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AvPGalaxy Gets New Alien Isolation Design

newlayout AvPGalaxy Gets New Alien Isolation DesignWe’ve had the Colonial Marines theme since 2012 and the site seems to get a new theme every few years. With Alien Isolation around the corner, I thought it was about time to update the site with a new design. We’ve always had the three-column layout ever since we launched 13 years ago so this may be a radical departure. I’ve gone for a blog style layout this time which I think looks a lot neater. All the content can still be found via the above dropdown menus. I want the website to get back to focussing on bringing you the best Alien and Predator news out there. There are a few more changes:

  • News posts are excerpt based on the frontpage and feature a specific image. I think the layout looks neater than before and you will only see the news you want to see instead of things you might not be interested in. 
  • There’s a lot of self-loading tabs so you can get to things more quickly.
  • The user profile information is back on the homepage.
  • The poll is back too.
  • The comments system on the news posts has undergone some work. It shows the proper comment count now and it looks a lot more self-contained now. 
  • Guests are now free to comment on news articles like we used to have it.
  • You can also post comments on pages now.

The default forum theme matches the homepage now. The old theme is still there and I’ve set most of our active members to the old theme. You change themes in your profile. Feel free to post any feedback or report any bugs you may find.



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Comments: 23
  1. Laurence
    I come to this site one maybe two times a week to keep updated with Alien and Predator news, and this new layout is pretty awesome. I am loving the background so crisp and clear, it really captures the Alien but to also have H R Giger's design (R.I.P) included really topped it so bottom line is that this site is looking great. 
  2. Darkness
    Sidebar as in the right sidebar with all the post info on the homepage. That was in one of the early designs but it made the forum post stuff much narrower.

    Don't know why there's two scrollbars in that picture though.
  3. Crazy Rich
    My response in the "Just Talk" thread.

    http://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/index.php?topic=8216.new#new

    To be fair, I'll try this new theme out for a week.

    Like I said before, the Alien: Isolation theme isn't the thing I find negative, I like it in fact.

    My one initial complaint was the way quoting looked, but you seem to have fixed that which is nice. I like having the full multi-quote thing "right there in front" to read simply, having to scroll one at a time in order to read each individual quote when there was more than one was like trying to figure out a puzzle. But yea, it seems to be fixed from what I've seen.

    My other main initial complaint, which I can probably word better now, is that the prior themes feel more "centered", that is just something I'm used to, the instant the new theme showed up my eyes felt awkward from the change. It was much later though when your words "It was either that or have a sidebar running down the side of the forum." finally clicked. *back to the other theme for a sec to get a pic*

    You mean this Darkness?
    http://i.imgur.com/BmwjwwO.png
    Because I thought I was the only one.  :laugh:

    In that case, I see what you mean.

    You can thank the others for getting me to at least try the new thing for a week, when you only but mention the previous theme was A:CM, well, that's pretty damn convincing enough for me to go from "I hate it" to "I'll give the new thing a try".

    I'd also like to add that I have no problem with the "Main Website" page. It's noticeably more organized.

    I do see the scroll bar on the quote as I preview this post, but considering the size of the quote it's not bad, the quote boxes with scroll bars was just way too small when the theme first started up and in my opinion not necessary for smaller sized quotes. The quoting in this theme is spot on now.
  4. ShadowPred
    Finally saw the home page, first words were "holy shit."

    Gonna do some exploring now, be back with more thoughts.

    EDIT

    The transition from the old to the new wasn't as shocking as I thought it would be. Got used to the new layout pretty quickly and have already grown fond of it. Nice work.
  5. Darkness
    True, but the pages will load extremely fast for you. The idea behind it is to increase our engagement. If nobody visits the article page, then nobody will comment on the news. I do think it looks neater this way. Previously, it was chaotic with all sorts of news posts of varying sizes. I think it's just a matter of getting used to it
  6. CelticPred97
    I don't like the new 'News' page layout. The images, videos and sound files don't appear unless you click '[Read More]'. That may not seem like much, but it is less convenienet and therefore quite annoying.
    (already posted by 'Oliver'. That's me, I was unsuire how to login - sorry)

    Other than that it's great.
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