New Site 'Look'

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New Site 'Look'

Post by richard » Mon May 18, 2015 1:16 am

The "new look" for the site's static pages are moving forward. I now have two working demo pages online. Links are at the end of this thread:

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Let me know what you think (reply to the above thread). The pages are 'responsive' and should work on smartphones as well as large desktops such as this two-screened monstrosity that I'm typing this on!

I intend to start creating templates in about a week, and to start implementing it immediately afterwards.

Just a warning: There are a lot of pages to convert, so it might take a few weeks.
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Re: New Site 'Look'

Post by MidlandExcursion » Tue May 19, 2015 6:40 am

Personally, I pretty much always groan when, having got used to a site and how it works, it gets 'made over' - however trendy looking it becomes - and I have to relearn how to use it.

Same with this. But, since it is a ton of work, I'm sure you must have good reasons for implementing the change, and we'll all get used to it, so thanks and all the best.

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Re: New Site 'Look'

Post by Stirling O » Tue May 19, 2015 11:31 am

Once again, change for the sake of it. I'm getting sick of it.

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Re: New Site 'Look'

Post by richard » Tue May 19, 2015 1:44 pm

This is just the static pages we're talking about (not the forums). In nearly 15 years, this is only the third 'new look'! The first was very 90s looking and had an almost fluorescent green look to it. That was replaced by the current darker blue.

The primary reason for the new changes are so that the static side of the site work much better on a wider range of devices such as smart phones and mini tablets. Mobile devices now take up over 50% of web traffic. The general design principles (known as "Responsive Web") should also adapt to new form factors - unlike older sites which might have a desktop version and a mobile version.

Most of my websites are going to receive similar changes. Being non-commercial, this site might seem lower priority, but it actually proves to be a good test case. It should be possible to apply what I've learnt over the past few weeks, quickly to my more commercial sites.
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Re: New Site 'Look'

Post by limitofshunt » Wed May 20, 2015 3:52 pm

Well for what it's worth I'm all for updates like this. I do the majority of my browsing on iPad and iPhone so responsive sites make a massive difference. It's the way everything is heading.

To those moaning, I have two observations. Firstly, don't whinge about something that you don't have to pay for. And secondly, if no websites updated then we'd be stuck with awful looking fixed resolution sites from the 90s and there'd never be progress.

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Re: New Site 'Look'

Post by S.A.C. Martin » Wed May 20, 2015 9:50 pm

Personally speaking I think it looks very professional and fresh. Updates are necessary. My own blog is looking its age and isn't fit for purpose anymore - fact is more and more people are using phones and tablets therefore you have to change and adapt to that traffic. End of. Looks terrific Richard, may I add. Only three changes in 15 years though? You're about six or seven incarnations behind BRMweb then! :P

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Re: New Site 'Look'

Post by john coffin » Sun May 24, 2015 1:25 am

Richard, I think you are wise looking at optimising the site for tablets and smart phones, more and more people browse away from their desks, so
it has value, also it shows that you are keeping up with modern methods which is valuable.

However, one point, how come your GNR Engineers do not mention Sturrock, or indeed Cubitt and Bury?
Can I help with that?

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Re: New Site 'Look'

Post by richard » Sun May 24, 2015 4:38 pm

That test page is a cobbling of bits from at least two other pages.

The engineers pages are for locomotives operated by the LNER - hence some oddities like Stanier and Riddles.

Perhaps the more appropriate place might be to put other engineers like Sturrock under the GNR section of the Constituent Companies?
We'd need a link from the LNER engineers section. Not sure how to word it, but "Earlier Engineers"?
Contact me by email/pm if you want to take this further...
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