Hey everybody. I wanted to update everyone on a few “behind the scene” upgrades here at OVC Ball / OVC Boards that will hopefully enhance everybody experience with the site.
First, you’ve likely noticed that I’ve added a new banner to the top of the page, with two separate logos. This isn’t just for show. Clicking on the left side of the logo will take you to the OVC Ball homepage. Clicking on the right side will take you to the OVC Boards home page. I know it’s not wholly obvious looking at it where the split is, and I actually plan on making a small tweak in the coming days that will make it more obvious. For now, clicking on the actual logo itself will take you to the individual pages.
Also, I’ve made a change to the comment system that links OVC Ball and OVC Boards. I mentioned this on twitter yesterday, but wanted to go into a bit more depth. If I find a story and create a story, the site will autocreate a message board topic with at least a portion of the story. All comments left on both the story and the message boards will be linked: meaning you can see the forum post in the comments section of the story, and you can see the comments on the story in the message boards. This is to allow you to discuss topics wherever you are on the site.
On the flip side, if a message board topic has already been created before I am able to write a story, I can still connect that forum post to the story. Again, the idea is to make it easier on you to discuss topics on the site without worrying about having two separate conversations.
I’ve also made an update to the message boards posting that should allow you to add formatting, images, and videos to your posts without needing to know the proper HTML code. There’s still a tweak or two that needs to be made to it (such as limiting the width of images so it fits within the message board frame) and that should be finished soon. I also hope to add the ability to allow signatures on your posts as well.
I’ve also made a tweak to the page itself that should help everything load a bit quicker.
That’s all for now. There are likely some more tweaks coming before Season 2 launches in October, and as always, if you have any suggestions, forward them along on twitter @OVCBall or simply make a comment on the boards.
Thanks as always for your support.