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New forum theme

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:47 am
by Flexo
I am updating the forum to a more secure version and one requirement was a new theme. This one seems to be pretty good.

- It looks good on mobile devices.
- It doesn't use popups for message notification.
- It's a bit cleaner and the dark theme seems to be popular.

I will be working on the icons, headers, and animations over the next few days. Please bear with me. If you have any gripes or suggestions please pass them along.

Please notify me of any bugs right away.

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:26 am
by theonly500
The Green bites a little with the white/gray of the background for me. Can you tone those colors to have a little less blue in them?
A little bit wider Frame around the perimeter of the contet would be nice as well. Atm it looks a bit like someone tried to push as much content as possible in one line.
In the full Editor the buttons are a little hard to read.
Otherwise it's great to have something fresh.

On Mobile it looks really good compared to the old one.

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:22 am
by zaim
I was wondering what happened, had to do a refresh to make sure. I thought I came across an alien forum...

Looks Good, appropriate for Planet Express Forums

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:37 pm
by Rose Rogue
I like the new layout and find the gray on gray easy to read.
The only thing I don't care for is I can no longer see which posts within a thread are new. The "First unread post" link still works so this is only a very minor irritation.

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:10 pm
by Flexo
Well, I got the icons for the boards cleaned up. I used some GIF files with some subtle animations. I'm not 100% sold on this template or anything at this point. If anyone has any design experience and some concrete suggestions please pass them along.

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:21 pm
by Xak
Thanks for the effort. I like it - looks great on PC and on phone!

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:29 pm
by Flexo
I hope it's okay. I tend to go too far sometimes. If it looks bad to you tell me. I can take constructive criticism. But just don't be upset if I don't make the changes you want. Some things are too hard to change quickly.

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:10 pm
by nBurn
Rose Rogue wrote:The only thing I don't care for is I can no longer see which posts within a thread are new. The "First unread post" link still works so this is only a very minor irritation.

After reading this I had to go look as that feature was nice. I found that there is a small arrow next to the name of the poster under the name of the forum they are posting in. If it is green then the post is new. (I grabbed this screen from the Khartu-Al thread.)

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Re: New forum theme

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:33 pm
by Flexo
The threads with new posts are also highlighted in a brighter green. That is what we are talking about, right?

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:07 pm
by Hagnar
I believe that is what they are talking about. New post indicators within the thread.

CHANGE is good

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:36 am
by Rose Rogue
Good catch, nBurn. Thank you.

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:46 am
by Flexo
Yeah, for technical reasons I'm switching to another template. This one seems a bit more readable and I can actually customize it more.

Pardon the placeholder art and general wonkiness for a day or so.

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:54 am
by Hellsong
I think it looks pretty awesome so far even with the WOW art in the background. ;)

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:34 am
by Flexo
I fixed that to a Star Citizen image using some of the community screenshots. If someone can do better for a background image send it to me.

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:58 am
by Hellsong
What dimensions are you looking for, and what should it include? I wouldn't be able to do it at the office, but I could give it a try this evening.

Re: New forum theme

Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:01 am
by Flexo
1920x617px is with it is now. I think it can be any height. It needs to fade to black on the bottom with no hard transitions. It also needs to be highly compressed. Figure a 150Kb maximum. Make it graytones if you can't get it compressed enough. If you use color, stick with teal and blue tones mostly.