In what is becoming a bit of a quadrennial tradition, it's time for a wholesale site update. GoKunming last got a facelift in 2010, and before that in 2006. As with last time, the changes are pretty big.
The most noticeable difference is the site's overall appearance, which is more modern and easier on the eyes. We also have reverted to the use of an updated version of our 2006 logo. There is no better symbol to represent Yunnan and its capital city than the character dian (滇).
In addition to a brighter color scheme and new logo, we have introduced several functions that make GoKunming more functional and user-friendly. Some of the updates are coding changes that make the site faster, more secure and more responsive. Others are more obvious and include the shifting of the sidebar from the left to the right side as well as the use of tabs and icons throughout the site.
Here is a brief description of the changes we are most excited about, including modifications to some sections that are in development and will be available soon.
The GoKunming you see on your mobile phone and on your desktop computer are no longer two separate websites. By utilizing responsive design, the page layout automatically adapts itself to the screen of the device you are using, changing size to accommodate your specific needs.
Accessing GoKunming should now feel native to the most common and popular mobile devices. There are four layouts, the largest of which is 33 percent wider than our previous design. Resizing down one step makes the page roughly the same size as our old appearance. One dimension below that fits tablets such as iPads perfectly. The smallest size is a fluid design adaptive to the compact screen sizes common to all smartphones.
In an effort to make the Calendar more useful, we have added three tabs labeled Events, Specials and Upcoming. The Events section will continue to announce when bands and DJs are playing, what cultural activities are being held in Kunming and when the next quiz night will be held. The Specials tab lists food and drink deals going on at local establishments while announcements listed under Upcoming give a sneak peak at what premium events are happening in the near future.
Each event in the Calendar now has a dedicated page, featuring posters, longer, more detailed descriptions and a map. They are also categorized, can span multiple days and have separate fields for starting times and pricing. Registered GoKunming users can submit items for the Calendar, which will be reviewed by the Moderator and then added to the site.
Our search function performs much better than it has been in the past and there are now dedicated search functions for different sections of the site. These include search bars for our 1,900-item Article archive, the Forums and Classifieds pages and our extensive business and venue Listings.
The Classifieds are now more user-friendly and navigable. Icons have been added representing specific categories. When scanning through the Classifieds it is now easier to find what you are looking for, as only a short summary is visible.
Gone are the tag cloud and the photo gallery. The cloud has said its last goodbye, but the gallery will make a triumphant return this summer and then be updated regularly with images taken by both amateur and professional photographers.
It is our goal to establish a collection of photos documenting people from all 25 minorities living in Yunnan as well as a database of images of the most breathtaking and iconic natural vistas the province has to offer.
The menu bar at the top of the page stays put, giving you navigational options no matter where you are on the website. Added to that is an extensive user menu which, when you are logged in, includes your inbox, dashboard and public profile. Beside this feature is a weather report chock full of meteorological info.
The From the Web section has changed its name to News Wire and migrated to the middle of the homepage, where it fits quite nicely below our Articles.
We added a footer at the bottom of every page with useful links explaining who we are and how to use the site. It also contains sharing buttons for social media as well as copyright information and other useful links.
We have increased the size of our sponsor ads and shifted sidebar ads to the righthand side of the page. A new, non-rotational space has been introduced on the homepage, directly below the News Wire, for short effective marketing campaigns.
If you are interested in promoting your business or event to our rapidly expanding audience, feel free to get in touch via the contact form.
Due to popular demand we will be installing up/down voting for user comments throughout the site as well as a report spam button. Threaded forums and comments are also in the works, meaning you will soon be able to add a remark to a specific user post.
The Listings and Events sections will also be updated again. Business owners will be able to manage their own pages and Events are going to have comments, a gallery and an RSVP function. A homepage Listings section is also in the works. It will show the latest reviews and additions, as well as the top-rated venues in many categories.
If you have other feature requests or general remarks, please leave them in the comments section below. If you come across any bugs or broken links please get in touch with us via the contact form.