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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-23-2016, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hello Everyone,

We're proud to announce that the new site look and feel has been completed for CatForums.com! Our designers and software engineers have been hard at work on this for several months. It's designed to modernize the site, make it easier to use, and to make it more attractive to new members and guests that visit .

The forum software we use, vBulletin, by default is not designed to be friendly to the eyes or to look modern. We went down to the nuts and bolts of the forum software and templates, and have done a ground up approach. There are several things you will notice now that the new design is live.

1) The site should be significantly faster.

We have applied every modern technique to speed up page load and tested with all modern browsers. We want the forum to be extremely fast and easy to use.

2) The site will work much better in mobile and tablet views

We've started applying responsive design, and have designed and tested against android and iPhone devices, Android tablets, and iPads. If you are sitting at your desk or on your couch, or just on your phone, the site will work much better than it did before, and load fast. We are still working on improving the experience even further in the months to come, but we wanted to launch this as quickly as we could.

3) The homepage is bright, crisp and clean.

We wanted the first page users saw to look beautiful, so that when a new guest arrives and is debating whether to join CatForums.com, they see a beautiful doorway, and they walk right in.

4) Users will be able to register with Facebook

5) The side bar can be hidden in your user options.

Click on my profile / user cp at the top right.

- click on edit your details on the left.
- Look for Show Sidebar on Forum Pages under Additional Information.
- Click disable and save.

6) Another new great feature is the @Mention user plugin. You can tag members by simply using the @ symbol.

7) Drag and Drop image uploader

We hope you enjoy it, and if you have any questions on the design, please let us know, feedback is appreciated.

If there are any issues you see. Post them up here and we will get them worked out.

Thanks,
-Your CatForums.com Team.
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post #3 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-23-2016, 02:09 PM
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This is so Michael easier to read on my phone.
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That should have said MUCH easier. Stupid autocorrect.
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This is so Michael easier to read on my phone.
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That should have said MUCH easier. Stupid autocorrect.
@Sundown, great news!!!

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How do we turn off this new forum theme?

What has happened?

The forum used to be nice and functional, now its absolutely hideous =(

Are there any preference settings we can use to go back to the old style - I looked but didnt see anything obvious.
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Its awful - is there a way to go back, or at least make it look the same?

It used to be nice and simple and compact. Now its enormous and full of frilly graphics.
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Hideous may be a bit strong - but its definitely takes up more space.
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Adelea, I think that those of us (me included) who prefer the simplest and most pared-down of techie things are a distinct minority. So, keeping that in mind, my feedback:

Overall, I'm fine with it, and I think it was probably a necessary update. It was a shock at first, but I do see that it has a warmer and more welcoming feel, and the layout is similar enough to what it was before that it's easy to navigate. I already can't remember what it looked like before, lol. I think the primary color was blue, though, and it definitely had a utilitarian look that's never particularly welcoming.

The only minor quibble I have is that I had a hard time finding a couple of things that I always use. I figured it was easier to show you than to try to explain, so there's an image below.

The two lines that say "Welcome [user]" and then list the forums: they're hard to see because of the bold colors above and below. Now that I know where they are, it's not a problem, and most people probably don't use those lines anyway. But if it's not a big deal to change, I'd suggest maybe putting those two lines in bold.



PS: I *love* the drag & drop feature!!
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GOOD change! Looks tuff!
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