As some of you will already be aware, we’re rolling out a bit of a facelift to hotukdeals- We’re planning on introducing some features you’ve asked for (and that I really think you’ll like) plus we're bringing back some old favourites. You might see an option to switch and try out the new front end in the next few days so just give it a whirl and see what you think.OK, before you go and have a mess around with the new stuff, please note that clicking the new url will take you directly to the new version of hotukdeals. You can switch back by clearing your cookies. Alternatively, check it out via Incognito or by using a separate browser
Before I run through the main changes, I’m aware that our updates aren’t always well received by everyone. We have made these changes with all of you in mind though and hopefully you’ll be happy with at least *some* of the updated features! You might also note some of the redirects are pretty slow at the moment, but they'll speed up in the next few days
I really appreciate your feedback on these changes, both positive and negative - so get testing, let me know if you come across any issues (this is a bit of a work in progress) and we’ll get the ball rolling on fixing / improving those.
So - some of the main updates:*Put the price back below the deal image
Yeah, we get it. You hated it when we took this out in one of our previous updates and we understand why, so here you are. It’s back where it belongs*Allow video embeds in opening posts
You’ll soon be able to enrich your threads with videos, usual rules apply with regards to content suitability but hopefully you’ll enjoy messing around with this new option*Extra formatting in opening posts
Bulletpoints? Check. Line breaks? Hell yeah*Infinite scrolling
Oh yeeeaaaaaaaaOP Autosave
Ever lost a ton of work because you accidentally clicked something while writing an opening post? Those days are over - we put in an autosave so you can just click "back" and your work will show in the edit field*Add info
Those of you with edit permissions will now be able to add information to an opening post - this means your edit and info will show as an actual addition to the OP, rather than a plain text edit. So if you spot something additional that you think will boost another user’s post, go for it and add the info.*Hot / New filtration
SO. MANY. of you hated the fact that “all” would show competitions and ask threads. We’ve now categorised these as “discussions” (like misc) so you won’t see these if you click "all". Competition users will still be able to get their fix by heading straight into comps. Want to customise this? That's fine too :)
just use the custom tab and set up what you want. If you want to edit your tab, just click "custom" and use the settings top right
If you search for something, you can now opt into keyword alerts straight from the search and get alerts while you browse <3*Format / add image / add link buttons in OP are now at the bottom of the description field plus you can preview your post in real time
No more scrolling up when you make a megathread, plus you can now load images from your link when submitting a deal*Tile layout option
Really nice way to view the site if you like using a tablet
There are lots of other little additions you'll find and hopefully like, I'll keep you posted on when things are ready to roll out.
Again, we've tested these features across our sister sites already- they've been using the Pepper platform for a long while now so we *should*, at least in theory, have a user-focused pack of features by this point.
This whole update has been built around deal community feedback here and across our sister sites and has been constantly updated / tweaked / changed over the past couple of years, both on our new platforms and on our larger, established sites.
Being able to switch hotukdeals to the same model means we can work faster as a company at getting updates and fixes live- this has been a huge issue for hotukdeals over the past couple of years.
That said, we are still working on making sure the platform works for *you* so I really look forward to hearing your feedback.
Hope you enjoy playing around with your new toys!