By popular demand, we have completely revamped the way we handle gallery sorting.
- Previously, sorting order could be set for the whole account only. We now support a higher degree of granularity by switching to gallery-specific sorting options.
- We are also introducing an option to order your images in the gallery alphanumerically by their names in addition to sorting by upload time.
To access these new options just click the cogwheel icon on the gallery you need to adjust.
PostImage is a site with a global, multilingual community. However, until recently many translations of our updated site were of pretty low quality (many were generated by automated tools such as Google Translate), although the legacy site had amassed quite a number of fan-contributed translations in its days.
This is changing now: we are introducing the beta version of PostImage translation tool, available immediately. Using this tool, anyone can propose an improvement to our new website’s localization strings, and these improvements will go live immediately upon review and integration procedure (usually within a few days). As usual, we are listening to your feedback, so if you think that the current version of the translation tool can be improved or you want to be credited for your contributions in the “About” section, please contact us.
Although our recent software upgrade caused surprisingly few bugs and failures (and whatever problems did arise we’ve been working hard to fix), we did not anticipate that our inbox will be literally flooded by requests to bring back the feature to upload images by URL. This actually turned out to be the #1 request by a solid margin!
So as soon as we fixed the ultraviolet-priority problems we switched our attention from resolving the less common issues to bringing the URL uploader back to life. Because, you know…
So, after exactly one week since the website’s relaunch we bring you the Upload by URL tool. Don’t mention it.
After our recent introduction of our new mods the time has come to update our main web app. We had to rebuild most of the site from scratch in order to support our growing loads, and also we had to update the interface in a way that would both be familiar to our long-time users and have an appealing/modern look.
We are happy to announce that the new generation of our forum mods is ready for public use. The transition should be seamless; forum visitors should simply start enjoying an upgraded image upload experience. Please let us know if you encounter any problems so we can fix them.
Attention webmasters: if you are still using legacy forum mods (those with the addform.html file installed locally), please make sure you test the new system as written below. We did our best to maintain backwards compatibility but cannot guarantee that everything will work flawlessly. As usual, your feedback is welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think it’s past time since we started blogging on our activities, as there’s much stuff going on. Here’s a summary of what we’ve been up to these past few months:
- New backup system: We’ve found an affordable solution to back up and store all of the 60Tb of your images in a data center located in a city far enough from our main base of operations, so theoretically PostImage is now more resistant to data loss due to fires, earthquakes and nuclear strikes. Theoretically.
- New email system: we’ve been receiving numerous complaints that our registration/password retrieval email robot has been slacking off lately so we decided to give Postmark a try. So far so good.
- Speed improvements and bugfixes: we’ve completely changed the way we’re handling blocked images and IP addresses, so uploads are now completed much faster. Also, we’ve fixed a couple of problems that have been occasionally annoying people. The worst part is that some of these were initially intended as features, ages ago.
- Operating system upgrades and disk space expansion: Okay, now this was fun. Some of our servers reached maximum capacity, so we had to juggle tons of files and quickly move databases between them in order to keep the site running. Sometimes this didn’t happen quickly enough, though, and more than once we experienced several hours of downtime for anonymous uploads and for a small part of registered users in one case as well. Also, on one occasion we experienced a hardware failure at the most breathtakingly inconvenient time possible (mere hours before we had planned to decommission the faulty server and to repair it), which led to a total blackout for new uploads. Sorry about that.
Still, as a result of this ongoing work the site is gradually becoming more stable and faster than ever before, and it also allows us to nearly double our storage capacity over the coming weeks.
We’re also working on a big update to the project, available now at beta.postimage.org, so check it out and let us know what you think.
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