Find A Grave posted a blog entry in Find A Grave,In the last couple of days we have rolled several bug fixes, security updates and a few enhancements to the site. Among the changes are:
Condensed List View. We’ve created a condensed view option for many lists on the site including memorial and cemetery search, virtual cemeteries and more). The condensed view removes the thumbnail and condenses or in some cases reduces the other information in the list, it also allows you to print a condensed version of the list. You can switch between the condensed and regular list view using the toggle at the top right of the list.
Rotating memorial photos. If you accidentally upload a photo that is not facing the right way, just click on the photo and use the rotate arrow buttons below it to fix it. You’ll only see the buttons for photos you have uploaded.
Photo Request Numbers Updates. In the header, on the right side of the top of the site we show the number of photo requests in your area in a green circle above the icon of a camera. This used to show all photo requests and it showed for everyone. With these updates, that number will only include the photo requests you have claimed and the unclaimed requests in your area. Also, the number will no longer show for people who have not chosen to be photo volunteers.
Improved thumbnails. In some list views, the thumbnail images were a bit blurry. We’ve fixed that and also reduced the size of the thumbnail to make those lists more compact.
We are constantly working to improve the site and really appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Many of the changes with these recent updates came directly from suggestions we have received. If you have an idea for something to make the site better, please send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mark posted a blog entry in Find A Grave,As we work on adding the following later this year, what are the countries you are most interested in getting location updates next?
Argentina - 7,000 locations
Belgium - 12,000 locations
Brazil - 54,000 locations
Chile - 3,000 locations
Costa Rica - 2,000 locations
Greenland - 200 locations
Japan - 27,000 locations
Moldova - 1,800 locations
Montenegro - 4,000 locations
Peru - 41,000 locations
Philippines - 39,000 locations
Poland - 66,000 locations
Romania - 18,000 locations
Serbia - 9,000 locations
Find A Grave posted a question in Ask the Community,Thanks for all your responses to our post about the upcoming changes to the site. We have been reading them and really appreciate your feedback and support. Paul, one of our developers, wrote up this note that goes into a bit more detail than that first message, for those of you who are interested.
As one of the Find A Grave developers I thought you might appreciate it if I were to write a post explaining our reasoning behind changing the site, as well as some things to expect going forward. Find A Grave was created by Jim Tipton in the 1990’s to pursue his passion of visiting the graves of famous people. Find A Grave has always been free, and will continue to be a free website supported by ads.
Since then Find A Grave has seen amazing growth, and has thrived thanks to the contributions of users like you. But the classic version of the website is starting to show its age. The code is written in technologies that are no longer supported and that inherently contain security vulnerabilities. Features were added to the site in a piecemeal fashion that makes it very difficult for us to maintain the old codebase while at the same time upgrading all the underlying infrastructure.
One of the most noticeable changes with the new version is the user interface. We needed to make the site mobile friendly. The reason the layout has changed so much is largely due to this requirement. We understand that a change this significant can be hard. It’s not easy to learn a new interface, especially when the previous interface has been around for 20 years. But we feel like this layout will be much easier for new users to learn. And we hope that our old users will take the time to learn how to use it. We will include many tutorial videos explaining how the new interface works in order to help users who are struggling with the changes.