Updated Site

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Updated Site

Post by Iron Duke » Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:12 am

I would just like to say how good the new updated site looks.
A nice clean "ex-works" look to it, and easy to navigate too.

Well done to all involved !

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Re: Updated Site

Post by richard » Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:29 pm

Thanks Iron Duke!

Sort of an accident really. There was an update that didn't work. This involved support calls with the web host. In the end I had to fix it myself. Which I managed last night, but it was time to turn in, so I left the default style is it was.

The default style that comes with the new version is different to the old style, and yes I think it looks better.
I'm just tweaking it a bit - I've made the blue borders darker and uniform, and I've changed the forum logo.

Let me know of any tweaks that are required sooner rather than later (ie. in the next hour or so, whilst I'm in the code).
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Re: Updated Site

Post by Dunluce Castle » Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:59 pm

The forums looking great guys, well done, nice job.
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Re: Updated Site

Post by giner » Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:01 pm

Loving the snazzy new look, guys! Good job! :D

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Re: Updated Site

Post by Bryan » Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:16 pm

I know the New Posts button is in the quick links tab but is there any chance of putting the New Posts button on the Index page?
Saves a click or two.

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Re: Updated Site

Post by richard » Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:48 pm

It is? "New Topic" on the top left of the folder's list of threads.
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Re: Updated Site

Post by Saint Johnstoun » Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:29 pm

Like the new layout! May take a wee while to get used to but if has a fresh look to it!

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Re: Updated Site

Post by Atlantic 3279 » Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:50 am

Erm, I think I was quite happy with the old version of the forum. I prefer square corners to rounded ones, and I like definite tabulation created by ruled lines rather than white gaps. Still, well done Richard for sorting out the problem created by the hosting organisation! Did you mention the need for some GREEN on the forum too, as well as a logo? Since we are having changes anyway I definitely like the idea of seeing some Doncaster green instead of a shade of blue, be it Garter, Marlborough, Oxford or other. Maybe the LNER coat of arms would be better than the eye-shaped (or cigar shaped some would say) LNER totem.....
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Re: Updated Site

Post by Stirling O » Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:12 pm

I would have to agree with Atlantic 3279 in saying that I much prefer the old version of the forum. Just another instance of change for the sake of change. However having said that I will remain a loyal follower of this forum for it's content is second to none.

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Re: Updated Site

Post by richard » Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:55 pm

Way back in the early days we did have some green. It is a more logical choice, but the problem is getting a decent green on a computer screen. It tends to end up looking a bit fluorescent. The dark blue is much smarter looking.
Adding stripes would require a heavy set of modifications - essentially making our own templates. These would be difficult to maintain. "I have better things to do" would be a polite way of putting my opinion on that!

I'm not entirely sure if the old set of templates are available for this version. We are now running with the standard/default set of templates for phpBB 3, whilst we were running with the standard from phpBB v2 (which we replaced almost 3 years ago - when we had that weekend when I moved all my sites, the forums being the last as they also needed a reinstall/rebuild). This week we went from 3.0.12 to 3.1 if anyone cares.

As to which looks better: opinions are divided it would seem.
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Re: Updated Site

Post by Seagull » Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:11 pm

richard wrote:"I have better things to do" ......
And considering how much we are paying you I don't blame you!

It looks fine to me, I can read it, I can find what I am looking for - Thankyou for your hard work Richard

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Re: Updated Site

Post by Dave » Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:36 pm

Thanks Richard,
I like the new look.

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Re: Updated Site

Post by limitofshunt » Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:56 pm

Stirling O wrote:I would have to agree with Atlantic 3279 in saying that I much prefer the old version of the forum. Just another instance of change for the sake of change.
So you'd still be running with software from 2009 that's vulnerable to bugs and exploitation? Bit of a kick in the teeth for the guy who runs this and doesn't charge a penny...

For what it's worth, I like the new look and thanks for all the hard work!

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Re: Updated Site

Post by Bryan » Sat Nov 15, 2014 6:42 pm

Seagull wrote:
richard wrote:"I have better things to do" ......
And considering how much we are paying you I don't blame you!

It looks fine to me, I can read it, I can find what I am looking for - Thankyou for your hard work Richard

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Thanks again.

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Re: Updated Site

Post by 52H » Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:27 am

Hi all
Congratulations on the new look site, I approve 100 per cent.

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