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New homepage design

By Whiffen
Jul 6, 2008
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  1. Wow really love the new layout on the front page, it really gives the website a more modern feeling. Good job ^_^

    Forums next plox!
     
  2. Frostmonkey

    Frostmonkey TS Rookie Posts: 34

    /agree

    The new page layout looks great, clean, refined :)

    A similair vBulletin theme would be fantastic :)
     
  3. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 592

    Epic win with the new frontpage Julio. Yeah, I agree with frost monkey, we could use a matching vBulletin theme. :D
     
  4. Acclamator

    Acclamator TS Rookie Posts: 295

    I don't like it. I might quit now :|
     
  5. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 663

    I like the old homepage better. Maybe just 'cause I'm use to it.
     
  6. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 243

    Yup GOOD JOB on the redesign!! :)
    It is slower somewhat (Takes more time to load pages),
    but other than that its great!!!

    Grats on finishing the makeover! :)
     
  7. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    I really hate it when people say the word "Epic", it's one of the most over-used words on the internets. It has lost its meaning over the lifetime of the word, anything and most possibly everything that has existed, will exist, or has yet to exist could be classified as "Epic" by the people who use that word the most, under age children on the internets ranging from the ages of 12-through-15. If I hear the word one more time being used out of place I will slap the person who said it.
     
  8. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 663

    The word epic can be used perfectly fine the way Obi used it. But yes, it's overused in epic proportions :D

    Ignore my other post. I've decided to welcome change with open arms. Good job Julio!
     
  9. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 459

    I was very suprised by the new look. It definately looks a lot nicer and cleaner, but took a while longer to load, but its worth it. And I agree with other above posts that a vBulletin theme would not be unwelcomed.
     
  10. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,568   +335

    Thanks for everybody who has commented so far... I just posted my take on the redesign on the frontpage:
    http://www.techspot.com/news/30749-welcome-to-the-new-techspot.html

    As mentioned there, the redesign for the forums come next.

    Also for those of you who are experiencing longer load times, there are a few different explanations for this. The new design is actually much lighter but we do load a heftier JS and CSS pack. I still haven't experimented with gzipping CSS on the fly which should help. Also these files are always cached by the browser, so browsing within the site should be lighting fast after the first load.

    Feel free to comment further or give me any suggestions :)
     
  11. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 663

    Load times are fine for me. Doesn't appear to be any slower at all.

    Everything appears to be working fine with Opera as well which I am pleased to see.
     
     
  12. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 323

    I hope you don't mind that I put the new look on the wiki page.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Techspot

    It took me an hour to figure out how to use Wikipedia, the whole licensing thing was the biggest pain about uploading it but I think I have it right, I hope. Knowing my wiki history though I'm guessing that my file will get deleted for violating something and my IP will get banned again in the next 30 minutes xD
     
  13. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,568   +335

    Thanks for updating the wiki, you may want to take a pic of the actual frontpage rather than the individual news story though :)
     
  14. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,384   +15

    Looks good and futureistic but I dont dig it very much. The colors are almost hard on my eyes here at work on this standard CRT. I like the cool blue here on the forums. Looks neat but here at work on 1024x768 it feels rather crammed and not as well organized. Looks great on 1280x1024. Maybe it'll just take some getting used to. Just doesnt look or feel like the great old Techspot I've grown to love.
     
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    The new layout is kinda bright on a CRT, but looks beautiful nonetheless.
    Good job! :grinthumb
     
  16. Greenman

    Greenman TS Rookie

    Page background almost black - not as blue

    Did you mean to make the background almost black? Compare to the old site:
    http://web.archive.org/web/20070101105619/http://www.techspot.com/
    The form and function are great, but to my eye, that dark blue background behind the white blotter is more of a hallmark for Techspot than the coloring of the logo. Sure, keep the gradient. Just match the darkest part to that dark blue #314252 down to a lighter tint of the same color, rather than gray - perhaps #C4D0DB. Likewise with the footer gradient.

    I'm on the fence about googleapis. It's neat to offer tabs in sidebars, but...

    Much as I depend on google for search, having to depend on it for display of content on my site is a bit like wearing pants, but having a guest (in this case, google) decide whether to zip them up or down. It's just a tad creepy. Of course if techspot is hosted by google, that's moot. But if not, why not host your own ajax?

    I'd link the user profile to 'Welcome User' and make a separate 'Log out' link next to it instead of using 'Welcome User' to log out and having a link to 'My Profile'. That seems more intuitive.

    Are you going to change the .ico ? Right now looks like it's still the old orange/yellow 'TS'.

    I hope this helps.

    P.S. I like that you made the logo 'wireless.' Sweet.
     
  17. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,568   +335

    Hi Greenman, very insightful post to say the least.

    Nice to see somebody else caring as much about the little details as I do, looks like you have some web programming/design background? :stickout:

    To properly address your concerns, I've already tried some of the things you mentioned and did not work for the best. Some others will take me back to the drawing board a bit but I'm more than willing to.

    Let's call this phase one, for now I will focus on fixing any evident bugs on the main site, and get the forum conversion done. Then as we go I will try to polish this thing further, so your comments are more than welcome.
     
  18. Greenman

    Greenman TS Rookie

    :stickout:
     
  19. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    I love the new design - it's definitely a great improvement. The navigation is nicely done, the colors are pleasing to the eye and look and feel is nice and modern.

    BUT - I have to call you out on the logo. It's just too plain. I'd really like to see something done with it, like a border, some gradients, a thicker font maybe or some customized lettering. It's the identity of the site and while it doesn't have to be complex, it should be unique. That logo is definitely the weak spot, in my opinion.
     
  20. Paul_K

    Paul_K TS Rookie

    Love the new site. Modern and clean.
    Don't forget to put up a new flavicon!!!!
    Maybe a new blue graphic like on the homepage instead of the yellow TS font.


    -PK
     
  21. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    Looks like it's already been updated with a white T inside a blue background.

    I like the new look Julio & team.
     
  22. eafshar

    eafshar TS Rookie Posts: 86

    change is good.. usually.. and this is one of them
     
  23. Canadian

    Canadian TS Rookie Posts: 102

    I will be honest, it seems that the side bar is to big. It takes away from the actual stories.
     
  24. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    The new home looks awesome :D

    It's much "sleeker" :p
     
  25. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,626   +320

    I like the new home page, but after you scroll past the boxes on the right, there is a ton of white space. Looks kind of funny.

    I'm also not a big fan of the white T in the blue box for the browser icon..
     


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