The E Club has gone through two transitions since its creation: the move from its original home on the ill-fated Moogo website builder to WebStarts, and the move from WebStarts to website host FastComet. While the first transition was out of necessity - Moogo would have shut The E Club down due to changes to its business model had I not moved the site - the second was due to profound advances in The E Club's technologies that a drag-and-drop website builder could no longer keep up with. A powerful responsive design, greater client-side interactivity, a robust blog backed by WordPress, a more optimal page structure paired with speed and search engine optimizations, and more made The E Club 3.0, launched in 2016, the best version of The E Club yet and provided tighter end-to-end control over the site and the technologies supporting it.
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A rethought design, again
Just over a year after The E Club 3.0 launched, the site got a redesign, trading the traditional, large header banner for a sleeker, mobile-inspired menu/utility bar, and the Open Sans and Roboto fonts for solely the Lato font, working to provide one, more unified experience across screen sizes and types.
Today, The E Club 4.0 redesigns that redesign. The first new aspect you may notice is the new font, Rubik, providing a more industrial yet still friendly feel for The E Club's content; the new font will roll out across The E Club Family in the coming weeks. On larger screens, The E Club's menu is no longer hidden behind a mobile menu icon (which has also been redesigned for smaller screens), instead occupying a previously bare portion of the top bar to make navigation more accessible than ever.
The E Club 3.0 (and The E Club+ before it) was a few years ahead of its time when it introduced Dark Mode to be easier on visitors' eyes (especially at night or in a dark room) - these days, most, if not all, popular websites, apps, and operating systems include a dark mode for the same reason. Because of this, Dark Mode on The E Club 4.0 is now fully realized as a first-class citizen of The E Club's design language, matching the dark mode setting of your browser or operating system. Dark Mode has also been greatly optimized so that you no longer get a flash of "light mode" when reloading the page or navigating to another page.
The E Club Family refocuses
The E Club Family has been changing since even before the launch of The E Club 4.0, also to better prepare for the next decade. Most significantly, The E Club+ has been phased out, as the platform it ran on, Oxwall, has not seen an update in nearly six years. The E Club+ was a greatly important part of The E Club Family since 2011, when it was known as The E Club Social Beta, but now The E Club's priorities have shifted, and its technologies have advanced, to the point that social networking is no longer part of The E Club's portfolio; The E Club Social and The E Club's Facebook and Twitter were phased out as well, before The E Club+. Despite these changes, The E Club Family is continuing to evolve and expand - stay tuned for new experiments from The E Club Family.
In 2017, I said that The E Club's reimagining was just beginning, and The E Club 4.0 makes that more apparent than ever. I hope you enjoy the latest The E Club has to offer with The E Club 4.0, the culmination of The E Club's thirteen years of evolution, and look forward to what comes next.