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Old 07-19-2013, 11:41 AM #1
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Try out the new look of the PbNation forums!

As you know, back in April we rolled out an updated front page designed to spotlight content here at PbNation and bring the site up to date a little.

Today I'm proud to announce some much needed changes that are scheduled for the forum side of things here at PbNation. Starting today, you can give what are going to become the new default themes for PbNation a test drive before they become the default at the end of the month.

We're going to roll these themes out in the coming weeks, and retire the existing themes. Yes, that's right, the default themes are going away. Believe it or not, less than 3% of all PbNation users use a theme other than the default, and it's become cumbersome to try and maintain a wide variety of themes that only a very small portion of users actually use.

That being said, here's a couple screenshots of the new themes:

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As you can see, these new themes are "fixed width," meaning they do not use 100% of the available screen width. This is common place in modern web design, as designing for what is known as "fluid" layouts is tedious to say the least. But fear not, because we know people would throw a hissy fit if we didn't give them a fluid option, we also have fluid versions of the existing themes available, with a caveat: I'll be designing for the fixed width themes, so there are no guarantees that things will look as good on the fluid layouts, so use them at your own risk.

If you'd like to try out the new themes, simply choose one from the style picker at the bottom of each page, or head into your User CP and select one.

Let us know what you think, we're looking to iron out any remaining bugs before we go live with this across the entire site.

TL;DR Version
  • We're rolling out 2 new themes on PbNation to give the site a fresh new look
  • Soon after we launch these themes, we're retiring the old themes.
  • Fixed width is far superior to fluid layouts, for a number of reasons. You'll still have a fluid layout to use, even if it makes layouts look dumb.
  • Yes, you read that right, the old themes are going away. Only a small portion of the users use them, and they are old and busted.
  • You're still stuck on this? They're going away, the new themes are way cooler and pretty similar to what you used anyway, get over it.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:55 AM #2
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thx Kyle .. yeah the fixed feels cleaner
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:11 PM #3
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Thanks! That means something coming from you. We loved your work on the 2013 ASM jersey.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:22 PM #4
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Looks good. I like how it will be fixed.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:22 PM #5
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:24 PM #6
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I just changed mine to Greys 2013 (Fluid). I'm digging it!
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:06 PM #7
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Man, only 3 people have chimed in, in a day's time?
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:22 PM #8
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Looks sweet. That being said I'm on the desktop forums 1% of the time.
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:44 PM #9
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im using the new pbnation greys 2013 theme now. it looks really clean. thanks
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:54 PM #11
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Yeah I'm using the new format too...way better than the old one...nice job!!!
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:28 AM #12
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Well I guess I was part of the 3% but changed to the greys 2013 layout and it is looking good might as well get used to the change now
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:35 AM #13
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Is everyone using the fixed layout? Or do some people prefer the fluid one?
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:13 AM #14
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I'm actually using the fluid one.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:30 PM #15
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I'm using the non fluid layout....pretty sweet....
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:58 PM #16
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guess i'm one of the 3%. gonna miss the old layout, but the new ones look great using the fluid one now.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:46 AM #17
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the fluid is really nice with the formatting
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I like the new layout. I post from the PBN App most of the time though
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I like the new greys but I do have some issues with the fixed one. Pictures that are larger than the original post box only make it stretch out to the right. I know with fluid its the same thing but since fluid fills your screen to begin with you get more of the picture. Im going to say that for most forums its not a big deal but when you are browsing some dude's gearbag sale in BST it'll look and feel clunky. Pics enclosed:
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Is it possible to have the fixed expand evenly on both sides until you are out of screen real estate so pictures could fit screens with higher resolution?
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That doesn't really have anything to do with the new theme, the same thing happens on the old themes now. Unfortunately there's not really a way to differentiate between the two as far as the javascript is concerned and not run on fluid themes.
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Everything is to small and centralized with a non fluid display.

Using grey fluid, liking it on the PC have to see how well it does on a GS4 for a while.
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