We want to announce a new release today!
On one hand, it is an update, as global uID profiles already existed.
On the other hand, what was started and never finished several years ago and what we have now don't have much in common.
Therefore, we would like to introduce our new service - personal profiles builder on the basis of our global uID authorization system!
Why Launch It?
You probably want to know why uCoz decided to launch such project, why you might need it etc. It's quite apparent.
Some time ago free web hosts, and even uCoz at the dawn of its existence, were associated with personal home pages. Nowadays such personal home pages are no longer popular and people rarely create them as this niche has been taken by social networks. Besides, the needs and interests of an average Internet user have changed.
But there are lots of different social networks on the Internet, and the desire to have a personal representation on the Web still exists.
So, how can you briefly present yourself on the Web and view other profiles?
We've decided it should look somewhat like this:
In fact, while we were working on the new profiles, we came to the conclusion that everything can be done better and the information can be presented differently. But it would considerably delay the release, and we didn't want it to happen. We are already planning uID V2, but we'll probably give our users a choice which profile type to use - the one we have now or the V2 type.
But let's talk about what we have now, and not about what we will maybe have in future. We'll keep you informed and our future development plans will depend mostly on our users and their needs, and not on the ideas of our developers.
For those, who might say that what we are doing here is not necessary and we should rather work on uCoz itself, we would like to give some explanations.
We've gained quite good speed of developing new features and improving the existing functionality. However, our main priority now is not speed but quality: we are trying to test all new features as thoroughly as possible before they are queued for releasing.
1. The team working on this project is a separate division, not familiar with the uCoz code, who use quite different principles of development and are even located separately. When the team was just formed we tried to involve some of the developers into working on uCoz codes, but this wasn't effective. They work much better on separate projects.
2. Any uCoz website has the Users module, and users have profiles on the websites. And these profiles are functionally and morally outdated. Don't panic!
We are not going to replace local profiles by global profiles etc.
We are rather trying to rethink how user profiles should and can look, including the profiles on uCoz websites. We are planning to provide the possibility to choose new user profiles on websites. And on websites with global authorization method we are going to integrate the profiles with the new uID profiles. But website profiles will look differently, and you will still be able to manage them. They will remain within the websites. The integration will make user profiles more valuable, it will be more clear who a user is. And of course the appearance and functionality will improve. Therefore this release will be advantageous for the uCoz platform as well.
We want to believe that the new service will be useful, and you will know exactly what link you want to add to your Skype profile, or on a forum profile, or even as additional info on your resume.
We are waiting for your questions, suggestions and cool personal profiles, created at www.uid.me
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