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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Rugbydump relaunches on new platform

Last month marked five years since Rugbydump was first launched. It wasn't so much of a launch back then, it was more of a tinkering. Today however sees the relaunch of the site on our new platform, which will make a significant improvement to your daily RD experience.

The past few months have seen a frantic race for us to get ready before the RWC kicks off, which as you know is only in a few days time. It looks like we've made it though, and we're pleased to say that there will be marked improvement on the site in all the aspects that were holding us back before.

But the it looks the same, you say? Yes, that was the intention for the first phase of redevelopment. We don't want any shocks to the system so for now we've kept things simple, but there are a few new features which you'll no doubt enjoy fiddling with over the next few days.

Random Videos
We've got more control over the random video strip up top now, meaning they will change more often, and on page refresh will switch up a bit.

Registered accounts
You can now register to be an official member of RD. Registering is free of course, and it's painless. It provides you with all sorts of benefits, which brings us to commenting.

Comments
We have an all new commenting system, which will provide you with a better platform for healthy debate, sharing your views, and letting us know what you think of the posted articles and videos. You're encouraged to Register an account for commenting. If not, you'll need to verify each comment via email.

We've also imported every one of the 80 000 plus comments from before, and may be able to link them to your new usernames at some stage in the future.

Odds insde Posts
With the ever expanding betting options available in rugby, and the increasing amount of bets being placed, another addition to the re-launch is more of an aim than a feature. To make things even easier for our visitors and hopefully more profitable, where possible we will bring you the best betting odds (taken from one of the third party betting sites sites) available on any match report, in as much detail as possible.

Although this will have to be completed manually and subsequently there may be a few occasions where the opportunity is missed – our main goal is to make Rugbydump not only a great read for our visitors but also a valuable source of information.

Favourite Posts
Underneath each post you'll see a little Add to Favourites button (only when logged in). Hit that, and it'll show on your profile page for easy access whenever you want to rewatch, or show your mates.

Profile Page
As part of your account, you get a profile page where you can add a pic/avatar, and a bit of info about you. It's also where you'll see your favourites, and a list of all your recent comments, in case you want to follow up on a previous discussion you were having perhaps.

Categories/Archives
We now have a far better system when it comes to archived posts. It's not 100% complete yet, but we will get most posts categorised which will mean you can easily access them on the sidebar. You'll notice Big Hits & Dirty Play there now for example, where it shows the latest 10, and then 'View Archive' will show the rest. These are still being updated so please bear with us as there are over 2000 posts to go through.

Pagination
Pagination is the way that you can now scroll to the bottom of the home page and hit 'next' or page 2, and browse the site like that. It's going to mean a huge improvement in your site experience, so you can now catch up on the most recent action, easily, browsing all the way back to 2006 if you so please.

There are a few other new features which you'll notice along the way, but those are the main elements, along with the fact that we're now one hundred percent on the .com domain, making things a lot simpler.

Over the next few days we'll be putting out fires and ironing out creases, so if you spot any errors or bugs, please do get in touch via the contact page in the menu up top. Most importantly, bear with us as we get things perfect just before the Rugby World Cup kick off.

We also have a new App for iPhone, iPad, and Android which you can get now, but we'll have more info and a proper launch soon. It's the start of big things, and we'll continue to add slight improvements here and there on site and app over the next few months. For now, Register your account and have a look around.

Below is a quick promo video to set the mood. Enjoy, and thanks for the support over the years.

Posted at 8:07 am | 61 comments

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tin whistle September 06, 2011 10:39 am

I live in a far off land where rugby is unknown.. If it wasn't rugbydump.. I'd be insane.. cheers.

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Rugbydump September 06, 2011 10:59 am

Guys, if you comment without registering, you MUST leave a name and email address to verify your comment. It won't work otherwise.

Feel free to Register rather, as it's a quicker process. Cheers

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Merja September 06, 2011 11:28 am

Great work RD ! I love that you've kept the main points of the design, and updated the sections on the right (I miss the TSRB's though, even if there hasn't been a new one in a while, I enjoyed watching them from time to time to get my dose of bone crushing, could you put this section back please ?)

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Rugbydump September 06, 2011 1:55 pm

Hi Merja,

They're now updated, so you should be able to see the category on the sidebar just below Tri Nations 2011.

Cheers

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Merja September 06, 2011 8:31 pm

Now that's reactivity ! Thanks a lot, and awesome work on the video by the way ! Cheers

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Zandberg September 06, 2011 11:36 am

Awesome! Can't thank the effort enough

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AkaRed September 06, 2011 12:24 pm

This is much better, congrats on the new site RD!

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Jeroz September 06, 2011 12:29 pm

Congratulation and Great work RD

Gee, it has been 5 years already?

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Seumas MacPadraig September 06, 2011 12:54 pm

Congratulations RD : many thanks and all the best !

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Sneaki September 06, 2011 1:08 pm

Great work. No more anon comments will hopefully lift the quality, I pretty much avoided reading them eventually!

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Ronan September 06, 2011 1:25 pm

excellent rd, thanks for all the hard work over the years heres to the next few....
bring on the rwc......

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moddeur September 06, 2011 2:16 pm

Very neat! We'll finally be done with the dozens of anonymous posters who are hard to tell apart.

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brookmcg September 06, 2011 2:21 pm

Wow, been a member and avid supporter of the site since late 2006 or just before the last world cup. And here has been my home for obligatory banter, educated rugby debates, and generally great hits and content. I appreciate and hope that this is only the taste of more to come!

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Disco September 06, 2011 3:33 pm

Brilliant; well done and just in time for the RWC.

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Arthus September 06, 2011 4:06 pm

Congratulation and well done to all the RD team !

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sp1nlo0p September 06, 2011 4:40 pm

hope i can manage all these new features :D

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MacKurdi September 06, 2011 5:16 pm

Brilliant editing as usual, loved the vid.

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Huw September 06, 2011 6:05 pm

Looks great, well done RD!

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Guy September 06, 2011 7:21 pm

I would like to recommend RD for the Nobel Price for Complete & Utter Awesomeness. There is no site on the interweb I enjoy following more than this one.

Thanks for the spreading of all the joy. To many more years of that!

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hscmit September 06, 2011 7:32 pm

nice work boys

keep it up

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dune September 06, 2011 8:38 pm

Great stuff! Been a big fan of the site for ages, love to see it getting better and better!

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twitter.com/markgdub September 06, 2011 10:16 pm

Any chance of adding in open source registration so those who like you on FB or Twitter have a seamless login? It also means all your social media followers can interact more freely across all platforms of choice. Ping me a message if you need a hand, gratis of course.

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Rugbydump September 06, 2011 10:38 pm

Hi Mark, not at this stage, no. Definitely something we've thought about though, and will consider adding in future possibly. Cheers

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twitter.com/markgdub September 06, 2011 10:17 pm

Open graph, not open source. Doh!

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threma September 07, 2011 8:10 am

I'm under the impression that every time I've seen comment sections opened to FB users, it brought the level down (in terms of quality of the comments). So I wouldn't push for that even if I'm a big FB user. It will sure bring more comments though...

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Rich_W September 06, 2011 10:32 pm

Love. It. Now bring on the RWC!!

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humper September 06, 2011 10:54 pm

Cheers guys, nice work :)

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i love bacon September 06, 2011 10:54 pm

Looks like all the hard work really paid off! Great job!

Just a quick check...italics...

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RamRugby10 September 06, 2011 11:00 pm

Awesome! Keep up the good work!

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Bob September 06, 2011 11:39 pm

That video is awesome - well done to whoever put that together.

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downwithdropgoals September 06, 2011 11:51 pm

Great stuff guys, a great site getting better. Making the anon comments harder is amazing had stopped posting cause of those idiots. Looking forward to alot of rugby banter during the RWC!!!

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Javier Xavier September 07, 2011 12:50 am

well done. keep up the good work.

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donkeyballs4000 September 07, 2011 4:46 am

Good work guys. Hopefully this will mark the end of the "first" trolls.

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jackson September 07, 2011 7:02 am

that video was sick. great ideas. can't wait to see what the revamped version of the website will be!

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Box September 07, 2011 7:30 am

Excellent, hopefully this will get rid of all that "first" shit and the trolling! Good work.

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Jeri September 07, 2011 9:41 am

Love your works RD, you always satisfy.

Thumbs up!

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Bruno M September 07, 2011 10:10 am

Just registered. Keep up the good work!

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Colombes September 07, 2011 10:39 am

good to see a forum continuing to do quality job
can't wait for forum epic rwc "matchs" ;)
cheers

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jampar5000 September 07, 2011 12:14 pm

Nice work RD! all the blood sweat and tears is worth it - site looking great, and I echo the sentiment that hopefully this new forum format will keep the trolls at bay.

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Tomstandard September 07, 2011 1:17 pm

Great work RD, nice to see the site moving up and up! oh and no more anonymous comments will definately make reading the comments more worthwhile.

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eddj911 September 07, 2011 1:55 pm

Great work RD! Great idea to update the site.

One suggestion though.. any chance you could put in a button that jumps to the last page so that if we do want to look back at the old posts we can get to the last page without having to click through every 5 pages. Thanks

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Rugbydump September 07, 2011 3:25 pm

Hi Eddj911, we'll make a plan at some stage soon, sure. For now though, feel free to browse through the monthly archives on the sidebar on the right hand side. You can go all the way back to 2006 if you fancy. Cheers

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skay2k September 07, 2011 4:17 pm

That video was sick!Great work fellas..as usual.

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sp1nlo0p September 07, 2011 7:22 pm

where are the last two dailys?

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markgdub September 07, 2011 9:45 pm

No worries guys, I'm a primarily a mobile device user so was just being lazy ;) the site looks great, so keep up the great work!

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Full Back September 07, 2011 10:28 pm

Excellent video, love it! Have to say if there's one thing I miss about the old page, it was the latest posts on the right, was a handy way of checking what you missed.
Great to see the site growing though, fair play to you!

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4LC4TR4Z March 14, 2012 1:20 pm

Shine on you crazy Rugbydump !

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Matt April 06, 2012 1:43 pm

I'm sorry to tell you that, But to my opinion, RD is not as good as it was last seasons!Videos from Top14 are really rare for example... I don't I have the feeling that much more videos were uploaded last years...

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Rugbydump April 06, 2012 5:11 pm

Hi Matt, Thanks for the feedback. It's a pity you feel that way. If you feel that you can contribute in any way, as some other disgruntled users do, then please get in touch! Cheers

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alexxx74 April 16, 2012 7:17 pm

rugby it s my life

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Sheldon September 13, 2012 12:20 pm

Well done guys. Been following you from the day you started and have been "spruking" you guys ever since. For those of us with such hectic lifestyles that can't get to watch many games, your site helps us catch-up on developments with our favourite teams... again well done and keep it up.

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