- Posted: 09/02/2019 08:24
- Post subject: New design now live
BEA has had a bit of a makeover. This is the first in a series of releases which will gradually move BEA from a purely desktop website to a modern mobile-friendly app. The first release makes BEA more usable on mobile devices (a responsive design that should work on most portable devices). There is still work to do to make the experience smoother (this is just an incremental release). The next stage will upgrade the forums to a newer version of the forum software and subsequent releases will add further functionality to the main site and improve the mobile friendliness.
The site has already been tested for a few weeks with a small number of users, but please let us know in the forums if you encounter anything that we may have missed.
More controversially we now detect ad blocking. BEA has relied solely on ads to fund its expenses for the past 15 years (our expenses include dedicated servers, SSL certificates, server software, enhanced infrastructure support & bespoke development). All of these running costs need to be met simply for BEA to be able to exist. I'm hopeful ads can at least be tolerated in the interests of keeping the site running. A Premium Membership option will become available towards the end of the year which will allow people to see an ad-free site, bypass the points system and gain additional functionality.
Enjoy the site and more soon.