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Version History

The Development History of DownThunder



Version 1.4.8 – 21. May 2017

Wow, what a big shift. Apparently the amount of users visiting with smartphones and tablets has vastly increased. From about 36% of the traffic from last year to more than 60% this year.

Besides the upcoming major redesign of our platform we have also redeveloped the way our images are being served. Usually every user would get high-resolution images when surfing through our platform. But this can eat up a lot of data and mobile plans and it takes longer to load those images.

With the latest update we serve our mobile users images with a lower resolution (still sharp and pretty enough even for big phablets) and a slightly higher compression so they load heaps faster. Happy browsing everyone. :)



Version 1.4.7 – 21. May 2017

Oh hello there.

Looks like our server turned into the Bermuda Triangle and all our emails were sent into a hell hole never to be received by our members. It was about time to refactor the emailing class and change the way our platform is chatting with the email server (which is new now too). So hopefully our mails are coming through now. Otherwise we'll have to ship message bottles or send messenger pigeons. ;)



Version 1.4.6 – 06. May 2017

I gotta admit something here. I had sleepless nights thinking about not being able to give your precious data the security it needs. Well now I decided to do something about it. Therefore I installed an SSL certificate and enforced all traffic to DownThunder to be going through HTTPS. Now let's hope you and I can sleep now better at night.

More to come. :)



Version 1.4.5 – 02. February 2014

Wow. Much space. Very fastest. So traffic. Many gigabytes. Nice space.

Oh jeezus. There goes the lunch money. We invested it into our own domicile because the good old webspace wouldn't do it anymore.

The new place is equipped with a dual beating system with several million mega hearts, 2 cups of RAMen, 100 Gigabites (as much as you get when you camp near a lake) for pictures (and all sorts of stuff that you just don't want to carry around with) and a lot traffic (oh irony. As if offroaders would like traffic.). We don't know much about this stuff but it sounds cool.



Version 1.4.3 – 29. January 2014

And again our hunters went out to take down some serious bugs. Comments should be fail proof now and the Gears you get for each comment you write are properly credited. We got a backup monkey to leht him watch after the Chief Monkey of Gears and if he's doing a shyte job we gonna fire him on the spot. Last Warning!



Version 1.4.0 – 24. January 2014

Check your privates! There's finally a solid Privacy Policy to let you guys see to whom we are gonna sell your privates. Just kidding. We wouldn't do that to you. We try our best to keep your data secure and only store necessary stuff that makes your stay here comfortable for you. :)



Version 1.3.9 – 20. January 2014

Maaaates! A small update for those who like to compare their ... gears. Just have a look into the mates overview and see who earned the most gears this month.

We also added an "About my car" section in the garage. Whatever you have to say about your love just put it in there. :)



Version 1.3.7 – 15. January 2014

We changed the way our server stores and distributes pictures. That way you get to see photos faster and use less bandwidth surfing on your mobile phone. There's still room for improvement but DownThunder is now a fair bit more responsive. Less facebook, more DownThunder people! ;)



Version 1.3.5 – 11. January 2014

This time we give iPhone users some treatment. With the new photo upload you can throw pictures from your phone into your gallery without any hassle. We work on a solution for Android users too. Just give us some time and ... heaps of coffee. We're working on that, promised!



Version 1.3.0 – 09. January 2014

Cheeses Fries! What did we think when we put up the gallery section? Anyway, we got that sorted for now. There's a new picture overview and something that we called "Staff Picks" in the gallery section. That means, whenever one of our staff is seeing a great picture, we hit a button and move it into the Staff Picks area. That way great pictures get their credit. :)

We also added a better video overview and cleaned the picture section. There's still some work to do with mobile devices and some odd picture sizes. But we keep that on hold for a rainy day.



Version 1.2.5 – 07. January 2014

Let's talk design.

The former forum overview wasn't really appealing to stay and have a read. We get that! Sometimes things just get created in a rush and released without having a second look at it.

That's okay, it serves its purpose at that time. But we will never ever accept given things. So we changed that for the better and your feedback tells us that you like what you see.

Same goes with the front page. We raised the latest forum discussions to the top and put Dan Thunder and his little explanation about what DownThunder is into the corner on the bottom.

That way it still will be visible but less annoying for the ones that have already read it. We polished a few things here and there too but it would be too much to write about it here.



Version 1.2.0 – 03. January 2014

Take your camera, jump into your fourby, get off the road and shoot everything that gets in front of your lens. Ah, don't forget and upload the hell out of it. We present you now "Personal Albums".

A way to store all your offroading and camping pictures on this platform. Let others browse through your offroading adventures and get them to like and comment your pictures. Go ahead! :)

By the way. We implemented more ways to let you collect some Gears. You make some coin if somebody likes ...


  • ... your car

  • ... your posts and topics

  • ... your pictures

  • ... your added video



Version 1.1.5 – 01. January 2014

Annoytify! Yeah, sorry for that but we really think that's an important thing to shoot you an email if something is going on. But with a later update you will be able to turn then f*cking thing on and off as you wish. ;)



Version 1.1.1 – 21. December 2013

We went bug hunting and came back with some good shots. Picture upload has been fixed (it's a real bitchy one), making friends with others acts now less random (just like in real life making friends isn't a think you can really plan ;)).



Version 1.1.0 – 21. December 2013

Time to save some Gears in your piggy bank. With the new update you guys are able to make a coin here. The gears you collect will make you able to "buy" upcoming features and goodies.

You get those gears for:


  • creating topic

  • replying to topics

  • adding your car

  • updating your car

  • uploading a picture

  • uploading a youtube video

  • creating a workshop tutorial

  • making friends with someone



Version 1.0.0 – 17. December 2013

Alright, let's put the fuel in, check water and battery, release the brakes and then get this baby started! Yeeehaw!



Server Statistics

Our DownThunder Server

Linux based Virtual Private Server

2x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2403 0 @ 1.80GHz

2GB RAM

100 GB Space

LiteSpeed Webserver

Hosted in Australia and supported by Netorigin

Community Statistics

DownThunder Statistics

Members: 235

Member Cars: 111

Car Models: 6052

Car Parts: 471

Pictures: 3080

Videos: 133

Forum Topics: 249

Forum Posts: 994

Comments: 994