Beta Test: New Profile URLs
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Published: May 29, 2018
DeviantArt is constantly evaluating better ways to serve our community, from new features to the subject of this update: subdomains!


In order to better serve you, we’re changing the subdomains from username.deviantart.com to deviantart.com/username. But don’t worry, username.deviantart.com will not break—your old links/URLs will redirect to your new URLs.

We know a lot of deviants are attached to their URLs, so the decision to make this change was not done lightly. Part of the decision-making process involved surveying active deviants, and we discovered the overall sentiment was fairly neutral. Most people did not strongly prefer one or the other -- as long as old URLs redirected. But, most importantly, we believe this change will be beneficial for you.

Why Changing URLs Is for the Better

  • The new URLs will likely increase your traffic: Based on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) experts we’ve consulted with and also other sites that have made the switch, moving away from subdomains is likely to increase overall site traffic from search engines—this means more traffic to your Profiles and deviations.

  • Subdomains cause many technical challenges, inhibiting site improvement and performance. Browsers treat subdomains like different, individual sites for security reasons and, because of this, more and more website functionality is being limited to working with a single domain. Working around these restrictions makes building new features and maintaining old ones complicated, increasing the time it takes our engineers to complete projects. It also creates “buggy” circumstances while navigating the site. For example, you might have noticed that it sometimes shows the wrong artist’s name in the URL when using the “next” and “previous” buttons while browsing artwork in someone’s galleries — this is a technical limitation that is imposed by browsers for security reasons and was not possible to work around until now.

The change is now live for Beta Testers. As previously mentioned, your previous URLs and links will redirect so you can continue to use your subdomains anywhere online, on business cards, etc!


Beta Testers, please help us test!

If you do find any broken links or experience any other issues, please let us know in the comments!

  1. Let us know if any links are broken and any other problems you may come across! Please provide as much information as possible about the actions you took, places you clicked, what you expected to see, and what you got.



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anonymous's avatar
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Ricktw's avatar
It seems to be a good idea, but it seems also to be a big source of bugs, For example:

Impossible to report a bug at the link provided in the Journal "Beta Test: Report Modal And Notifications"
(Fri Sep 1, 2017, 12:15 AM by LaurenKitsune) the last link near the end of the journal and here it is:

devbug.deviantart.com/notes/bu…

It's a dead link! Proof here:

Not Found by Ricktw

(though there is an automatic redirection to www.deviantart.com/ out of Eclipse, cuz I tried in Eclipse too but got a Not Found "Lost in space"...)

So where to report bugs?

Does anyone have the same (or a similar) probem?
danlev's avatar

Hi Rick, that project is two years old. It is no longer an active beta test, so the link shouldn't be working anyway.

Bugs can be reported to support -- you can click "Help & FAQ" in your profile menu to contact support.

Ricktw's avatar
Hello Dan, Thank you for your reply. I'm not a beta tester with this account, and I just moved to a new account Stars-Calls I'm trying beta testing with this new account. But as long as I cannot switch to the old site with a brand new account, I will remain active on my old account too, which has the (still useful) switch. Like this, if I find  bugs, and I assume preferably "Eclipse bugs", I will report them to the "Help & FAQ". Thanks again!
CyclicalCore's avatar
CyclicalCoreHobbyist Photographer
Ugh, I just noticed this and hate it :-(
HeartStorm4ever's avatar
HeartStorm4everHobbyist General Artist
So far, no errors have been detected by me. The links work perfectly on my part. It also works well in mobile version.
lovelybendy's avatar
lovelybendyStudent Digital Artist
i want to try
NinePrisms's avatar

Is there anywhere beta testers can put things about the new layout? Part of being a beta tester is to report issues right? But I don't know where to do that. The help page points to the devbug group that seems to be gone? It's this group now right?

See when organizing my favorites, I can't remove deviantions on the bottom row, because the menu goes too far down and I can't even scroll to see it. The help page says I should not contact you guys in the help desk, but I don't know where else to go because their doesn't seem to be anywhere designated toward this change.

Cians-Sacred-Lair's avatar
Cians-Sacred-LairProfessional Digital Artist
Still hate this change. I miss having my profile name first. The new format feels like I'm back on fanart-central with the other 12 year olds... Instead of an adult and a professional on an art host site
Puffepuff's avatar
PuffepuffHobbyist General Artist
speaking of broken links the deviant art help center beta tester page www.deviantartsupport.com/en/a… still lists devbug.deviantart.com (corrected to www.deviantart.com/devbug) as the beta testing group, which is a dead link
LizLorena's avatar
LizLorenaHobbyist Digital Artist
I am very okay with this change.
Hellobaby's avatar
The newest note can't open, and sometimes I need to reload quite a lot of times to open the unread note. Please check that bug. It happened before but only reload a few times may solve it, not I can't even open a few notes.
Thank you :heart:
Edit: Nvm, I know how to solve it already. Just send a reply to a random note, it will able to open another one.
AdmiralBoo's avatar
AdmiralBooHobbyist Digital Artist
While it'll take a little getting used to, I can understand the need for change to help further the site overall. Just please never make our urls into just numbers, a little bit personalized is always nice.

Over the little while this has been going I haven't run into any errors.
Deltaturtle's avatar
DeltaturtleHobbyist General Artist
I like username.deviantart.com better..
daanton's avatar
daantonHobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I just can't readily get used to this.

Like thomasVanDijk sez, it doesn't look professional, URL-wise.

But also, to me it looks like :devart: might in future be phasing out account names and reducing each one of us to an unmemorable multi-digit number.

At least, using account names, we can tell which is our account (danlev.deviantart.com/) and which is the main site (www.deviantart.com/), y'know?

Why change to what'll cause headaches later on?

Besides, what if you get a new :devart: member who decides to use as his/her account name "notifications"???
michaelsboost's avatar
michaelsboostHobbyist General Artist
Found a bug! I have a few group member lists bookmarked for llamas.  

I can view the member list find with this url with no redirection:
giveallamagetallama.deviantart…

When you click on next page or any one of the numbers, the url stated in my case is....
giveallamagetallama.deviantart…

and it redirects too...

www.deviantart.com/giveallamag…

While giving me a 404 Not Found error.
404 Not Found by michaelsboost

So I went to try the same thing to my account seeing if I will see any errors.

I can view watchers fine with the following url which adds again no redirection: 
michaelsboost.deviantart.com/m…

By hitting next though I once again get the 404 error.
michaelsboost's avatar
michaelsboostHobbyist General Artist
I actually prefer this method over the name.deviantart.com. Makes it more consistent with other social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram urls. I personally hope this stays.
fillyrox's avatar
fillyroxHobbyist Photographer
So I just want to confirm that we are looking to revert back to the old subdomains from a few years ago?
admx's avatar
admxProfessional General Artist
So, I saw this:
comments.deviantart.com/emotic…

would that collide with this?
www.deviantart.com/emoticons/
AKA-38CAUTION's avatar
AKA-38CAUTIONStudent Digital Artist
The URL currently have a minor bug:
It shows a new URL at your page, but when you sign out, it changed back to it old URL.
For example, on my page, it shows new URL (deviantart.com/38caution-mk2) but when I sign out instead, it returns back to old URL (38caution-mk2.deviantart.com)

Just getting head up danlev 
HiyoriNoHiyo's avatar
HiyoriNoHiyoHobbyist General Artist
That’s because it’s only for BetaTesters.
AKA-38CAUTION's avatar
AKA-38CAUTIONStudent Digital Artist
I already know that, but thank!
Jakeukalane's avatar
JakeukalaneHobbyist Digital Artist
this is because is a beta test, it is not full for everyone.  Is not a bug, is intended
AKA-38CAUTION's avatar
AKA-38CAUTIONStudent Digital Artist
Ah okay.
Jakeukalane's avatar
JakeukalaneHobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:

ps. can you send notes from the share option in a deviation?
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