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We like to think of TechNutty as an app, not a website, as although you do access it from a browser, we have added features to allow TechNutty to be a mobile-first application, it is able to go offline, push notifications and even sit on your homescreen just like an app would.
And on a desktop, it still works just as you would expect from a website.
You can keep track of all the latest changes below.
Fixes that we are working on.
VERSION 4.4.3 – August 17th, 2016
Updated AMP pages to new styles, which you can see in the GIF below.
Added Emotify to article pages.
Made a few style changes.
VERSION 4.4.2 – June 26th, 2016
We actually released this update earlier this month but wanted to make sure that it was fully complete before announcing it officially.
- Updated the homepage with infinite load instead of physical page loading.
- Changed the design of the review box for a better look that goes alongside the related section and the menu section better.
- Updated amp pages with new social buttons and slight design changes.
- Updated our service worker script to better handle images and assets.
- Updated offline page for a better experience.
VERSION 4.4.1 – May 22nd, 2016
- We implemented support for Amp some time ago, but since then we didn’t do much to it, today that has changed, we have completely redesigned our AMP pages.
- Fonts now load correctly.
- Implemented support for Font Awesome.
- Font size adjustments.
- New related posts, with links that keep you on AMP pages, thus carrying on the fast-loading experience.
- Comments link now links to original article as expected.
- The menu that loads in from the side.
- New title bar.
- We also reconfigured our service in this release, bringing back support for Pagespeed, and generally fixing a few things.
VERSION 4.4 – May 9th, 2016
The rise of the Service Workers
- Version 4.4 is a huge release for TechNutty, and its readers, bringing with it a ton of new features, but the biggest is the introduction of Service Workers
- With these new Service Workers, we can send you web push notifications without a third-party (currently we use a third-party called OneSignal to do this, but if needed in the future, we will look into doing it ourselves), allow you to browse TechNutty offline, and get huge performance benefits from repetitive visits.
- With this release we have also added a new offline page, which will show whenever you visit a page on TechNutty without a connection, or a cache of that page on your browser.
- We have also updated our Android and iOS code, allowing for better implemented web apps on these devices.
VERSION 4.3.1 – April 6th, 2016
- We have added the ability to react to articles, in a similar way to Facebook’s recent update, you can now let us know what you think of the latest news by simply clicking one of the emojis, it’s available now, and currently viewable on all of our articles, so be sure to send us some reactions!
- We also made some slight adjustments to styles and the server backend, but we won’t bore you with that.
VERSION 4.3 – March 17th, 2016
TechNutty gets a new logo
We have updated our logo, but don’t worry if you liked the previous one, in terms of its shape, it’s pretty much the same, however, we have changed it slightly to be just a bit lighter, allowing it to be more viewable.
Our new colour scheme is as follows (some things might still be the old colour, but we aim to change this over the next week or so):
And here is our brand new logo:
VERSION 4.2.6 – March 13th, 2016
TechNutty gets social
- Integration with the po.st service.
- Changed shortlink URL from tchnt.uk to technutty.xyz, we think this will make our shortlinks more identifiable, rather than simply being short, but currently, we are just testing this, so you will still see a mix. You might wonder why we don’t use the technutty.uk domain (which we do own), well firstly this would create confusion with our main domain (technutty.co.uk), and this will also mean that links will be weirdly directed, secondly we think the technutty.xyz is a pretty cool domain.
- We have also integrated new features into the site itself, links on the site will now have a # with a unique identifier on them, allowing us to see how that link has been shared around the web, this doesn’t track any of your information, just clicks and shares.
- If you copy & paste a segment of our content, it will also come with some text and a link to the post from now on.
VERSION 4.2.5 – February 29th, 2016
- Made some slight style changes.
- Added support for Google’s AMP, we are currently testing this and would like to see what you think, at the moment we are experimenting with the platform, and finding the best way to integrate it, so you will find weird styling and some things that simply don’t work, please bear with us as this is a new technology that we need to understand.
- We are also ready to support both Facebook’s Instant Articles and Apple’s News Publisher format, however, we will be evaluating whether or not we implement either of those over the next few months, for now, we think AMP is the best option.
- You can check amp out now by adding “/?amp=1” to the end of any of our recent articles, for example here’s an amp link: https://technutty.co.uk/product-reviews/62875/cyberdrive-forte-classic-bass-hi-res-earphones-review/?amp=1, it should also work automatically from a compatible mobile device or app.
VERSION 4.2.4 – February 6th, 2016
- Finally changed the logo to the SVG format, allowing it to look better across all screen sizes.
- Fixed some issues with responsive.
- Added new support for push notifications on Safari, Chrome and Firefox.
VERSION 4.2.3 – January 23rd, 2016
- Backend server optimisations.
- Moved ad placements around.
VERSION 4.2.2 – January 3rd, 2016
- Implemented new CDN domains, zazu.technutty.co.uk and mufasa/pumba/simba.technutty.co.uk.
- Implemented mod_pagespeed.
- Cleaned up code.
- Made some style changes.
- Moved tags to within recommended box on article pages, simply because it makes more sense.
- Removed Embed button from share bar as TechNutty now supports oEmbed, simply paste a URL into a HTML page and you’re good to go.
- Read more here: https://technutty.co.uk/2016/01/03/a-quick-announcement/
VERSION 4.2.1 – December 15th, 2015
- Moved server from Tsohost to a custom installation on DigitalOcean’s servers in London.
- With this comes support for Varnish, Memcached and Redis caching, all boosted via Cloudflare.
- Reduced number of loaded articles on homepage to improve speeds.
- Optimised CSS delivery on all pages.
- Edited the extra things that we run, reducing the amount of third-party content.
- We also updated our contact page with new features, it’s cleaner and it brings with it a new message form that provides more options for you to style and compose your message with, including links and a lot more, you may recognise it if you use WordPress, that’s because it uses the same editor.
VERSION 4.2 – December 15th, 2015
The stuff we should have done yesterday.
Yesterday we released version 4.1.3 with some changes across the site, however we felt like that wasn’t enough and immediately got to work on some other changes and fixes to the site, warranting a brand new number.
Here’s the full list of changes:
- Added new features to backend, granting authors more options for articles, you may see some of these soon.
- Added new design options for articles, and styles for pages.
- Fixed various issues with styling across the site.
- Review Schema metadata updated.
- General code cleanup.
- Fixed font sizes for mobiles.
- Edited homepage style, with new pagination that allows for easy and sleek page to page viewing. We are currently testing infinite scroll for this, but for now it does require a new page load.
- General support for WordPress 4.4, and bug fixes to the problems 4.4 brought.
- Started work on supporting responsive images in WordPress 4.4.
VERSION 4.1.3 – December 14th, 2015
- Implemented new ad section in posts from Teads.
- Changed recommended content to work alongside with other solutions, rather than look out of place.
- Fixed spacings on social share buttons, and added a new Embed button with the help of Embedly.
- Updated backend with new features.
- Changed Error pages to offer a better design and easier navigation, works great with Cloudflare now.
VERSION 4.1.2 – November 1st, 2015
There’s a Mustache up there!
We have this month released yet another update, but this time it’s a little smaller than what we have released before, so don’t expect too much.
Here are the full list of changes.
- Added new background advertising for Movember 2015, remember to support them here: https://uk.movember.com/donate.
- Slightly adjusted layout of article pages for a better flow, comments is now in its own section with its own sidebar, this allows us to keep the comment sidebar but also extend the size of the comments box.
- Increased sizing of features images.
- Changed the text css for h1,h2,h3,h4 and h5 titles.
- Slightly changed the text around other parts of the site.
- Added new advertisement space.
- Also we have new 404, general error and maintenance pages that we are sure you will enjoy.
VERSION 4.1.1 – September 2nd, 2015
The one with the optimisations
So this month we want to get TechNutty to load even faster, whilst introducing new features and technologies into the site that help it to look and work as well as it does.
In the last few months, we have failed on this somewhat, leaving a lot of our code unoptimised and our images not compressed enough.
Today we have fixed that with a range of new optimisations across the site that should help it to perform even better out there in the wild. To do this we started by optimised a large percentage of our most recent images even further, we had already done this but we have recently discovered ways to get the size of images even lower, and have done so.
At the moment only a selection of images have been optimised however, and some are still working their way around the various caches we have enabled, they should be working their way to you by the end of the week, especially since all future images will now use this optimisation.
We have also deleted some unnecessary code that was hanging around the site, as well as some JS and CSS files the we no longer need (we have also temporary replaced the share bar in articles whilst we try to find a better option). JS and CSS files have also been moved around for better loading.
Finally we are also going to be trying out a new CDN this month. Previously we used the Amazon S3 service with the Cloudfront CDN, which works great but we think there might be a better solution out there for our site.
So we have decided to try out CDN77 for the next 14 days (yup, the trial length), in which we will be using their new HTTP/2 enabled CDN service with Amazon S3 hosting images, and Tsohost hosting everything else, we think this should add some extra speed to the site and hope to find out by the end of our trial, so please do let us know if it’s any better.
Anyway that’s all for this month, next month we should be adding a lot more moustaches to the site, so look out for that :).
VERSION 4.1 – August 5th, 2015
The one with the new homepage
So if you have been around here for some time now you will know that we like to reiterate on our website design every now and again, hoping to add something better each time we do.
And today we have done just that, releasing a newly designed homepage that takes from the old one with full-width featured image blocks, but adds to it with a blog-like design and the ability to integrate sections of content within posts.
Here are some the changes included:
- Homepage will now show min 20 articles
- These articles will be shown not only in a similar grid layout like we have before, but mixed in with a more commonly found blog layout.
- This makes the homepage a lot easier to read, and means that it isn’t as cluttered as it once was
- We can also add content between posts on the homepage with the change, so if we would like to add something like a reviews section, or a video player between posts 5-9 we can, whereas before we did not have the capabilities.
VERSION 4.0.2 – July 16th, 2015
- Changed header menu design to something we think looks a lot better.
- Switched newsletter back to Mailchimp as our own solution was taking too much memory.
- Tweaked footer to work with new newsletter.
- Added disclosure above ads ahead of expected regulation.
- Changed cookie notification so it now exits on click and scroll.
- Styled the “About Us” page.
- Made various styling tweaks and fixes.
- Changed share buttons from the two we had before to a more simply one that sits at the top of the article and then scrolls down as you do, sticking to just beneath the header.
- On mobile share buttons now changed to the top and the bottom of the article.
VERSION 4.0.1 – May 4th, 2015
- Fixed styling of responsive elements.
- Addressed XSS vulnerabilities
- Added placeholder images for images that are no longer in our storage.
- Fixed backend issues.
- Fixed infinite scrolling.
- Added new design to parallax page.
- Added share buttons to the bottom of articles, as well as with a scrolling bar on the side.
- Fixed various bugs and cleaned up some styling.
VERSION 4.0 – April 2nd, 2015
- We have completely changed the design of our site once again for version 4.0, keeping to the same design pillars, but with a new look on its overlay.
- There’s also a new menu bar with quick and stylish links to recent content from various categories, alongside a section that shows the trending content for your viewing time, the week and the month, a new search model that displays results for your search as you type your query, and a new log-in model, which only works for our team members right now (you can only log-in with it), however we do plan to add profiles for users soon.
- New footer to simplify the design of both the entire site and the bottom segment of the site.
- New cleaner code.
- Images that size correctly to the size of the page or section.
- New review styles that allow us to create inspiring featured pieces of content, that look great and provide great information on products.
- New review section for reviews that allow us to show a review score, and allow you to leave your own.
- New scrolling sidebar on normal articles that keeps the page full but doesn’t mean we have to clutter it.
- And much more, including cutting down the amount we load on pages, and cleaning up of code.
VERSION 3.1 – JANUARY 30th, 2015
- We have completely overhauled our status page with a new provider and a new style with a bunch of new features, check it out at status.technutty.co.uk.
- We have added more responsive code to areas that weren’t previously responsive.
- We have cleaned up code to allow the site to run faster.
- We have created our own newsletter solution.
- Updated the header bar to be more responsive and a lot cooler, it now shows the last 5 articles in a submenu under categories.
- Added a third advertisement on homepage that displays between posts.
VERSION 3.0.1 – NOVEMBER 22th, 2014
- We have made some small adjustments to the styles of certain sections.
- We have added a new related posts section to articles.
- We added new share buttons to the top of article pages.
- Added a similar style to the article, search and author pages as the homepage with a new title section.
- implemented new code ready for future event coverage.
- Added a new error page that describes the error in plain english and provides a search form to find what you’re looking for.
- We have also completely overhauled our footer, we think it looks a lot better now, scroll down to the bottom of the page and take a look for yourself!
VERSION 3.0 – JULY 28th, 2014
- TechNutty 3.0 has been released with a completely overhauled design, find out more about it here.
VERSION 2.0.1 – MAY 10th, 2014
- So it has been a month since we last released our new version, TechNutty 2.0. When we released that version we mentioned that it was currently in the beta stage, well as of today it’s not, as TechNutty 2.0 is now fully live and ready to go, here’s some of its new features:
- Full homepage redesign, featuring two main sliders that can show up to 5 of our featured articles, alongside a masonry grid that can responsively load as many articles as it can find, without having to reload the page (we have over 5,000 now so that’s a lot of loading).
- Under the grid we also have a carousel that shows all of our latest reviews.
- All sliders can also be viewed on mobile, everything is fully responsive.
- Footer now shows some extra important links.
- We now use a service called UserEcho to grab user’s thoughts and suggestions on the site via Feedback (we can also use this to chat with readers if desired).
- We now show up to 14 of our latest articles on the sidebar of our article pages, this allows readers to quickly cycle through our content without having to keep going back to the homepage.
- The article sidebar will also resize itself to be the same height as the article itself, but still show the same amount of content, all the reader has to do is scroll and they can still see all of our articles, despite the height of the article.
- We have a new tags section under articles.
- Authors can now show links to their Twitter, GPlus and email alongside their name.
- The date will now show the time since the article was published if newer than two days.
- There’s a new slider under articles that will show the recommended articles.
- Reviews articles have been remastered, with a large cover photo above.
- We have also removed the sidebar on reviews articles to allow for extra space.
- And probably the biggest change is that we have a new cloud server, but still with Tsohost, this will mean TechNutty will be faster, more reliable and a lot fresher.
VERSION 2.0 – APRIL 10th, 2014
- We have been talking about it for some time now, but now it is finally here, TechNutty version 2.0! Well we say here, its more in its beta stage, with a few things missing, and a few things still to be added. When we finish everything we will let you know in version 2.0.1.
VERSION 1.9.2 – MARCH 23rd, 2014
- A few weeks ago we implemented a mobile version of the site, without actually properly notifying you, something which was due to the fact we were still working out some bugs, after some feedback we have received from that we have changed it a lot and it is now ready, and now instead of the site going to a separate one on mobiles, it has been simply implemented in this site itself.
- We have also added new affiliates features to the site, so you can now recommend TechNutty with your own links and get paid for it! More information on that here: http://technutty.co.uk/blog/affilates/.
- There’s also a new comment system, which allows you to post via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and our own system, as well as view comments from all of the before mentioned (bar Google+) in handy sections.
- There’s also some new share links on posts that are a little less load-heavy.
- And we got things set up for Earth Hour 2014 in this release.
- [Update] We are still working on TechNutty 2.0, which we bring a new clean and sleek design.
VERSION 1.9.1 – MARCH 3rd, 2014
- We have redesigned the header bar, giving it a new look on our homepage, and bringing the start of some of the changes we are aiming to carry out.
- There’s also a new account bar under the header bar that allows users to quickly login-register, and manage their account as well as get around the site quickly and easily.
VERSION 1.9 – FEBRUARY 4TH, 2014
- After we received a lot of feedback that the site was too full, and seemed a little packed in, we have decided to give the design a makeover, everything is a now cleaner and simple.
- Articles no longer have a sidebar, with content pulled in within sections, the site makes more use of the space in the browser.
- Footer has been redesigned with more links and less rubbish.
- New category links at the top of article pages.
- New pop-up login and register box.
- Share box on the side of articles allows users to quickly tell people about new content, with a short link box that allows users to link to content without going over the word limit (will use the tchnt.co.uk short url soon).
- And there’s still more coming in version 2.0 (the reason this one is named 1.9), when we will be bringing a new homepage that offers a similar simple experience.
VERSION 1.4 – JANUARY 17TH, 2014
- We have added user profiles, allowing registered users to create their own profile just for TechNutty, within these profiles you can add your social networks, change your profile image, choose a profile background, add HTML content and change your personal information, here’s a sample: http://technutty.co.uk/blog/profile-3/
- You can also follow other profiles amongst the site (with more features to be added to that soon).
- Author’s profiles now show on articles.
- New login, logout, register and forgot password pages.
- New Member Directory that shows all of the users within TechNutty: http://technutty.co.uk/blog/members/.
- New comment form using the new TechNutty profiles, we no longer use services like Disqus.
VERSION 1.3 – DECEMBER 20TH, 2013
- Revamped the header bar with a new sleeker look, as well as a new drop-down menu that can take you more or less anywhere on the site.
VERSION 1.2.1 – NOVEMBER 29TH, 2013
- We have added new drop-down and animated featured article banners (first is the holiday gift guide banner on the front page).
- Fixed new articles drop-down size.
- Moving pages on the front, categories and tag pages now scroll you up to the top.
VERSION 1.2 – NOVEMBER 23RD, 2013
- We have updated some of the code in order to fix some known issues.
- Added message for readers using adblock, with the addition of a callback function that will try to reload ads for those using the plugin.
VERSION 1.1.8 – NOVEMBER 20TH, 2013
- We are trialing responsive ads from Google on the Homepage, so you should find that ads generally fit better, this has also helped us to reduce loading time on some devices. (responsive ads won’t change on resize, only on load, we have submitted this issue to Google).
VERSION 1.1.7 – NOVEMBER 18TH, 2013
- We have a off-site new status page, allowing users to view our uptime and performance records, as well as check if the site is really down, or just for them. You can find it at status.technutty.co.uk.
- We have added some new performance enhancements so the site should load faster now.
VERSION 1.1.6 – NOVEMBER 8TH, 2013
- FIXED SOME ISSUES WITH RESPONSIVENESS THAT WAS CAUSED BY BACKGROUND ADS.
- New top bar colour to make the logo more visible.
- New error, maintenance and 404 pages.
VERSION 1.1.5 – NOVEMBER 3RD, 2013
- We now have a new live page, ready for any live stream or liveblog we may host in the future, check it out at http://technutty.co.uk/blog/live/.
- We have also added site skin advertising, this provides more engaging advertising that we can display across the site.
VERSION 1.1.4 – OCTOBER 30TH, 2013
- Centred and fixed sizing for the mobile logo.
- Fixed homepage article sizing when on mobiles.
- Fixed sizing for features box on mobiles.
VERSION 1.1.3 – OCTOBER 21TH, 2013
- Begun preparation for Movember (we have something special coming).
- Added share buttons above posts, you can now share posts to Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Google+!
- Fixed some issues with the responsive code.
VERSION 1.1.2 – OCTOBER 14TH, 2013
- Streamlined the code.
- Added more articles to their right sections.
- The homepage now shows more content.
VERSION 1.1.1 – OCTOBER 12TH, 2013
- Articles from today now work how it should.
- The mobile header now resizes properly.
VERSION 1.1 – OCTOBER 7TH, 2013
- We added a new featured section to the homepage, it fills the screen width and will show all of the stories we think are most important.
- There’s also a new reviews slider on the bottom of the homepage, this shows all the latest reviews from TechNutty.
- A trending bar has also been added to the homepage.
- Sections can now be filtered by their popularity, how well they are reviewed and how many comments they have received.
- Reviews will now allow readers to vote on their own score.
- We have also added new sections for posts, which will become their own sites for different categories, allowing you to only read what is most important to you.
- The header bar has also had a huge revamp, there’s now a section that will list all the posts from today as well as buttons to login or create an account (these change to log-out and account management once logged in).
- Categories placed on the menu will now also show a dropdown upon hovering over them, showing the latest from that category.
VERSION 1.0.2 – SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2013
- We have completely overhauled the homepage, check it out we’re quite proud of it.
- Mystical Improvement – Whilst redesigning the homepage, we hid pixies in the footer.
VERSION 1.0.1 – SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2013
- Okay, there where a few things we needed to fix after release, as with any new release there has been a few problems to fix, however that has now been done and the site should look a lot better (there are some things we still need to do, check above).
- Bug Fix – Images sizing weirdly.
- Design Change – Footer.
- Bug Fix – Links size weirdly.
- Bug Fix – Search doesn’t work.
- Design Change – Search colours.
- Design Change – Made more elements responsive
- Mystical Improvement – Unicorns now live in the sidebar (Sssh they’re sleeping).
VERSION 1.0.0 – SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2013
- TechNutty 2.0 first launched, Friday the 13th can’t be that bad after all.
If you find any problems with the site please feel free to contact us about it.