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Old 04-12-2010, 01:50 PM #1
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Get a sneak preview: PbNation Beta

First let me start by thanking you for supporting PbNation. We appreciate your contribution to the paintball community and we wanted to give you a sneak peek of the new version of PbNation.com.

We've been listening as people have been making site suggestions.
You guys wanted less ads.
You wanted more screen real estate space so you could see more text per page.
You want to see new things on the site without having to go to Updates.

However, you still want the same basic feel you have come to expect out of PbNation. We hope we've accomplished that with this new revision. It's not a major departure from the existing layout, but we think it's pretty cool.

We want to do more than tell you about it though. We wanted to give you a chance to actually use the new version of PbNation before everyone else.

If you're interested, follow the url below and you will be able to opt in to our new Beta tester program.

http://www.pbnation.com/beta.php

What exactly has changed?
  • For starters, there's one less ad on the page. The skyscraper ad that was on the far right is gone.
  • The rectangle banner (previously located in the upper right corner) was made slightly larger and moved to the opposite side of the page.
  • Since we have more space horizontally, there is now a button for the FAQ on the navigation bar.
  • We've introduced a new PbNation News links at the top of the page to keep you aware of what's new on PbNation.
  • We also have a Community Focus area which will highlight interesting threads and happenings in the paintball community.
When you're done testing, or if you want to revert to the old layout, simply visit the page mentioned above.

We're eager to hear your feedback about the new layout, and hope you enjoy it!

Note: I haven't removed the ability to hide the field & store finder, I just have it disabled for the purposes of the beta. When this goes live, I'll be defaulting everyone back to "show", and re-enabling the ability for you to hide it should you feel the need to.

Known issue: The PbNation logo background color will be fixed when this goes live. It's just a side effect of the beta program.
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Old 04-13-2010, 02:35 PM #2
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I like it.

But I think the new ad should be on the other side of the screen.
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:44 PM #3
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I really like!

However the PbNation News and Community Focus is wasted space that is just as useful as advertisment to me and could be put to better use. Just a thought, is there any way to make it optional what 2 threads you want posted there instead? I would love to have my favorite 2 threads there whenever I log on.
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I really like!

However the PbNation News and Community Focus is wasted space that is just as useful as advertisment to me and could be put to better use. Just a thought, is there any way to make it optional what 2 threads you want posted there instead? I would love to have my favorite 2 threads there whenever I log on.
Or favorite section?

So like I could have the VICIOUS section and the New York section there.

But it looks good.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:40 PM #5
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I had wanted to make the above boxes more dynamic in some way, by including hot threads or something of that nature, but it's not in the cards right now. It is something that I am thinking about though, so hopefully at some point in the future I'll come up with a good way to include dynamic content like that without increasing the query count on the page too badly.
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would something like this be possible?



having two rows with links to threads, then blankness kinda bugs me lol
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I agree on the *Blank* part.

At first glance... "woah.... what the heck?"

Divide vertically instead of horizontally?

I will keep using it for the rest of the week to find out more.
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would something like this be possible?



having two rows with links to threads, then blankness kinda bugs me lol
I like.
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I thought that too when i changed just now. I made my own pick:


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Remember, this is designed to run at multiple resolutions, the smallest of which being 1024x768. At that sort of width, there's no way to put boxes side by side. Besides the banner ad size is the constraint here, there's more space to fill vertically.
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I like that more.

I like the features up there, and think that more dynamic content in the future would be great, but just how much space there is between the top portion of the site and the actual viewing of the threads seems a bit much.

I do LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that the side ads are gone. That was a VERY uneconomical way to organize the site. I'm still not used to it, I keep thinking someone posted margin-altering pictures.
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i have redone it and added a new element. I think it will fit with the subscribed thread box, but if not it could be taken out.
(obviously not all subscribed threads, just the most recent 3 or something)

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I like it a lot so far, it will take some getting used to with the big cube ad but i'd rather have that than the sidebar.
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I forgot about the Reso factor...
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I like it, But you cant edit your badges or get to your feedbcakfrom the quick links
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I forgot about the Reso factor...
Yup. You might think "who runs at 1024x768" anymore, but it's a surprising amount of people. Not to mention that wider layouts don't translate as well to mobile devices. There's a lot of mobile users out there, and until we have an actual mobile theme, we need something that works across the board.

I'll agree at a higher res (I run 1680x1050 on 22" monitors) there is a lot of dead space, but if you resize your browser down to 1024x768 you'll see that it's a tight fit.

I'm not much of a web designer, so I couldn't get all fancy and have all sorts of layout changes depending on resolution and crap. Actually, if I had my way I'd make the layout a fixed width and be done with it. That's the way webdevs do things nowadays, but vBulletin doesn't design their product to be fixed width out of the box.
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I like it, But you cant edit your badges or get to your feedbcakfrom the quick links
Oops, good catch. I'll fix that shortly.
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I have a few more suggestions as well. I will put something in paint to make it clear..
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Signed up. I'll leave some feedback on it after using it some more
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Color coded text to highlighted sections



Maybe make this a link to go directly to the Paintball News?

Please give the option to hide the field seach again
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I actually retained the ability to hide/show the field/store finder, but I've disabled it in the beta because people were opting in and not seeing what it actually looks like.

When we launch this, I'll default everyone back to showing it, and you'll be able to go back in and hide it if you want.

That's a good idea about making the title a link, I'll see what I can do.
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