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Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 00:30
by emsy
Hello everyone!
There are great and exciting news coming regarding the website, forums and all related. Our goal is to make it easy to use, offer numerous tools and be pleasant to look at. That's exactly where you, players, come into play. We're announcing a
Contest for new website and forum design
What does it mean?
Basically, we need to find a really nice PHPBB (forum) skin. Googling "phpbb skin" may give u a lot of results. Then, we'll pick one of the most popular skins either based on player voting or staff decision.

I'm still confused
Old website of Gaming Consortium was using exactly the same system, where main page, forum and armory (and other tools) shared the same unified design, which made things much less confusing, more tightened up together and simple template made it load much faster.

How do i post a suggestion?
Leave a link or a preview picture in this thread. Others feel free to vouch for your favourite skin. Afterall, the forum is for you to use, so the nicer skin you choose, the better for you!

Cool, what do i get?
Well first off, your eyes will stop bleeding. 2nd, player(s) suggesting the nicest skin will receive a honorable reward in form of webpoints!

What's next?
Next stage will be to find a person skilled in photoshop and with artistic feeling to create banners, icons, menus, layout and other things for website that will be in tone with the new phpbb skin.

Looking forward your tastes :P

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 00:45
by Crysicle
Is the truewow/GC forum design still a valid suggestion? Truewow's still seems very good for me even after a long time and if we were going to change it, the GC forum design seems like something i'd sure want to be implemented.

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 01:00
by perka
Having exact same skin i doubt people would like. Original blizz skin TW is currently using is too slow and awful if u ask me, while some ppl may not like how clean and simple GC is. Would be nice if any of you to post what u like from each or would like to have so contest participants can get better idea.

Main goal is to have something clean and simple, fast to load and not hurting your eyes.

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 01:22
by Shaeligator
Ooooo! MEEEEE!

Prepare to have your face melted if I can bothered some time in the near future! ^.^

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 03:17
by Intervention
Changed to global announcement.

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 04:14
by Etro
Nice!

The skin we suggest must be WoW themed or are you looking for just a layout?

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 06:10
by emsy
Etro wrote:Nice!

The skin we suggest must be WoW themed or are you looking for just a layout?
Preferably non-wow themed. All wow textures and logos are copyrighted by blizzard, so we'd rather not use those. (that also includes these stupid "Blizz" icons at staff names.. we're not blizz staff, we're TW staff!)
Crysicle wrote:Is the truewow/GC forum design still a valid suggestion? Truewow's still seems very good for me even after a long time and if we were going to change it, the GC forum design seems like something i'd sure want to be implemented.
yes that rly isn't a valid suggestion. I also don't see how can u have both at the same time?

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 06:17
by Etro
Are you looking to modify a pre-existing skin or can we go nuts creative and make our own concepts in images for then you guys to recreate it?

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 09:18
by chickenbutt
Aw, man. This is where'd I'd complain, but I'm way too happy about the class/instance bug reports subforums, so I'm not gonna bother. Do whatever the hell you want! I'm just glad there's a lot (and I mean a lot) more staff-to-player interaction now. =)

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 09:23
by emsy
Etro wrote:Are you looking to modify a pre-existing skin or can we go nuts creative and make our own concepts in images for then you guys to recreate it?
Can be both, but the latter will take us more time to implement i guess :)
chickenbutt wrote:Aw, man. This is where'd I'd complain, but I'm way too happy about the class/instance bug reports subforums, so I'm not gonna bother. Do whatever the hell you want! I'm just glad there's a lot (and I mean a lot) more staff-to-player interaction now. =)
This has absolutely nothing to do with forum structure or staff-to-player ratio lol ... it's just about the design

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 10:54
by chickenbutt
Yeah, I know. What I meant was I really like the aesthetics of the current TW forums and site, I've become accustomed to it over the years and I think it looks good. Though with the changes to the forum I could care less what it looks like, lol. That's all I was saying. Anyway this is sort of off-topic so I'll just end with saying I have absolutely no artistic skill whatsoever except in music so GL, lol.

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 12:16
by Etro
Ok, i guess i've got mine: http://demo.rockettheme.com/phpbb3/index.php?style=97

I like it because it is simple, elegant, colorful, and it is very spaced. Everything is easy to spot. Specially if we get to use that right side bar. That bar should be there at all times while checking out the forums, the armoury, or the website. There should go all the links ot the tools, etc.

The following is the shadow of my idea of how the forums could look like with this skin. The colours and artwork are abstract and few because we are on the stage 1 of this contest. I'd work more on them if this skin wins this stage or if i think that the winner skin is compatible with what i have in mind:

Once upon a time there was a horrible design here. Not anymore, though.

The right side bar doesn't show any important links because in my idea the links would appear once the user has logged in. The "Login" box would then turn into the user's box with all the account and character tools that the server has.

And, that's it :oops:

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 12:22
by Drago
I like it Etro :o.

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 01:37
by mhorth
I really like that too, I think some of the text could be a little sharper, looks a bit fuzzy and blurred to me, but I agree the layout and organization is awesome!

Re: Website makeover [ stage #1 ]

Posted: 03 Aug 2013 15:23
by emsy
Etro wrote:Ok, i guess i've got mine: http://demo.rockettheme.com/phpbb3/index.php?style=97
very nice and clean, tho it reminds me of win8 way too much D: