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PLEASE NOTE: These items are available to some Beta Testers and a segment of non-Beta Testers.

The New Today Page

When art news happens around the world, deviant artists are among the first to respond in the most evocative ways possible. We're proud to unveil the Today page — the new human and dynamically powered newspaper for the community that reflects the stories inside of deviantART as they pertain to art, fandom, pop culture, and world culture.

Designed to showcase a variety of content — including editorial pieces, Journals, contests, and even deviants new to the site, the Today page will reflect the undercurrent of what's happening now — both online and off.

The Today page will improve the accessibility of various areas on deviantART, creating new and easier ways for both our logged-in and logged-out audiences to enter the deviantART experience.

Read more from techgnotic and our Content team: Welcome to The Today Page

We’d like your feedback: The purpose of the Today page is to inform you what’s happening, today, on deviantART! We’ll be updating its content daily, and want to know if it’s enhancing your deviantART experience. If so, how? Tell us what’s working! If not, what would you like to see on the Today page? How can we make it better?

If you encounter any bugs or other issues on the Today page, please file a ticket in the devBUG Issue Tracker under the Today Page project.

Watching Collections

You can also now watch Collections made by other deviants. When you watch someone, you’ll automatically be watching all of their Collections — but you can also choose to enable or disable watching Collections on a deviant-by-deviant basis. Collections are surfaced through the Activity Feed, creating a new way to discover and expose artwork on deviantART.

Art curators are among the unsung heroes of deviantART, and with these new changes, we’re now surfacing Collections on deviation pages, allowing you to discover curations of artwork that include a specific deviation.

If you encounter any bugs or other issues involving watching Collections or Collections on the deviation page, please file a ticket in the devBUG Issue Tracker under the Collections project.

PLEASE NOTE: These items are in limited Beta release and not all Beta Testers have access to these features at this time.
In addition to today’s Tags launch to Beta, we’ve also made updates to the site navigation, Daily Deviations, and Activity Feed.

The More Menu

Previously, the site’s main menu could be found under the arrow drop-down in left corner of any page. We’ve often received feedback that it was too hard to find, and that its contents were overwhelming. In response to feedback from our recent Beta Testing release, we’ve taken the opportunity to re-evaluate how it displays.

The main menu has since been moved to the right of the search bar, and has been placed under a “More” heading, for easier discovery and usage. We’ve removed items that are already duplicated in other menus on the main navigation, so that you can find what you’re looking for at-a-glance, with no complication.

For users who prefer the Stick Menu option, it remains available, but has been relocated to your Settings page.

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Sticky Navigation

When viewing deviations on the Browse page, the secondary navigation and left sidebar will travel as you scroll, so that other pages can easily be accessed regardless of where the viewer is on the page. With endless scrolling on Browse pages, having the navigation readily available can be handy if you’re deep into a browse experience.

Daily Deviation Updates

We’ve heard a lot of feedback about the absence of Daily Deviations in the footer.  To address community concerns, and to continue to highlight their presence, we've added Daily Deviations to the secondary header available on the front page. A few deviants suggested this exact change, and we agreed that it’s an ideal way to showcase the works in a prominent, easy to find location.

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Infinite Scroll

Infinite scroll is now available on the Daily Deviations page, allowing you to scroll through previous Daily Deviations dates -- backwards in time, for as long as you like!  (You can also still browse using the previous and next buttons.)

Activity Feed Updates

In the first version of the Activity Feed, deviants could share someone else's Status Update, and other deviants could then reshare that update. We received feedback about the design and loading issues caused by these nested shares, and have we adjusted the way things work. Now, when you share someone else's Status Update, only the original Status Update will display.

Two weeks ago, we announced that this change would require us to delete previously submitted Status Updates. We’re please to tell you that this is no longer the case!  Your previously created Status Updates will be transitioned without any deletions.

Try it out!

You can see these changes by visiting the homepage!  If you encounter any bugs or other issues, please file a ticket about them in the devBUG Issue Tracker, under the respective
Site Navigation or Activity Feed projects.

Beta Launch: Tags

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 3:15 PM
PLEASE NOTE: Tags are in limited Beta release and not all Beta Testers have access to this feature at this time.

You’ve been hearing a lot about tags in the past few months, and we’re happy to announce that they’ve just been fully released to Beta Testers.

Tags create landing pages around topics making it easier to discover related artwork, bringing together artists and art appreciators, and forming communities around common interests. As deviantART grows and creates new ways to discover great content, we believe tags will play an important role in better surfacing artwork.

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Tag Your Deviations (and Collections)!

You now have the ability to tag your deviations and Collections. Tags added to your deviations will be publicly viewable -- this is a change from the previous use of keywords, which were private.

Important: Keywords added to existing deviations before tags launched will not display publicly unless you approve them using the Tag Editor, which can also be used to add and edit tags on your existing deviations in bulk. Tagging your deviations and collections will improve their visibility across the deviantART network. Tagging is a crucial part of discoverability and will help your work find the audience that will appreciate it most!

On deviation pages, tags are presented beneath the title and category for at-a-glance reference. Visitors can learn about your work by viewing how you tagged it, and can find more works by you and other deviants based on tags.

Tags can also be used in comments, Status Updates, Journals, and Collections.

Get started now! Use the Tag Editor to approve tags on your deviations.

Tag Pages

Clicking a tag will bring you to its corresponding tag page. Tag pages display different types of content around a shared theme. When on a specific tag page, artwork, Journals, and Status Updates with that tag will display, and tag pages also include a stream of activity around that tag.

Deviants who use that tag and Collections with that tag will appear on the page, so you can connect with other people who share your interests.

Tag Tips

When submitting deviations, add tags to bring your art to the right audience and give your art more exposure. You can add up to 64 tags based on a variety of topics.

To make the most of your tags, keep these tips in mind:
  • Keep it simple. The less complicated the tag, the easier your art is to discover.

  • Be specific. If you take a picture of a rose, tagging it as #flower, while correct, won’t get your art to the right audience the way tagging it #rose will. You can, of course, tag both.

  • Tag efficiently. If your art is based on Lord of the Rings, tag it #LordOfTheRings and/or #lotr. You don’t need to tag every combination; tag the most commonly used.

  • One word tags. Tags are limited to one word without spaces.  That way you can find already existing communities, and your art stands a better chance of being seen.

Try it out!

You can try out tags now by editing your old deviations, tagging your new deviations, or by visiting a tag page (such as #lotr, #stepbystep, or #drawthisagain).

If you encounter any bugs or other issues, please file a ticket about them in the devBUG Issue Tracker, under the Tags project.

Thank you, Beta Testers!

We owe you an enormous debt of gratitude.  Your input and feedback around our latest Beta releases -- Site Navigation, Activity Feed, and Status Updates -- has been incredibly valuable and because of it, we're able to make significant improvements to those features that will benefit every user of deviantART.  We sincerely couldn't do it without you.

The information and data gathered from those Updates will be used to ensure a smooth site-wide launch, and we again thank you for all of your help.  As sometimes happens in the Beta process, the Status Updates submitted in our test period need to be deleted to make some of the changes you requested.  This will likely take place mid-next week.  But, we encourage you to please keep testing, coming up with unique ways to take advantage of these features.

Since Monday, we’ve received over 3,000 comments, nearly 100 bug reports, and extensive feedback regarding these new releases -- and Beta Testers have published over 7,000 Status Updates!  Pretty impressive.

We will continue to make adjustments and fix bugs, will be rolling out these features to more deviants in the next week.

More deviantART Than Ever Before

Around the clock and across the world, deviantART staff have been working to not only evolve the way our community interacts with one another, but enhance the ways we discover and talk about works of art. These upgrades enrich the deviantART you love into an even more magnetic, kindred experience while retaining everything that makes us deviantART.

We’ve seen comments that some of our new features remind deviants of functionality best-known on social media sites.  But there are aspects of these functions that will benefit the deviantART community and enhance our daily experiences, so it makes sense to embrace them.  

The core of deviantART will always remain the same, and the same artists will be around for you to interact with and draw inspiration from.  Only now, their ability to reach you and other future watchers is enhanced and streamlined, and we guarantee the results and reach of creators will be staggering.

As one of our Beta Testers, you've been given a glimpse into the way the lives of our deviants are about to be changed forever, and we couldn't be more honored that you were the first to see them and help us refine them for site-wide release.

Thank you.


PLEASE NOTE: This is a limited Beta release and not all Beta Testers have access to these features at this time.

Three major changes to the way the deviantART works have just been launched to Beta Testers! We’re pleased to announce the beta release of a redesigned site navigation and two entirely new features — Activity Feeds and Status Updates — bringing exciting new options to deviantART’s browsing and sharing experience.

These enhancements are the first step in what’s to come, and we can’t wait to show you the full picture.  Until then, we need your help to use and abuse these features!  Tell us what you like, what you don’t, and be sure to report any and all bugs or inconsistencies you encounter.  Your use of these Beta features provides invaluable data and insight so that we can better shape the features for actual launch to the entire site.

DeviantART's New Site Navigation

The site's navigation menu has been completely overhauled to make it easier to find what you’re looking for on the site. The new menu creates a sleek, organized layout that simplifies navigation and provides room for upcoming improvements and new features. Best of all, we haven’t removed any functionality – so what you know and love is still right there.

What’s New:

  • Everything related to your account is grouped together on the right side of the page.

  • The Shop, Submit, Profile, Message Center, Friends, and Favourites menus have retained the same drop-downs as before, and the Stick and Splinter menus that some users prefer are still available.

  • Undiscovered and What’s Hot have been separated from Browse (which includes Popular, Newest, and Search) to highlight and more clearly reflect their distinct browsing methods.

  • You can now customize your deviantART front page. Your last selected page — Activity Feed, Browse, What’s Hot, or Undiscovered — will be preserved each time you click "Home" or the deviantART logo.

  • When on Browse pages, the left column containing the search bar and category tree can be collapsed or expanded, which lets you filter options when you want them, and hide the options when you want to view the art without distractions. The column will retain whichever setting you prefer, so you can set it how you like.

  • The search bar previously located at the top of Browse pages has been moved to the left column, to reflect that it's specifically a search tool for deviations. The search bar that appears in the site navigation searches for deviations as well, but will also allow for additional search features in the future.

If you encounter any bugs or other issues with the new navigation, please file a ticket about them in the devBUG
 Issue Tracker under the Site Navigation project.

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Activity Feed

The Activity Feed is a new feature that displays recent activity of the people you're watching in an easy to scan feed. When browsing the Activity Feed, recently posted artwork, Journals, Status Updates (detailed below), Polls, Critiques, Forum Threads, and Collections from deviants you watch will display, letting you scroll through art and interact with them.

You can also share Status Updates and deviations from your Activity Feed, allowing you to easily promote artwork or Status Updates that you find interesting.

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Apart from the content you already see in your Message Center, we’ve added Collections to the Activity Feed. Now you can discover artwork that’s being curated by the people you watch. You can edit what items show up in your Activity Feed at any time (including Collections) by visiting the Manage Friends page.

If you’d prefer not to have one of your Collections displayed on other deviants' Activity Feeds, you can visit the Collection Options area of your Collection and check "Disable watching". This is a new feature that has been made available to everyone today.

Activity Feed Widget

The Activity Feed widget displays your five most recently uploaded deviations, Journals, and Status Updates, creating a simple, at a glance way for you to keep visitors and watchers alike up to date with what’s going on.

Status Updates

The Activity Feed comes with a brand new way to easily communicate with your watchers: Status Updates!

You can use Status Updates to post quick personal updates, share a work in progress or your commission status, share the work of an artist you like, talk about current events, ask your watchers for advice, share what inspires you, or just talk about how you’re feeling.

We’ve noticed a lot of deviants use Polls to send out short messages to their watch list.  Status Updates are a simple way to make updates like these, letting you post and get right back to creating.

To post a Status Update, visit the Activity Feed page or the Activity Feed widget on your Profile and share what's on your mind!

If you encounter a bug or other issues involving Activity Feeds or Status Updates, please file a ticket in the devBUG Issue Tracker under the Activity Feed project.

Try it out!

These features are live to Beta Testers, so feel free to give them a try! The new site navigation is visible everywhere on site, and you can visit the Activity Feed page or view the Activity Feed widget on your Profile Page to test it and Status Updates out!

Any feedback you have can be left in the comments on this article. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know!


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