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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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SilverMerMira Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
but why ? i do not understand why users want that option to me its like '' do not talk to me lol''
sure spam is a pain but there are simple ways to deal with this. 


Sure enough yeah it sounds like a  great idea but sure enough the affects would play out pretty quick.
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AlmightyAyama Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why? Because not everyone wants people commenting on their page. Because, yes, not everyone actually wants to be talked to. Because some people want their page to be CLEAN of comments.

Cause clearly, little to few people listen to the artists ONLY comment on their page saying "Please do not comment on my profile" or "please reply here". Cause clearly most people don't fucking read that OR respect the one rule of the artists page. Cause CLEARLY featuring that comment doesn't fucking work and cause clearly saying that those who comment will be ignored and marked as spam DOES NOT WORK.

You know how often people such as myself have to reset our pages _x amount of times a day? It's annoying as hell cause people d o n o t r e a d. You know what that takes? Making four of your own random comments, hiding those, then remaking that comment that asks for those to not comment on their profile. JUST for someone to ignore that and comment anyway. And it's beyond a pain in the ass to do that shit mobile.

It's one thing if the person doesn't read/understand the language, but it's another to be ignorant and not fucking read whats in front of their eyes. So if none of the other widgets such as featuring or hiding comments cause it'll show (hidden by commenter) or (hidden by owner) except for when you hide your own on your own page.... why not make something actually, you know, USEFUL to people for once. If not deletion, which would be great help deviations, journals, polls and etc, but also our profiles. Then AT LEAST make it so we can disable. Cause if you can disable them on deviation journals all them, then we should be able to disable them on our profiles as well. I'm faarr from the only one who wants this, and i'm surprised we haven't gotten it yet. Iv'e been on this site for 5+ years and I'm/we're STILL waiting for this god damn thing.

So, does that answer you?
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:iconjbaulmont:
JBaulmont Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017   General Artist
Hi, you know you can delete the widget "Comments"on your profile! People can still send you notes.
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:iconalmightyayama:
AlmightyAyama Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No you can't, you can only view when in edit page, and edit. And editing only allows how many comments can be shown and how you want them to appear.
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:iconjbaulmont:
JBaulmont Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017   General Artist
Oh? I haven't tried to remove it so...
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:iconalmightyayama:
AlmightyAyama Featured By Owner Edited Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not a thing. I've looked before and I looked again once you commented. You can't remove the comments widget on anything.
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emortalcoil Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That certainly does seem to be a popular wish.  And it would be appropriate, really, since that widget is a royal pain to navigate.
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Moosiful Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Student General Artist
Same!!!!
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ZhoraTheWolverbabe Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
Ignoring legitimate concerns being voiced while trumpeting vague happy-fun niceties is clearly a distraction from truths you'd rather us not notice.  Most of us are not stupid enough to fall for that.
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Camilia-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't know that Wix acquired dA until a friend of mine told me about it just now. It's pretty surprising.
Here's my opinion of this: I'm actually cool with it and I don't mind the small changes that have been made recently. People who have been complaining about these changes need to stop whining and try to adjust to them. It will take some time for them to do so. And leaving the site because of these changes is just silly. I would never choose to give up deviantART all because of a minor change.

Overall, let's hope this acquisition may help improve dA and the art community.
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AcuraAquatosPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Student Artist
Its so nice to see someone with their mind straight and sharp...and be able to use it properly :)
Couldn't agree more!
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Camilia-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks for these benevolent words! :aww:
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Icesparkleangel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
I would be okay with this...if you hadn't of set the galleries of non-core people to 1x2. We have enough limitations as it is, and the fact that you're slowly putting a tighter chokehold on us to pay for a CORE membership feels less and less inviting for many others to be here.
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Ikue Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! For the past few months we have been slowly updating thumbnails on site to use the new grid system we announced way back in June of 2015 and launched to everyone for the main browse pages in May of 2016. This new grid was recently released to thumbnails in widgets on profile pages that showcase them automatically (such as your favourites and gallery widgets). As this new view uses Rows instead of a specific number of thumbnails, the amount of thumbnails you may see per row may vary depending on the width of your deviations and other similar factors.

We had this view in beta testing for a while and sadly it appears that some issues slipped through the cracks. We're terribly sorry for this. It seems that Freemium members were automatically served the single row view instead of the 2 row option you should have had available to you by default. Selecting any of the other options would then fire an error forcing you to undo your changes. We have since corrected these issues and you should now automatically be set to the 2 row option and the ability to chose the other options has been disabled unless you become a Core member. If you are still only seeing 1 row of thumbnails please edit your widget and save the changes. We believe having 2 rows by default will allow you to display more artwork than you were once able to –depending on size/shape you can often get more than the 4 you were allowed previously– while showcasing your artwork in a clean and orderly fashion. 

CC: Shadow-Hyder 
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:iconshadow-hyder:
Shadow-Hyder Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Student Writer
Aye! 
The only reason I'm really still here is I don't know of any other sites to post both art and writing. 
I think their game is "Yes, we are still a free site, but if you want any type of cool feature you must pay 5 bucks a month".
I'm calling BS on the staff 
"New additions!"= "New restrictions"
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koibitoryu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
I'm here and on about two other art sharing sites one of which was discovered on the Drawing Day dot org site. So if you're looking for additional art sites to become a member of this is the site - Drawing Day - to start with.
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Shadow-Hyder Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Student Writer
Ah! Thank you.
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Icesparkleangel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Tumblr is always a good place to go for that, best suggestion I can think of. (sure it's got its cons, but what site doesn't, ya know?) it's got no restrictions at least.
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Shadow-Hyder Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Student Writer
Hmm... that is true! I might actually head there soon if DA goes down the toilet anymore.
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:iconicesparkleangel:
Icesparkleangel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
same tbh
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:iconshadow-hyder:
Shadow-Hyder Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Student Writer
Aye. Also hey! Thank you for the watch! :la:
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:iconicesparkleangel:
Icesparkleangel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
no prob!
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Shadow-Hyder Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Student Writer
:happybounce:
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GameTrek Featured By Owner Edited Mar 3, 2017  Professional General Artist
Trying to sum up my words. Had a big statement.

DA is perfect the way it was when it first started. Simple. Then is ruined that with all the extra junk it loads.

Wix will not load on my computer due to all the requests that I block on my network.

Wix is for computer illiterate people. I know this as I have met a couple of Wix users in real life.

DA needs to cut down on loading objects ( etc ). It takes like more then two minutes for DA to load and I have to go to the library. Cut the fat.

DA seems to promote photoshopped photography passed off as illustration or oil-paintings. It is marketing the current trending of computer art that requires a 4Ghz Mac to create. I mean yes you can work in 300DPi or less but otherwise it is excess upon excess being shown off here. Like how a photographer is using a $10,000 camera
for a typical photo-shoot. Making it look impossible and thus scaring people away from the genre. I mean seriously why should we be like the store sales person who spends thousands of dollars on a failing business just to make it look like if we are becoming better and better.

It looks like DA is now the property of Wix in my opinion. As with the captain fats who owns Bumble_Bee Tuna. I would very much like to know the background of the Wix of the DA creators and owners, and operators. No more wizard of OZ. By that not in a lame kick-starter fashion
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wolfhsch Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Dear Game Trek, Professional General Artist,

Since you only have been on Deviantart since a year, why didn't you sign up when it it first started, when it was so perfect. And with the "junk" on Deviantart and Wix not loading maybe you should switch from using a Commodore 64 to a more recent computer. Well, if you've met a couple of computer illiterate Wix users in real life I just have a hard time imagining how Wix could be that 
successful, wonders over wonders... As I said before, if it takes two minutes for Deviantart to load, buy a new computer.

As for photoshopped photography, Dude, this the 21st century, there is a genre called digital painting and it can be very nice and interesting. Having had a look at your gallery, you are not exactly Rembrand, so I would tone that down a little.

Deviantart is not only the property of Wix in your opinion, it is in real life - live with it. If you would like some background on this, Google is your friend...
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GameTrek Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Professional General Artist

The more simplistic the website loads the more users can access the content. It makes no sense for this webpage to load up so damn slow when in the past it loaded like light lighting. All users should not have to fear slow-downs or page loads at all. There should be a 5K mode or even a low-end mode that previews the content as it was before.

C64 comment users should not be forced into buying more garbage that is uneeded. You view the website and it is previewed. That is all that should matters. D-art should have a low-profile mode. I have more powerful machines but those are reserved for work and do not want them to "break" or become corrupted as in the past. If other webpages have all the same features ( minus the mural ) then why can't deviantart do the same. Just be simple to access with low load times.

Simple simple simple for all users.

Next $!#!@@ is going to be over sized gif files ( no wait ) HTML5 files with movies playing in the background. This features is already inside the background of some other major webpages. I do not need an entire movie or feature, or preview playing while I am previewing content.

I will buy a new computer for D-art when you buy a new body for yourself.

Digital painting is a joke. Nobody can do real painting with the computer at all. And even so it is not 100%. Yes I will admit to finalizing work in digital but a real world setting but digital painting

Also yes I am not the TMNTurtles. My primary goal is 8-bit related and animation. The point being is that we are not in a digital painting era. Just forcing artists to do more work for less pay and convincing the public that it is normal. Thus forcing people out of the workforce and losing consumers at the same time. A lot of "Digital Paintings" if any are really just photographs or Traditional works photoshopped in the computer. This has gotten so bad that many companies are just following this $$#! forsaken oil-paint garbage.

A work of art in real life irreplaceable compared to computerized creations. In fact I major in digital art and a rule is that if you can't do it in real life then do not bother do it in digital.

Google is nobodies friend and so is Wix. Wix makes pathetic pages for people with no education in Web design. Wix is just a"Myspace" clone made to look like a website. Next is going to be facebook rubbish.
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SilverMerMira Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Maybe they had accounts before ? i have had loads since 2008 lol
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TrottingPeryton Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If the services improve and the art community benefit then I'm for it.
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Heidi Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
Thank you for the support!  ;)

~Heidi
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:iconwolfhsch:
wolfhsch Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly...
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K-Zlovetch Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Same...
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browncoat4life Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This.
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ArthurBenjamins Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Obviously, someone's off-shore account has just swelled a lot. OOoops - have I just wheeled out my cynicism?
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GGordge Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I, For One, Welcome Our New Insect Overlords
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DNLINK Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
I don't know who's responsible for the recent changes to the widget, primarily limiting the number of thumb images of the newest Deviations I made, but I would be more inclined to get a Core membership is it actually allowed the chance to have more views. Not just being able to slightly improve how I want to organize things and avoid ads. 
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:iconikue:
Ikue Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! For the past few months we have been slowly updating thumbnails on site to use the new grid system we announced way back in June of 2015 and launched to everyone for the main browse pages in May of 2016. This new grid was recently released to thumbnails in widgets on profile pages that showcase them automatically (such as your favourites and gallery widgets). As this new view uses Rows instead of a specific number of thumbnails, the amount of thumbnails you may see per row may vary depending on the width of your deviations and other similar factors.

We had this view in beta testing for a while and sadly it appears that some issues slipped through the cracks. We're terribly sorry for this. It seems that Freemium members were automatically served the single row view instead of the 2 row option you should have had available to you by default. Selecting any of the other options would then fire an error forcing you to undo your changes. We have since corrected these issues and you should now automatically be set to the 2 row option and the ability to chose the other options has been disabled unless you become a Core member. If you are still only seeing 1 row of thumbnails please edit your widget and save the changes. We believe having 2 rows by default will allow you to display more artwork than you were once able to –depending on size/shape you can often get more than the 4 you were allowed previously– while showcasing your artwork in a clean and orderly fashion. 
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themandii Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would literally defeat the point of being on a social networking site. :|

If you advertise your art well you should get views... if your skill levels are up to snuff or if your art generates real interest. I don't know anything about your style/haven't seen your gallery, so I can't speak to that.

Instead of wasting your time whining about views go practice art XD
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:icondnlink:
DNLINK Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Thank you for stating the obvious... Really, I already know that.

I do the advertising stuff and socializing and I'm relatively pleased, but I was thinking that if I was going to invest something along the lines of something similar to Daily Deviations or the Undiscovered pages here on DeviantArt would help a lot of artists. It might be a nice feature for people who have Core memberships to be part of a random drawing that allows one of their pieces to be featured in a similar format to those users who get shown in the Undiscovered page. 

It wouldn't be a guarantee of actually getting drawn or increasing traffic since it would be random, but it would be a nice incentive. 
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SilverMerMira Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Core should not matter in how many views someone gets , users can still get views with non core.
But it is hard and i do not understand why core should matter XD
FA does not have that feature yet they can do pretty well with no member ship deals.

I think some here get it becasue they pretty up their page or it's just how the community works.
Wix are most likely the ones to make this new update push through , DA alone has not done any for some time but after being sold and brought there might be more money.
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TheTechnoToast Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Sounds cool. Here's to the future! :party:
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AngelaCross Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Professional General Artist
Exciting news!
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cosmicbrat Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Powerful people and demonic tyrants follow me throughout the Net, buying websites I've posted in, and erasing them..  Is that what's happening here..?  Just wondering..  just asking..  I hopes not, but I expect it..  If so, then just delete my account, Pee in my face, git yor rocks off, and be done with it..  There's no need to bully me all to hell to tell me my posts aren't wanted...
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AduroTri Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Professional Writer
Well, maybe it'll actually be good and they'll be able to care for Deviantart in a way you guys can't.

Because while you claim to care, I haven't seen a great deal of evidence that you actually DO care. I know your job can be difficult, but when you're not even paying attention to the community or on the site at all for weeks at a time to see how it's faring and what the community is saying: It becomes apparent that you simply just don't care.
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winvistauser001 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I happen to have a separate Wix account, used through my Google credentials. A website I established on Wix has a link to my own DA page.
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minimimy Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I'm not understanding the "Edit" that they posted, does this mean that Wix users can use our artwork for their websites if our work is not licensed? Will we have to pay for this "licensing"? If that's what is going on, then consider my account closed. I won't have people around the world using mine or others work of art on their website and not be compensated or given credit. 
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ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
They're just clarifying a confusion that came out of that assertion, there. It doesn't mean Wix users will get to arbitrarily use your work, but that you may get the opportunity to voluntarily license your work to them.
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minimimy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Oh! Okay, that makes me feel better. I was freaking out there for a second hahaha! Sweating a little... 
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lupus-lup Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017   Digital Artist
I guess that they're trying to say that we could sell or give our rights (for the exposure) to the users of WIX, so someone outside DA could find us based on our artworks 
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