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New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« on: July 17, 2010, 09:42:29 pm »
I know everyone's been eager to see some progress on this, so here's the initial rough draft of the site layout.  Keep in mind that this is just a start, and it'll be more refined once it's closer to being finished.  I just wanted to get something done and posted so y'all could see that I haven't just been twiddling my thumbs:

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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2010, 09:47:18 pm »
Woah, nice! What would we be putting in the gallery? Would it be Pics made on FT, people's fursona's, or any art that we get cleared with you?
Also, will we be able to comment on news, and will the forums be unchanged? also, how would someone like me, with moderate (non professional, but took a semester class) photoshop experiance make a forum theme to match, if there isn't one already?

I know these are a lot of questions, but I'm really curious and interested in this.
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2010, 09:54:10 pm »
Dang, Natasha... this is impressive!
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2010, 09:54:50 pm »
It looks really good!

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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2010, 10:03:55 pm »
Woah, nice! What would we be putting in the gallery? Would it be Pics made on FT, people's fursona's, or any art that we get cleared with you?
Also, will we be able to comment on news, and will the forums be unchanged? also, how would someone like me, with moderate (non professional, but took a semester class) photoshop experiance make a forum theme to match, if there isn't one already?

I know these are a lot of questions, but I'm really curious and interested in this.

1.  We haven't come up with precise content guidelines for the gallery yet, but it would be pretty much be whatever you want.
2.  What do you mean by "comment on news"?
3.  The forums will continue to run SMF, but will be re-skinned to match the rest of the site.
4.  The details on user-contributed themes will come later, if we even have them.  Most likely, the structure will be the same between themes, but we'll have varying colour palettes to match any banners that are in rotation, along with a few standard ones.  So, the answer is "design a banner that gets approved, and if it needs a new colour pallette to accompany it, Natasha will do it".  Although, if anyone who designs a banner wants to make this easier on me, we will be releasing a copy of the colour definition file that shows which colours can be applied.
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2010, 10:06:18 pm »
Ooh it looks really nice; I'm anxious to see the final result.

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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2010, 10:15:23 pm »
2.  What do you mean by "comment on news"?
Well, I am assuming that there would be news of the server and forums updates and such on the front page. I was wondering if there would be options to add comments and opinions on it, at the bottom.
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2010, 10:23:50 pm »
If there is such a thing, it'll be a feed of posts to this board, so they'll be links to threads rather than self-contained news articles.  And if there are server status updates, they'd stream from the lupinia_status Twitter feed.  I'm not a fan of reinventing the wheel when not absolutely necessary.

The only real question-mark regarding comments is whether there will be any comments built into the CMS (drives the "articles" section, as well as things like site rules, staff guidelines, site info, and so forth).  Currently, there's no such system, and while I could theoretically add one, it'd make more sense to have the option to link to a forum thread.
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2010, 10:24:55 pm »
Okay, thanks! And congratulations, it looks great!
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2010, 11:27:01 pm »
Yay! I thought it was just me. Looks great, I can't wait to see what "words words words words..." is.  :lol-fox:

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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2010, 11:29:17 pm »
Nice! It looks great, and I can't wait for it to be up!
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2010, 11:36:53 pm »
This looks great! I can't wait to see the finished result!
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2010, 01:11:08 am »
Love it so far, looks so shiny and nice and green. *3*
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2010, 03:59:24 am »
^What they all said. I love it! Greeeen! I like the little tab for all the personal stuffs too.
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2010, 10:17:09 am »
Like everyone else has said, this is really great. Although, I noticed your use of British spelling has bled through (Staff Centre). Was that intentional, or is it just a habit? XD

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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2010, 02:20:18 pm »
It looks like a great layout, and those words are just...just....*breaks out in tears* BEAUTIFUL!!

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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2010, 03:32:51 pm »
I am looking forward to seeing the finished result!

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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2010, 04:48:10 pm »
Although, I noticed your use of British spelling has bled through (Staff Centre). Was that intentional, or is it just a habit? XD

Both, actually :-P
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2010, 05:27:25 pm »
This looks very nice!

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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2010, 06:09:47 pm »
This is a great thing to log in to. Very sexy.
Can't wait to see the final product! :)
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