Private Message Release

February 19, 2008

We have just launched a minimal private messaging system, you can find it via the “private message” link near your avatar in the login box. We have greater plans for private messaging in the final launch, let us know what you think and what else you would like to see in the way of private messaging.

Image Upload Problems

February 17, 2008

Over the weekend Amazon S3, the provider that hosts all our images (including contest entries and attachments) had a major outage. You might have noticed problems with submitting entries during that time, also with viewing some entries. It looks like they have cleared up most of these issues, but we will be running a number of tests to be sure.

Slow Emails

February 15, 2008

We are currently experiencing an issue with email, which will show up as you either not receiving emails from 99designs, or them arriving very slowly. It seems AOL customers are especially affected.

We have implemented a fix which should fix the problem, please let us know if anyone is still experiencing problems.

Update 18-Feb: We have fixed all of the email problem, although due to some issues with our DNS configuration, certain mail services, such as hotmail, yahoo and godaddy email will continue to experience some delays for the next 24 hours. I have contacted each of these and asked them to speed things up, so its possible that it might be quicker than this. Sorry guys, thanks for your patience!

99designs Launched

February 12, 2008

99designs cake

The first stage of 99designs has been launched! This stage is just the first step of re-branding our site, you will notice that the user pages (like your profile and account management) are new, along with the credit purchase process. The really cool stuff happens over the next month or so as we build the new design.

A few things to note:

  • You can login with either your old forum username or your email address.
  • More detailed public profiles, last login date, country, etc
  • You can view a detailed history of credit purchases, including how you have spent credits and credits awaiting fulfillment via the “account” tab in the top right of your screen, and then the “credit history” button on the left.
  • You can update your profile, including bio, avatars etc via the account screen.
  • Private messages are sent via email for the moment, expect this to change soon!

Finally, welcome and thanks to our first customer as 99designs, maximus who launched a contest for a logo.

Credit for the photo goes to Nonie.

99designs First Steps

February 10, 2008

Well, we are just hours away from our first step towards becoming 99designs. The first step isn’t quite as glamorous as the screenshots you have no doubt seen of the upcoming design, but it’s an important step because it represents separation from SitePoint, and the first step towards bringing you all of the features we have been talking about.

What you can expect in this first phase is the Design Contests site you are used to, but with 99designs branding. In addition to this you will notice that the user accounts system is entirely revamped, as is the credit purchase process. We have transferred all existing Design Contests accounts over to the new system, along with your credit balance. You can login either with your email address or with your old SitePoint Forums username.

This temporary site will be used whilst we develop the new look and feel, which is where the fun begins! Please bear with us during this transitional phase, Paul, myself and Nonie (our new support team) will be doing our very best to make this launch smooth and painless.

The site will be down for maintenance from 10:00am – 11:30am on Wed Feb 13th, Melbourne Time.