After a long and difficult road to this new look, we are finally almost at the finish line. Not there yet but really close, only minor things remain. Regardless we consider this as our grand reopening. This week we will still keep fairly quiet, getting used to the new content management system and making sure we nail down the changes in the way we handle new content.
With the new look we are also bringing other improvements such as a way to keep reviews relevant and updated with the new “Current Status” section, where we will go to some games after a number of months to see if the situation has changed/improved; “Evidence”, where we will be looking at the games’ options; “Early Access State”, where we will put some review into a preview; or the way we bring out minor news, to name a few. And the whole site overall was designed with the feedback gathered over the years in mind so we are really hopeful that we minimised the irritations caused by the previous look.
If you are interested why it took us so log though, here is a long story short. The redesign started almost a year ago and we had problems from the get go. The initial phase where we would settle on a new look took most of the time. We had to go through multiple designers and number of iterations till we landed on what you see here and now. After that was done the developers of the site took over. Initially everything went smooth. Too smooth and surely not long after we hit a snag. We had to go back to the designers for some fixes. That took away probably another 2-3 weeks from us (that was already in January). When at the end of las year the core of our new site was done we were aiming to launch around the middle of January. Obviously that target was missed by over a month. Even when the site was nearly ready, we anticipated to go live on Monday but problems connecting the old and the new site, transferring subdomains and other things took another 3 days and we are here only today.
Over the coming days and weeks we will be adding few more features and fixing bugs. For example the ability to log in with Steam should be done over the weekend. But for now, if you had an account on this site before, in order to log in you will need to request a password reset and then reconfigure your profile. While migrating the accounts we could only keep the usernames and emails. Besides all the additional hassle we hope you enjoy the new Pixel Judge as much as we do. Now go test our new commenting system by congratulating us down below.
P.S. This is a design that plays nice with your mobile device as well. Check it out!