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CCP Alice throws an interesting insight on what’s to come for Eve Online official web services. Originally posted here.

Dev Blog: All Our Webs are Belong to You

Hi, CCP Alice here with the latest and greatest from web.

Last year we began a strategic journey of improving our web presence by launching a brand new Account Management website and new Forums. I’m here with the first dev blog in a series to come throughout 2012 that will detail important changes and updates to our websites over the course of this year.

Currently, the EVE website is a mixed bag. It's split between trying to offer an explanation of the game without really doing so, and trying to cater for our community's needs. Further, important information is distributed across many other websites, from EVE Gate to EVElopedia. We can do better.

Changes on large scale require a large amount of in-depth planning and development effort, so rather than taking on the whole web at once, we are going to do this in stages. 

Stage 1 – EVEOnline.com

The first part of these changes is taking the aspects of the current website that explain what the game is and creating a better front facing website for EVE Online. This means we will have a website that has information about the various elements of the universe, the rich gameplay, visuals and how passionate our players are. A website we will be proud to share with our friends, fellow gamers and potential customers.

The details

Some of the cool features that will be on the site include:

    Interactive star map with different view states where you learn about features of the universe

    Interactive 3D spaceship gallery showing a selection of spaceships ranging from capsule to titan 

    Popular gameplay styles like Pirate, Explorer, Fleet Commander, etc. represented as career paths 

    A short Personality Analysis quiz to help you determine what career paths may suit you

    Screenshots showcasing all aspects of in-game visuals

    Revised versions of popular EVE Chronicles downloadable in eBook format

    Community spotlights highlighting the passion and commitment of EVE players

    A Getting Started page where you can sign-up for a trial account and download the game without leaving the site

Here are sneak peeks of a screenshots page, starmap showing ship kills, an Absolution and the pirate gameplay style below:

Pirate

This is ready and should go live next week. 

Stage 2 – Building for the future

Having moved the information valuable for potential customers and for all of us to show off the game to its own home, we can now focus on information needed by our current players and how we can improve your experience on our websites. We will be making changes that will bring together all the community related pages and functionality on the other sites under the umbrella of one EVE Community website. The long term goal here is for you as a current player to be able to go to the community website and from there access all the content, information and functionality relevant and useful to you.

The details

We are going to make changes to the now obsolete eveonline.com to re-brand it as the EVE Community website, allowing us to have a foundation to build on. This coincides with the launch of the new eveonline.com discussed above. It will live at community.eveonline.com, with the following tweaks:

    Replacing the header area with a Community branded logo and menu

    Adding the Login widget currently on Account Management to the top right of the site as a central place to login, go between eve websites and change language where applicable

    Re-organizing and simplifying the menu into a more logical structure where it's easier to find content without expanding and collapsing for an eternity

    Placing pages we don’t necessarily wish to remove yet from the old site into an archive section to be dealt with later

The site will be structured around these categories to start with:

Communication Player/Community EVE Information Support Archive
News channels,
Patch Notes,
Dev Blogs,
Newsletters,
RSS Feeds,
Fansites & toolkits,
CSM,
Volunteers,
Alliance Tournament
Past Expansions,
Awards
Client downloads,
Patches,
Policies
Old screenshots, backstory, videos, music, forum archive, Fanfest history, etc.

Still tweaking these, so what you see above is subject to change before release.

We are finishing up these tweaks to be ready for next week as well.

What comes next for EVE Community

    Upgrade the hamster wheels behind the scenes (classic asp is not cool any more according to our hamsters) 

    Where it makes sense, we will merge content from other websites like Support, EVElopedia, EVE Gate, etc. into EVE Community in various phases

    Make site-wide UI and presentation changes so it looks and behaves like a modern, well designed website

    Add new content and features

More will be revealed in further dev blogs as we are working on the next stages.

We are really excited about these updates and looking forward to getting them live, teams Bitmap, Charlie Sheen and GForce have done a fantastic job over the past months (go team!). We will keep you posted with exact release dates and where you can give feedback as soon as we can.

Fly safe!

CCP Alice / Anne Walsh
Web Architect

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17 Comments

  1. Bear1990

    Came expecting a blog about Stasis Webifiers, left disappointed

    January 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm Reply
  2. Mono

    I dont remember a significant demand for this… I am not saying any of these changes especially bad atall but incarna seemed like a good idea that only lacked comunity support.

    Here is novel idea: If you think this is a good use of CCP's time and your money – thumbs up this comment, if you think otherwise – thumbs down :)

    January 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm Reply
    1. guest

      It's not so simple. I don't want to see web developers messing up with half-broken features in the game, since the only thing this would accomplish is to ensure said feature would get completelly broken.

      Of course, you could argue that those web devs could be substituted by game devs, but that's also not that simple.

      January 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm Reply
      1. BillyBob

        who said anything about web developers messing with the game. they're just revamping the website.

        January 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm Reply
        1. CareBearStares

          For reals.

          January 28, 2012 at 12:00 am Reply
    2. dreamersofreality

      Remember, CCP is a fairly good sized company, having multiple divisions doing different things. One such side is the web devs, not many of them but they are tasked with making the sites look pretty and appealing to noobs. All this blog is telling us is that they are finishing what they started with the forums and account management. Making the whole site look pretty and flow better.

      January 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm Reply
    3. Bob_the_Bitcher

      I want the Web site to be AWESOME.

      This is the main entry point for N00bs and an attractive-exciting web site will turn browsers into trial accounts and subsequently into new subscribers.

      I for one would like new players to join up all the time. So +1 for changes.

      January 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm Reply
  3. new players

    eh, if it gets more noobs playing the game then it's a good thing.

    I think CCP would need to focus on an accurate depiction of what's actually going to be in the game.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm Reply
  4. ohhai

    I'm Guybrush Threepwood, a mighty pirate. You can be one too if you read the tutorial on EVE site and fly a Cynabal. Trololo

    January 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm Reply
    1. Djm

      oh a War Swine in the comments 😉

      BTT:
      I have a friend that never heard from eve-online before I told em that I use my rare free time to play that game.
      He checked the webpage and told me a day later that the webpage is kind of rare with ingame pictures and features. So he isn´t interessted anymore.
      So I think a change of the webpage could maybe open that game for more people in just showing them how good (and maybe bad) the eve-sandbox can be.

      January 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm Reply
    2. CareBearStares

      You fly like a dairy farmer.

      January 28, 2012 at 12:03 am Reply
  5. Grunt1001

    A well needed update and an important channel to promote the game and get more subs. The site of today looks and feels outdated and it is a mess finding stuff. I approve.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm Reply
  6. confused netezen

    I would welcome any reorganization. The pages I'm looking for are frequently multiple layers deep, convoluted to get to, or organized into headings I would never think of finding them.

    January 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm Reply
  7. SandyCakes

    I don't think this is a sustainable effort by the company. CCP imo is jumping the gun once again, why would you try to target new players before helping the older ones and make the game more playable? Why would they chose to not fix features that have been unfinished or not revisited. Sure you did a lot of cool things for crucible and now your calling it good?

    Still a lot of work to be done on CCP's part, we need more cap ship classes to fill the voids of DD spam and SC nukes whilst the suicide dreads. There is no reason to have suicide anything to be viable and plausible in 0.0 unless your goonswarm but even then they would opt out to not do suicide. We need more specialized mods and sup cap classes so that new players can get there feet wet with more smaller scale before moving on to the larger scale. We deserve to give more feedback and you make designs, features, ect… based upon what needs done now rather then later. I feel that this expansion was to give us a bone to chew on, while making a front of bring in new players. Remember the ppl that made you a company CCP because we sure do.

    Other then that I approve

    January 27, 2012 at 4:05 am Reply
    1. CareBearStares

      HFS
      "I don't think this is a sustainable effort by the company. CCP imo is jumping the gun once again, why would you try to target new players before helping the older ones and make the game more playable?"

      Without new players to replace ones who… rage quit, or loose interest, or develop amesia, or don't have time for the game now they they are training for So You Think You Can Dance… or… or… or like die… then how will the game be sustainable.

      As much as the Vets run the roost, and I mean no dis respect, EVE isn't actually club house in your back yard tree fort that has a sign that says "No Noobs Allowed". Well.. I guess it sort of is… and since change in that culture to be more fostering of new subscribers is soooo fuqing doubful, this website design is a highly reasonable solution especially since it doesn't change the game play.
      Yo.

      January 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm Reply
    2. BillyBob

      What the hell are you babbling on about? Did you even read the article? they're just updating the website which anyone can see is painfully outdated.

      And here's a quick economics lesson: CCP is a company. Companies must turn a profit. It is in any companies best interest to turn a larger profit in the current fiscal time frame than they did in any preceding one. Now how does CCP make more profits? By gaining more subscriptions than they lose. Ergo, more new players. And more players means more people to shoot at, more people to buy from / sell to, more scam targets and more allies. So when CCP wins, everyone wins.

      Any question?

      January 28, 2012 at 12:05 am Reply
  8. Flatline Pilot

    Sandycakes? More like SandyVagina. AM I RITE?

    January 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm Reply

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