features in the forum but it certainly looks different. Expect a few more changes/features in the coming months but for now it’s more of a cosmetic change.

I’m sure there is more that I’ve forgotten to mention. There is certainly a lot more in the back end of the site that you can’t see that will help us run things a lot more smoothly.

Tell us What You Think

It is always a slightly scary moment when you launch a redesign. There’s excitement but also a little fear mixed in with it while you wait for people to tell you what they think. Having said that – your feedback is important and I’d love to hear your thoughts in comments below.

This is only version 1.0 of our new design so your ideas and feedback (and reports of any bugs you see) will be gratefully received as we think about the future of DPS. You can leave feedback publicly in comments below or in an email via our contact form. All we ask is that you be constructive with your feedback so that we can actually use it to improve. Telling us you don’t like something but not saying why or suggesting an alternative makes it hard to know how to make DPS better.

I’ll leave it at that – have a surf around the new DPS and let us know what you think!

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • http://www.kristarella.com kristarella

    I love it in every way! I’m not one of those people attached to the old design. It had some bugs in it (one post had left borders on every paragraph, as if they were list items or blockquotes and the post image floated on top of the borders :S ). Also, any time I landed on the home page I thought I was in the wrong place! Now you can see you’re definitely in the right place, with the blogs and forum integrated. Love the arrangement of content. I will of course read all the topics, but it’s a great idea to separate them.

    Yay!

    p.s. Classic author avatar Darren!

  • Vickie

    So nice! Color scheme is easy on the eyes and content seems well-organized and easy to navigate. Thank you for creating DPS in the first place! Anything you do beyond that (like this new design) is just a bonus.

  • http://monevator.com Monevator

    Great redesign Darren/Matt. The footer doesn’t work as hard as in Problogger but I bet it’ll make you more money.

    I think the colours are the biggest achievement. Very simple, nothing shocking, yet strangely modern looking. Welcome to 2009!

  • http://www.flickr.com/larbelaitz Lander

    I love it!

    It is a little bit different to locate mentally where each link is, but my first impresion is that it is much better than the old version. It is much more engaging, the colours and the skin generally. It is a good idea to divide the three blogs.

    I hope you good luck and we really appreciate how you guys think on us (the readers). Thank you. Eskerrik asko.

    pd: Darren, are you bold?!?! I always imagined you like a rastafari, hahaha, I don’t know why!!!

  • http://sarahkdavisphotography.blogspot.com Sarah

    Very nice, looks great!!!! Much more appealing & interesting than before. Thanks for everything!
    Sarah – semi-pro

  • Matt

    I really love the new site! Most of the time I dread what I am going to see when I click on links in my RSS feeds talking about redesigns. This was a VERY VERY pleasant surprise. Congratulations on the new look!

  • http://www.icreate.ro gerdez

    WOW! The new design is welcome, at least for me, congrats!

  • cathyetta

    So pleasing to the eye and has a calming effect on me anyway. Thanks for all the hard work DPS. Congratulations on the new look.

  • MrG

    Is http://www.digital-photography-school.com or to open the new homepage?

  • http://www.gercekkarakus.com Gercek

    I still think that the old look&feel was better. But functionality has improved absolutely! Thanks for ya’all!

  • http://www.acapellas4u.co.uk Richard

    nice job DPS. Initially very pleasing design indeed..

    don’t worry about us members we’ll soon get used to the new layouts etc..

    now can you please send b2media my way so they can help me on my site please? :)

    Rich

  • david j dutton

    nice one look’s great and lots to do keep up the good work.

  • diesel

    I really appreciate the efforts that you guys have gone through to give us suscribers a brand-new looking site. I feel the coluor scheme is perfect, not so much “in your face type of look”, but pleasant, calming colours that are easy on the eyes. Not everyone’s cup o’ cocoa, but hey! we don’t all drink cocoa.

    Well done guys, and thanks for making the site more interesting. I love “exploring!”

    A big pat on the back to you all. Have a great year.

  • http://www.greeblemonkey.com Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Darren, I am late in saying this but the new design is rad. Great job y’all.

  • Karen

    this site is fantastic. I am very new to DSL and know nothing. I am very appreciative for the assistance the site has provided with getting started. You are amazing, Darren. Thank you!

  • Janet Boring

    I really love the new look. I just bought another camera a week ago.

  • http://moronkreacionz.com moron

    I am really excited to navigate thru the plethora of articles worth reading .. in here !!!

    great job guys !!! kudos..

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/69472708@N00 Wolfgang

    Kudos to the changes…I love the new look!

  • http://www.curtisphoto.org Freespirit

    Hi folks, love your new site and love the tips you offer. Keep up the great work….

Some older comments

  • Freespirit

    January 25, 2009 11:48 am

    Hi folks, love your new site and love the tips you offer. Keep up the great work....

  • Wolfgang

    January 21, 2009 08:08 am

    Kudos to the changes...I love the new look!

  • moron

    January 18, 2009 01:42 am

    I am really excited to navigate thru the plethora of articles worth reading .. in here !!!

    great job guys !!! kudos..

  • Janet Boring

    January 17, 2009 02:25 am

    I really love the new look. I just bought another camera a week ago.

  • Karen

    January 16, 2009 11:03 am

    this site is fantastic. I am very new to DSL and know nothing. I am very appreciative for the assistance the site has provided with getting started. You are amazing, Darren. Thank you!

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey

    January 16, 2009 04:00 am

    Darren, I am late in saying this but the new design is rad. Great job y'all.

  • diesel

    January 16, 2009 02:43 am

    I really appreciate the efforts that you guys have gone through to give us suscribers a brand-new looking site. I feel the coluor scheme is perfect, not so much "in your face type of look", but pleasant, calming colours that are easy on the eyes. Not everyone's cup o' cocoa, but hey! we don't all drink cocoa.

    Well done guys, and thanks for making the site more interesting. I love "exploring!"

    A big pat on the back to you all. Have a great year.

  • david j dutton

    January 16, 2009 12:04 am

    nice one look's great and lots to do keep up the good work.

  • Richard

    January 15, 2009 08:11 am

    nice job DPS. Initially very pleasing design indeed..

    don't worry about us members we'll soon get used to the new layouts etc..

    now can you please send b2media my way so they can help me on my site please? :)

    Rich

  • Gercek

    January 15, 2009 03:11 am

    I still think that the old look&feel was better. But functionality has improved absolutely! Thanks for ya'all!

  • MrG

    January 15, 2009 12:38 am

    Is http://www.digital-photography-school.com or to open the new homepage?

  • cathyetta

    January 15, 2009 12:08 am

    So pleasing to the eye and has a calming effect on me anyway. Thanks for all the hard work DPS. Congratulations on the new look.

  • gerdez

    January 14, 2009 07:36 pm

    WOW! The new design is welcome, at least for me, congrats!

  • Matt

    January 14, 2009 06:54 pm

    I really love the new site! Most of the time I dread what I am going to see when I click on links in my RSS feeds talking about redesigns. This was a VERY VERY pleasant surprise. Congratulations on the new look!

  • Sarah

    January 14, 2009 12:22 pm

    Very nice, looks great!!!! Much more appealing & interesting than before. Thanks for everything!
    Sarah - semi-pro

  • Lander

    January 14, 2009 09:15 am

    I love it!

    It is a little bit different to locate mentally where each link is, but my first impresion is that it is much better than the old version. It is much more engaging, the colours and the skin generally. It is a good idea to divide the three blogs.

    I hope you good luck and we really appreciate how you guys think on us (the readers). Thank you. Eskerrik asko.

    pd: Darren, are you bold?!?! I always imagined you like a rastafari, hahaha, I don't know why!!!

  • Monevator

    January 14, 2009 08:25 am

    Great redesign Darren/Matt. The footer doesn't work as hard as in Problogger but I bet it'll make you more money.

    I think the colours are the biggest achievement. Very simple, nothing shocking, yet strangely modern looking. Welcome to 2009!

  • Vickie

    January 14, 2009 08:19 am

    So nice! Color scheme is easy on the eyes and content seems well-organized and easy to navigate. Thank you for creating DPS in the first place! Anything you do beyond that (like this new design) is just a bonus.

  • kristarella

    January 14, 2009 08:14 am

    I love it in every way! I'm not one of those people attached to the old design. It had some bugs in it (one post had left borders on every paragraph, as if they were list items or blockquotes and the post image floated on top of the borders :S ). Also, any time I landed on the home page I thought I was in the wrong place! Now you can see you're definitely in the right place, with the blogs and forum integrated. Love the arrangement of content. I will of course read all the topics, but it's a great idea to separate them.

    Yay!

    p.s. Classic author avatar Darren!

  • Lucile

    January 14, 2009 06:17 am

    I love the site. Keep up the good work.

  • Will

    January 14, 2009 06:12 am

    Big big improvement. Everything is so easier to find now and if I'm being honest I absolutely hated the splash screen on the old site. Keep up the excellent work :-)

  • Jayman Pandya

    January 14, 2009 03:45 am

    Awessome..... I am amazed...... I loved the tones a erfect eye soothing combo....... best for the site where people read so so so much........ designer is the king....... awesome job.......

  • Fernando

    January 14, 2009 02:19 am

    Takes a little getting used to... I was so used to just seeing the new stuff all up top and up front.... but I do like the new style/look. I think once I get used to it, it will be even easier to find things I am interested in.
    Great job!

  • Lisa Marie Mary

    January 14, 2009 12:34 am

    I absolutely love the new design! And even though there are now three blogs to read, instead of just one - they are easily-accessible from the main page - so that's cool! And I doubt that 'anything' run by Darren will lose its family feel. I've known Darren for a while, but, for some reason, the last few weeks - I'm just amazed at his totally cool 'realness'. I don't know why - I've always known he was down-to-earth, accessible, and genuine ....but, I have just been really moved by it lately. There are so many 'gurus' out there right now that we all seem to worship/put on pedestals, etc ...and what makes Darren so cool is that - his realness won't let us put him on a pedestal, or something like that....

    Ok, this is not a 'Darren's cool' post we're commenting on - geez, Lisa! Right, right - new blog, new blogs, updates, upgrades - they ROCK!! ;)

  • nettieh

    January 14, 2009 12:16 am

    Love the new look. I'm still fairly new to photography and DPS. DPS has a treasure trove of useful information, which is fantastic, but it's also overwhelming. I like how the redesign has laid things out in a clear way, so that it's easier to see the range of things here.

    One minor quibble and it isn't even about the redesign: On the Forum home page, in the "JOIN NOW" box, could you *please* add:

    the missing "t" to the word "participate"
    the missing "n" to "assignments"
    the missing "t" to "competitions"?

    I used to be a copy editor, and my eye goes to those words first every single time!

  • Regina

    January 14, 2009 12:01 am

    I like the new design. I never moved around on the old one. Now I can explore this whole new design and become more involved. You guys rock!

  • Rohan

    January 13, 2009 11:57 pm

    Great though to present all under one roof !! the design and color combi was breath taking.

    And the best of all is the content present.. And you have used PHP to code it, which is much more secure & fastest browsing web scripting language !!

    MY GOD you have combination of the best in the Best Photography School :)

    I just loved it :)

    Say Cheese :)
    Rohan Chowdhary

  • Koki

    January 13, 2009 11:53 pm

    Nice, I like it! Looks more "modern".

    And the annoying banner it's gone :)

  • Steve

    January 13, 2009 11:35 pm

    The new layout, spacing and separation of content on the front page is is a vast improvement, as is every other new addition.

    However, the design (in graphical terms) is already looking outdated and unsuitable for a site of this type and standard.

    Was it Matt's intention that DPS looked like the inside of a cardboard box?

    These additional and unnesseccary design flaws add nothing, but DO take away from the content. I would definately look at a version of the site WITHOUT the cardboard backgrounds.

    I'd also try contrasting the BG color to the article links on the front page - they're getting lost.

    One last gripe - the image you have used in this post that shows a screenshot of the front page, cuts off the awful google banner that is just above it. Now, your front page would look SO much better with out a hideous, CHEAP -looking (although i'm sure it brings in thousands! ;) ) ad. Why not leave it out or replace it with a sponsored banner ad that has been DESIGNED!

    Peace.

    Big fan of DPS.

  • BLOGitse

    January 13, 2009 10:54 pm

    coooooooool!

  • tailspin

    January 13, 2009 10:38 pm

    Outstanding.

  • Varun

    January 13, 2009 10:04 pm

    I love the snazzy new design. Congratulations on a job done well!

    Just that the font for th eweekly poll result seemed a bit hazy to me. It may have been intentional but I had a hard time reading it.

  • marsua

    January 13, 2009 09:31 pm

    I think the new look is really nice. Congrats!

  • Nikrometer

    January 13, 2009 09:18 pm

    I am excited about the new Blog. I am looking forward to all of the new ideas, and becoming part of the program as I share photo's.

  • Ceci Flanagan-Snow

    January 13, 2009 08:53 pm

    Hi from the far side of the world. I woke up and checked my email and here I am. I think the new entry portal is a significant improvement over the old one. I particularly like the 3 separate sections so a visitor can move in one direction at a time, easily.

    Sure there are some things that could be improved - but you are definitely going in the right direction! Well done!

    (Still need coffee, lots of coffee, it's pre-dawn here on the east coast of Canada)

  • Manon

    January 13, 2009 08:35 pm

    wow, looks great. Need to dive in and figure everything out.

  • Darren Rowse

    January 13, 2009 08:01 pm

    Thanks all for the continued feedback - both the 'good' and the 'critiques' - they're all valuable to me and will help us keep improving. We're still working on a few bugs one at a time and hope that some outstanding issues willb e resolved in the next day or two.

    thanks all!

  • ada

    January 13, 2009 06:56 pm

    Love the new look! Excellent work, congrats!

  • HP

    January 13, 2009 06:37 pm

    the new layout is really nice. the clear distinction between the different sections makes it easy to navigate too.
    thanks!
    cheers!

  • Hilde

    January 13, 2009 06:24 pm

    I think it is very nice. Stop whining, people. So what if it looks like a Wordpress theme? Why would you want it to be different from what thousands of people have experienced to be an effective design? We're here for the content, not for any visual extravaganza to compete with the beautiful photos.

    First and foremost, this new design is organized, easy to navigate, easy on the eye - and brings focus to the content.

  • Octavian

    January 13, 2009 06:18 pm

    It's a real pleasure browsing this new design. A huuuge change but really well done! :D

  • Lilia

    January 13, 2009 06:13 pm

    I think it's the content that really keeps people on the site though. I was thinking about the top ad like I mentioned a few comments above. I think the simplest solution (if you need to keep it at the top which you probably do) is to just make a wider gap between the dps logo, the ad and the start of the blog tags. So your eyes can breathe alittle. I personally don't think there's anything wrong with looking like a "word press theme" I mean- it's an awesome software :)

  • Annie7

    January 13, 2009 05:49 pm

    Absolutely, a very professional looking site now. Easy to locate what you are interested in ..... But please don't loose the 'family' feel it used to have. In fact, the old site made you feel, in a way, that you were indeed part of a large family. This was added to not only by Darren's picture at the top, but also by the occasional comments like "we have just had a new baby!". So I hope that kind of atmosphere is not lost! That was one of the things that made it unique. It had a personal feel.

    And congratulations, by the way, on the great new site!!

  • Gareth

    January 13, 2009 05:45 pm

    Those were my thoughts aswell that I did not voice. I have looked at Matt's portfolio and he has some Magic Sites he has done, something was lost here. It is just not holding me as an audience.

  • Rick

    January 13, 2009 05:39 pm

    Yeah, I'm going to dissent here also. This looks like a Wordpress theme. A very well done Wordpress theme, but it doesn't set you apart visually from other sites out there.

  • Gareth

    January 13, 2009 04:59 pm

    Need to have a negative critic here.... Don't like the paper body background.

    I am yet to see this new homepage, The original single image homepage is still current, when clicking the blog link at the bottom it takes me to http://digital-photography-school.com/digital-photography-school (loops and is the same original homepage). How I am reading this post is that homepage has been changed already and not a pending change to come, and am also under the impression there is no domain name change.

    I can only access the new Blog via the aweber.com links in the email and when clicking the linked Blog Title at the top it takes me back to the original homepage where it loops

    It needs more Content width due to the sidebar being so wide.

  • Gina

    January 13, 2009 04:57 pm

    The new design is great, well done. There is just one thing missing that I was REALLY hoping would be included in the new design - an easy print option at the bottom of each article, eliminating the printing of pages of comments. Please? Then the site would be just about perfect.

  • nomad

    January 13, 2009 04:53 pm

    Nice change, the new design is very clean and uncluttered, pretty cool I have to say, makes way easier to read stuff or just to browse it, etc.

  • Muffadal

    January 13, 2009 04:41 pm

    I love it
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  • Ranjan

    January 13, 2009 04:16 pm

    love the new look. it is wonderful and refreshing. thank you DPS team

  • J. Rojo

    January 13, 2009 03:16 pm

    Will I need to subscribe to each blog's RSS feed? Will my old RSS feed be obsolete now?

    FROM DARREN - no, your RSS feed will have content from all three blogs. If you just want one or two of the blogs you can subscribe to those blogs alone and ignore the old one - but if you like it all - stay subscribed to what you're already subscribed to and you'll be fine.

  • Lilia

    January 13, 2009 02:46 pm

    Really great change! Love the 3 column thing on the first page and being able to choose the content on the blogs. Only issue I have with design is the ad placement at the very top of the page. Usually the highest thing on the page is what "brands" the site (at least as far as I know) so a huge ad at the top seems not only cheap but also distracts from the real brand we should be seeing "dps".
    Maybe if it was swapped with the logo and title,so it's more dps owns the ad and not the other way around..
    Otherwise really awesome and excited to see it all functioning especially for the assignments :)!

  • Kabitzin

    January 13, 2009 02:46 pm

    It looks great! I like the colors and theme a lot.

    One thing I did notice is you seem to have some corruption that appears to be caused by the shift of your database to UTF-8.

    I've noticed it in posts and in comments. This is what causes the gibberish text in your posts, such as on this page.

  • Marti

    January 13, 2009 02:10 pm

    Love the new site! It's just so much more user-friendly. Great job, guys!!

  • heidi leon

    January 13, 2009 01:50 pm

    Hi Darren, I'm new in photography but the few tricks I know I've learned them from DPS! I love your site. Congrats!

  • James NomadRip

    January 13, 2009 01:32 pm

    Looks great!

  • Homburg Pokes

    January 13, 2009 01:25 pm

    Yup, Two thumbs up my friends, it is much more intuitive. There are some changes that will take a moment, but I dig it. Well done.

  • Slava33

    January 13, 2009 01:22 pm

    Great new design! Love the author sidebar and the dates in the comments in particular. All the new features look great, keep up the good work!

  • Amy@GrowingLikeTrees

    January 13, 2009 01:10 pm

    Like the new design a lot. I'd been to the old site only once, it confused me and I was a bit lost, even though I want to learn how to take better pictures. This one is much easier to find what I'm hoping for, I'll be back.

    Thanks!

  • VIGUY

    January 13, 2009 12:34 pm

    Wicked layout, easy to navigate, shows a lot of what is going on without having to spend a lot of time trying to find what you want. Excellent work.... look forward to getting used to the "new" you ;-)

  • Shaman

    January 13, 2009 12:24 pm

    Great! Sometimes change is painful. I really like the new homepage/Front page. The color is soft and is good for my eyes. Keep up all the great work and thanks!

  • Mark Greenmantle

    January 13, 2009 12:21 pm

    Nice redesign Darren, very tidy!

  • Robb

    January 13, 2009 12:21 pm

    I think the site looks great and easy to find what I want. Looking forward to learning more and making this pop up in my "morning coffee" of tabs.

  • D Edith Beers

    January 13, 2009 12:05 pm

    Wow Love the changes - I'm more on learning so the "Tips and Tutorial" is the most important blog for me now - I'm going to have to find more time for DPS - and they said I would be bored being retired HA

  • Frank

    January 13, 2009 12:02 pm

    Nice job and keep up the good work, Thank you

  • Yanik's Photo School

    January 13, 2009 11:59 am

    Hey Darren!

    Great job! Talk about timing! I'm gogin live with my new design this Friday! :)

    I really love the 3 distinct sections. And your new colors are great!

    Keep up the good work!

  • Taryn Rivera

    January 13, 2009 11:55 am

    I love the modern look!

  • Joey Rico

    January 13, 2009 11:47 am

    nice layout!!!!

  • caloy

    January 13, 2009 11:46 am

    I like the new look, well done!

  • barabe

    January 13, 2009 11:43 am

    very nice job, i love the changes.

  • jpm8jpm

    January 13, 2009 11:42 am

    another thing with regards to the comments...i think the latest one should be put on top..

  • jpm8jpm

    January 13, 2009 11:38 am

    looks great but where is the log in button?

  • Ryan

    January 13, 2009 11:35 am

    Matt did an incredible job, as he does with pretty much every design he touches. It's too bad he doesn't design ads, cause those are fugly.

  • Richard Ellender

    January 13, 2009 11:30 am

    I like it!

  • Citrus Tree

    January 13, 2009 11:29 am

    I think this is fabulous...what an inprovement...so very professional looking. Bravo!

  • OxfordMississippi.com

    January 13, 2009 11:29 am

    wow..um..wow.. a *big* improvement..congrats

  • Alain

    January 13, 2009 11:13 am

    Looks very slick, but now the ads really stand out, in a bad looking way...

  • Darren Rowse

    January 13, 2009 10:52 am

    Martin - thanks for that - have fixed those links. The IE6 stuff we're aware of and it's on the list of Matt for tomorrow.

  • themisfit

    January 13, 2009 10:30 am

    The new design looks great!

  • Felicia

    January 13, 2009 10:28 am

    Love it...A huge improvement to an already great website!! Thanks!

  • Martin

    January 13, 2009 10:27 am

    I think it looks quite clean.

    However, I've noticed a couple of things:

    1. The links to blogs in the body of this post are actually linking to dev.digital-photography-school.com, but I'm guessing they should be linking to the base domain, rather than the dev subdomain.

    2. The comment box is messy in IE6, with the email notification checkbox being displayed on the right-hand side of the "submit comment" button, while the "notify me of followup comments via e-mail" is on the far left.

    3. There's some alignment issues with components (ie, the main tabs at the top, and other sections) in IE6.

  • XpLoiT

    January 13, 2009 10:19 am

    Well done is a huge step from where it was and brought it forward through to the blogs next stages. well done wit hthe dseign it looks great. will take some getting used to but im happy for it.

  • jordan

    January 13, 2009 10:14 am

    Great redesign... no only there were less ads it would be perfect

  • Peter Carey

    January 13, 2009 10:02 am

    One thing just jumped out at me. The "comments" balloon at the top, just under the post title.....it looks kinda odd. I know what it is being way too familiar with blogs. But by itself I wonder what the heck 28 means. The graphic is kinda soft so it's tough to tell it's a speech balloon. If there's a way to throw the word comments in there some how and not have it look fuggly, that'd be dope.

  • Mark

    January 13, 2009 09:49 am

    Super job. The only bad part is the trouble I'm going to be in for spending work and family time exploring DPS.

  • Mandi

    January 13, 2009 09:41 am

    Aww, it didn't save my gravatar! Let me try that again...

  • Marmaduke

    January 13, 2009 09:40 am

    I like it!

  • Mandi

    January 13, 2009 09:39 am

    Ooh, I love it!! The whole thing looks GREAT! Way to go guys!

  • Sherry

    January 13, 2009 09:37 am

    Very nice. It's very clean yet still interesting, a combination that's not always easy to achieve. Great job!

  • Philip Downer

    January 13, 2009 09:33 am

    Love the new design!
    It really looks good. I can tell you folks paid a lot of attention to the small details. Love the Gravatar.com support in your comments section too!

  • Quill

    January 13, 2009 09:28 am

    The new design looks very nice! However, as I was looking at it, I noticed that iStockphoto is not included in your "Make money from your images" sidebar item. May I ask why this is?

    Quill

  • Teewinot

    January 13, 2009 09:18 am

    Very exciting, Darren!! I can't wait to visit all the new sections. I'm particularly stoked about the one blog becoming three blogs!

  • gato

    January 13, 2009 09:14 am

    I love the new design! great job!

  • Rolando

    January 13, 2009 09:11 am

    Sorry, I left a broken link before. Once again, well done, Darren!

  • Rolando

    January 13, 2009 09:07 am

    I love the new site. Excellente job Darren et al

  • Natalie Norton

    January 13, 2009 09:04 am

    Woot woot! It looks great Darren!

  • Tanya

    January 13, 2009 09:02 am

    The new design looks great! Much more professional, and laid out wonderfully.

  • PRH

    January 13, 2009 09:01 am

    Oops, I think I may have found a bug???
    Time for my last comment was 8.58am event though it was 9.58am. I'm in Sydney and assuming this blog is hosted in Melbourne then the time should be the same.
    Just thought I'd let you know.

  • PRH

    January 13, 2009 08:58 am

    love the new look. I can navigate through the blogs easily. Especially love the tab access to the blogs. I haven't run into any bugs yet.

    Verdict 5stars :D

  • Michael Warf

    January 13, 2009 08:58 am

    Looks great! Much more useable. Kudos to you and your team.

  • Sime

    January 13, 2009 08:55 am

    Glad to be a part, Darren, Well done.

    Sime

  • Andrew Warner

    January 13, 2009 08:54 am

    I love the new design.

    I think there's a word missing from this sentence (above): "In fact in many ways it probably people off DPS." I agree with that sentence's point. I was confused the first time I saw that home page. If I didn't know this was your site Darren, I would have clicked away thinking it was a squatter site or something.

  • Peter Carey

    January 13, 2009 08:50 am

    The site looks great Darren! Awesome work Matt and the others behind the scenes!

  • adelaide website designers

    January 13, 2009 08:46 am

    Wow. Different.

    I'm not sure I like the brown color combination on the background and semi-foreground. It seems a little flat. But the front page is super. Like you did with Problogger a few years ago you have really moved from a "blog" feel to a full "website" feel. It seems to give it a lot more credibility. People finding your site on the front page will be super impressed!

    Nice work Matt.

  • Al

    January 13, 2009 08:40 am

    Great redesign! Well done... looks like some late nights were put into it!

  • Sybren A. Stüvel

    January 13, 2009 08:33 am

    Wow, excellent stuff!

  • Kim

    January 13, 2009 08:26 am

    This looks terrific. I love the new logo and the color scheme.

  • Brian Auer

    January 13, 2009 08:25 am

    Very cool, Darren! Definitely a step up from the previous design -- I like the separation of content into the three main categories.

  • Neil Creek

    January 13, 2009 08:23 am

    Congratulations on the new look DPS. Looks fantastic! So proud to be part of the team :)

  • Shayne

    January 13, 2009 08:23 am

    Very nice.

  • Baz

    January 13, 2009 08:20 am

    Very clean, nice color scheme, too.

  • B. K.

    January 13, 2009 08:20 am

    Looks great... I really like your new design.
    One little point: Haven't you changed the Favicon to the new DPS-logo?

  • J. D. Ebberly

    January 13, 2009 08:19 am

    WOW!! What a SUPERB new design! I love it! I'll be reading DPS even more now that the ReDesign is live!
    Great work, Darren!! :) :)

  • Tyler

    January 13, 2009 08:10 am

    Wow looks good! I really like it. I'm also included in the post! (the avatar section) I feel special!

  • Akmal Wardak

    January 13, 2009 08:08 am

    amazing new design. looks extraordinarily clean and functional. the designer has done a great job. keep it up.

  • Jessie

    January 13, 2009 08:08 am

    I like the new layout, great job!

  • John

    January 13, 2009 08:00 am

    Really like the new design, very well done all round!

  • joel

    January 13, 2009 07:57 am

    dead sexy, guys. bravo!

  • Renkai

    January 13, 2009 07:54 am

    Looks great! :)

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