Here's what is about to change.
9 years ago, when I started Lichess, I was not a web designer.
I had no clue how to use colours, and so Lichess is grey. I couldn't draw images, so Lichess is just text and plain boxes. I didn't know how to make a pretty website, so Lichess is minimalistic and functional.
Here are a few historical screenshots of our homepage:
Early version of Lichess, in February 2011.
In February 2014
At the time of this blog post, in April 2019
It worked pretty well, and the same design - or should I say, absence of design - has survived all these years, and brought us to where we are.
Therefore, we're not going to change it.
However, some aspects of Lichess' user interface have aged poorly:
It's time to address these issues with a complete rewrite of the website user interface.
Play page v2
Play page v2 on a vertical phone screen!
We all love Lichess' sleek and minimalist design. It's here to stay.
We decided to use the very best tools available for the new website. By relying on cutting-edge technology, we can offer our players the absolute best speed and quality that the Internet has to offer.
Supporting older browsers requires compromises that makes the experience worse for everyone. For that reason, we are dropping support for all versions of Internet Explorer, and for old versions of Edge, Safari and Opera.
If your browser is in this list, you are well equipped for Lichess v2:
If your browser is not in that list, then you will not be able to use Lichess. You must install a modern browser.
If you can, install Firefox or Chrome on your computer. It's very easy, and you will get a much better browsing experience overall. As a bonus, for a safer and faster browsing, we recommend installing a trusted adblocker.
If you use a corporate/school computer, and you can't install new software, ask your system administrator to do it. You shouldn't be stuck on an old and unsafe web browser.
We know that a few players will not be able to get a modern browser. We are very sorry, but we cannot indefinitely support deprecated browsers. We need to move on in order to make Lichess better.
When it's ready! We are still rounding the edges and testing it, to make the transition as smooth as possible. We don't have a release date, but you can safely expect it within a month or two.
It will not be possible to revert to the old version. Once we release v2, there will be no going back, for anyone. I know that unwanted change can be unpleasant, and it will take some time to get used to. But trust me on this: it's for the best. The new version is superior in every regard, and I'm sure you're going to love it.
Thank you for reading, and may your pieces always find their mate.