As you will have seen already, we have been making some changes.
You will have already seen the new home page. We have removed the large background image and video. Indeed we have removed every image from it. We have replaced them with SVG files (Scalable Vector Graphics). They are a fraction of the size and so load much faster, but also can scale to any size without losing quality. They are ideal for illustrations of features where actual screenshots aren’t needed. Those have been moved to sub-pages (like this one). As a result the home page is a quarter of the size.
Running an audit using the latest checks, the old site wasn’t great:
The new one is much better. There are still some issues (like using the generic ‘Learn more’ instead of descriptive link text). However it’s a big improvement in performance.
While having a new site is nice, you will be spending more time with our other refreshed components: the new dashboard, and the new API which powers it. There is documentation for our new video API on our updated developers site.
The new dashboard also exposes new features. For example private videos (ones that require authentication to access) can now be accessed using a JSON Web Token (JWT). That opens up a new range of integrations as you are able to create your own JWT to authenticate your viewers. By providing your public key (the public half of a private/public keypair) to us, you can then use your secret private key to digitally sign your own tokens. We’ve written a guide on how to protect your private videos using a JWT however please email us if you have any questions or problems. It’s an advanced feature.
We have yet to migrate all accounts over to use the new dashboard and API. For now please continue to use your existing links. We have kept a link to the old dashboard on our new dashboard’s signin screen. Once all accounts are migrated we will remove that. Where possible we will redirect old links to their new equivalent or to the new sub-domain. For example to the new dashboard, at https://dash.vidbeo.com.