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Site Changes


tabbox.pngAs we have over 1,400(!) posts on this website, I've been looking for ways to make readers (especially new readers) more aware of the wealth of information that we offer. After some tinkering we now have two new functions: first, a tabbed box on the homepage that presents the latest posts in our most popular categories. Second, the 'related posts' now also shows a thumbnail for each post.

I find that especially the 'related posts' now keeps drawing me back to old posts - pretty cool.

For those of you who are interested in some technical details: to keep the page loading times low, the tabbed box on the homepage uses lazy image loading - the images for a tab will only be loaded if the tab is displayed. I've tested the CSS and Javascript in Firefox, IE6, Safari and Opera. I'm confident it'll work pretty much everywhere.

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Cool! on firefox I had to refresh twice before everything loaded.

    Bart, Thank you for continuing your effort with the site and the community :-)

  2. Worked fine with Firefox (had to reload, too) and Konqueror. Tabs can be messed when browser is not fullscreen, though. Down to which resolution the CSS has been tested? Not my case, but I know a few people are going back to laptops with pretty small screens, this could hinder them.

  3. Bart, I seldom have my browser window full screen, so I also found the tab bar a bit messed up. The content of the last tab, "Add-ons", wraps around and you can see the top of it's characters just a bit under "Tutorials", see here:

    A part solution is: in mini.css, put "white-space: nowrap;" to "ul.tabs", that way wrapping of the tab content is prevented, at least on supporting browsers as Firefox. The content is still cut off a bit, but at least it's accessible. See here:

    Aside from that, I like the additions very much, thank you. :)

  4. Cool!
    But I think all the images for related news take a too much space ... how about just showing one image in a fixed place while hoverig over one of the links?

  5. hmm, perhaps its just a coincidence, but my rss-feed stopped working,, does anyone else have the same problem? (i'm using firefox)

    otherwise, great job bart ;-)

  6. @olivs, sanne: thanks! I now see it as well - I'll take care of it tomorrow and try your suggestions.

    @barbie: I see what you mean, but I think the best part of showing all the thumbnails is that it triggers either your memory or curiosity. Having to hover over a link before you see an image would kill that effect..

    @James: I'll look into that. Would you prefer not to see the tabs at all in that case?

    @johan_zhe: it's not a coincidence ;-) It should be working again now.

    @Rolandixor: I mailed you back two weeks ago!

  7. Firefox (windows) everthing seems fine. At a guess I'd say many fellow Blender users are visual people, so the image tabs make sense. :)

  8. Hey Bart,
    The changes are great! I really love the Related Post thumbnails.. They're a nice addition to the site.
    Just the same though, you don't know how much time I've taken away from all my other tasks because of following all these different Related post links.. I like them though! I just need to have more self control and stop myself from reading all these great articles from the past...

  9. Latest version of Firefox, Windows XP, everything looks great! I LOVE the changes. BlenderNation is better than ever, and that says a lot! :-D

  10. @Jon: great initiative! However, I feel that these icons don't really fit in the current design. We're slowly working our way towards a new site design though so I'll take the idea along.

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