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    Ian Administrator

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    There's a new version of vBulletin out now, so I'm going to try giving it a go - but also give the site a bit of an overhaul :)

    It's been quite quiet, so I'm going to try out a design change and some other tweaks :D It's going to take some time to design and test on my PC, but I'll keep this thread updated as things progress.

    If you have any requests for features of things you want adding to the site, please let me know in this thread :)
     
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    Goober THQ's Jester Moderator

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    Ill try and get a donation your way within the next few weeks for the site.
     
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    Nickweb Resident Filmaker Moderator

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    can we have a super-awesome bit full of super-awesomeness-type things? PWEEAAASSSEEE.


    looking forward to the updates
     
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    danperteet I broke it again. VIP Member

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    how about a site donation button?
     
    danperteet, Feb 24, 2009
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    Thanks guys :) It might be worth waiting till the site design change if you are planning on donating, as I might code in some extra goodies :D

    I'll add three of them if they are that good! :lol2
     
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    I've had a little play round with colours, and here's the test I've made - you'll need to use your imagination quite a bit though as it's only a very basic outline!

    What do you guys think? I'm going to try and use the current logo in this style, and this doesn't show any of the buttons/text etc... as it is a very basic test.

    Would love some feedback, so if it's good I can continue or if it's bad I can try something else :)

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    Zeus Moderator

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    I like it. Looks good. I get paid Friday and I'll throw a few bucks your way too.
     
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    I love it.
     
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    Thanks guys, glad you like it :) I'll backup the site database and do a test install tomorrow if all goes to plan! (I can easily switch back if not, or it doesn't look as good once online).
     
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    i like it too, if you want to photoshopping done to anything, gimme a shout (I'm officially freelance now, and need something to do between jobs)
     
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    Cheers!

    I've made good progress with the design today, so I'll aim to launch it as planned tomorrow - but no doubt there will be some tweaks needed for a day or two after it's uploaded. I'm going to merge a couple of the forums (such as the Windows ones), as there are several that only have a few posts so consolidating them should help get things busier :)

    It should be possible to have the current design as a 2nd template if anyone doesn't like the darker colour scheme. With a click of a switch you should be able to switch between the two.
     
    Ian, Feb 25, 2009
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    I'm in the process of upgrading the site now - I've spotted quite a few bugs already, so it might take a couple of days to get things right. :)

    I had to clear the entire old site and then do close to a fresh install, as there were lots of plugins and settings that might not have been compatible with the new forum version. I'll add things back slowly over the coming weeks.
     
    Ian, Feb 26, 2009
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    S Walch MAME 0.64 :) VIP Member

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    A had a mini-heart attack when I logged on today.

    And I love the new look layout. Just need to sort out some of the forums pictures :)
     
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    Codex85 Mouse Potato VIP Member

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    Slick look. What happened to "New Posts Since Last Vist," though?
     
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    It should be in the top right still :) It will take a couple of days to get bugs ironed out, so I'm working on adding all the missing files/images now :)
     
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    Looks good.
     
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    I think that the site should be 90% working now, I've fixed all the major bugs I can find - so over the coming days I'll add all the bits that we're missing from the old version.
     
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    Just my opinion but I think it's a little gimmicky. If vista was the theme inspiration, I suggest using a little more green.

    The banner up top is a little too flat. i would like to see more of the design that is on the left side.

    I'm sorry but the color theme and the choice of font/styling makes me feel like I am browsing with an accessibility option enabled.
     
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    leadarrows American VIP Member

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    I really like the changes so far. It's a night and day diffrence.
     
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