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Get back the old WHF site ,

Get back the old WHF site , this new version s***ks.

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dap33 wrote:

dap33 wrote:

avforums website got it about right imo

Your kidding? Thats another example of a hideous redesign.

Quite a few regulars abandoned AVF because of it.

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If anyone wants to change
If anyone wants to change their avatar photo, just go to your Profile page, then Settings and hover with your mouse where your avatar is to edit it. There is no indication for this function untill you hover the mouse over and small pencil icon shows up. The template uses show and hidden CSS function. Best to have opacity at 0.5 default and on hover have it 1.0 to alert the user that this area is selectable.    As for the font sizing issues developers will have to create separate classes (Media Queries) for different screen sizes in three tiers: phones, tablets, PCs. Then adjust each fonts and buttons to optimal value for each device tier. Or you can have three separate stylesheets and have your CDN server detect user devices and direct to adequate stylesheet, for mobile, tablet or PC. If not, you will have to look for middle ground for all three devices, resulting in all-in-one unpleasant compromise.    To speed up site responsiveness devs will have to cut off some not so usefull .js and why not just get rid of the custom font kit. Use google fonts from their own servers to maximize speed, response time and cut on hosting costs. Lato is a good font family to replace the Proxima Nova being used currently.   These are few things to consider for the WHF IT staff, if not already in the works.    Bye  PS Finally "enjoying music" emoticon. Music 2
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daveh75 wrote:

daveh75 wrote:

dap33 wrote:

avforums website got it about right imo

Your kidding? Thats another example of a hideous redesign.

Quite a few regulars abandoned AVF because of it.

 

Mighty as well leave this this too. I think many will after this.

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AVS forums had the best forum

AVS forums had the best forum platform online IMO. They switched back to old Bulletin Board recently. Wow, what a downgrade, from Mercedes S class to Fred Flinstones car. 

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A good example of a forum

Red Cafe seem to have got it right. It may look a bit old fashion but proven design principles make this site very simple to use. I'm not saying it's perfect but it's very simple and useable.

The last iteration of the what hi-fi forums were also good. A few missing features and a little slow at times but good none the less.

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Some websites use ready made

Some websites use ready made platforms like vBulletin, phpBB, Simple Machines, XenForo, Bulletin Board etc. That is the simplest option to go with. What Hi-Fi? has done an integrated custom made magazine portal and forum which do not look like two different websites with just a matching logo and colors changed in the forum section. Fully integrated website is the hardest, best, most expensive solution to go with and as we can observe it has its challenges. 

RedCafe is a 10 minute website. Just install XenForo, change header logo and color scheme and you have a forum community. If you want a front home page that serves as a portal, you can butcher the php a bit like HiFiWigwam did, but it is not a proper portal with integrated forum community. As fugly new WHF is, it is ahead of most, in principle at least. 

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HALT!

HALT!

This thread needs moving to the 'about the site' topic.....where's that old forum cop Andrew Everard when you need him!?! ROFL

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Vladimir wrote:

Vladimir wrote:

Some websites use ready made platforms like vBulletin, phpBB, Simple Machines, XenForo, Bulletin Board etc. That is the simplest option to go with. What Hi-Fi? has done an integrated custom made magazine portal and forum which do not look like two different websites with just a matching logo and colors changed in the forum section. Fully integrated website is the hardest, best, most expensive solution to go with and as we can observe it has its challenges. 

RedCafe is a 10 minute website. Just install XenForo, change header logo and color scheme and you have a forum community. If you want a front home page that serves as a portal, you can butcher the php a bit like HiFiWigwam did, but it is not a proper portal with integrated forum community. As fugly new WHF is, it is ahead of most, in principle at least. 

Totally agree. The point I was making was that  internet forums have been around for ages and many of the inherent design/ux problems have been resolved over time. So why not follow these proven design principles, principles that have taken things forward into good usable experiences. I don't see those principle at play on this new design, not the forums, not the homepage, the reviews section or anything. Why attempt to reinvent the wheel?

As for WHF being ahead of most - I have to disagree (respectfully)

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I think people are maybe over

I think people are maybe over reacting a little. 

A lot of work must have gone into the site, and while it’s not (yet) perfect, at least half of the issues with the site are quick and easy fixes:

 

·         Change of font, font colour & font size

·         Reduction of line spacing between lines (I think, probably just as big an issue as font size)

·         Reduction of the size of some of the icons.

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When I do websites for

When I do websites for clients, we install the forums like vBulletin, phpBB etc. for free. Clients can install them with just few click inside their hosting package (example in CPanel). It is intentionally made to be simple for people who do not want to pay for custom made and fit.

If a client comes and asks for a website that is a information portal and has integrated forum community looking seamless with the rest of the design, I will charge for redesigning and adapting a forum platform.

You can ask for a luxury customization company to fit you flat screens in your car or you can just buy plastic clip-ons and few LG screens and fit them yourself. Few wires might show here and there but you saved money by DIY.

I personally dislike this design as much as the previous one, however this one at least has the potential to be made into something good. Just needs more CSS work, tons of coffee and barell of RedBull.

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chrisr1718 wrote:

chrisr1718 wrote:

The new website goes from WHF  Biggrin to WTF  Bad

spot on!

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There's no search forums

There's no search forums facility here anymore, a site search doesn't cover it.

Really poor design on iPad and iPhone at least - haven't tried it on desktop yet. Unstable too, page jumps about all over the place, very annoying. I like the general look but usability is dreadful

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Why does there need to be

Why does there need to be several threads on the 'new site'?

Time to lock the secondary ones and put all the gripes into one basket.

And you know what you get when you 'puta alla gripes ina one basket ana stomp on them'?

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