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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2010, 06:41:29 pm »
(Now that I know what I want to say):

This is a great looking site. It looks like you really put some work into it.
And I really want to show my appriaciation and gratitude for the fact that you've done this on your time for us.

Thanks Natasha.
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #21 on: July 18, 2010, 06:43:00 pm »
Any ideas on how long it will be until the final launch? I'm fine with anytime, but its kinda exciting!

And like DAS said, I truly appreciate you going this extra mile for us! If I had any money and a paypal account I'd probably make a donation, but alas, I have neither, nor a job (but that will hopefully soon be fixed!)
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2010, 06:56:04 pm »
OH GOD!
IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!

Spectacular work, Natasha. Like DAS said, I'm really impressed with how much work you devote to this site.

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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #23 on: July 18, 2010, 07:42:21 pm »
Any ideas on how long it will be until the final launch?

No.  I still need to work on this some more, I'm not happy with the layout yet, this was just the rough start.
After that, I need to break apart the image and convert it to HTML, a process that typically takes me about 2 workdays, sometimes three.
Next step is to install it in the main website, which is technically already there, it just doesn't look like anything yet.
Next, I need to do some scripting to make all the user-specific stuff (the little panel next to the header) show up site-wide, not just in the forums.  This can be done out-of-order, but it definitely needs to be done before the conversion to a forum template.
Next, I have to convert it to a forum template, which I estimate will take about 2-3 workdays, but I've never done it on such a large scale before.
After that, we start working on new components, like the link directory and gallery.

So, that's the timetable of things that need to be done yet.
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #24 on: July 18, 2010, 09:23:36 pm »
It looks wonderful.
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #25 on: July 19, 2010, 05:46:39 pm »
Edit: Nope. Read the next post.
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #26 on: July 19, 2010, 07:23:58 pm »
Ironically, I had just started Darkheart Matrixa for the forums. Cancelled, unless you think it will take you more than a month to do this.

How to say.... I don't like how open that image feels. Not that I like tiny spaces, but that's just way too much space. *shrugs*

Other than that, my my, you at least know how to pick colors and setups that work well together. Told you that you were an artist, Natasha - when are you going to realize it for yourself? ;)

1.  I don't know what you're talking about, but at this point, no user-contributed themes will be installed to the site.  We won't be using the SMF theme engine once the new layout is deployed.

2.  This is just a rough draft, I have more work to do, I'm not happy with the details.  As for its "openness", keep in mind that this is just the stuff that will be the same on every page of the site.  For example, on forum pages, everything from the "Home Help Search [etc.]" links to the footer (just above the "powered by SMF" links) will be contained in the center white space.  The header info, with the avatar and forum title, will be replaced with the sitewide template created from the final version of the above image.
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #27 on: July 19, 2010, 08:00:29 pm »
Finally got to a computer to see this. It looks great! Very simplified, yet you can access everything, and more!
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #28 on: July 19, 2010, 09:37:00 pm »
1.  I don't know what you're talking about, but at this point, no user-contributed themes will be installed to the site.  We won't be using the SMF theme engine once the new layout is deployed.

2.  This is just a rough draft, I have more work to do, I'm not happy with the details.  As for its "openness", keep in mind that this is just the stuff that will be the same on every page of the site.  For example, on forum pages, everything from the "Home Help Search [etc.]" links to the footer (just above the "powered by SMF" links) will be contained in the center white space.  The header info, with the avatar and forum title, will be replaced with the sitewide template created from the final version of the above image.

1) ..? Darkheart was for the forum iteration before this one. It wasn't implemented on server-side. It was client-side via Stylish and a lot of work. An example of what I've done with Stylish more recently can be found here.

2) *nods* I kind of knew that, but it looks like -drones into silence-. Still, I will say this again: It's good. Really, it is. As to all of what you're talking about, I'd either have to draft it out myself or see it in some form or another ~ Web Design has never and will never be my strong suit, and I'm sorry but I cannot visualize what you mean.
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #29 on: July 19, 2010, 10:19:33 pm »
me likes especially the new art on it. its from Hike fox right?
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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2010, 10:53:18 am »
I think it looks a lot like deviantART with the color scheme

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Re: New Site Layout: Rough Draft Completed
« Reply #31 on: August 20, 2010, 11:55:40 am »
looks great, can't wait for the update!
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