It has been a while in the making, but version 2 of US Sports Down Under is finally here with lots of new features.
Almost 12 months ago we officially launched US Sports Down Under, a merging of our two previous blogs NFL Down Under and NBA Down Under. The site has been a great success since its launch, but there have been a lot of features and ideas we've been wanting to add and change for a while. Some of those ideas simply couldn't be done with the way the old site was set up. With that in mind, we set aside two months to totally rebuild US Sports Down Under from the ground up. However, as with all website redesigns -- especially ones that are managed by one person (myself) in their spare time -- it ended up taking double the time anticipated to get the end result we were aiming for.
We hate how a lot of Australian and international sports websites are built today -- many are text-focused and boring, some look like they were designed in the 90s, others have millions of small boxes and headlines fighting for space on the page. They all generally just give us a headache, not to mention they look totally different on a mobile device and have zero interesting user features. So, we wanted to create something fun, innovative, big, bold, brash, clean, fast and responsive. We wanted to create a website for community of fans just like us, not something made by a big corporation that talks down to readers or looks like a boring newspaper. Whether or not we have fully succeeded in that vision, we love our new design and we hope you all do as well.
What has changed
You mean what hasn't changed, right?
- New design We have a completely refurbished design which is bold and exciting, allowing you to access all the information and features faster and with greater ease.
- 100% responsive Our new site is fully responsive, which means it (should) look and feel the same on a desktop, mobile or tablet. While everything looks great at the moment, we are still working on some kinks to ensure the USSDU experience is exactly the same and runs smoothly on all devices.
- New US sports added We have finally progressed from NFL & NBA to include all major US Sports including MLB, NHL and NCAA. We have heaps of new articles and features for these sports coming soon!
- Forums Yep, we finally have forums for fans to chat and discuss their favourite US Sports! They aren't your typical run-of-the-mill forums either; they're 100% hand-built, custom forums and we will be adding new features and upgrading them on a regular basis. If you have any problems, ideas or suggestions, please let us know here.
- Syndicated registration/profiles Previously everyone had to separately register for our mailing list, website and online store, and all of the information had to be re-entered for each format. With our new site, all you have to do is create an account, and just like that all of your mailing list, forum and online store information will be held in the same place in your own profile!
- New user profiles You can now view and edit all of your USSDU details from your own centralised profile. Show off your favourite teams, see all of your latest activity, follow other fans, get your own US Sports Down Under URL, attract new Twitter & Instagram followers and more! Follow me and see my profile for an example here: http://ussportsdownunder.com/andyathomas
- New search function We will be honest with you... our last search feature was awful. But fear not! Our new search bar (while still a work in progress) will allow you to search for anything across our articles, forums, and online store easily on all devices.
We aren't done yet! Here are some other things coming very soon to USSDU v2.
- Favourites list Save your favourite articles, forum threads, store products and more to your profile for easy access.
- New & improved online store New products, overnight shipping, fast and responsive format, giveaways, discounts and more! Click here to get notified when our new store is ready.
- New mailing list & email updates We will have a new-look mailing list and email updates list coming soon, so make sure you are signed up.
- Social media accounts Very soon we will have our very own NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA & online store Facebook and Twitter accounts. Follow us on our USSDU-official Facebook and Twitter platforms now to get notified when we launch these.
- New competitions, giveaways and other fun stuff We are currently organising lots of fun stuff for you guys, including our fantasy leagues, tipping competitions and some big giveaways.
Phew, I didn't realise how much stuff we had changed! Please keep giving us great feedback whenever you can. We hope you all enjoy the new site and that you feel it's your site as much as ours!
and start your USSDU experience today