Due to our host being hacked SSZ was down for a few days we apologize for any inconvenience if you encounter any other problems please let us know.
RAWWRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!! Sorry that was my monster side coming out don’t mind him.
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
Artwork © Lord Kiyo
Eggman and Sonic make a short appearance, even though it may be short this definitely looks like a movie to check out if your a video game fan
Due to popular demand and the overwhelming amount of comments construction of the new SSZ Forum will begin in the next few weeks. Please note the appropriate time will be taken in the construction of the forum due to everything being built from the ground up so it will be a few months before it is complete.
If any former staff who wishes to be ACTIVELY a part of the rebuilding send me a e-mail via the contact page I would appreciate the help and expertise
Welcome everyone to the new Sonic Speed Zone you may not be able to recognize and well after being shut down for about 4 months for renovations you shouldn’t. There are so many new and exciting things now added to the site I have had to split the news into 2 separate posts, this post will focus on the big/main new features while the second post below is a summarized change log. So without further delay let’s get started
- Say hello to the new look of SSZ out with the old dark colors and in with the new clean and bright professional design. The new themes are much more Sonic designed with bright clean colors, all the old themes have been removed. At launch of the site right now 7 themes are available: Default (in the zone), Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, Amy, and WordPress theme. At this time I am not sure if all the other themes will be redesigned or not it depends, however the seasonal themes such as Halloween and Christmas will be re added as the seasons approach.
- All main sections of the site have been renamed, reorganized and separated into zones as seen at the top of the site. All pages have been upgraded, that’s right every single page on the site has been rebuilt from the group up making each clear and concise to best fit that page. Also all broken links have been repaired as well.
- New image gallery. We have a brand new image system on the site that hosts our galleries such as official art and desktop backgrounds. This new system is powered by gallery and lets you browse through images fast and with ease. You can quickly download the full res image, view the most popular images and see the photo info all in the right column of the gallery. The gallery itself contains over $1300 images most of which is brand new official art and desktop backgrounds. Full social media sharing is also integrated into the image gallery as well. This is something you must check out!
- A whole new level of social is now on SSZ not only can you use your favourite social media sites to stay connected but it also has its own newsletter you can subscribe to in the left column to receive all the latest posts. The site also has a whole new sharing system located under each post and page to quickly share content to your favourite site. SSZ also has a new comments system you can log in with Facebook or other various accounts to post comments. Lastly can subscribe and get notifications of new comments on certain sections
- Like social media we do to, you can follow us on twitter, Facebook, Deviant Art, RSS feed, YouTube or connect to all of them at once with our toolbar.
- Sync power, the site is directly synced to our Facebook and twitter account and posts made here will be available on Twitter and Facebook as well so you can follow us however you choose.
- Feeling down is the page to long? Well don’t fret anymore longer pages on SSZ such as episode guides will have quick jump links at the top simply click that link to jump to that spot on the page. Want to get back to the top quickly simply press the icon on the bottom right of your screen that appears after scrolling down a bit with the arrow pointing up to jump back to the top, this also works on the mobile version of the site.
- One of our most beloved sections makes a return. Soundtracks are back with tons of music to download. One of the most changed pages is the game library now called Games Timeline it is now set up like well…. a timeline and completely reorganized.
- Tons of new media has been added there is too much to list here and don’t forget every page has been redone so there is something new everywhere! You can also take us on the go the new site is 100% mobile compatible.
That’s about all the larger stuff I can cram in here for a list/summary of all the changes of the site check below or better yet just get out and explore the site we hope you enjoy it and see you all around often Lightning out! Just as a side note you will probably not see any further updates on here for a week or 2 while we get things hooked back up with Goggle and other search providers.
Here is a summary of some of the changes (the bigger ones anyways)
- Character Bios page has been cleaned up removing the weird glitchy links that led nowhere plus looked ugly, also added some new characters and artwork to the page.
- Episode Guides have all been updated with full episode descriptions, clean design, new navigation menu, and quick jump menu where needed.
- Guestbook, and SSZ Newsletter pages removed.
- Recommended Products changed to Hot Products with new items added.
- New page added Sonic Shows info, for those of you who want to learn all about Sonic cartoons.
- Sonic Videos renamed to Sonic Music Videos, the chart view has been modified for a more eye appealing look and easier navigation.
- Other Videos renamed to Other Music Videos, the chart view has modified for a more eye appealing look and easier navigation.
- MIDI files page were removed because well let’s face it I don’t think anyone makes them anymore or uses them.
- Soundtracks added with over 30 different Sonic soundtracks to choose from .
- Official art moved to new galley system.
- Official art gallery has been completely reorganized, new characters and sections added, and over 300 new pictures of official art added.
- Sprite comics moved to new gallery system, sprite comics can now be viewed or downloaded in full size .
- Screen saver page has been redone with a new clean interface for browsing screen savers and all broken links were fixed. I will be getting new screen saver software in the future so expect new HD screen savers to come.
- Full Length movies renamed to Sonic Special Videos, broken links fixed, page redesigned and all information updated.
- Desktop backgrounds moved to image gallery system, they have also been reorganized and over 200 new desktops added including some newer HD desktop backgrounds.
- Fonts page redesigned with better preview images, also a new font was added called Nise Sonic Shuffle.
- Cursors page updated with new design and new set of cursors added (Sonic Advance Style).
- Signatures and user bars moved to new gallery system, most signatures were removed due to .their age some new ones were added, more to come in future updates.
- Contact Us and Staff Page now split apart.
- Contact us page changed to use a form this keeps staffs e-mail hidden all you have to do is simply fill out the form and hit submit and it goes directly to the staffs e-mail, simpler and better for everyone.
- Staff page name changed to staff directory and updated and redesigned for a much cleaner look.
- Link to Us Page removed and merged with Join our Affiliates page.
- Join our Affiliates name changed to Affiliate With Us, all old banners removed, new affiliate buttons added, affiliate info and rules updated.
- Affiliate page has been cleaned up and redesigned unfortunately over 3 quarters of our affiliates were removed due to their site either being no more or a dead ship.
- Site history was renamed to About Us, this page was also cleaned up and updated.
- SSZ Awards renamed to Site Awards then cleaned up and reorganized.
- Games Archive renamed to Games Timeline.
- Games timeline now has Sonic games split up into 3 year intervals for easier viewing, as well each individual game page has been cleaned up getting rid of the ugly formatting, also games timeline has been updated with the newer Sonic games.
- Due to broken links and the fact these section were rarely used I have removed all the fan work sections except for fan fics, we may put these other sections back up if there is a demand for it and people actually contribute to it.
- Fan Fics page cleaned up and formatted for an even appearance.
- Top main menu under banner reorganized.
- Favicon updated and changed.
- New affiliate system now at the bottom of page.
- New stats counter at the bottom of page.
- Forum page added to collect information.
- Google adsense added to bottom of page to help support site.
- New comment system installed.
- New social/share system installed.
- Facebook/Twitter site sync installed.
- Left column reorganized to include recent comments and posts.
- Added option to subscribe to the site to receive new posts to your inbox like a newsletter.
- Old themes removed.
- 7 new themes added, Default, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, Amy, WordPress theme.
- All themes now have new names.
- Slider added to homepage display main headlines/attractions.
- New avatar system for staff added.
- SSZ Mobile version added.
- SSZ Mobile.
- Server cleaned up all old files removed.
- Multiple under the hood updates and additions.
This is only some of the updates that are most noticeable, many more took place and others are under the hood changes.
Yeah I know I am behind but it all begins tomorrow SSZ will be taken offline and the renovations will begin. If you try to access the site a message will pop up giving you the status of the renovations so be sure to check back often for updates. Lightning out! See you all on the new site!!