Welcome to the brand new Stronghold website!
Things are looking a bit different around here, yeah? We've got a fresh paint job plus a new logo, and the Stronghold is now running on completely different software with lots of new features for you to enjoy - read on to find out about some of the changes!
The news page now not only provides news from the Stronghold, but also news directly from Games Workshop and Forge World.
Every topic and every goblog entry can now be content tagged! I've set up lists of tags appropriate for each section of the website, making it easy for you to apply a relevant tag when submitting content to the Stronghold. These tags are great for filtering or searching through content across multiple parts of the Stronghold simultaneously. For instance, you could filter for all battle reports, or all fluff on the forums and within goblogs, and more! You can find the Content Tags menu at the top left of the page under 'Activity'.
The forums are now the centrepiece of the Stronghold home page - this was long overdue! The number of individual forums has changed; there are forums dedicated to the main games enjoyed at the Stronghold - one for Age of Sigmar and one for Fantasy Battle (including 9th Age) - there's also a forum for other games and off topic, plus a painting and modelling forum which also now houses all the old goblogs.
One of the other big changes is the new goblogging system - feel free to give it a whirl! Goblogs are no longer forum topics, they now look and function like proper blogs! All topics that previously appeared in the old Goblogs forum can now be found in the new Warpaint forum (feel free to keep updating your old topics of course - you won't be forced to use the new system if you prefer your old goblog).
The Stronghold Twitter feed has been embedded right here on the website. I've been tweeting and re-tweeting many things of interest to the Stronghold community pretty much every day for the past few months, and I aim to continue to do that. The tweets are also currently being posted automatically to the Stronghold Facebook account, so please follow the Stronghold on either of those social media sites (or both!) if you like what you see.
I've begun creating Stronghold videos for the Stronghold YouTube channel! Video is a huge part of the web these days and there's a great community of wargamers on YouTube. Of course, I'll also keep updating the Stronghold playlists to highlight and support all the best content created by other members of YouTube, and to give you a handy hub of great videos to watch.
The old gallery contained a lot of great content, but it wasn't very interactive! It relied on me to hand code every image and every page, which was pretty time consuming when you get into thousands of images! That's all changing, as every member now has the ability to add their own images and albums to the new gallery I haven't migrated the old gallery images over to the new gallery yet, but rest assured that every image will return (including the Ogre miniatures museum) - it'll just take me a little time to do it...
The old Tribe Databaste forum topic has evolved! No longer just a basic forum topic, the new 'Tribes' section of the website is where you can share all the details of your tribe with other members, whether it's ogors, greenskins, a mix of both, an army of gargants or something else entirely! You can keep track of your number of games played, wins/losses/draws, the members of your tribe, and the wargames your tribe partakes in (among other things).
Pet Gobbos and Likes
Pet gobbos are awarded for every 'like' you receive, and content can be 'liked' across multiple sections of the website. You can also see exactly who 'liked' your content right next to the content you submitted, and there are pet gobbo leaderboards set up so you can see who is amassing an army of the little green buggers the fastest! Additionally, I'll soon be adding a full pet gobbo ranking system for you to climb - you'll receive a new pet gobbo title at specific numbers of gobbos awarded, and there will be other bonuses to unlock too...
The entire site is now mobile friendly, meaning it'll resize and reshape itself to suit the size of your screen. The Stronghold will no longer need to rely on the third party Tapatalk app because of this. However, I may look into Tapatalk integration for those who would still prefer to use it.
Everyone's profiles, posts, topics, attachments, pet gobbos etc have all been successfully migrated over from the old software to the new. Some of the more recent topics had to be posted again by hand, as they were created after the database conversion, so the dates and view counts, and owner of those posts in the content streams may be a little off. Additionally, some images within posts now appear as links, particularly images that were hosted on Photobucket. The only other issue I had was with avatars, many of them failed to transfer so you may need to upload your avatar again. If you notice any other problems, please let me know!
There are a lot more little changes and new features across the website for you to discover - e.g. the notifications system, the ability to sign in or register using a Twitter account (Facebook and Google are on the way), bigger and better member profile pages, advanced poll options, new content publishing options - and more!
Until Next Time...
I hope you like the 8th(!) incarnation of the Stronghold. The Stronghold may be turning 12 years old this year, but with the implementation of this new software and the social media endeavours, I feel that we're well and truly ready for the modern era. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them in response to this goblog entry.
More still to come in terms of features, content and other tweaks and additions!