Welcome to Abyssal Chronicles version 3! (Beta Release)

After 5 years lol

Well, this is finally happening. Welcome to Abyssal Chronicles version 3! Well, its beta release, anyway. Here's a little summary of all the things new with this updated layout!

Version 3 features a somewhat spruced up layout that follows conventional designs from current-gen websites, as well as adds the usual "fansite" flair (as well as my own personal flair of pink and blue. Shhhh.).

The website is currently running on the latest version of WordPress, and features a child theme by me based on the MH Magazine theme. I did a bit of editing to make it look like our preliminary layout.

First off, why a "Beta Release?" This is to test all the kinks with the website, to see if everything we planned on implementing will go off without a hitch. If you'll look around the website, some pages (specifically the Tales pages and whatnot) still aren't completely functional. It is unfortunately taking us a bit of time to transfer everything in, but we will eventually get them done. Currently, pages for the 2 latest mothership titles are available (Zestiria and Berseria). We will work our way up to Phantasia gradually, but the priority is the more recently released titles. By the end of this month, the entire website will be completely functional. You can find a progress bar over at the sidebar to the right.

That said, the transfer to a new layout does have its ups and downs. Please read below on what we had to give up in order to do the transfer:

  • News post links changed - we're currently in the process of redirecting all the old links to the new ones, but it will take us some time. Just like how it took us a lot of time to transfer all 1500 (!!!) news posts to the WordPress module, it'll also take us time to redirect everything. Also, the new redirections will make our search engine visibility suffer immensely until Google crawls in and picks us up again, so you might not find us in Google or other search engines for the next weeks or month or so.
  • The new layout uses a new interface, WordPress, meaning we had to give up all the comments in the old system posts. Sorry about that.
  • There were some things that we abandoned from the old layout. These include some media downloads for obvious copyright reasons.

But let's not dwell too much on the sad stuff. Below's a list of features the new layout offers:

  • Tales game info pages, divided initially into Mothership or Escort Titles. There will also be a section for Anime Tales.
  • Ability to now view news based on game, or tag. Most tags we include are the game's name, what platform it's for and whether the news is from the Japan side or the USA/EU side. Special tags for videos such as trailers and gameplay are tagged with the game's acronym dash the word "video." For example, to view posts that have Tales of Berseria related videos only, visit the "TOB-video" tag. (This is not yet implemented in all posts with video)
  • Search function (finally).
  • Columns - under AC. Old ones (which we may or may not revive) include Tales Merch Monthly and Tales Fans Around the World. We're open to suggestions currently!
  • Improved commenting system by Disqus. Feel free to comment using the system, by the way! We're still checking if the whole Disqus thing is working properly.
  • Tablet and Mobile Support - the layout is also optimized for tablet and smartphone view! For smartphone users, the second banner that represents a Tales character will not be visible.

So the main page overhaul is done! That said though, it's not yet "complete." For instance, there's the matter of the gallery and the forums.

  • Gallery - we're working on a new layout for this to match the current WordPress layout. We'll get there eventually.
  • Forums - Same with this. Priority-wise, we're also working on the new layout.

That said though, all other things with the main page are 100% up and running! We're actually welcome right now for some entries for our Tales Fans Around the World column, as well as guides, fanfiction, etc. They're all very much welcome! So please, feel free to drop us a line over at the contact form and send us your stuff! We'll take a bit to integrate them into the website, but we'll always reply once they're in place.

Affiliation requests are also very welcome! I realize I've turned down affiliates in the past, not because we didn't want to, but because we were still in the process of overhauling this entire website. So now that it's all done, please feel free to send in your affiliation requests!

And that's it! Welcome to AC version 3's beta release, and keep an eye out for our weekly updates on how the overhaul is going until the end of this month!

a745
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A745 (or Abby, as most people call her) is the founder of Abyssal Chronicles. She is currently a doctor, but that doesn't stop her from showing her love for the Tales of Series. She loves potato chips. A lot.
  • a745

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  • Shon

    Great... I just start reading about your TOV posts to see how things were here in the old days
    Guess it will take time till I could read it again :/

    • Shon

      Actually seem like I can via tags... strange the old site last pages were only about the announcement of TOV and so on (mean it didn't had Phantasia ?)

      Too bad all the old commits and many medias were deleted though :/

      • Shon

        Could I ask if it possible to make new tab for each game in the news section that will include easy link to all games post?
        (like when you put your mouse on the "Home/New" button you will see sub buttons with each game name that will lead to all of that game's new threads, it will be easier than looking for the tags manually)

        (Also sorry for the multi posts... I found some annoying bug with the new commit system in which the post button tend to disappear if you write too much

  • emlfuryoflion

    The new site looks awesome. The new way to comment is even better. Always liked the way Disqus comments looked.

    • a745

      Same, now the Disqus functionality can add more people in, so it's a welcome thing.

  • A Walrus

    I never thought I'd live to see the day version 3 finally happens.

    Looks good.

    • a745

      I never thought I would to tbh loool

  • Elvis Andrade

    perfect to me

  • Crystal Power

    Ah! Abby @a745:disqus I'm so glad to see version 3 finally here, even if it is the beta version. I know you get busy so I begun to assume it may be to much, however I'm very glad to see it now. It looks really awesome! ^_^

    • a745

      Thanks 😀

      • Crystal Power

        You're welcome. :- )

  • Manna

    Ahhh Abby it looks amazing! Great job with everything!

    • a745

      Thanks!

  • zip

    Looking good. Will dynamic banners return? Cause I only see a Xilia banner.

    • a745

      If you look now, part of the dynamic banners are back! I'm still working on the rest, but for roughly half of the games, we've got them covered.

  • Lord Shiru

    Well done 🙂 ! That's a huge improvement between the old version and this one. I really like it !!

    • a745

      Thanks! We were aiming for that (so that I won't have to update another 10 years hahaha *shot*)

  • Khaos

    Good job on that new version! It looks great!

    • a745

      Thanks!

  • donkey3

    I can finally comment!

    • a745

      Haha finally!

  • Well now that is a damn nice job, good work!

    I accidentally clicked on the bookmark yesterday and...even though I already saw the new layout on twitter I was like:

    "Where the devil am I? Did I ever make a bookmark for a site this colorful???" Might be a bit late anyway, but I'll look at everything later in the day. Thanks for your hard work and hopefully you had lots of fun working on the new design.

    • a745

      There won't be much yet to look around in, but we'll work on it!

  • Yuri the Reaper

    Excellent job on the site. You did a nice job on the background theme. it feels cool being here now.

    • a745

      Thanks!

      • Yuri the Reaper

        Sure thing.

  • Crystal Power

    Do you have the images you use for the banners or may you add them to the gallery? They are so epic, very well done. ^^

    • a745

      They actually are, they're loaded straight from there. They're under Abyssal Chronicles -> Version 3 -> Ver 3 Banners, I think. Please don't use them for other graphic edits, though, thanks.

      • Crystal Power

        Ah, Thank you! I promise I won't use them that way. I just love saving arts and images I adore. Those banners are so clean and creative! ^_^

  • Ema

    Perfect. I don't want to critisize, it's just a tip, ok? ><'
    The only "problem" is the background for users with a 1080p screen. You should put the width on 1080px or 100%. Otherwise, it's perfect!

    • I approve this.

    • a745

      Ah, thanks for pointing it out! I forgot to set the base background color - it's supposed to blend with it. I've fixed it now, so it should show up properly now after a hard refresh. Thanks!

      • Ema

        Oh yeah, works perfectly like this!

        • a745

          Good to hear /o/. I completely forgot about this lol, thanks for reminding me.

  • Shon

    May I suggest to add scroll bar in the commit section as well?
    Since in some browsers I can't see the bottom of the commits unless I try some really funny yet annoying methods to scroll them down xD

    • a745

      What browser are you using? For Chrome it works OK, but I need to know what kind of problem you're having. Could you provide a screenshot? It'd really help, thanks.

      • Shon

        my commit was deleted? o_o

        • a745

          There wasn't any comment that came in. For now, please provide a screenshot of the issue that happens so I can address it.

          • Shon

            I did... in the last commit that was deleted....

          • a745

            No comment was deleted because no comment came in in the first place. And because all comments that contain media (pictures, etc) and links to outside websites are subject to approval and are not automatically posted. However, prior to this, no comment from you came in, not even in the pending list (aka subject to approval) or my email (all comments posted go to my email regardless of status). Your new comment is in the pending list though, approving in a bit.

  • a745

    Hrm, as long as it's not happening right now. Do tell us again if it happens.
    And because we're redoing the Zesty banner, but it's not yet done. The rest also aren't done yet, but we've got them covered, thanks.

    • Shon

      I don't recall I said the issue been solve 😉
      Also I 100% sure my last commit was posted but that not really matter at this point, what it does highlight is that the new chat system may have some bugs with medias (like one that many end up delete the entire commit if it have media?)

      • a745

        Yes, you didn't explicitly state that it's been solved, but I'm assuming it's not happening right now given that you've been able to reply no problem with all the past comments - the thread has become pretty long and is already going really lower down into the webpage. If it ever does happen, have you tried a hard refresh of your browser?
        And no, it's not supposed to delete anything right off the bat - Disqus doesn't have that functionality as far as I know. Unfortunately, that's something that we'll have to take up with Disqus, but so far you're the only one experiencing these issues. We'll see what Disqus can provide as a solution for the time being.

        • Shon

          The issue still happening (in IE10 at least) My guess is that it have something to do with the purple UI on the bottom side (since in IE10 it sometime reload itself in loops while cover the comments page in really annoying way) IE10 is outdated though so no one blame you for ignoring it

          As for the deleted comment issue, Well it the first time it ever happend to me either (And I use Disqus chat for 3 years by now)
          But I think we can just ignore it for the time being as it seem to be like something rare that most likely won't happend again, it will happan I will be sure to report back

          • a745

            Same, I've been using Disqus on other sites for like, what, 6 years now? But that never happened to me.

            Anywauy, hrm, so it's still happening, I see. I'm going to try a few solutions about this. I'll comment again once they're in effect.

          • Shon

            Alright, thanks