Posted: 2023-02-04 22:37:04 | Posted by iDev | idevgames.co.uk
So I thought I would start the year by doing some of what I could only consider to be the most detrimental things I could think of. So it's good to be aware of this new update!
So for starters, the site is now using PHP8. Which if you have been around long enough and been paying attention, you would know I already had changed to version 7.4 and it didn't work out. So possibly this might also become a problem. That being said I've done testing and have been running it on my development server without problems. So fingers crossed but be aware and let me know if you run into issues. You can think you've tested everything but still something can crop up that you're not aware of.
So if not potentially breaking the site with a newer version of PHP is enough. How about potentially destroy 6 years of building up the SEO and authority of the site by changing the domain? So, if we disappear from search engines. I'm sorry but I've done it now and there isn't any going back. We are no longer play.idevgames.co.uk anymore. We are now idev.games
This has obviously brought on a re brand from Play iDev Games to just iDev.Games. Which obviously makes so much more sense to just about anyone, the play part referenced the subdomain but made no real sense as a title. iDev.Games is also shorter, to the point, not localised and a top level domain. All of which could be more beneficial then using a localised subdomain.
I've redirected the old domain to the new domain so people can still get to the site from old links. Please be aware that this has caused a major issue, all API connections in games to the leaderboards or gamedb are now broken and will no longer work. Now the good news is that no one has implemented the API yet. Though the leaderboards are used (mostly by me) although this feature hasn't been implemented by anyone recently. If you used the leaderboards in your game you can use the new domain to fix the problem. It's better to be doing this now then after I improve these features and they get used more often.
I also haven't mentioned that I've reworked the statistics system and making the global stats much better. You can find in the footer (if you can call it that) which has also changed. I'm doing things all the time but if you want to stay up to date, join our discord and please let me know if you run into any issues.
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Good move, this site really deserves it's own domain name!