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Hello Everyone,

We're proud to announce that the new site look and feel has been completed for XtraTime.org! 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 XtraTime.org, they see a beautiful doorway, and they walk right in.

As a forum member you can choose to use the new design (which is on by default) or you can go back to the old design. We ask that you give it a chance and see if you like it. Like anything new, it will be unfamiliar at first, but we suspect that the speed difference will make you want to use this new one. If you do decide to switch back, the link is at the bottom left of each forum page, you pull down and select the theme called "XtraTime.org Classic".


4) Users will be able to register with Facebook

5) 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.

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

7) 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,
-Your XtraTime.org Team.
 

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Hahah - already having fun.

We can tweak some settings and make adjustments over the coming days.

I will monitor feedback, answer questions, and log bugs so the teams can resolve.

Thanks,
Jeff M
 

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Lot better that @VS Jeff

Also it appears that the site keeps defaulting back to the short index for me. When I select full index it reverts tot he new colour scheme rather than XT Classic despite XT Classics being my current preference on my User CP?
@Wally :)
 

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Chatbox needs tweaking,

-it currently doesn't remember the minimized/maximized state
-the width is too large for our needs and the text area to type new message is one line text field, needs to be a text area
In the chatbox Options, you can toggle and open to full view in the drop down. Does that help?

Jeff M
 

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Lot better that @VS Jeff

Also it appears that the site keeps defaulting back to the short index for me. When I select full index it reverts tot he new colour scheme rather than XT Classic despite XT Classics being my current preference on my User CP?

@Wally :)
Yes there is an issue with the site remembering that preference, minimized or maximized and short index or not, etc.

EDIT: Will check that Jeff and post back, thanks
 

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Lot better that @VS Jeff

Also it appears that the site keeps defaulting back to the short index for me. When I select full index it reverts tot he new colour scheme rather than XT Classic despite XT Classics being my current preference on my User CP?

@Wally :)
Scroll down the page and pick Classic from the left side menu (Quick Style Chooser) option. Dont click on the front page with the map either index, then it keeps fking up like that, just tested it. Only click the one on the left down corner menu bar.
 

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Yes there is an issue with the site remembering that preference, minimized or maximized and short index or not, etc.

EDIT: Will check that Jeff and post back, thanks
Lot better that @VS Jeff

Also it appears that the site keeps defaulting back to the short index for me. When I select full index it reverts tot he new colour scheme rather than XT Classic despite XT Classics being my current preference on my User CP?

@Wally :)
This might be happening since I have 3-4 people still working on the back end and making updates.

Try clearing your cache and let me know if it is still happening after 24 hours.

Jeff M
 
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