The GIF And Patreon Update

The GIF And Patreon Update

Today we rolled out code to convert GIFs to MP4 after uploading your post.
You won't be slowed down by this, as it will happen in the background and update once completed.

Converted GIFs are tremendously smaller than their original file size, which allows them to load at a much faster speed while also cutting down the bandwidth costs of the site. Mobile devices especially seem to have a much better go at loading the videos as opposed to a large GIF.
Both files will be available to you still, and the image links option will still provide a GIF.
I will continue to monitor and enhance this code over the coming weeks and months. I wanted to roll it out a bit at a time to help find and sort any issues.
By the end of this implementation we should be accepting all videos as an upload type as well.

I also added links to Patreon as we have had some users ask about donating to the site. I'd like to make a go at Patreon as I'd prefer to keep the site ad free.
Users at the $5 level and higher will receive merchandise after 3 months subscribed, from a sticker, to a mug or t-shirt.
Subscribers also get a name/message on a forthcoming contributor page.

I am working out more perks for being a patron, and all of that will come in time.

I appreciate everyone's support and if you have any questions or concerns, or find an issue with the latest update, don't hesitate to reach out.

The Dark Mode Update

The Dark Mode Update

We have rolled out the dark mode update today. You can find options to toggle between light and dark mode in your account settings. Dark mode will also be enabled by default if you have your device set to do so.

We may be tweaking it over the coming weeks and welcome your feedback or suggestions. This has been on the project list for some time and has been one of the more requested features.

Please contact us, or comment below if you have any questions, comments, or thoughts on improving Image Chest.

Happy First Birthday!

Happy First Birthday!

Image Chest turned one year old on September 24th, and has a full 12 months of data in as of yesterday.

In the past year you have uploaded over 20,000 images and we have served almost half a million page views. We can't wait to see what the next year brings!.

We pushed some updates today that are all back end updates, as well as fixed an API bug when trying to submit an anonymous post. Make sure to contact us if anything seems off as the back end updates were numerous.

Please comment here or contact us if you have any questions or comments. We love getting user feedback as we continually work to improve the site.

The Password Protected Update

The Password Protected Update

It's been some time since an update, I hope everyone is doing alright in this crazy time we're in due to the pandemic.
A lot of the past few months has just been monitoring the site as traffic increases and working to optimize performance as much as possible.
The one thing we have worked on is allowing the password protection of posts. You'll find it as an extra option in the drop down.

Password protected posts behave the same as a hidden post except that they will prompt for a password before they will load if one is set.

Once you select password protected, a password field will appear below the status drop down allowing you to set a password for the post.

When accessing the post, if you are not the original poster, you will be prompted for the password, and the post will not load unless the correct password is provided.

Posts in your profile can be sorted by this new post type.

Please comment here or contact us if you have any questions or comments. We love getting user feedback as we continually work to improve the site.

The Comment Update

The Comment Update

Quite a lot of code pushed out to update the site over the past couple weeks.

The largest of which is a complete revamp of the comment and reply system. It looks much cleaner and ties in the user avatars as well. I carried over the system to blogs as well so these can also be commented on now.

Other update highlights include:
  • Added e-mail preferences to your profile under account. You can choose to receive or opt-out of notification e-mails from the site as well as any news or update e-mails.
  • Added an e-mail notification if a user comments on your post.
  • Added Update, Delete, Favorite, and Add Images routes to the Post API endpoint.
  • Created a User API endpoint.
  • Added a fixed footer to the home screen that goes away as you start to scroll to allow easier access to site pages.
  • Added a third status to your posts. A post can now be flagged as secret, which only allows the post creator to load the page, even if you have the url.
  • Added a biography field to your account settings that shows up on your profile.
  • Moved the social share icons to the post options ellipsis, and removed the previous and next post buttons in an effort to clean up the look of a post.
  • Added an option to search your posts in your profile. You can search post titles and ids, as well as image ids, original file names, and descriptions.
  • A status page is available to monitor the status of the site or api.
  • A lot of back end updates and improvements as far as caching goes in an effort to ensure the site is as quick as possible.

Please comment here or contact us if you have any questions or comments. We love getting user feedback as we continually work to improve the site.

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The Dark Mode Update
The Dark Mode Update
November 30, 2020
Happy First Birthday!
Happy First Birthday!
October 24, 2020
The Comment Update
The Comment Update
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