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Tuesday Sep 6, 2011

Rugbydump relaunches on new platform

Rugbydump relaunches on new platform
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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.

53 Comments

  •  alexxx74
    alexxx74

    rugby it s my life

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    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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  •  4lc4tr4z
    4lc4tr4z

    Shine on you crazy Rugbydump !

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  •  will-f
    will-f

    Love it.

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  • 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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  •  markgdub
    markgdub

    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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  •  sp1nlo0p
    sp1nlo0p

    where are the last two dailys?

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  •  skay2k
    skay2k

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

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    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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  •  eddj911
    eddj911

    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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  •  tomstandard
    tomstandard

    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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  •  irenenell
    irenenell

    awesome site!

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  •  jampar5000
    jampar5000

    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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  •  dendanny
    dendanny

    good work !!

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  •  colombes
    colombes

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

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  •  brunom
    brunom

    Just registered. Keep up the good work!

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  •  jeri
    jeri

    Love your works RD, you always satisfy. Thumbs up!

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  •  morgan
    morgan

    Looking good!

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  •  threma
    threma

    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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  •  eekac
    eekac

    awesome!

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  •  box
    box

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

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  •  jackson
    jackson

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

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  •  donkeyballs4000
    donkeyballs4000

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

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  •  javierxavier
    javierxavier

    well done. keep up the good work.

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  •  downwithdropgoals
    downwithdropgoals

    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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  •  ramrugby10
    ramrugby10

    Awesome! Keep up the good work!

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  •  ilovebacon
    ilovebacon

    Check.

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  • Looks like all the hard work really paid off! Great job! Just a quick check...italics...

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  •  humper
    humper

    Cheers guys, nice work :)

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    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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  •  rich_w
    rich_w

    Love. It. Now bring on the RWC!!

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  •  dune
    dune

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

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  •  merja
    merja

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

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  •  frenchie
    frenchie

    Oui oui!

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  •  hscmit
    hscmit

    nice work boys keep it up

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  •  huw
    huw

    Looks great, well done RD!

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  •  mackurdi
    mackurdi

    Brilliant editing as usual, loved the vid.

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  •  sp1nlo0p
    sp1nlo0p

    hope i can manage all these new features :D

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  •  arthus
    arthus

    Congratulation and well done to all the RD team !

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  •  brookmcg
    brookmcg

    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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  •  moddeur
    moddeur

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

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    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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  •  ronan
    ronan

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

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  •  sneaki
    sneaki

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

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  •  seumasmacpadraig
    seumasmacpadraig

    Congratulations RD : many thanks and all the best !

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  •  jeroz
    jeroz

    Congratulation and Great work RD Gee, it has been 5 years already?

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  •  akared
    akared

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

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  •  buzzkillington
    buzzkillington

    Noice

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  •  zandberg
    zandberg

    Awesome! Can't thank the effort enough

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  •  merja
    merja

    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
    rugbydump

    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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  •  tinwhistle
    tinwhistle

    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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  •  paimoe
    paimoe

    Woohoo again!

    Reply

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