Brand new site, same great community

Discussion in 'Site Support & News' started by Art Andrews, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

    Welcome to the new home of ALL THINGS PREDATOR! For anyone who is new or simply doesn't remember, this community was started in late 2003 by kithunter and in the past 11 years has grown to become THE resource for those looking to build their own Predator props and costumes.

    We have now taken the next step into the future by moving the Lair to a more modern platform that is more adaptable for mobile devices and will work on many of the newer platforms that people like to use (tablets, phones, etc). In doing so, we have also updated the name to the site to better reflect what this community is all about!

    You will notice that this software has a number of features that weren't present in the last software that we were using. One of those features is user tagging. Just use the @ symbol, just like you would on Facebook and start typing the name of the member you want to tag. A list will come up as you are typing and you can choose the member from the list. That member will be alerted that they have been tagged, so they can more easily respond!

    Another feature that many of you may or may not have noticed is that the header bars do not scroll. Once you move them, they stay at the top of the page so you can always easily hit the search function, your messages, and other areas that you are likely to visit often.


    These are just a few of many improvements that we hope will make your experience more enjoyable.

    Any time you make a move of this size, there are bound to be a few issues, so please let us know if you see a problem and we will do our best to address it!
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2015
    Uhlakk likes this.
  2. Lowdmekon

    Lowdmekon Elite Hunter

    Where's the strap line about the Hunters Lair?
     
  3. BATIMAN

    BATIMAN Hunter

    No glitches, pics come up a nice size, easy to navigate, so far so good, looking forward to seeing it completely finished,, good job art..



    Alex
     
    Art Andrews likes this.
  4. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

    Still working on fitting it in to the header. There is a place for it, like I mentioned previously. However, it is creating an issue when the site compresses to mobile size.

    Glad to hear it, Alex. While I am sure there will be some issues here and there, our testing has shown that this software handles many issues better (and faster) than the previous one.
     
    Lowdmekon likes this.
  5. BATIMAN

    BATIMAN Hunter

    Using a imac and its running really smooth and fast. just uploaded a pic, no problem at all..need to try it on windows too.. looking forward to using it on my iphone whenever its gets finished. Always concerns when switching to a new site but...

    First run appear to be doing its job ;)



    Cheers

    Alex
     
  6. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

    Please do report back on your experince using your iPhone. A LARGE part of our reason for moving to this particular software was its support of a responsive design. SO many people use mobile devices now and the previous software for the community didn't support mobile all the well. The software we use for all of our other sites forces us to use a third party app (which we hate) to support mobile. We are very happy to be able to offer the members here a platform that SHOULD scale pretty seamlessly from one platform to another, so we are very interested in hearing your experiences.
     
  7. Hippie

    Hippie Hunter

    First visit tonight. So far so good. Looking forward to the fresh start and hope that all goes well. Catch you all soon.
     
    Art Andrews likes this.
  8. BATIMAN

    BATIMAN Hunter

    Ok been using the forum on my iphone , went through the site. Excellent, no problems to report. again easy to navigate, very fast, no lag, again no glitches at this point...

    so far so good, very happy with it...




    Cheers

    Alex
     
  9. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

    Fantastic! That is such a HUGE part of why this happened!

    The best thing is, from our standpoint, this community has gone from "worst to first" in terms of software. Prior to this move, it was the odd-man-out and was behind all of our other sites, which meant we didn't implement a lot of features that our other sites got. Now, Predatorium is actually leading the pack and is technically ahead of all of our other sites and they will need to catch up to you!

     
  10. BATIMAN

    BATIMAN Hunter

    Am guessing android friendly also??? i have a nook and numerous other devices to access forums, don't like to miss anything lol ( total gadget freak)
    Glad we are ahead of the game..

    Cheers

    Alex
     
  11. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

    Supposedly it is friendly with most of the major mobile devices. I only have an iPad, iPad mini and iPhone to test it on, so it hasn't been tested with anything else yet.
     
  12. TRI LASER

    TRI LASER Hunter

    Sites not to bad. Can't get over how white this place is, its like facebook lol. The hunters lair has always been easy one my eyes. ;) Also miss that peoples profile pic is not next to their post. Kinda used that as I flag to see who has posted more recent.
     
  13. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

    Good grief! I see we are going to have to put some limits on the size of those signature images! BATIMAN , what are you doing to us?!? :eek:
     
  14. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

    Going from an all dark site to a light background/dark text is definitely a HUGE shift, but I promise, while it feels like it was easier on the eyes, light text on a dark background has been shown time and again to actually cause MORE eye strain than the reverse! That is why Google, facebook and all the other major sites have this type of color scheme setup. I am definitely glad to hear it is "not too bad." Honestly, considering how much has changed, I'll take that as a good thing!
     
  15. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

    BTW, one of the other things we haven't mentioned, but some of you may have noticed is that for Full Members (members with more than 50 posts and more than 90 days on the site) we have removed most if not all of the ads on the site!
     
  16. BATIMAN

    BATIMAN Hunter

    y
    please do its hurting my eyes lol.....thats was me making it smaller ....

    okay it works good with Android devices... ran it on a nook and also on a kindle. So am guessing its been a successful move overall ;)


    Alex
     
  17. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

    Ahhhhh... much better! You were killing me with that ginormous image!
     
  18. BATIMAN

    BATIMAN Hunter

    ok now my eyes are straining to see it lol

    Alex
     
  19. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

    Placed a 728X90 limit on signature images, so if you image is larger than that, it is going to scale it down to the whichever is the smaller number. In your case, that would be 90px high.
     
  20. TRI LASER

    TRI LASER Hunter

    I think some options of Skins would be a good idea. I also see that photos in the gallery have been scaled down. I like being able to right click and see a larger more detailed image.
     
  21. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

    The days of skins are simply over. The problem with them is trying to keep them all working and especially now that we have such and endless plethora of devices we have to be able to work on, it simply becomes a nightmare. It is the same reason this style is so plain. Simple is better due to the number of different devices the site has to function properly on.

    Let me take a look at the images in the gallery. I thought that there was still the full images stored somewhere.
     
  22. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

    BATIMAN, here is a 728X90 version...

    batiman-signature.jpg
     
  23. BATIMAN

    BATIMAN Hunter

    Hey art I prefer that one ;)


    Thanks brother

    Alex
     
  24. xdmray

    xdmray Veteran Hunter

    posting just to see my signature
     
  25. xdmray

    xdmray Veteran Hunter

    Are we going to get back the side bar with the newest threads on it?
     

Share This Page