It's creeping up on four years since the last GoKunming overhaul, and it's time for an upgrade. Like the last time around, it's a pretty big change, but hopefully you'll find it much more useful - and usable.
Here are some of the changes we're excited about:
The new search function not only works much better than before, it also sorts results according to whether they come from articles, forum threads, classifieds or listings.
We've made some changes to our free classifieds section that will hopefully improve the user experience while minimizing spam. For users who haven't posted many classifieds, this may mean waiting a business day until your ad is approved. Also please take a look at our new classifieds sections before you post to ensure you've picked the correct one.
You can now subscribe to forum threads by RSS and email and be notified when somebody posts on a thread you're interested in. You can do this when you start a thread or by going to an existing thread and clicking "RSS" or "Subscribe."
The photo gallery has a new navigation interface that should be a major improvement over the gallery's previous incarnation. We've also removed the vast majority of pics from the previous version and will be adding new photos in the coming weeks.
Speaking of the gallery, GoKunming is now looking for a photo editor to manage our gallery and contribute photos. If this sounds like something you'd be able to do, please contact us.
Many GoKunming users have asked us when we're going to add a personal messaging function to the site, so we've added one. To use it login and click on a user nickname or find them through the new search function. You can also create a private message through the new dashboard section.
Clicking on any registered user's nickname will allow you to see all their comments, reviews and other on-site activities – except expired classified ads – so that you can get a better idea of what kind of posters they are. This is especially handy in separating the haters from the even-handed.
From now on, you can view all the upcoming events in the GoKunming events calendar by browsing with the handy new arrows on the events module on the left-hand side of the home page and most other pages within the site.
As you may have already noticed, we've increased the size of our sponsor ads and moved the right-hand side ad to the left side. As before, there are three rotating ad spaces with a maximum of 10 ads per location – if you're interested in promoting your business or event to our constantly expanding audience, feel free to drop us a line via our contact form.
We know things have changed quite a bit, but we're confident that the new version of GoKunming will provide a better user experience than its predecessor. We also believe that with your feedback, we can make this new version even better. Please feel free to leave your thoughts as a comment on this post, or send us your thoughts through our contact form.
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