‘General Updates’ Archive

FF breaches top 1,000 websites

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

According to Alexa, Forex Factory has broken into the 1,000 most-trafficked websites in the world! :D

There’s no telling if we’ll stay here, but we’re excited to have reached this mark for the first time. To all the traders who got us this far: your loyalty is greatly appreciated, and will be reciprocated with a continued commitment to supporting your pursuit of profits.

To the best of our knowledge, Forex Factory is the first forex-related website to break the top 1,000, so this milestone says as much about Forex Factory as it does the forex industry as a whole. Given the recent IPO and M&A trends, all signals point to an industry that’s bigger and stronger than ever.

Btw, we recognize that Alexa rank is an imperfect metric. Nonetheless, it’s arguably the most credible grading system for worldwide traffic and tends to be the most widely-quoted benchmark.

Posted by David, Forex Factory General Manager

Forex Factory is hiring in Tampa

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Forex Factory is still growing after almost ten years! We’re sitting at all-time highs in every key metric, and our team has never been stronger!

We just completed construction on our new development center in Tampa, and we’re looking to staff it with the best web engineers in the city. If you’re a top-notch LAMP developer who wants to work for a product-focused company, we encourage you to apply for the Website Engineer position.

We’re also seeking a sales professional with Internet advertising experience. Forex Factory sells display advertising directly to a worldwide customer base, so the position requires significant international travel to meet customers’ needs. Please apply for the Account Representative position if this sounds like the right position for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Posted by Jan, Forex Factory Human Resources

Sorry for the downtime!

Friday, June 28th, 2013

If you tried to access the site in the past 24 hours you probably experienced broken applications and intermittent downtime. We’re extremely sorry for the problems! Reliability is one of the primary objectives at Forex Factory, and we fell way short here.

As for the cause, we were upgrading a load balancer and it set off an unbelievable string of problems for our internal network. The root cause was so obscure that it took our development team, along with several Rackspace engineers, working 20 hours straight to identify. It ended up being the longest non-hacker-related downtime we’ve experienced in over seven years. Sigh.

You can be sure we’ll be working hard to improve our reliability in the future. We learned a lot from this experience and will use it to make us better.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Posted by Scot, Forex Factory Senior Developer

A fresh face for the new year

Monday, December 31st, 2012

We’ve completed the rollout of Forex Factory’s new front-end. :)

It’s a lot more than a facelift! The new front-end utilizes the latest web technologies to load the site faster and make it more consistent across browsers and devices.

While the functionality of the site remains mostly unchanged, the design introduces a new “sticky” navigation that consistently keeps all FF products just one click away. The navigation also employs a wider layout to tap into muscle-memory, thereby reducing the amount of effort needed to get around the site.

Forget how the site used to look? Here’s a screen capture right before the new front-end launched:

We’ve already received some great feedback — thank you very much! We’re working hard to improve on issues that have been brought to our attention, and you can expect to see constant improvements in the coming weeks.

Like something? Something bothering you? Let us know in the comments or by contacting us. We carefully consider all feedback!

Thanks for helping to make 2012 another great year for Forex Factory! Best of luck in the new year! :)

Posted by Sidney, Forex Factory Director of Marketing

New FF logo; new front-end to follow

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Behold! Forex Factory has a new logo! :)

We stuck to our roots with a factory shape, but the new logo bears precision and meaningfulness that better represent Forex Factory’s ideals and design approach.

The old logo served us well. It was a simple logo, proudly guarding over the site for almost nine years. In 2005, its shape was used as an icon to convey the expected market impact of calendar events ( ) — a pioneering feature that would later become ubiquitous in the financial world.

In 2011, the logo mark was again used to communicate market impact in an innovative way — this time signifying the actual impact of breaking news stories. Through the years, after serving millions upon millions of traders, our old logo became one of the most recognizable forex-related shapes in the world.

Goodbye ole’ buddy!

The new logo is the first step in a larger design initiative. We’re currently working on a new front-end for the site that will change the way you see FF. Here’s a preview:

You won’t have to worry about re-learning Forex Factory, as the new design will leave the site’s functionality and layout virtually unchanged. The only difference will be that the site looks better, loads faster, and will be more compatible across devices.

And thus begins a new chapter in Forex Factory’s evolution. :)

Posted by Sidney, Forex Factory Director of Marketing

A better search engine for FF

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Forex Factory has a new search engine! It’s smarter, easier to use, and more tightly integrated with Forex Factory’s products. Check it out: http://www.forexfactory.com/search.php

You can utilize four different search types to locate information. For everyday use, the ‘Google Powered’ search harnesses Google’s algorithm to find relevant content throughout Forex Factory. For Forum-specific searches, the custom-built ‘Forum Posts’ search is a powerful tool when used with the ‘Advanced Options.’ There’s also a News-specific search, and a ‘Posts by Member’ search that makes it easy to sort through posts a member has made.

The ‘Posts by Member’ search pulls together member-specific content from around the site, and it ushers in new nomenclature. The word ‘post’ now encompasses four items: forum threads started, forum thread replies, news stories submitted, and news story comments. This puts all of a member’s contributions into a single, easily-browsed list. Of course you can still search specific post types by clicking on the ‘Post Type’ links or setting the advanced options.

We hope this new search engine helps you find what you’re looking for! If you run into any bugs, or have feedback, please let us know.

Posted by Scot, Forex Factory Senior Developer

New features added

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Since our last blog update we’ve been adding a lot of new features to the site. Here’s a few you might find useful:

Liquidity graph was added to the Market Sessions. About a year ago we launched the liquidity gauge, which is based on activity from multiple retail Forex brokers (calculation here), and the graph now enables you to visualize liquidity changes over the various sessions.

15-minute interval was added to the Market chart.

‘Related Stories’ was added to the News. The feature pulls together stories based on a number of factors such as keywords, category, and user activity. We’re still refining the underlying algorithm to make it even better!

Market Sessions and Composite Quotes are now placed at the bottom of the homepage, further centralizing the information found throughout Forex Factory.

Flex Box technology was added to the homepage, allowing you to customize the Forum and News content to fit your trading style. Just click the box titles to change the settings. You can even filter posts based on vouchers or your buddy list.

If you encounter a bug or have feedback, please comment or contact us!

Posted by Scot, Forex Factory Senior Developer

Forex Factory is hiring

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

We’re hiring for several positions on the Forex Factory team. The positions are based in Tampa Florida, Kolkata India, and remote from Asia or Europe. Please visit our Careers page for more information.

We’re especially looking for traders and economists to join our growing Website Coordinator team, which manages the Forex Factory website on a day-to-day basis. If you’re an Internet power user with market experience, we urge you to apply for this opportunity!

Posted by Jan, Forex Factory Human Resources

FF hiring Website Coordinators

Monday, June 14th, 2010

We’re hiring two more Website Coordinators to work at our headquarters in downtown Tampa, Florida. Ideal candidates will have advanced computer skills, a few years of Forex trading experience, and be local to downtown Tampa. If this sounds like you, and you’re looking for a job with a growing company where you have real possibility for advancement, we want to hear from you!

Get the application process started!

Btw, I’ve been working at FF for over five years and can vouch that this is an awesome company to work for. ;)

Posted by Sidney, Forex Factory Director of Marketing

FXCM Expo sponsored by FF

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Forex Factory is a proud sponsor of the FXCM Expo at the Rio in Las Vegas, May 3-4, 2010!

This free two-day event includes educational courses for all trading levels taught by FXCM’s course instructors as well as the DailyFX research analysts. There will be over 60 classes and workshops covering a wide range of topics important to today’s Forex trader. Many FF members will be pleased to know there’ll be a course track designed specifically for the MetaTrader community! See the full workshop schedule.

You can register for the Expo, for free, at fxcmexpo.com, or contact an FXCM representative for more information at 1.888.503.6739 or info@fxcm.com.

Please note FXCM has secured a limited number of discount rooms at the Rio for Expo guests. By staying at the Rio, not only are you an elevator ride from all the action, but every room is a luxurious suite! In order to get the exclusive Expo discount, you need to reserve your room online before they’re all gone!

See you in Vegas! :)

Posted by Sidney, Forex Factory Director of Marketing