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I'll be posting various tips and tricks in this thread as time allows, giving tips on how to use the site. I'll start with a couple of essentials.

New HTF Mobile Experience
Our new mobile version of the site is significantly improved over the last version, and is now what is called a progressive web app. This allows the site to load minimal data and perform even better.

If you access the site on your mobile device, you'll see a relatively similar interface to the old forums, however I will point out two very important changes.

  1. New Posts/What's New
    • This has now moved to a button at the top that looks like a lightning bolt. You'll also see a larger button on some pages, like the Forum home:
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  2. Navigation Enhancements
    • Tap the hamburger button in the top left
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      and you'll now have a single, easy to use slide out navigation menu, accessible anywhere:
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How To Post Question Threads
In some parts of the forum, like the Beginners & General Questions area, you now have the ability to choose a different type of thread to create. The most useful of these is the Question thread type.
  • Simply click the Question tab at the top before posting your thread, and you'll get an improved interface.
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  • Once you post a question thread, people can up or down vote answers, and the original poster (OP) or moderators can select a best answer:
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The New Editor
As you may have noticed, the text editor looks quite different now than it did before the upgrade. This is a major revamp of the old editor, and is designed to better handle a variety of content types and mobile devices.
  • The editor now dynamically changes its layout to better suit a narrow device like a phone in portrait mode. On these devices, the editor will slim itself down, hiding more buttons under the more button. Anywhere you see this more button
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    you can click it to see additional options and buttons
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  • A preview function is built into the editor now, and is always in the top right:
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    • Clicking this button will instantly show you a preview of your post without having to go to a new page or reload
  • The attachments system has been completely overhauled, now showing all attachments in a horizontal layout that prevents scrolling down to find the correct thumbnail
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  • When you quote someone, your reply will show a rendered version of their quote, instead of the old bbcode blocks
    Code:
    [QUOTE] [/QUOTE]
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