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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old 06-13-2017, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hello Everyone,

We're proud to announce that the new site look and feel has been completed for this site! Our designers and software engineers have been hard at work on this for several months. It's designed to modernize the site, make it easier to use, and to make it more attractive to new members and guests that visit .

The forum software we use, vBulletin, by default is not designed to be friendly to the eyes or to look modern. We went down to the nuts and bolts of the forum software and templates, and have done a ground up approach. There are several things you will notice now that the new design is live.

1) The site should be significantly faster.

We have applied every modern technique to speed up page load and tested with all modern browsers. We want the forum to be extremely fast and easy to use.

2) The site will work much better in mobile and tablet views

We've started applying responsive design, and have designed and tested against android and iPhone devices, Android tablets, and iPads. If you are sitting at your desk or on your couch, or just on your phone, the site will work much better than it did before, and load fast. We are still working on improving the experience even further in the months to come, but we wanted to launch this as quickly as we could.

3) The homepage is bright, crisp and clean.

We wanted the first page users saw to look beautiful, so that when a new guest arrives and is debating whether to join The site they see a beautiful doorway, and they walk right in.

4) Garages will be featured on the site

You can show off your Theta, You can post pictures in your garage and share it with others. Make sure you post up some images to share with the community at the link below.in your Garage at the top of the page on the tool bar.

5) Users will be able to register with Facebook

6) The side bar can be hidden in your user options.

Click on my profile / user cp at the top right.

- click on edit your details on the left.
- Look for Show Sidebar on Forum Pages under Additional Information.
- Click disable and save.

7) Another new great feature is the @Mention user plugin. You can tag members by simply using the @ symbol.

Drag and Drop image uploader

We hope you enjoy it, and if you have any questions on the design, please let us know, feedback is appreciated.

If there are any issues you see. Post them up here and we will get them worked out.

Thanks,
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NOTE:

Work Still in Progress over the next 24 hours.
- Gallery is currently not working
- Support sections will be set up
- Various Icons will be resolved
- Page loading speed tools

Thanks in advance,
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Two things that come to mind...

How about the timestamps on the posts? Whenever I posted something with the previous software, my timestamp would only be correct (by timezone) when I was logged in. If I came back to the site later and *didn't* log in, the timestamp on my post would show PCT (I believe it was). The site seemed to be forgetting the original timezone the post was created in.

Also, can you convert *text between asterisks* automatically to italics? I've seen this feature on other boards. Maybe it's just an option that needs to be enabled? I use this for emphasis, but it's more readable when it's simply italics (without the asterisks). However, I find it's easier to enter initially by just typing the asterisks (as opposed to highlighting and clicking the "I" button ... which I'm not sure you can even *do* on a cell phone).

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How do I change the theme? This white/gray/maroon is too bright for my liking. Looking for more of a "night mode" theme.

Also, is that a Trax in the header?
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Two things that come to mind...

How about the timestamps on the posts? Whenever I posted something with the previous software, my timestamp would only be correct (by timezone) when I was logged in. If I came back to the site later and *didn't* log in, the timestamp on my post would show PCT (I believe it was). The site seemed to be forgetting the original timezone the post was created in.

Also, can you convert *text between asterisks* automatically to italics? I've seen this feature on other boards. Maybe it's just an option that needs to be enabled? I use this for emphasis, but it's more readable when it's simply italics (without the asterisks). However, I find it's easier to enter initially by just typing the asterisks (as opposed to highlighting and clicking the "I" button ... which I'm not sure you can even *do* on a cell phone).
@Colt Hero

You can adjust your time zone in the User CP hand then it should stick.

Not sure about cell but on desktop you can use the BB codes above:
Italics
Underline
Bold

Etc...

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How do I change the theme? This white/gray/maroon is too bright for my liking. Looking for more of a "night mode" theme.

Also, is that a Trax in the header?
@jhubbz86

You can play around with some settings in the User CP, however, there is not a dark theme or view.
http://www.terrainforum.net/profile.php?do=customize

Each URL should have a different Banner matching the name:
- terrainforum.net
- srxforum.net
- Equinoxforum.net


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What happened to the "New posts since last visit"? Very useful for keeping up to date with the forum. Oops, found it. Never mind.
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I welcome the change and like what I see so far. Thank you. I do wish you showcased the previous generation models in the banner, but I understand that may be counter progressive.
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What happened to the "New posts since last visit"? Very useful for keeping up to date with the forum. Oops, found it. Never mind.
+1 I used this almost exclusively.
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+1 I used this almost exclusively.
Heya guys,

On the taskbar, you can click "New Posts" or click on the drop down for additional time frames.

http://www.terrainforum.net/search.php?do=getnew

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