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New site look and software upgrade Feedback Thread

Hello Everyone,

We're proud to announce that the new site look and feel has been completed for TennisForum.com! Our designers and software engineers have been hard at work on this for several months. It's designed to modernize the site, make it easier to use, and to make it more attractive to new members and guests that visit .

The forum software we use, vBulletin, by default is not designed to be friendly to the eyes or to look modern. We went down to the nuts and bolts of the forum software and templates, and have done a ground up approach. There are several things you will notice now that the new design is live.

1) The site should be significantly faster.

We have applied every modern technique to speed up page load and tested with all modern browsers. We want the forum to be extremely fast and easy to use.

2) The site will work much better in mobile and tablet views

We've started applying responsive design, and have designed and tested against android and iPhone devices, Android tablets, and iPads. If you are sitting at your desk or on your couch, or just on your phone, the site will work much better than it did before, and load fast. We are still working on improving the experience even further in the months to come, but we wanted to launch this as quickly as we could.

3) The homepage is bright, crisp and clean.

We wanted the first page users saw to look beautiful, so that when a new guest arrives and is debating whether to join TennisForum.com, they see a beautiful doorway, and they walk right in.

As a forum member you can choose to use the new design (which is on by default) or you can go back to the old design. We ask that you give it a chance and see if you like it. Like anything new, it will be unfamiliar at first, but we suspect that the speed difference will make you want to use this new one. If you do decide to switch back, the link is at the bottom left of each forum page, you pull down and select the theme called "TennisForum.com ClassicI or Classic II".

4) Users will be able to register with Facebook, Twitter or Google+

5) The side bar can be hidden in your user options.

Click on my profile / user cp at the top right.

- click on edit your details on the left.
- Look for Show Sidebar on Forum Pages under Additional Information.
- Click disable and save.

6) Another new great feature is the @Mention user plugin. You can tag members by simply using the @ symbol.

7) Drag and Drop image uploader

We hope you enjoy it, and if you have any questions on the design, please let us know, feedback is appreciated.

If there are any issues you see. Post them up here and we will get them worked out.

Thanks,
-Your TennisForum.com Team.

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Re: New site look and software upgrade Feedback Thread

*obligatory whinging about the new update*
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Well done, big thank you to all mods!
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Re: New site look and software upgrade Feedback Thread

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Well done, big thank you to all mods!
We will still be making some tweaks today and tomorrow but the general look and feel is done.

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That took a while.

Looks alright-ish. A bit too big somehow. Might take getting used to. I'll take a look at the user panel settings, in case anything is customziable about that.
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It'll be fine. I'll get used to it quickly, and I'm sure the benefits will be obvious. Unfortunately, I have to leave for the day so I won't be able to delve into it until tomorrow
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Re: New site look and software upgrade Feedback Thread

Awful. As expected.

The likes make me puke.


Can we at least have a bigger quick reply box ?


Also the avatars are not showing in the classic I version.

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Re: New site look and software upgrade Feedback Thread

I have to figure out how to use it.
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Re: New site look and software upgrade Feedback Thread

The new look is awful. Cluttered, huge (all the title bars), huge messages, image at top of forum, and awful. Furthermore, I cannot get the classic look to work. Just awful. I don't need that side business either (Recent Discussions), as I never had any trouble finding recent discussions! Also, I don't care about any mention plugin.

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The homepage is bright, crisp and clean.
Looks like blaring to me. I don't find that crisp and clean.

Also, I guess to modernize means to ruin a simple and clean format.
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Awful. As expected.

The likes make me puke.


Can we at least have a bigger quick reply box ?


Also the avatars are not showing in the classic I version.

Is it possible to disable the likes ?
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The new look is awful. Cluttered, huge, and awful. Furthermore, I cannot get the classic look to work. Just awful.
Avatars should be back in the last few minutes.

you guys might have to clear your cache and do a log out/in to see everything working correctly.

Any more specific feedback?

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It will take some getting used to.
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Re: New site look and software upgrade Feedback Thread

I think it looks hideous but I guess I may learn to live with it. It doesn't read nearly as well and yes as edificio said it looks cluttered.
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I have to figure out how to use it.
Ping me with any questions.

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Re: New site look and software upgrade Feedback Thread

It's also extremely annoying to have all your unread messages showing first in user cp

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Re: New site look and software upgrade Feedback Thread

Please read the entire first post!!!!

You can revert to the old classic style and turn off the sidebar.

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