Friday afternoon Community Manager Zarhym took to the official WoW
forums to let us all know that Blizzard will be removing some of the lesser-used features they track on the official website. The reasoning behind the decision is that these particular features are laborious to maintain, their pages are not well-trafficked, and you can either look up the same information in-game, or there exist fansites that track the same things just as well as the official site. The following pages have been put on the chopping block:
- Pets & Mounts Gallery
- Guild Perks and Rewards sections
- Character Pets & Mounts
- Character Hunter Pets
- Character Professions
- Character Reputation
The full blue post is after the break.
Like any good webmasters, we look at World of Warcraft site stats on a regular basis, and we're always evaluating which aspects of the site people find most useful. Over time, we've identified a few areas that players don't really seem to visit but that still require a bit of effort for us to keep updated each time we release a new content update. For most of these, it's pretty obvious why they don't draw a lot of attention-they tend to focus on things that are simply more compelling to look at inside the game, are a "given," or are already well-served and readily available elsewhere, like on fansites.
Early next week we'll be doing some cleanup and removing the following rarely visited, higher-maintenance sections from the World of Warcraft website:Game Guide
Pets & Mounts Gallery
Perks and Rewards sectionsCharacter Profiles
Pets & Mounts
Here are just a few fansites that provide a wealth of information on the above topics, as well as a whole lot more!