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ZRoadster.org has a darker side... (as well as a light one)...

Discussion in 'Site Announcements and Feedback' started by GazHyde, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. GazHyde

    GazHyde The Gaz Monkey
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    Excuse the poor attempt at humour :angelic: but it probably got your attention!

    Just making some visual changes to make my life considerable easier (and to get us ready for the next release of XenForo). Read on to the bottom if you want to start using the new theme straight away...

    Your comments as always are welcome :)

    97.6% of the members signed up here use the default theme which looks like this.
    upload_2014-2-18_12-13-54.png

    When we first launched a few people said it was too bright on the eyes, so I introduced this dark version to run alongside it. This is currently used by 0.8% of the members!
    upload_2014-2-18_12-15-11.png

    There is also a "Naked Zorg" version (used by 0.4%) which removes the Media Gallery from the front page. This is for those with slower internet connections (feedback required especially from those users!)

    Times have moved on now, and I won't be able to support three separate themes as it's a pain in the ass, and three times the work to edit (the dark theme may not be updated by the developer at all for the next version of XenForo).

    As a result I have purchased a new theme framework which means I only have one to edit, reducing the amount of time to upgrade the site each time an update is released. In effect it means I probably won't have any work to do theme wise during an upgrade ;)

    It comes with a dark version which looks like this...
    upload_2014-2-18_12-17-58.png

    ...and a light version which looks like this...
    upload_2014-2-18_12-19-17.png

    You can try these out right now before I make the switch live (at the weekend), by using the Style Chooser in the bottom left hand corner of your screen.
    upload_2014-2-18_12-25-54.png

    They are called ZRoadster Light & ZRoadster Dark and are available to be used from now onwards!
    upload_2014-2-18_12-29-2.png

    I will be making the light version the default theme this weekend, then disabling the current 3 options. Those who want to use the dark theme will need to select it manually. I may get chance to find out who uses it from the database and manually switch it over as there are only about 4 who use dark currently!

    IMPORTANT: NO FUNCTIONALITY HAS CHANGED EXCEPT THE STYLING! All the current options are in the same place, they will just look slightly different!

    Gary
     
  2. t-tony

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    Will have a look later Gary. You sure do keep yourself busy. Thank you.
     
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  3. Brian H

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    Gary, dont suppose the new theme/s will help with loading of Zorg hosted images as previously discussed? I just give up on some threads sometimes as it just takes too long to wait for all the lovely pics.:(
     
  4. GazHyde

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    Sadly not as it's only a cosmetic change.

    I'll have a chat with Board to see if he has any ideas. Theoretically images should load faster off here than off sites like photobucket etc, which I always find slow to load!
     
  5. zedonist

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    Loving the dark side, thanks Gaz :scorecard:
     
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  6. t-tony

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    +1 here Gary, I like the dark side too. For my old eyes I find the colours contrast easier to watch on the "old" light side as against the "new" proposed one. I know I can adjust the contrast on my screen but obviously that alters it for all the content I watch on the pc. Hope this is useful info, Tony.
     
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    Plus one...........
     
  8. GazHyde

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    The existing dark theme has now been switched off. This will revert all users to the existing default theme, so you will need to use the Style Chooser at the bottom of the page to set it to ZRoadster Dark ;)

    upload_2014-2-27_13-16-54.png

    I'm working on the final edits, and trying to address the comments for the new light style at the moment...
     

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