They have tried to do a responsive web site that adapts to all devices, and they have gotten it all wrong. It just doesn't look "right" anywhere.
It looks worst on my desktop computer—but at least, it works, except for a few 404 errors as they seem to have moved things around and not updated all the links. On the other hand, trying to post from my iPhone has proved impossible. With the previous design, it had its quirks—often, when the textbox to type the text lost the focus, it wouldn't accept more text, so I had to close and open again the keyboard to keep on typing. Now, for some reason the keyboard closes as soon as I type in a single character.
This is very amateurish work. The source code is not optimized either.
By the way, this site is based on Drupal so it's not an ad-hoc application either.
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This is a beta test remember folks. Tweaking can still happen. Should be popular on a hifi site...
Also works great on my phone and tablet. No issues at all. Posting this from my phone now in fact.
I was finding the site impossible to use on my phone - Xperia Z1.
The standard browser which I use wasnt loading the correct options so I couldnt browse for reviews of speakers for example - it just kep t bringing the same options up, the ones I had already selected from - not sure if this is the correct thread for this feedback?
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@Vladimir I saw a post of yours in which you were recommending some web fonts, but I can't find it anymore. Maybe the whole thread has disappeared?
Do you mind posting again your recommendation?
I think it was google fonts that he was referring too
I just noticed its the same website as Stuff.TV - exactly the same. I guess the parent company got a good deal from the agency...
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wilro15 wrote:The fonts are too big, people the other side of my office can read whats on my screen. I have used the zoom out feature of my browser (FireFox) to make everything smaller.
The fonts are too big, people the other side of my office can read whats on my screen. I have used the zoom out feature of my browser (FireFox) to make everything smaller.
But when I reduce the zoom to a size I prefer, then the words become hard to read because the font is very thin. Aaaaargggghhhh!!!!!
I think that post I had got deleted because the word editor had cracked html code. I couldn't split my post into paragraphs for some reason.
Anyways. My recommendation about speeding up the site responsiveness is to remove non-vital scripts running in background and use google fonts by embedding from their servers. Currently this tremplate is using Proxima Nova as custom font kit loading from WHF servers, which slows down user experience and may have issues with browser compatibility in rendering them. I'd use the Lato font family from https://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Lato. No shame using OS default fonts common both for Win and Mac for posts as alternative. Slim fonts are fancy for titles and subtitle or small brochure descriptions, however, not very user friendly for larger paragraphs like forum posts. Best to use normal font weight.
There is also lot to be said about Media Query optimization for cross-device responsiveness but I shouldn't get into it in details. I'm sure the dev team will sort it out so each device type (tablet, phone, PC) gets its own CSS group regulating fonts.
I'll check the font. Thanks!
Also Open Sans from the Google Font kit is excellent and very versatile. 400 weight for post text, 300 for light and 800 for bold.
Best font for mobile devices IME has been Segoe UI. I'd use SemiLight for text, Light for subtitles and Bold for titles.
Front page the rollover images are done with two bitmaps like in the old days with rollover effect. They are not pixel perfect and are twitching when you hover over them. Best to use css sprites, one png for all icons. I personally prefer using clean svg logos and icons where possible because they render perfectly and are retina ready.
I dare you guys use these as buttons.