Welcome to the new Visordown, check in to see what's changed
Even though the look and feel remains very similar, a lot has changed. And whenever I've changed anything on Visordown, I get a bunch of emails and feedback on the forums asking me to change it back. When people move my stuff, I hate it, so I'm sure this new site will come as a bit of a shock; because, after 7 years of slow evolution, there are a lot of sudden changes. Some things have gone, some stuff just isn't where it used to be but lots of cool new things have arrived too.
I've made changes since Day 1, because I want to make Visordown better, but at the moment, you're probably feeling flummoxed as you roam around the new site. These changes are designed to introduce more features and functionality to Visordown, expanding its usefulness by giving you more stuff to play with, more to get stuck into.
But before I list all the sections and tell you what's changing, I'm going to tell you what's not changing:
So I'd like to introduce the sections of the site, to help you find your way around:
Wherever you go on the site, you'll always have the left-hand pod too. It contains links to your profile and private messaging but it also contains the latest Reader Reviews in the Bike Reviews section and a breakdown of the new Feature material. It will constantly update; keeping you informed.
Sure, there's bound to be stuff you don't like and features you'll miss, but I always listen to feedback and welcome yours.
As a final note on the forums; you'll notice that the in-thread ads have been removed. Although these were a decent source of revenue, it's clear that you feel they get in your way.
This was one of the newer additions to Visordown; it was only about 2 years old. The aim of this section has always been to give the reader something more chunky, lengthy and considered to read.
And nothing's changed. It's had an editorial injection by adding content from the last 7 years of TWO Magazine. At the moment there's over 200 features in there, but that's really the tip of the iceberg. I'll be adding quite literally 100s more features from TWO over the coming months. I'd also like to add more fresh features, on the stuff you want to read about, but more on that soon.
You'll notice a TWO+ logo on some features. This lets you know that the feature is locked and you can access it by becoming a subscriber. We're going to be trying some new ideas, like publishing TWO features on Visordown before the TWO issue goes on sale. So, if you like TWO, you'll probably already be a subscriber and you'll be able to access all these features straight away.
You don't have to subscribe to TWO to check out the new features, far from it; over 90% of the new content is un-locked and open to everyone.
We're further strengthening the news section by splitting it into three sections: General news, Racing news and Product news. Our General news is already strong, I want to improve on our Racing news and so we'll be getting reports and paddock gossip from respected sources in MotoGP, BSB and WSB. Currently, we're very thin on Product news but this is an area I'd like to improve on. If you have any thoughts, please make yourself heard!
And now it's here. Our Bike Reviews section lists 400+ bikes that have been reviewed by TWO (and I've not finished adding them all). On each bike, you can see the bike's specifications, read the TWO review of the bike when it was first ridden, check out the image gallery - where you can add your own pics, see related bikes and read features from TWO that involve that bike.
But the best part is that you can add your review of your own bike and read other owner's reviews. So, once this area gathers momentum, you'll be able to check in to get a quick feel of what the bike you're lusting after is really like to own.
I've got over 200 more bikes to add, and I'm going to add them according to your priority. So if the bike you own isn't in there, drop me a line and I'll make sure it goes to the top of the list.
And on the same note, if you spot any glaring errors with model year, capacity or anything else, feel free to call me an idiot in the forums, but please let me know where the errors are so I can sort them out. So far though, I think we're good to go.
Thanks for taking time to read this, I hope you enjoy the new site.
well put & that would have been a really excellent email to have sent out with the relaunch link.
Thank you for taking the time to write it, for creating VD in the 1st place & all the fun I've had on it, as well as for all the things I've learnt. I wish you & all the team all the best with the new site. I'm particularly taken with the speed, quality & personability of the assistance from the magicalia technical team with site issues, & with you taking a lot of time yesterday to personally reply to peoples' issues.
Posted: 13/01/2008 at 11:35
Posted: 11/02/2008 at 23:12
They replied to all my problems, cured my back ache, sold all my puppies for me.
Maybe they were trying to tell you something
Posted: 11/02/2008 at 23:17
Posted: 11/02/2008 at 23:19
John.. wrote (see)
And they got rid of all the moaning old twats in one go.. With a little help.
Posted: 12/02/2008 at 08:38
Now now, Mr Gedge, if you don't like the threads perhaps you should post some one or two to show us how it should be done
Posted: 12/02/2008 at 09:52
Posted: 12/02/2008 at 14:10
Posted: 12/02/2008 at 14:17
as-i-said wrote (see)
is trc down again
Posted: 12/02/2008 at 14:19
Posted: 12/02/2008 at 14:29
i think this place is just naturally starting to see some o fthe older members wander through from time to time aswell as n00bs a plenty to wind up..
Posted: 12/02/2008 at 14:31
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Posted: 12/02/2008 at 16:54
scottland wrote (see)
I never left!!
Posted: 12/02/2008 at 18:23
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