Earlier this year, GTPlanet reached a major milestone as we celebrated our 20th anniversary, and today we have reached another as we launch one of the most significant updates in our site’s history.
There are dozens of new features specifically for the GTPlanet Forums which I have detailed in a separate announcement, but there are even more changes to the rest of the site you should know about!
One of the marquee features of this update is also one of our most-requested: “Dark Mode”! It allows you to view the site with either a light or dark background and quickly switch between the two themes.
Depending on your device settings, you may already be using Dark Mode now. Modern operating systems include system-wide “Dark Mode” and by default GTPlanet will reflect your device preferences in real-time. For example, if you have configured your device to change between modes based on the time-of-day or ambient lighting conditions, the site’s appearance will change along with it.
If you always prefer one theme over the other or if you want to quickly change between them, just scroll down to the bottom of any page and make your selection among the “Light”, “Dark”, and “Auto” buttons.
GTPlanet’s homepage has been completely rebuilt to make it easier to reach our most popular pages and to help you keep up with our community.
Every day, thousands of people post new messages and topics in our forums, and now we can showcase the best of that content with Featured Threads, Featured Posts, and Featured Images alongside all of our usual editorial content. Keep an eye out for daily updates, as our home page comes alive with featured content from around our community!
It’s now easier and faster to read and share comments on GTPlanet’s news articles.
Comments will be displayed immediately below the article text itself, and new visitors will no longer be required to go through the full account creation process to post messages — simply enter your name and a valid email address to jump into the discussion.
We have a new “upvote” system which enables registered members to give feedback on posts they like or disagree with. By default, the most popular comments will be pushed up to the top, but you can also sort them by recency.
Replies can be made up to two levels deep to allow for threaded discussions, and you can get notified of new replies to your comment by email. Registered GTPlanet members users also get additional features, like name reservations and the ability to edit comments after they are posted. If you are not already a member, click here to create your free account!
Behind the Scenes
In addition to the public-facing upgrades, there are many updates and changes under the hood which will allow our editorial team to better serve you, our readers. There are also numerous technical improvements and optimizations designed to make visiting and reading GTPlanet the best experience it can be.
As always, it is a pleasure to serve and lead this community and I look forward to taking GTPlanet into its next chapter with these new features. I hope you enjoy the new site!