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News We're Back Online With Our New Design!

Discussion in 'Signs101 Website News' started by Signs101Admin, Jan 24, 2017.

Like our new design? Vote in the poll and post about it...

  1. Yes. Sorta brilliant.

    22.8%
  2. Eh...

    38.6%
  3. Nope. Kinda sux.

    38.6%
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  1. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    on either at users discretion.
     
  2. Northern Design

    Northern Design Northern Design Graphics

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    Change it back to the way it was before you screwed it up
     
  3. Signs101Admin

    Signs101Admin Owner

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    Excuse me?
     
  4. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

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    Things are coming around like a new pair of shoes - hurts at first but if they are the right size will glide on like slippers & be taken for granted soon enough.

    What's with all the robots on line (72 last I checked)?.
    Are they listening in & learning so they can take our jobs?!

    wayne k
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  5. SignsSupport

    SignsSupport Support & Tech Administrator

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    Northern DesignNorthern Design - Thanks for taking the time..
    I you have any - We will appreciate and take into consideration any constructive feedback you have to offer.
    Thanks,

    J.
     
  6. SignsSupport

    SignsSupport Support & Tech Administrator

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    The robots are search engines. They are indexing the site content which is now using the new Xenforo SEO'ed link structure.
    I don't think the number of robots actually showed in the vBulletin install. But it's a good thing to get all forum content indexed /re-indexed so that people can find the site when looking for specific search terms relevant to the this Signs101 niche.
    You're likely seeing Googlebots and Bing bots, Yahoo bots, etc... It's a good thing.

    J.
     
  7. SignsSupport

    SignsSupport Support & Tech Administrator

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    Eon MediaEon Media should be able to answer whether the upload size should be increased. It should be noted that the vBulletin upload size was much smaller. 1MB is plenty for an uploaded image IMO though...

    The line break issues should be fixed. Can you verify please ikarasuikarasu

    This has been implemented PaulyPauly:
    signs101-homepage-newsnav.png

    Thanks for the suggestion!


    signagesignage - I don't believe that's an option in the Xenforo default featureset.
    I'll check and see - but I don't think it's an option...

    J.
     
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  8. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

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    I pretty much figured that but I am sticking with my Skynet theory.
     
  9. Pauly

    Pauly Colour Guru

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    :) It's great to be apart of a community that listens to their members.

    I'm a huge forum user. A lot of different layouts, Some are good and same are quite cluttered. I find my self to stay off the cluttered ones that are hard to navigate around. It's more of an annoyance when searching for something. S101 has been good, and it's good to see it's been kept that way.
     
  10. heyskull

    heyskull Very Active Member

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    I am usually all for change.
    But when logging on this afternoon I had to check twice to see if I hadn't come to the wrong site.
    Signs 101 layout was more than user friendly and as they say "if it ain't broken, don't fix it!"
    Their is enough crap going on in my work life without my favourite signs site trying something new.
    Why Oh Why Oh Why?

    I guess it is the new owner flexing his muscle and listening to so called web page designers.

    Not a Happy Chicken :(

    SC
     
  11. Gino

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    Well, thank you. I was told it couldn't be done, that it was an add-on that was not gonna be entertained, but you can now see who else is on a thread while on one yourself. I guess easier done than said.
     
  12. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Ahhh..... wouldn't you be considered a rooster and not a chicken ?? Just an observation. :confused:
     
  13. SignsSupport

    SignsSupport Support & Tech Administrator

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    PaulyPauly - Thanks for the feedback. I hope you continue to enjoy.

    heyskullheyskull - vBulletin is a dead script. It has no upgrade path and the developers act as if they don't care about the millions of customers they've disappointed.

    Xenforo is continually developed, will receive enhanced functionality, is security tight and issue free; It is much more intuitive & easier to navigate on both the front and back ends of the software and is generally well-received by the public and its license holders. The new theme is modern, uncluttered and an update on the old vB4 forum. This is NOT change for the sake of change. A lot of planning and a boatload of work has gone into the upgrade and we're happy with the progress being made.

    If you care to familiarize yourself with the new layout and functionality - you may be surprised to find that you enjoy surfing Signs101 much better on the new platform. If not - Well - it's too late to look back now. This is forward progress. It is an UPGRADE in most every way. Websites, social media sites and posting boards do receive upgrades every once in a while.

    Sorry to hear about the crap going on in your life though...

    GinoGino - You simply cannot please everyone. Fortunately - Paul purchased and installed the additional functionality. I finished the styling earlier this morning and it is rather nice!
    You're welcome. ;)

    J.
     
  14. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    That 'added feature' of who has also read or... at least opened a thread is nice, too.

    I have another one, but someone said it was already accomplished, but I can't find it.

    When looking for a particular member, before, one could go to the appropriate alphabetical letter of the name and start from there... kinda putting aside looking through 1800 pages. Now, one has to just start at the beginning and go through lotsa pages if the name is Milton or Nigel. Am I missing something or is this not a possibility.

    :thankyou:
     
  15. Phenex

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    Just curious about something. If you look at the picture below, which is a screen print of the Home page and focus on the circled area.

    The title bar shows Replies and Views and then below in the first line we see a stacked Replies and Views with the count for each on the right.

    Shouldn't the replies total be in the Replies column and the views total in the Views column?

    s101-replies-views.jpg
     
  16. SignsSupport

    SignsSupport Support & Tech Administrator

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    GinoGino - Xenforo does not have a native alphabetical pagination functionality. There is, though, a search functionality that I believe is a bit of an enhancement of even going through pages and pages of members with the letter "G" for example. It's simple - just locate the "Find Members" formfield in the left-hand sidebar and start typing the username:
    signs101-memberlist-search.gif

    There actually is a premium modification to that would allow sorting the memberlist by username, join date, last activity and a myriad of other options.
    I'll let Paul know about it a bit later.

    HTH,

    J.
     
  17. SignsSupport

    SignsSupport Support & Tech Administrator

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    Hi PhenexPhenex - Probably yes. But that's really nitpicking. There are a bit more priority issues to take care of at the moment.
    Thanks for pointing that out though.

    J.
     
  18. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    Not nitpicking at all. It makes the page confusing. It would also be much more user friendly to have the forum that the thread is in displayed in its own column.
     
  19. SignsSupport

    SignsSupport Support & Tech Administrator

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    I'm not going to argue about the definition of nitpicking! It seems rather ... a thankless argument if I'm to be perfectly honest. What I will do is post the distinction between the vBulletin homepage and the current Xenforo homepage. See the wayback machine for further reference:

    2017-01-31_11-24-23.png

    The pages show the exact same information!
    1. Thread title
    2. Thread starter
    3. Thread date
    4. Last poster's username
    5. Last post time
    6. Thread replies
    7. Thread views

    Only the Xenforo recent posts widget is enhanced. The Xenforo page shows all of the above with the addition of the the thread starters avatar & latest poster's avatar. You see thread pagination for multiple page threads. You have the option of click the star icon which if you're subscribed to the thread will browse to the first unread post. Clicking the thread title browses to the original post.

    On mouseover - you see an excerpt of the original post with the thread starters username and original post date.
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    The current XenPorta2 homepage is an ENHANCEMENT! Can you guys appreciate the distinction?

    At anyrate - we appreciate the feedback and constructive critique and are obviously taking member suggestions and implementing the ones that we think will work well for Signs101. Xenforo is a different forum platform. It's better than vBulletin in the opinions of many who are actually knowledgable about both the history of the platforms and the distinction between their functionality. Signs101 -- as far as I know -- is on the Xenforo platform for the long-haul because IT -- unlike vBulletin -- is continually being developed, supported and enhanced.

    I would like to suggest that we kinda get used to Signs101 on Xenforo and appreciate Eon MediaEon Media for the time, creativity & money he has sank into trying to make this community BETTER for all registered, Merchant, Merchant (Special) & Premium members.

    Thanks for your consideration. And if you feel the need to change your poll vote = Click the "Change Your Vote" option in the poll above.

    J.
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2017
  20. Signs101Admin

    Signs101Admin Owner

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    Member List Sorting now added.
     
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