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Og-preview by marioluevanosEarlier today, Wix.com announced its acquisition of DeviantArt, and I want you to know how incredibly positive this development is for our community, for the platform, and for all artists who haven’t yet become deviants!

Earlier today, Wix.com—a leading cloud-based web development platform—announced its acquisition of DeviantArt, and I want you to know how incredibly positive this development is for our community, for the platform, and for all artists who haven’t yet become deviants!

We need to talk about the elephant in the room. You know, the one that’s been sitting on us for the past couple years. Since we’re all about the art, maybe the elephant was made out of origami and it was nice and colorful, but it was huge and tough to work around. For these few years, we've lacked the resources to tackle the issues that mattered most on DeviantArt, to launch the features we really wanted to bring to the community, and to deliver the full power of online presence and branding to artists in the way only DeviantArt has succeeded in doing.

I am excited to say the elephant has left the room.

This is where art starts and where art grows. With the addition of the resources, skill, innovation, and energy of Wix, our community can and will explode even faster than it has in the past, and we will become more inspired, magnetic, and audacious than ever before.

The collective, universal understanding of what DeviantArt is and how it operates won’t be lost. We'll just be able to do it a lot more efficiently, with the resources, staff, and data-driven know-how to best serve each and every member of our community like never before. All of the DeviantArt staff will stay, plus more will join us.  Very soon, you’ll begin to see the kinds of changes we have all talked about and exciting ones you never expected.

The first time we met with Wix, months and months ago, it was just to talk about an advertising deal. I was surprised that the top management of Wix were there, and within a few minutes, they started talking about what a huge influence DeviantArt had been on them and on what they do, how deeply they love and respect our community, and how excited they were to geek about DeviantArt. It became obvious that we had found a real partner—real friends for the mission ahead.

Later this year, DeviantArt will celebrate 17 years on the Internet.

17 years of creation, kindred spirits, and inspiration brought to life by our rich community of art and artists. 17 years skating along the bleeding edge of feature innovation and all the controversy it brings. And whether you're a longtime member or you've found us via search engines or links in artist bios all across the web, there's a magnetic pull that keeps our community vibrant with life.

UPDATE: There's been some confusion around wording used in TechCrunch's reporting of the DeviantArt and Wix story.

Their article includes: "...Wix will open up DeviantArt’s repository of art and creative community to the Wix platform, giving Wix’s users access to that work to use in their own site building."

Please know that the DeviantArt Submission Policy, Terms of Service and Copyright Policy all remain the same.  Deviants continue to own their own works.  In the future, there's a possibility Wix might provide opportunities for you to license your work -- only if you want to -- to more people around the world.  And, there will be opportunities for Wix users to join DeviantArt and make the community stronger.




Earlier today, Wix.com announced its acquisition of DeviantArt, and I want you to know how incredibly positive this development is for our community, for the platform, and for all artists who haven’t yet become deviants!

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:iconpiplup-luv:
Piplup-Luv Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
spyed Is this why some PNG images are now looking like jpegs and files (like comic pages) that are long are shrunken to the point where you can't read them? If so, I really hope you guys can fix it because it's an annoying problem.
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:iconbs-blackscout-bs:
BS-BlackScout-BS Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018
URLs are hashed as shit and there seems to be more compression than ever. How that good for artists?
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SnowblindOtter Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
spyed Effective as of November 9th, 2018, at 0910PST, I hereby publicly notify the staff and founding team of DeviantART and its corporate entity that I, SnowblindOtter(also known as KawausoArts) henceforth do not license, authorize, or permit unless otherwise noted in written form by way of a contractual agreement to monetary compensation for perceived and/or theoretical threats, liabilities, and/or damages to myself or my artwork in any form, the use or hosting of my artwork by Wix or any of its file-hosting services.
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the-moep Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Any reason why images are now being served through a wix domain instead of the normal deviantart domain? I block images from non-approved third party domains so I noticed that half of the stuff didn't display at all... I would prefer if content gets served through the actual domain of the website that I'm visting, not some "random" third party domain (and I hope that in the future browsers block such a behaviour by default)
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:iconadamlhumphreys:
adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Edited Nov 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
What VictoriaHyde said. I mean, I get the "-pre" and "-fullview" for naming conventions, but let's not get rid of actually useful information to someone who actually goes through the trouble to download an image, (on DSL at that)!
Typical old naming convention:    "[deviation_title]_by_[artist_name]-[favmekey].ext"
Useful new naming convention:    "[deviation_title]_by_[artist_name]_[favmekey]-[pre/fullview].ext"
Worthless naming convention for any human readability:   dcr00yu-533427a7-325f-4715-8ac5-973c97f171c4.jpg (from wixmp.com)
Absolutely worthless naming convention for any given context:    "file.ext" (from appspot.com)

If the dev team is going to go through the efforts of hashing and betokening everything to death, the very least they could do is give a decent resulting file name with the API.
...Speaking of API, I'm now curious if there will actually be improvements or roadblocks DA's API, as I'd like to try use it one of these days. :hmm:
Oh wait, wix isn't even using their own API!? Google owns appspot.com. Wonderful. >_<

As for actual bugs are concerned, I've also noticed horizontally and vertically distorted thumbnails on the notifications page. Very unappealing as far as art goes. :(
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:iconcalvinthedestroyer:
calvinthedestroyer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018
new naming convention [$ rm -f {file-name}]

:)
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:iconadamlhumphreys:
adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Professional General Artist
:XD:
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:iconadamlhumphreys:
adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
3rd one for more clarity despite being unconventional and uncommon for DA: "[favmekey]-533427a7-325f-4715-8ac5-973c97f171c4.exe" so at least the fav.me link is there, otherwise it's meaningless. This isn't to say I haven't seen meaningless filenames on DA before, but why make it any worse?
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VictoriaHyde Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, is THIS why files' URLs have started being mangled? They used to be, y'know, USEFUL, listing the title and the creator, which has always made it easy to find the original dA source of images found out in the wild. Now, though, they're increasingly all dizzying, useless collections of hashes at URLs like  images-wixmp-***.wixmp.com/int…
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:iconadamlhumphreys:
adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
:iconeeyupplz: Also very temporary in nature. I can't let it load, come back, and save it. A bunch of token based junk much worse than the first! >_<
Are you also seeing distorted thumbnails on the notifications page?

Update: Apparently wix doesn't even own the API the'ye using, appspot.com. Google owns it!
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:iconloveofthedark:
LoveoftheDark Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Does this mean that Wix now owns our art?
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:iconjupiter514:
Jupiter514 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018
Good question...
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:iconmaxhedrm0:
MaxHedrm0 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
And one that was answered in the original post a year ago. 

"Please know that the DeviantArt Submission Policy, Terms of Service and Copyright Policy all remain the same.  Deviants continue to own their own works.  In the future, there's a possibility Wix might provide opportunities for you to license your work -- only if you want to -- to more people around the world.  And, there will be opportunities for Wix users to join DeviantArt and make the community stronger."
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:iconthevlogerhorn:
thevlogerhorn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018
Oh yes
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:iconjcoolarts:
JCoolArts Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hopefully as we grow near to the 1 year anniversary of this journal, we might see some input from wix?

Has Deviantart Lost it's Passion? by JCoolArts  
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:iconryuu-girl01:
Ryuu-Girl01 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018
I agree,  it's been a year and 0 changes have been made nor mentioned. Nothing but lies. 
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017   Photographer
This is great news! The web layout needs a refresher. 

When can we expect to gain access to Wix's portfolio tools? I'd be happy to move my 500px website to DeviantART. Take my money!
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:iconreploid:
REPLOID Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017
So, if I make a wix website, will I be able to add galleries of my artworks there? will I need to update them manually?
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:iconusername-91:
Username-91 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer

Here's one question. Does this mean that problems with art thieves, copyrights, pornography, gluttony, and disreputability that the administration has towards us come to an end? Because I don't trust the administration anymore, they refuse to do their job properly.


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:icontysaylor141:
Tysaylor141 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconusername-91:
Username-91 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Until somebody sue this site [and something tells me it will happen] there is no hope for us.
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:iconpoibutt:
PoiButt Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Then leave. 
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:iconusername-91:
Username-91 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 5, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
:pat: I love how you pulled don't like, don't comment. If you don't like our complaints, then buzz off hipster.
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:iconpoibutt:
PoiButt Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
:^)
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:iconusername-91:
Username-91 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 5, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
:unimpressed: Is that all you can do? If you don't like our complaints, then you should steer clear of us or just stay off the internet. I see that you're obviously just here to make arguments rather than looking for any real assistance, so I'm ending the conversation.
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Art-of-DarkElegance Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
so this leaves me to ask...does this mean the excuse of "not having the man power" to deal with things like copyright infringement/theft of art will be gone now? Can you actually address such issues and(most importantly) STOP it?? Take reports seriously now? do something about the issues?
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:iconspyed:
spyed Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. 

Reinforcements are coming online quickly. 
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:iconart-of-darkelegance:
Art-of-DarkElegance Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
so then why are members like de-marco.deviantart.com/ still allowed to post work that is blatantly stolen with artists demanding that he remove their stolen work AND DA IS DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT?
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:iconworld-hero21:
World-Hero21 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Because they are busy with other people's support tickets and other violations and haven't been able to deal with some art thieves yet? :shrug:
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:iconpackofkoolz:
packofkoolz Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Student Digital Artist
its been a year. he hasnt been removed lmao
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:iconworld-hero21:
World-Hero21 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's probably because:
a) They already removed all of his stolen images
b) They found that most of the reports were false
c) The Help Desk is so clogged up (as it always is), they still have not gotten around to whatever reports have been filed on him. You try running a site with millions of people on it and have to go through thousands of support tickets every day, and half of them aren't even valid reports. :|

And after going through his gallery, I'm guessing a) they already removed all of his stolen images. The admins don't always ban someone for art theft, unless they're a repeated offender. And nobody seems to be leaving complaints on his images or profile anymore, so...That's my best guess. :shrug:
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017
I just came back on the site today since I hiatus. Such crazy news. This June I will have been here 14 years. I was a high schooler on DA and now I'm 31 lol. So much has changed, I certainly feel some of the community connect is lost which is why I have had hiatuses over the years. DA predated Facebook pretty much, I remember when it had all these features that myspace and FB didn't. But then instead of innovating and leading,  I think we hit a wall where DA failed to keep up. Funds can certainly be a part of that. I am hopeful this new acquisition will allow for a brighter more with the times DA. I think it's great that DA staff are still kept on- def will help keep the tone of the community. I still have my DA hoodie, and my DA key chain, and I bought many-a-fella for friends. :) <3 
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:iconmaverick3x6:
maverick3x6 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Yes! I'm in the same boat as you! really exciting to see what's going to become of this!
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:iconmadisonabeard:
MadisonABeard Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel like this is kinda old news, but I emailed Wix.com PR about this a few days ago with questions. 
Mostly if we'd have control over what art goes where, and basically if they're supporting us for what they want from us. 

I screenshot the reply I got, they forwarded my email to DA's VP of marketing for this, and it's what I got:
An Email about the Wix and DeviantART Concerns
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:iconmitsubishiman:
mitsubishiman Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017
It has already started, now I cannot access my top menu because of the "update browser to use deviantart" 
It is a link to Google Chrome, a browser I refuse to use, if this is not removed, I will delete all deviations and then the account. 
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:iconjcartspace:
JcArtSpace Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Why do you refuse to use google?
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:iconmitsubishiman:
mitsubishiman Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
Google is by far the least secure browser of all those available, Firefox is a close second. 
Samsung just updated their browser today and I still have the intrusive yellow bar asking me to upgrade my browser. 

This is DA's choice to modify their website to the majority of their demographics, it is my choice which browser I utilize. 

Therefore given the circumstances it is also my choice as to which art site I will spend my time visiting. 
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What browser do you use. I always liked firefox for it's ease of use and costomizability but recently I've been made aware of new and even more dangerous malware that has me wondering if there is really any form of security out there.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Professional Photographer
Then download Opera.
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:iconsparklet-rayne:
Sparklet-Rayne Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well DeviantArt could use some improvement. I'm unfamiliar with Wix though.
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:iconhadestatsu:
HadesTatsu Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017
Ah yes, Truly a positive move for the community, why what better way to steal peoples money for core membership then not deliver the services paid for. Bravo! You have moved swiftly into the WIX mindset! Now, do I launch a complaint with BBB with you or your overlords to gain that money back?
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Emeraldia-the-Kitty Featured By Owner Edited Apr 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
DeviantArt will be absorbed into Wix.com in the Future or DeviantArt was merged with Wix.com?
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DrChrisman Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
better then being bought out by google:XD:
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:iconidoll-photography:
IDoll-Photography Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
RIGHT! God knows THAT paradigm needs put down... 
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:icondrchrisman:
DrChrisman Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD:
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Shitstorm-LLC Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
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rippinterr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
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SoulfulWingedOne Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a little confused. Will this change anything here on DeviantArt? 
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:iconkoibitoryu:
koibitoryu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
We don't know the full details yet.
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:iconsoulfulwingedone:
SoulfulWingedOne Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay.
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