1. A visual change

      written by Ray Benefield
      PHEW!!! So I have spent over 8 hours so far today on the computer doing stuff for the site including advertising, forum changes, promotions, transcribing lessons to BNet, getting more active in the forums here and at Satyros, and oh so much more. The work I do for you guys :P. Anyways, as I said I am going to talk about the changes to the website that will be happening visually. I need your help as well... those that are "graphically" inclined. So let's talk.


      What we have now


      Alright so right now what we have is nice, but it is getting old and we need a change of scenery. The current layout is also very flat and old. It is better than what it was at its default state. None of you saw what the original template was and how much I really changed it. Here is a the original template that I tweaked for the site's needs: Reckoning Template. As you can see, I've changed a lot with it. And I plan on making the same amount of changes to this new one that I found. So the change is for something more modern and something that is a little more fancy. Also it has some room on the side that I can work with to get an ad system setup. On a side note here is a very simple version similar to what we have now... ugggh: Coloruise Template.


      What I found


      Alright so I know that a lot of you have been anxious to see the new template that I am using as a baseline. Here ya go: Color 3 Template. It is similar to what we have now, but it is a lot more stylish and is less dark than what it was. I also like the way the sidebar headers and the date thing. Overall it is just cleaner. So first things first I need to re-add the whole "follow me" thing I have in the side bar. I'm gonna change it to Follow RP though. And instead of having a blog archive, I am going to take Jon's suggestion and put a "latest" section with the latest Forge Lesson, RP Favorite, and Creation. I still have to figure out how I am going to setup the forum with the layout though. We shall see how that works.


      I need your help




      Alright so as I said I need a graphic artist's help. The background is not exactly our style as it is a rainbow, not blue to green. So what I need from someone who is capable is an exact replica of that background but with the background going from blue to green instead of what it is right now while still keeping the resolution and sharpness. So basically you can't just cut out the blue to green section and then stretch it to the same size... lol. Also you have to get rid of that tree in the header. You could even add a white silhouette of the hand of RP if you feel up to it. Good luck peepz. Here is the image download link: Background Image. And here is a cropped version of above to give you a good idea of how it would look... obviously it would need to be much wider than this:

      15 comments:

      Alimoha said...

      If it were me I would change the background from black to a darker gray, or even white like the apple homepage, it looks clean and clear, and maybe have the titles be a heavy neon green and the sub topics a lighter blue color. Also see if you can have map advertisements that you can easily scroll through, unlike the ones that just stay there for 15 seconds. It would be neat if each advertisement also had a individual page for itself, which would include things like players, weapons, style, gameplay, best gametypes, and all maps should have a description tool like the ones in Matchmaking.."This Ancient Burial ground was once used to..." like that. Also make sure somewhere on the page itself there is a link to your next playtesting, including time and what amount of players are needed. Just a small bar, and it should even display when you are active in the playtesting that way players with gamertag starting with A and ending with moha can always make sure a fun time map testing is awaiting.

      Alimoha said...

      Heres another tip that will make it much harder for you, include a minimum of 2 pictures on each post, for example if your talking about dance floor (a favorite of the communities) then include a picture of a large area on Affinity, and maybe show a poor example of dance floor, like in powerhouse or something, Everyone likes pictures right?

      Dj7291993 said...

      I like it. Unfortunately, I'm not much good with picture editing.

      MythicFritz said...

      Part of paying for advertising though Alimoha is being guaranteed a certain amount of exposure. So if viewers can skim through all of them, exposure is cut down. And Godly said each submitter will be able to include a link so that when a viewer clicks on their map/ad the viewer will be taken to where ever the submitters wants. That could simply be the b.net page, forgehub page, or personal page with all the bells and whistles they can muster.

      Interesting ideas with the text color though. Keep sharing your thoughts

      Alimoha said...

      Read my thoughts in response to his active forge thingy, from yesturday, its about playtesting, i think it is a good idea if it can get pulled off

      Snowrider_04 said...

      I think I can make this happen for you. How Big do you want it?

      MythicFritz said...

      We've got a thread going in the forums under Site Affairs called RP Background. Post what you come up with, we'd love to see it.

      WolfpackDragon said...

      So far I like the mobile look but there's a problem... I cant get to the forums :'(

      GodlyPerfection said...

      Alright I will take off the mobile template. I wasn't sure how it would work with the forums... let me double check with jon to make sure it isn't just you.

      GodlyPerfection said...

      Alright wolfpack I returned it back to normal. Things should be all good now. I just found the setting this morning and I saw the preview and didn't even realize that you wouldn't even be able to find the forums... lol. My bad.

      Nikatorus said...

      Forums still don't work. At least for me.

      Maximor Vara said...

      lol yay thanks godly.

      Alimoha said...

      godly, lets get working on a article about Community BTB-including vehciles issuses and playtesting these maps
      Alimoha

      Dan H said...

      I've been reading your Forge Lessons and rather enjoying them.
      As a thanks, I've edited that image you requested.
      http://s2.postimage.org/8zw2j6t03/wide_GBedit.jpg
      Hope it's not too late.
      GT: The Rotunda Let's forge or playtest or something.

      Nikatorus said...

      Forums still don't work. At least for me.