Why hello there! The site’s looking a bit different today, isn’t it? Allow me to welcome you to this new version of The Sonic Stadium, modernised for today’s discerning blur blur fan! Incidentally, it’s the first design change for this website since 2013, making this the longest time time it’s taken for a layout refresh. I think you’ll agree that it was totally needed though.
With more people using mobile devices to view their favourite sites, I wanted to make a layout that fully represented our personality and fun on any screen.
We almost went with a design that looked closer to what the SSMB looks like today, but decided to go with this slicker look for the site. You can see the alternative look below.
This new design isn’t the only thing that’s changed either. We’ve also changed our categorising and archiving philosophy. After years of split-personality (are we a site? Are we a blog?), we have fully transitioned into a blog format, and will be spending the next few months re-categorising and re-formatting our content to suit the new system.
What does this mean to you? For a start, it means that you can actually FIND content again, instead of having to rely on the Top Stories bar at the top of the homepage (from now on, we’ll be using that Top Stories bar for what we originally intended – to keep important features and news stories floating at the top so it gets some extra exposure during periods where many posts are being made).
Now, you can simply scroll down and browse through the pages of our entire history of posts. You can also filter by categories and tags, depending on what exactly you’re interested in looking to read up on.
Take a look at our navigation menu at the top. Under ‘News’, you’ll find nearly all of our post categories (‘Features’ appears under ‘Info’ and ‘Sonic Show’ appears under ‘Video’). All of our content will live in one of these categories.
To drill down into specifics you can use Tags – to find Sonic Generations screenshots, for example, use the following url:
Tags are listed underneath each post, and popular tags for each category can be found on the ‘List Page‘ of each category, which you can find under the ‘Info‘ menu (click here to go to the Game List, for example).
I’ve re-organised all of our content from the last couple of months (and will be going back through to the start of 2016) to suit the new design, but please bear with me while I spend some time re-formatting all of our legacy content in one big update (including rescuing some long lost material, if I can help it) later down the line.
The Sonic Stadium is one of the biggest, longest-running fan sites on the web, giving you great news and info since the year 2000 – so we have a lot of good stuff to preserve. Some of this will pop up on our YouTube channel too (which you can head to by clicking here), so keep an eye out there!
We’ve been running for 15 years, and we have no plans on stopping! I hope you enjoy the new look site and take the time to explore it!