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PCI New Design

Out with the Old, In with the New – The PCI Website gets a Makeover!

December 2, 2015

As we tie up 2015 and roll out the New Year, Photo Contest Insider will be rolling out some big changes as well. We’ve given your website a whole new look, fully updated, more functional, and even more cool features for photographers just like you. We wanted to take this time to give you a heads up on some of the exciting changes we are making and how they might affect you.

New, Redesigned Website

We’ve completely revamped the website, giving it a completely new look that is more photography centered and visually appealing. Our former design was more than 7 years old; it was time for a change, a rebrand. We felt we needed to freshen up the design a bit but we didn’t stop there. While we were giving the site a visual makeover we also made some technical improvements that increase its usability.

More Mobile Friendly

Who doesn’t have a smartphone or iPad these days? And with Google’s recent mobile friendly algorithm it was just time to go mobile. We made some significant changes and designed a mobile version of the site for smartphones which is fully functional now. Our version for other mobile devices like tablets is still in development – but it will be up soon. We wanted to make our mobile friendly site, well friendlier to mobile device users. It is much better in appearance and functionality – and we’re pretty sure you are going to love it.

Better Log In

If you’ve been around you’ve probably encountered our temperamental log-in system at some point. One of the most common issues was password recovery. If you lost your password you were basically out of luck – you could not get a new one automatically. You had to jump through numerous hoops (several of which were on fire) in order to regain access to our site. Well, we threw away the hoops and put out the fires! For this new and improved website we gave that old system an attitude adjustment making it easier to use, safer, and just better all around.

Now you can log in with your user name and password, or via social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ so it’s all connected. How’s that for better and easier?

Increased Security

Security is always a concern for visitors on websites. When you access a site you want to know that your information is protected. We take the privacy and security of our visitors very seriously and took some aggressive steps to ramp it up on our site. First, we tucked safely behind a firewall. Then we added SSL to every page so that all of the date that you fill in on our site is buttoned down and secure.

Improved Blog

While we were making all of these big changes to our site we cleaned out a corner to make room for our new blog. In the weeks ahead you are going to be blown away by the fresh, exciting, informative articles that will be coming from our new bloggers. We have 3 photographers on board who will be bringing you the latest in all things photographic. One hails from the United Kingdom, another from the United States, and the other is from Australia.

Each week they will bring fresh topics that will excite, inspire, and entertain you, including photography events, website tips, interesting photo shoots, interesting photographers, and much more.

Are you excited about our new website? We sure are and we can’t wait to show you all the new and exciting features. What are you most looking forward to in the website upgrades? What kind of topics would you like to see covered? Share your ideas in the comments below!