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8 years 2 months ago - 8 years 2 months ago #9264 by Tom Otvos
New look, for now was created by Tom Otvos
All,

As you can see, there is a new look in place on the site. Clearly it is a work in progress, but I did not want to keep the site down any longer, and the other template was inviting a bunch of ne'er-do-wells to try and hack in.

The goals here were to use a much more efficient template for the site overall, to help deal with the load time issues reported by some, and to do a bit of back-end upgrading so that I can do extra caching of content (again with load times in mind). I will be tweaking the look-and-feel over the next few days, but if you have specific input please feel free to chime in.

I am also looking for some "dana" in the form of a logo for the site. If you feel creatively inclined, please post something here and we'll take a vote. If you take this challenge, I am looking for something around 320x100px.

Finally, while this bit of work should help with performance somewhat, I am still contemplating the hosting thing to see if we can get a better bang for the buck elsewhere. But that is for another day.

-- tomo
Last edit: 8 years 2 months ago by Tom Otvos. Reason: Added logo dimensions
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8 years 2 months ago #9265 by Kacchapa
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Looks nice!

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8 years 2 months ago #9266 by Ona Kiser
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Really appreciate the time and effort you guys are putting in to streamline the site.

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8 years 2 months ago #9267 by Kacchapa
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Ona Kiser wrote: Really appreciate the time and effort you guys are putting in to streamline the site.


Ditto. Just in case the feedback is useful, the ( new) flag in pale blue I find harder to spot on the page.

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8 years 2 months ago #9268 by nadav
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Ona Kiser wrote: Really appreciate the time and effort you guys are putting in to streamline the site.


Indeed!

I liked having threads with unread posts in a different font color.

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8 years 2 months ago #9272 by Ona Kiser
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I know it's a work in progress, but I already really love having less stuff at the top of the page (announcements, banners, etc.) and the whole layout seems much less impenetrable perhaps just because it uses distinctive colors.
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8 years 2 months ago #9282 by Colin
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Tom Otvos wrote: All,
I will be tweaking the look-and-feel over the next few days, but if you have specific input please feel free to chime in.

I am also looking for some "dana" in the form of a logo for the site. If you feel creatively inclined, please post something here and we'll take a vote. If you take this challenge, I am looking for something around 320x100px.

Hi, I'll add my thanks to you guys for putting so much TLC into the site. I do prefer the boxes on the right, being at the side rather than at the top so there is less scrolling before we get to the reading. ;)

The other thing I wanted to mention is your request for a new logo. I think any prospective artist/designer will want to know the colour scheme you want for your logo, including the background colour. These factors will make a lot of difference to the potential design. Also, is the logo to include the words "awakenetwork dot org" plus the tagline, "discussing twenty-first century dharma practice"?

Colin :-)

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8 years 2 months ago #9287 by Ona Kiser
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hey, view-ability on my iphone is super improved. everything formats into a narrow width, so i don't have to turn my phone sideways to read. much better.

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8 years 2 months ago #9310 by Tom Otvos
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All,

I have been experimenting with alternate hosting and have found something (a) cheaper, and (b) dramatically faster for our little site. So sometime this weekend, between hockey and more hockey, I will be moving the domain to the new host. In order to do that I will need to take the existing site down so I can do a backup of the database without new changes coming in. I am not sure exactly when that will happen, but when it does you will get an "offline" message for a while. The migration will be complete when the site is...uh, no longer offline. I'll try and do some server voodoo to get you redirected to the new site even while the DNS updates worldwide.

The short version: faster, coming soon.

-- tomo
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8 years 2 months ago #9311 by Ona Kiser
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You rock. Thank you sooo much.

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8 years 2 months ago #9313 by Kate Gowen
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All this, and hockey, too!

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8 years 2 months ago #9334 by Tom Otvos
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If you are reading this, then you are accessing the site at the new server. I hope you notice a substantial performance improvement.

But also note your URL. If you are seeing "awakenetwork.org" in the URL, then your DNS is already pointing at the new site so you need to do nothing else. But if you see an IP address in your browser (starting with 75.98) then you are being forcibly redirected here from the old site because your DNS is not yet updated. Do not be alarmed, it will resolve itself over the next several hours.

Enjoy, and if you see any hiccups as a result of the move, please don't hesitate to contact me or Chris.

-- tomo
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8 years 2 months ago #9336 by Russell
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Flying fast now. Good job Tom!

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8 years 2 months ago #9337 by Ona Kiser
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speedy gonzalez!!

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8 years 2 months ago #9353 by Tom Otvos
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I'll just share this observation of this new template we are using (aside from its oh-so-zen-like simplicity). The old template was annoying me in the sense that, when I was reading topic threads and got to the bottom, I would have to scroll all the way back up to the top to click on "Recent Topics" again, to get a fresh view of what I still have not read. In this new template, the top navigation bar is pinned, so the "Discuss" menu item, which is linked to "Recent Topics", is always just there.

Nice.

-- tomo
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8 years 2 months ago #9354 by Ona Kiser
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And it loads so fast sometimes I reload, thinking it didn't!!

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8 years 2 months ago #9356 by Chris Marti
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This is extremely nice, Tom, a great improvement in both speed and layout.

Congrats!

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8 years 2 months ago #9363 by Colin
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Tom wrote: In this new template, the top navigation bar is pinned, so the "Discuss" menu item, which is linked to "Recent Topics", is always just there.

Thanks Tom.

I also appreciate the PREVIEW button. Yippee!

:-)

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8 years 2 months ago #9375 by Andy
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I'm really enjoying the speed increase. I'm finding myself browsing around through old topics more than ever.

Thanks, Tom.
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8 years 2 months ago #9409 by Jake St. Onge
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Wow! From an old jallopy to a new sports car! Dang, Tom, nicely done! This is sweeeeet :)

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8 years 2 months ago #9507 by Colin
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Tom Otvos wrote: I am also looking for some "dana" in the form of a logo for the site. If you feel creatively inclined, please post something here and we'll take a vote. If you take this challenge, I am looking for something around 320x100px.

Hi,
Just to start the ball rolling with the new logo challenge... Here is an initial bash.
Since there was nothing said about my previous questions I've made some assumptions about what you are after and what the background will look like. I also like the font you have chosen but do not know what it is called (or where you found it) so I've just used the closest in my present collection of fonts, for now.

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8 years 2 months ago #9561 by Colin
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Hiya

If you are willing to stretch the width of the logo-size (you can do this in the template configuration - ask me if you're unsure) I think this might look better than my previous attempt.



Although the font for the "awakenetwork" is OK (due to the size) I'll have to find a better one for the tag-line. If anyone can point me to the name of the font Tom has used on the site, that would be helpful.

:-)

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8 years 2 months ago #9562 by Ona Kiser
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I like not making the top banner any (much) deeper than it is - ie the second version fits nicely. I don't have any particular opinion on the lotus and such. But I like the overall style, text and proportions. :)

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8 years 2 months ago #9563 by Chris Marti
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I have to be honest -- I kind of like the really simple look we have right now.

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8 years 2 months ago #9564 by Ona Kiser
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I like Colin's text/font treatment better than the current version... but it's a low priority thing, as far as I'm concerned.

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