Welcome to the new 43rumors.com website!

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Good morning….and surprise! :)

What you see here is the basis of our new theme. Over the next days you will see many changes. For example a new logo will be made soon and new fonts for the title will be used. All suggestions are welcome!

Why a new theme?
43rumors has existed since 16 months ago. The theme we always used was a “casual choice” and not a consequence of a rational decision. There are many reasons why we felt we had to change the design:
1) Easy simple design. We wanted a new theme with less chaos and content. We have taken into account your criticisms and suggestions and tried to find the best working solution.
2) We wanted to make it easy for you to share rumros and news. Click on the “SHARE” button (on the top of the right sidebar) to send me links images and rumors/news. Name and email address are not required and IP-address will also not be stored. Easy or not?
3) A major improvement has also been also made on the camera database. It locates your IP-address and shows the stores near to you (for now this works only for 10 countries and we will be adding holemore countries soon). Soon we will add quick-links to reviews, specs, news and user reviews for eveyr single Panasonic and Olympus camera and lens!
4) The theme and the whole website is now based on buddypress. This means that if you are a member you can join groups, post in forums, share pictures and make friends. Buddypress is still under heavy development and we will add those features as soon as we feel they are mature. For now you can register yourself and create a profile. Once registered you can make friends, and create or join groups.
5) The old theme and plugins didn’t work very well. There were database errors and a lot of weird stuff. The new website is a completely new installation and runs very well!
6) The new website is easy readable with all modern browsers and also with Blackberries and Iphones.

We need some help:

1) If you are from US, Canada, Japan, Germany, Austria, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Poland, you can help us to test the camera database. In theory the database should show you the links to amazon, ebay, pixmania and other stores, depending upon your location. If you are located in Germany click on “Amazon” and you will jump to the Amazon Deutschland product page. If you have some time please check if it works for all products! There are so many links that I may have made some mistakes :(
2) If you find bugs or if you would love to see some changes here and there contact me on 43rumors@gmail.com.

So now let me go back to work! I really want to fix everything as soon as possible while my girlfriend is out shopping!

Many Thanks again for all your support!

Ale

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  • sporty883

    Congrats! The new site is looking crrrisp. Especially the news frames are immensely improved. Only the logo needs some more work. The 4/3 is way too thin and the whole logo isn’t really balanced. But that’s easy to fix, once you recover from the move :)

    Ok guys, grab a beer and then get some hours of well deserved sleep!

  • http://tttfotolithuania.blogspot.com Terence A

    All of the database links for Germany are working ok! The new look is great and keep up the good work. Well done.

  • http://www.pietrogregorini.com Pietro Gregorini

    Wow!! I like the new theme!! Congrats! 😉

  • YeahYeah

    How wonderful!! Congratulations, this new website is wonderful!

  • LancerEvo

    It’s not the theme. It’s the meaningless articles that bother me.
    More articles don’t mean anything. The important thing is the accuracy and the value of the message.

  • Laura

    Hi!
    For Belgium I get links to both Pixmania and eBay for most camera’s/lenses, but some are missing:

    No Pixmania link for:
    Panasonic 20mm f/1.7
    Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6
    Panasonic 45mm f/2.8

    No eBay link:
    Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye

    Also, all links refer to the French language versions of the Belgian websites even though I am situated in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium (i.e. Flanders). I don’t know if it’s possible to refer IP-adresses situated in Flanders to the Flemish versions of eBay and Pixmania. (Actually, there are more Dutch speaking people in Belgium than French speaking!)

    Well done and keep up the good work!

    • admin

      Hi Laura!
      It’s not possible to select the french language for french speaking belgium people and netherlands for flemish people :( My girlfriend is from Antwerpen and she told me to select french because flemish people does speak french but french people doesn’t speak lemish :)

    • Minh

      I agree!!!

  • iMikl

    Localization for Amazon and eBay-Links works well here in Germany… thanks!

  • Gabi

    I can confirm that everything works nicely here in Germany. I love the new look of your site! All the best and thanks for your effeorts!

  • http://www.fabiobianchi.it fabio

    wow! so web 2.0! I like it. cheers

  • lachon69

    All of the database links for Poland are working ok!:)

  • Arjan

    Hi, nice look, but what a new look needs is a HOT new RUMOR to get everyone checking the site :-)

  • Brod1er

    Well done Admin! How about a nice juicy rumor about the new panasonic line-up for Photokina?! I need a hit of fast lenses!!!!

  • fta

    nice!! looks really good and I can login from the front page. A real improvement/upgrade. I have a feeling the comments are going to be more active now :)

  • twister

    All the links to Amazon and eBay take me to German websites!!! I’m located in Puerto Rico which is a US territory… :-)

  • emap

    I tested all cameras for France ad for Italy and everything is OK.
    I also checked all lenses on Pixmania for Italy and everithing is fine.

    • admin

      Thanks Emap!
      By the way you travelled from France to Italy just to test our camera database? :)

  • Inge – M.

    43rumors is better and more orderly!:-)
    Thanks admin

  • Ronaldo

    Wow, very nice font selection!

    However, all those “share” buttons suck. And the big banner at the top with all the cameras screams “I am dressed nicely, but still a somewhat cheap website”. Still room for improvement.

    • admin

      We will fix a lot of things during the next weeks. Just give us some time :)

  • http://dCapFoto.net dCap

    An excellent new layout, such a big improvement! Its already plenty good enough, looking forward to the final tweaks to the logos and fonts. Well done!

    I’ve been following this site and checking it for the FourThirds & μFourThirds news just about every day for the last 3-4 months? And I have to admit, I was about to drop it from my short list of daily links because of the old TOO ad heavy and narrow column layout. With this new layout, you’re here in my daily folder for keeps.

    Keep up the good work, its fascinating following the development of this system (I have the E-P1 & E-30) … a job well done!

  • http://www.onlindenway.com Andree

    Looks fantastic!

    Links from Austria seem to be working well —

    Woo hoo and congratulations!!

  • Miroslav

    More modern than the previous one. Nice to see only two columns, one for rumors and other for links/ads – definite improvement.
    The only thing I didn’t like is gone: Comic Sans MS in the rumor title. I’d like to see “last post” box back in the left column. Can a single news/rumor page have printable version? I’d use those for reading on my phone.
    BTW, is it just me, or home page now contains fewer posts (not as long as before)?
    Anyway, keep up the good work, but don’t spend too much energy on the design, it’s the content that has drawn all of us here.

  • london

    amazon, ebay and pixmania all go to the uk sites from london.

    i only tested the GF1 links but assume the others are the same? btw i don’t see the lens database at all, only the cameras…

  • london

    ok… actually it’s that the scrolling arrows on the database disappear when i’m on article rather than the front page.

    having found them again, there is no ebay for the panasonic 8mm fisheye and no pixmania (maybe they don’t carry these lenses?) for the panasonic 20mm pancake, 45mm f/2.8 and 45/200mm f4.5-5.6

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