FurAffinity undergoes significant changes to its layout and user interface as it updates for spring and prepares for continued website growth. The update has been divided up into two phases; the first having been completed on Monday.
Phase One of the update changed the format for thumbnails on submissions and the way news is reported on site. Submission thumbnails are now much larger than they were previously, with rounded corners and the same color-coded rating scheme.
The Index page of FA has also been changed drastically. All thumbnails are now centered and more evenly spaced, removing the “Fender Update” bar on the right and taking up the full screen. The poetry section of submissions has been removed and merged with the writing section. News is now posted as a removable notification underneath the advertisements and FA banner.
The amount of submissions and favorites on a registered user-page has been reduced from ten to six in order to compensate for the larger thumbnails.
Phase Two of the update is reported to be completed within the coming week and is promised to make the user experience of FA more enjoyable and easier to navigate.
A new stream-lined header is in the works, promised to be more compact and take up less space as means of improving speed when navigating the site. The improved banner will also be more organized and allow faster access to different portions of the site.
The ability to disable FA private messages or “Notes” will also be added. Those who disable the note function on FA will be unable to receive notes but not user-page shouts or submission/journal comments.
The ability to hide a user profile from unregistered users or guests will also be provided in Phase Two of the update.
The final portion of the Phase Two update promised will be the ability to hide favorites from all visitors to a user-page, registered and unregistered.
Reaction to the update has been mixed among the FA community. Many are happy for the larger thumbnails and more aesthetically pleasing format of the website while others wish to return to the former layout.