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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #16 by ofahn » October 23rd, 2012, 8:20 pm

Jordan Tuwiner wrote:I'd love some feedback on the new home page.

Good, or too cluttered? All feedback is appreciated.

http://orioles-nation.com/


Looks neat and organized.
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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #17 by Old Sneakers » October 23rd, 2012, 8:21 pm

For those of us that know the sight we know how great the forums are. However, to a new visitor enjoying the forums for what they are might need some enticement. What I mean to say is, I would have your main articles up top. Even a casual fan will enjoy those first and foremost. I would place the links to those articles up near the top with links inside each article to the forums. That might bolster the population somewhat.

Also sadly, Al Gore's internet is littered with forums of every variety. That said forums sometimes get a bad name. It might take some time for people passing by to work up the courage to join and participate. Jordan, honestly it's a very good sight and you should be proud of it. Many of us have strong opinions regarding this or that issue. However, the posting population here is a great bunch of folks and very good about respecting one another. This sight as is, remains free and with few rules. Please keep doing what your doing now and it will grow.

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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #18 by Jordan Tuwiner » December 7th, 2012, 12:28 am

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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #19 by Old Sneakers » December 7th, 2012, 2:26 am

I take it my feedback wasn't wanted? Sigh... oh well.
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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #20 by Jordan Tuwiner » December 7th, 2012, 12:26 pm

Over the past few days I've been re-designing the site. I plan to finish it this weekend. Please be aware that ON may be down for the next two days.
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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #21 by Jordan Tuwiner » December 7th, 2012, 12:32 pm

A few reasons why I felt the need to re-do the design:
- The previous theme was old and didn't work well with the current version of WordPress. The new one is more optimized for search engines, is a much cleaner design, and loads faster.
- The new design lets things like follow buttons and the search bar to take up much less space.
- The new design is much more focused on content and should be much easier to navigate. For example, it should be much more clear when the post your reading is part of the minors blog.
- Old player pages were badly designed. New ones provide a number of new features and many more ways to sort players.
- Pages will all be the same width. No more different widths for different page types.
- Speed. Already mentioned before but the new site should be much faster. With the new theme I was able to cut out 5 plugins which should load all pages faster.

Feel free to post any questions here! Also, be sure to post any suggestions!
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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #22 by ofahn » December 7th, 2012, 1:25 pm

Jordan Tuwiner wrote:A few reasons why I felt the need to re-do the design:
- The previous theme was old and didn't work well with the current version of WordPress. The new one is more optimized for search engines, is a much cleaner design, and loads faster.
- The new design lets things like follow buttons and the search bar to take up much less space.
- The new design is much more focused on content and should be much easier to navigate. For example, it should be much more clear when the post your reading is part of the minors blog.
- Old player pages were badly designed. New ones provide a number of new features and many more ways to sort players.
- Pages will all be the same width. No more different widths for different page types.
- Speed. Already mentioned before but the new site should be much faster. With the new theme I was able to cut out 5 plugins which should load all pages faster.

Feel free to post any questions here! Also, be sure to post any suggestions!


I'll give you an A- on the new design. You'll get an A+ when you get me a date with a super model.
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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #23 by Jordan Tuwiner » December 7th, 2012, 1:33 pm

ofahn wrote:
I'll give you an A- on the new design. You'll get an A+ when you get me a date with a super model.

That's reasonable but you haven't even seen the new design yet!
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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #24 by ofahn » December 7th, 2012, 2:11 pm

Jordan Tuwiner wrote:That's reasonable but you haven't even seen the new design yet!


Will it look as good as the super model?
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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #25 by Jordan Tuwiner » December 8th, 2012, 1:23 pm

ofahn wrote:
Will it look as good as the super model?

By design standards I certainly think so!
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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #26 by Jordan Tuwiner » December 8th, 2012, 1:24 pm

Hoping to have the site back up tonight.
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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #27 by Jordan Tuwiner » December 9th, 2012, 3:10 am

Jordan Tuwiner wrote:Hoping to have the site back up tonight.

Forget that. Hoping for tomorrow night but no promises.

There's so much content on ON that it's taking a long time to make sure everything is working properly.
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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #28 by Jordan Tuwiner » December 10th, 2012, 3:14 am

One more day.

I need to make sure the home page is perfect and has everything I want. The new site looks great. You won't be disappointed.
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Re: I'm redesigning Orioles Nation

PostPost #29 by Jordan Tuwiner » December 11th, 2012, 1:35 am

Forward thoughts here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1742
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