Disqus Comments Have Returned to the Phoblographer

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Hey folks,

So along with the big content changes that have been coming to the Phoblographer, we’re also announcing a couple of new things today about our current status and our future.

  • We’ve done a minor redesign for our desktop users. You’ll now have a bigger, bolder font when it comes to reading the site. Many of you have asked for this, as have I.
  • There are less definitive lines on the site which overall just gives it a cleaner look.
  • We chose to not change it around too much; but one of the biggest changes you asked for is a more prominent search bar, and that’s been done.
  • Why didn’t we change a lot? Well, if you look at our site vs many others, you’ll notice how much cleaner we are and how much of a larger emphasis we put on the content than anyone else. It’s been my goal since starting the site and I still haven’t found a better way to do with while balancing the site monetization needs on the desktop.

Most of all, we’ve decided to bring back Disqus commenting. Those of us that have been readers for a while know that we disabled and turned off commenting for a while. Why? Security risks are one, trolls were another minor one, but also we felt that it sometimes took away from the content.

What we found out at the time is that we were right; the site was much better without comments. Since then we’ve cultivated a new following and changed our mission; and what we want to do is foster new and intellectual types of conversations as well as find a way to answer your questions in a quicker manner.

For the moment at least, Disqus is back; but it may not stay. We’re not sure yet and we’re still feeling it out.

Beyond this, we’re in the Alpha stages of testing our mobile site which is moving towards the Beta stage. My goal is to have it launched by mid-October. It’s going to be very much unlike any other photography specific site that you’ve seen; and overall it’s just going to an enjoyable and beautiful experience. We’ve shown it to a couple of people, and the feedback so far is very positive.

You’ll like it; trust me.

Thank you for bearing with us, and we hope that you’ll genuinely enjoy the new Phoblographer as we continue to evolve.

Sincerely,

Chris Gampat

Editor in Chief.