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#781 OFFLINE   David Bott

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 10:08 AM

Did you consider making an icon for iOS (ipad / iPhone) so when saving bookmark to home screen you get a nice branded icon across?

http://gigaom.com/20...-for-web-sites/

 

Ok, we have now added the Apple icons.  Hope it works.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 10:13 AM

Ok, we have now added the Apple icons.  Hope it works.

It does work nicely.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 10:21 AM

Thank you.  And thanks to Stuart for all the image work.


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#784 OFFLINE   ladannen

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 10:51 AM

The old site didn't allow posting of links to websites until the member had a certian number of posts (I think it was five).

That apparently isn't the case anymore:

 

http://www.dbstalk.c...fans/?p=3125344

 

This member from Pakistan posted a link on a year and a half old thread about Glee.



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 10:53 AM

As for the default IP.Board skin, most sites don't use it as it ships standard with a clean install of IPB and therefore everyone has it.  Most people don't want to use the default skin that everyone else already has.  They want to look different.


If most people don't use it, than it would be different no?

If you feel that it's poorly designed on the default IP.Board skin, then you'll probably feel that any work done to it on custom skins is poorly designed as well.


Yes, probably true, and I don't know what's customizeable and what's not. I do, however, think you'll be hard pressed to find members that "Like" having all that information on the left taking up space (especially after the initial setting). It's just information that's not needed on a regular basis, but if that's the way IP sets it up, than we have to live with it - but it's still poorly designed. It would be like having your profile information take up 25% of the page all the time, just in case you wanted to update something.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:00 PM

Thank you.  And thanks to Stuart for all the image work.

 

Thank YOU!  With the huge task of converting this site to another platform, I am very impressed with the responsiveness and attention to detail you have taken to address concerns, questions and tips from the community here.

 

The icon looks great and it makes it really easy to see in the sea of app icons on ios devices.  Its like having a forum app with full branding, without contracting an app developer!  Nice work to everyone involved!


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:06 PM

On the View New Content page, with the Executive 2 skin, I think a big issue is that there is too much bolded text. With the IP skin, the title of unread topics is the only bolded text. The Executive 2 skin has bolded the "in ... thread", "started by... " and "# views" and the look is confusing, with too much emphasis in the wrong places.

 

 

"The Executive 2 skin has bolded the "in ... thread", "started by... " and "# views" and the look is confusing, with too much emphasis in the wrong places."

 

The issue here again is in trying to give others what they wanted, it also messes with something else.  In this case, the links on the right under a thread you are reading.  Open Quick Nav and Next Unread Topic and the like were not visible enough.  So we bolded them.  The issue however is that IP.Board uses the same CSS call for other areas of the site.   As such, other items were affected.   We can unbold it.  But then we have people saying they can not see it.  Catch 22 with limited format settings.  (CSS code is often reused other places vs making one for every where you need something.)

 

I have just made a change that removed the bold from the overall CSS and applied it only directly to the links under the last post in the thread ( Open Quick Nav and Next Unread Topic, etc).  See if that makes it easier to distinguish items on the View New Content page, etc.

 

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:07 PM

Nicely done if I do say so myself.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:07 PM

I have just made a change that removed the bold from the overall CSS and applied it only directly to the links under the last post in the thread ( Open Quick Nav and Next Unread Topic, etc).  See if that makes it easier to distinguish items.

 

That is much better! Thank you!



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:14 PM

Yeah, these are the scary things that we are changing that all can get mucked up when a new version comes out.   Then we are back to square one.  Thus the issue of themes and making things work as you would like.  I am hoping we will be able to merge the changes into future versions without to much issue.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:23 PM

Yeah... that's the "danger"...  everything can be cool now... but then David needs to upgrade the forum at some point 6 months or more from now and then has to remember how to put back all the tweaks that get broken.  I definitely don't envy him that, which is why it is probably good to give some of these site features some "burn-in" time to see how we get used to things.  It is hard to let go to old ways, but sometimes if we are open to them we might find the things that "bother" us aren't that bad once we adjust.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 03:07 PM

Closing Thread Thoughts....

 

Time has come to close this very long thread and get back to the site and it's content.  This by no means says we are done making changes. We will continue to make changes we feel are for the good of the overall site and that we think will not be that hard to work with moving forward when new versions come out. (Like 4.0 currently being worked on.) 

 

I am happy to report that it has already been a week and all is looking very, very well.  For this I personally thank the IP.Board Staff that helped with the migration and other items.  Invision Power has been so far an outstanding company to work with.  The DBSTalk Forum Staff members, who are all volunteers, who have put in countless hours in testing and development of even some of the graphics used.  And last, but surely not least, the members that helped out with feedback and testing not only before we went live, but continued after. I want to send out one special thanks however to forum member BLWedge09 who has offered his help as a programmer to make some of these changes possible. 

 

I am happy to also report the site and server is running very, very good.  We are running this site on ONE server that has two Quad-core CPU's (thus 8 cpu's),16 Gigs of RAM, and dual 15K RPM drives.  Backups are done via snapshots and stored off site on via an RS1 system.  The server is serving everything...All wedpages, images, MySQL requests, ads, and email.

 

Right now we have about 800 people on the site as it shows at the bottom of the main forums list.  However, what you do not see, is the other 3,700 connections that are being made by the re-spidering of the site.  So 4,500, more or less, "users" hitting the site for data.  The server is running at a load of 1.15!  (For those of you that it might mean something to....that is very good based on what is happening with all the spiders. This number goes up and down, but this is very good news.) 

 

The IP.Board software is very efficient and I am not even running anything I could at this point like Xcache, Memcache, or Sphinx, which would even reduce the load more. Even built into the software I could choose to offload all the images and even the CSS and themes to an array of servers across the US for a distributed system.  That is all built in, but of couse at added cost to do that kind of thing.  Happy to see it is not even needed at this point based on the hardware we are running on.  

 

Even more positive is our site load time has greatly decreased per the Google analytics records.  All while we are being spidered very heavily.  We have already seen an increase in new visitors, page views, and registrations!  All in all, very good signs!

 

So in closing, thank you all again for your help in this journey of continuing to move forward.  It was something I have wanted to do for a very long time and I am glad we have been able to achieve it.  Here is looking to the digital future!

 

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