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Author Topic: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout  (Read 16445 times)

Offline capthook

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First - as always, great thanks to Stefan for all he does and hosting this great site.

As to the new website design:

Mostly for the better.  But here's what could be done further IMO:

Frontpage (home page/start page)
1. Implement a recent topics layout like before.  (And like in the rest of the forum still is).  Like the attached picture.  You know - Subject, Started by, Replies, Views, Last post.  And increase the number of topics shown by like 3x.  This forum is all about eyeballs.... the more is seen the more interest is generated and the more dynamic the discussion (and the more page views $$  ;) )  The activity on a topic quickly drops when it's no longer on the recent topics frontpage.
Yes, you can track unread topics in the user menu, but this requires too much maintenance IMO.
This is the biggest bummer on the new site design for me.  And it seems the overall page views, visits, interest etc. has dropped off since the new design.  I know MY interest, visits etc. has dropped off massively due to the added difficulty staying abreast of recent activity with the current front page.

2. get rid of the large (annoying) overunity banner.

Other:
1. Reinstate extended formatting - underline, italics, strikeout etc
2. Reinstate avatars

Mostly the new site design is ok and it seems to run alot smoother.
But, the current frontpage layout is a HUGE bummer!

(and oh - my session timed-out while posting this - so I had to resubmit  :( )

Anyone else with comments/suggestions on the new design?

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Offline mindsweeper

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I hate it, it's gareish and unsettling to the eye. It also takes much longer to load.

An option for the old style would be much apreciated.

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blue design is better



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Offline capthook

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2009, 08:34:15 AM »
Nice to see an additional 'recent topics' section added... even if it is only as what appears to be a 'work around' by adding it to the (scrunched) left column.
Thanks for adding it... but I still miss the old format!!

And OH BOY is that freeenergytv youtube on the front page annoying!@!
Talk about bandwidth/space waste.
And the bouncing pictures just below it.

I vote: Get rid of those two things (at least the vid!) and implement and 'old way' kind of expanded recent topics on the front page.

And of course, thanks for all you do Stefan!

Offline capthook

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2009, 11:27:56 AM »
Well, still wishing for a better forum design - more like the old software....

Stefan, have you ever looked at vBulletin?
http://www.vbulletin.com/

Awesome forum software for a good price.

Here is an example of a thriving forum using vBulletin:
http://forum.cockos.com/forumdisplay.php?f=20

The old forum design/software was great, the new forum is .......... less so, and with vBulletin might be truly awesome!

Please?!?  ;D

(and that freeenergytv youtube on the front page reloading over and over has me wanting to smash my computer into little pieces  :o )

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
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Offline jikwan

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2009, 04:07:44 PM »
whos idea was it to put those stupid vids?

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2009, 09:47:36 PM »
How about a toggle for the music/sounds on the site only?

Nice sounds but some prefer quiet while reading.

That Said

Thank you Stephen you have done a really good thing here, Thank you.

Be Well
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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
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Offline hartiberlin

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2009, 10:53:44 PM »
Well,
I hear you.
I will now disable the video on the frontpage
and might also disable the flash banner,
as probably everyone has seen it and it is
annoying to always load it for the start page
and slow down the loading time...

Okay, new Guests will not see it, but anyway...
over here the contents counts more than slick banners... I guess,
do you agree ?

In a few days, I will also update the forum with the
new forum software version, when my
used MODs are also updated to SMF 2.0RC2

Regards, Stefan.

Offline Tinker

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2009, 12:12:13 AM »
What they don't see they won't miss.

Most of your Clientele are most intrested in

 "Where's The Beef"

You are the Chef!

Thanks

Be Well
Tinker


 

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2009, 12:45:54 AM »
And OH BOY is that freeenergytv youtube on the front page annoying!@!
Talk about bandwidth/space waste.
And the bouncing pictures just below it.

It is much, much worse than that, lemme tell ya....

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2009, 01:03:47 AM »


hoorah! consign the vids to the deepest hells

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2009, 03:12:39 AM »
Now that we save bandwidth from removing the video, perhaps we can afford avatars?

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2009, 06:01:26 PM »
Can we also get back the recent posts section,two days of actual posting,
the homepage only shows the most recent post.
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Offline capthook

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2009, 07:07:56 PM »
Stefan -
Thanks so much!
The overunity.com experience has just been upped by 200%.

You are a SCHOLAR and a saint!
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Can we also get back the recent posts section,two days of actual posting,
the homepage only shows the most recent post.
cat

Hopefully the software update will allow a better frontpage module to allow this?

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Re: Comments on the new website design and especially the front page layout
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2009, 10:09:24 PM »
Can we also get back the recent posts section. :-\

Wings

 

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