We had severe server problems the last few days, and I decided to install a ‘light’ theme – something I had been working on for a while anyway. I also decided to try the Disqus commenting system as it would further remove load from our webserver. I’ll keep working on a full redesign, but for the time being this will have to do.
As a bonus, there’s now a HUGE amount of space for art (which is what this community is all about, after all). Like with the old layout, the banners rotate daily. If you’d like your artwork to feature here, send a 1000×288 pixel image to bart @ this site, and include your name and a link for the credits. Please don’t add your own text to the image.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress, thanks for hanging in here with me :)
Here’s a quick service update: I’ve been getting complaints about our comments editing system, and have just purchased an upgrade. It now also includes a bunch of new features such as a spiffy full-screen editor (if you really want to rant) and a spell checker.
Please have a go at it (use this post to test) and let me know if it works ok now. Thanks!
Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
Over the last three years, 56 BlenderNation members have been quietly providing micro loans through our BlenderNation Kiva Team – so far, we’ve loaned a staggering $11,600! Won’t you join us?
After many months of preparation I’m proud to present you the new BlenderNation design! The old theme was over 6 years old and badly needed updating. We’ve worked closely with a renowned design studio to create a new, refreshing look that reflects the colorful composition of the Blender community.
The Blender community isn’t limited to English-speaking people – far from it, it fact. I’ve felt the need to launch localised versions of BlenderNation for a long time. When Deniskaab contacted me a few weeks ago with the offer to translate our news, it was time to start the project. As a result of his work, you can now also read (most of the) BlenderNation news in Russian!
Go check it out at ru.blendernation.com
If you want to volunteer to help us translate our news into other languages, contact us.
Running BlenderNation is a blast, but it’s a LOT of work for just one person. So, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and scale up – I’m looking for 2 editors!
I just made some changes to the WordPress security settings. As a result, you may need to log in again. If you keep having problems, please send an email to bart @ this site.
It should speed up the website quite a bit, but it also costs quite a few dollars per month to run. So I’d like to ask you: did you notice any change in loading speed? Should we keep this?
In the same week as our 60,000th comment, we reach another milestone: our 3,000th article (this one). In just a little over 5 years, this site has grown from a hobby experiment to a regular part of my life. When I was first amazed at just 400 readers, we now have over 13,000 unique visitors every day – and well over 1 Million pageviews per month!
Yes! How’s that for you, you ’1st post!’ shouting kiddies! Jamez here knows how to do it properly – he just posted the 60,000th comment on BlenderNation. Well done Jamez! As a reward, take your pick from the blender.org e-shop mail me (bart@ this site) and I’ll send it your way.