Welcome in! Good to see you. Spring feels like a short respite here where summers roar with unmerciful heat. However, the houseplants are enjoying new growth! Do you have any plant friends? Speaking of new growth, let’s check out the flowering buds the development team cultivated for the End-of-April 2021 development update rollup!

Community Features Voting

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Now YOU have the ability to help me choose which features should be developed next! All coin-holding guild members can now suggest new features AND vote for those that they would love to become reality.

Access the voting either from the HELP > Suggest feature or Your Dashboard.

As always, discuss and give your thoughts/feedback in the World Anvil Discord in the #development-discussion channel!

Note: If you have submitted a request for a feature on the old system, please free to submit it again. If your request was in the Great/Good suggestion list, your coins will be refunded.

I was talking about this for a very long time, and it was always in the front of my head that I wanted World Anvil to be and continue to be a community-led project. So…now you get to vote for the things that you want!

Go Vote and Submit Your Ideas!

Voting Board v.0.2

  • Added % to Dev Response Bar
  • Added Specialized list for:
    • Most Recent Open Suggestions
    • Most Voted Open Suggestions
    • Accepted Suggestions
    • In Progress Suggestions
    • Implemented Suggestions
    • Declined Suggestions
    • Closed Suggestions
  • Made it a bit more pretty!
  • Added ability …
    • To search through suggestions (by title or tags)
    • To add a URL for discussion after submitting your suggestion

Voting System v.0.7

  • Ability to Vote anonymously (So you can downvote without feeling bad)
  • New track for acceptance: Number of votes
  • Added the ability to add a Reddit discussion to the Suggestion so you can have a conversation about it. (DM Dimitris if you have a suggestion open and you want to add a URL to it)
  • Slimmer profile for the list of Suggestions

World Styling

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Do you hate CSS? Do you secretly think it means Conglomerate of Systematic Sulking or something on that vein? Well … you now have a little bit less to care about!

This is the first step towards Custom World Styles without CSS! Set…

  • A background image
  • Base font color
  • Base font size
  • And more to come!

For those who do like CSS and JS, both those menus are now under there!

Quick-Editing Inside the Previewer

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The previewer not only allows you to view articles in your world, but it will also allow you to quickly edit those articles, even when editing another article! It also provides a link to fully edit those articles.

World Introduction Quick Editing

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Click, edit, autosave!


Hear ye hear ye! The project roadmap has been updated to show the current projects being worked on!

Etiquette Policy

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We have updated our Etiquette policy to further clarify our stance on Pornography and Inflammatory content.

Please view our updated document: https://www.worldanvil.com/etiquette

Maps – Label Marker Styles

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  • See a style to your Labels
  • 3 (1 we had, plus two new) Marker styles available.

Testing – FREE World Exporting for everyone

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Starting on 4/13/2021, everyone has access to full world exporting!

Note: We will give it a try and see how the system handles this. This might change if the system cannot handle it.

‘Quality of Life’ Improvements

  • Both Discord and website notifications now can also include a short message explaining the update to your readers.
  • The Mention system (@) in articles now looks through the tags of the aritcle as well.
  • The “Dashboard” link is now also visible ot Co-authors.
  • Replaced images of maps are not marked with the date they were replaced so you can distinguish them from their updated versions.
  • Recent & Uncategorized sheets are now two different lists.
  • Added @ mention capabilities to the quick edit of manuscripts.
  • Display the Table of Contents of your categories (including subcategories) using the BBCode tag [toc:CATEGORY_ID|horizontal]. This creates an alternative view to the vertical sidebar-friendly lists. Also added the related BBcode tags to the Articles & Categories category sidebar under advanced.
  • If the Date of Birth of children is set in a family tree, the date governs the order they appear (left to right).
  • The URL BBcode tag also now accepts |parent as a parameter which is the equivalent of target=”_parent”
    • e.g. [url:https://www.worldanvil.com/dimitrisromeo|parent]My Twitter[/url]
  • Added…
    • Manuscripts to suggestion types.
    • https://www.worldanvil.com/roadmap that links to the currently active roadmap.
    • A notice to read roadmap/search previous suggestions before submitting a new one.


Watch Dimitris and Janet’s most recent community update-related Twitch broadcast! They answer the community’s most burning questions!

That’s all we have for the development update rollup for end-of-April 2021. Check back again soon under Development News for another rollup of updates! Until then, let us know in the comments what feature you’re excited about! Also, check out our previous development update rollup from end-of-March 2021 to catch up on any news you may have missed!