Over the past few weeks I’ve been compiling a list of things we wanted to change with the site to make it run more efficiently and make it for you guys to get around the site to see all the latest and greatest. Thanks to Hamilton Boyce we were able to take those ideas and suggestions and do a little face lift to The Union. Tonight we released the new version of the site which for the most part doesn’t look much different than it did before, but there’s actually a lot of changes.
First off, when you came to the site there’s a good chance you noticed the new front page. We were a big fan of the slider on Can You Dig It so we utilized that so now you can see the five latest Original features we produce. Below is is our new MUST SEE section. For those of you who check the Daily Section on the regular, you know how fast videos can be pushed off to page two or three by the end of the day. Now you can find the best of the best videos mixed with our original features and the content the supporters of The Union are producing as well. That way you aren’t missing the important things if you step away from your computer for a day or two.
You can still find the original interviews, bike checks, photogalleries, Insights and more in the Features section and you can find all of the latest BMX videos, news, products and more over in the Daily Section like you could before as well! One thing you will notice different about those sections is that we’ve added some page numbers to the top of the page. That way it’s easier for you to get to the slightly older content you might have missed or want to check out again.
Next up, we’ve gone through and revamped our photogalleries to make them load faster and allow you to page through each of the photos much easier! Check out this Photogallery by Matt Bosco we dropped the other day to see how it works. There’s page numbers up top and below each photo along with arrows on the sides so you can page forward or backward as well!
Finally, we figured with the majority of videos being in HD these days, we needed to make it so our video player utilized that. All of our Original videos will now be available in wide screen by simply clicking into the posts from the front page or the Features or Videos sections. Take a look at what we mean by checking out this video featuring Paul Barnum from a little while back! Looks good, doesn’t it?
Other than that, we’ve just cleaned up the back end and made some tweaks to make the whole site load a little faster and have less errors or issues. We’re really stoked on how things came out, but we also know there might be some tweaks that still need to be made, so if you come across anything, feel free to let us know in the comments or just shoot Kurt an email!
We hope you’re as stoked on the changes as we are! Shout out to everyone who checks out the site on the regular! We couldn’t do it without your support!