Lighter, faster, more powerful and still free!
Hi guys! I'm happy to announce that after quite a bit of behind-the-scenes work,
Reach art websites have been updated to version 2! Here's a list of the biggest changes, starting with the speed:
(Click to enlarge)
For large galleries especially, the new Reach is quite a bit smaller and peppier. It loads your art on demand rather than all up front, so less waiting for your visitors. The graph above shows a site with 28 images in one album. After the initial load, the site will come up almost instantly. Here's the rundown of the biggest changes:
- Faster loading
- Ability to zoom in on images
- Ability to create custom pages and sections
Blog, poetry, whatever you'd like
- Bookmarkable pages/back button support
- Support for linking your favorite social sites
(Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, FM )
- Mobile browser support
(iPhone, Android, Blackberry etc.)
- Support for more interactive and modern styles
New style - "Midnight Moon"
We're kicking off Reach 2 with this clean and understated gallery style. More styles coming soon!
For current Reach users
Your art site should look the same as it did before the switch, since the changes were almost entirely to the back end (no snickering please). There are a few styles that won't display custom pages, and are basically legacy styles. Essentially they still run on Reach version 1. They are:
- Flash modern dark
- Flash pro clean
A few more things
All members are entitled to a free downloadable version of their own Reach website. You can also change styles at that link, which can later be found by going to the drop down menu (our logo on the top left) > Reach websites.
If you don't have the ability or desire to set up the site yourself you can purchase a Reach art website from us and we'll do all the work. Better yet, for listening to my ramblings, you can get a $10 discount on your first year's subscription by clicking that link...
...like that ^
Thanks and enjoy!
(Style preview image from 3rdARPEx)