The E Club+'s Upcoming Update

12/08/2012

Cross-posted on TheEClub's +Blog on The E Club+.

Yes, The E Club+ has had many updates in the past, but we only said what they would do on TheEClub's +Blog and Post Timeline. But this update is the most important update in The E Club+'s history that we are writing about it on both blogs.

We've worked hard to simplify and improve the interface of The E Club+, but now, with the release of Oxwall 1.5, the Wall.fm network (which The E Club+ runs on) is about to release a whole new interface. Wall.fm is keeping the information about this update secret for now, but based on other information, we can tell you about many, if not all, of the updates that are about to be released.

The main update that will occur is that The E Club+'s users will see a whole new interface. We think this new interface/console will be built upon The E Club+'s current theme, Graphite, with the alterations that we have already made. This means the site will look basically the same, except the interface will be much easier to use. We think the +Bar will be spread out more on top of the page, including settings, +Mail, +Profile access, and more.

This new update will also bring real-time notifications to The E Club+. After this update, you'll never have to reload the page to see if anyone wrote on a Feed. You will be notified on the +Bar.

This update will also give The E Club+ the ability to see hidden information. We still promise to keep your information private, but this update will allow us to keep The E Club+ even more secure and safe. There will also be some more "various enhancements" that we don't know about...yet.

There's no specified release date for this update, but we pinpoint it to be released on or around December 19. Enjoy!

The E Club+: Elegance is Key

7/17/2012

At The E Club, we believe that elegance - in web design terms - is a synonym for simplicity and appeal to everyone. And we believe that The E Club+ is achieving such elegance.

The original plans for The E Club+ back in August 2011 were for it to be a backup for The E Club Social - The E Club Social Beta - maybe with a few new features thrown in. If The E Club Social ever malfunctioned or ever got shut down (neither of these happened), The E Club Social Beta would become the new The E Club Social.

A few months into this plan, The E Club Social showed no signs of malfunctioning. So, on September 21, 2012, The E Club Social Beta became The E Club+, no longer a beta-testing backup for The E Club Social. So, what does this have to do with elegance and simplicity? When The E Club+ was still The E Club Social Beta, it was supposed to be a mirror to The E Club Social itself, with the same designs and features. But when The E Club+ was born, we had freedom to do anything at all possible with the site. Since The E Club Social wasn't very simple or elegant (no offense), we decided to go in the other direction with The E Club+ and make it very simple and elegant.

Although its name changed, The E Club+ is still the same site as The E Club Social Beta, with the same features and original members (plus a lot more since then), but we changed its URL from http://theeclubsocial.wall.fm (adding the "beta" to the end would make it too long) to http://theeclubplus.wall.fm (to match the new name), and later to http://plus.theeclub.info (like it is now). After the name change, tons of things, from tiny details to site-wide changes, were changed and upgraded to make The E Club+ the greatest of The E Club's social networking attempts yet. (The E Club Family actually had three; The E Club Social, The E Club+, and The E Club Zone, which flopped and was phased out.)

After about ten months with this renaming that basically transformed the entire site, The E Club+ is now standing strong at its best so far. With a lot of members, a line of awesome services, a bunch of epic features, and very detailed design, The E Club+ has now proven that the simplicity and elegance we modeled it to have is a success. Since July 2011, The E Club Social has 9 members. Since August 27, 2011, The E Club+ has double that amount, 18 members. And we hope this is just the beginning of The E Club's social networking endeavors and The E Club Family itself.

A Few Updates in The E Club Social Networking

4/11/2012

As The E Club Family Websites continue to advance in social networking, we have made a few changes to The E Club's social networking division, solely promoting The E Club+ (also listed are updates about The E Club's social networks):
  • The E Club Zone has been phased out. In all of our efforts to save it, we couldn't find a way for it to be integrated into The E Club and its various social tools. Instead, we're focusing on The E Club Social and The E Club+.
  • The E Club+ now has 13 members! The E Club+ was created over a month after The E Club Social, and our latest innovation beat The E Club Social by 4 members (so far).
  • The E Club+ Blog is being improved. As The E Club Family gets more advanced, the designs and styles of The E Club+ Blog (among many other sites) are being modified and improved. For example, when you click on a search box or a form field, it has that fancy blue border. That's part of the redesign.
More updates will be posted here, so stay tuned.