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New Site Upgrade and Look Feedback Thread

Hello Everyone,

We're proud to announce that the new site look and feel has been completed for GoldWingFacts.com! 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 GoldWingFacts.com, 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 "GoldWingFacts Classic".

4) Garages will be featured on the site

You can show off your Wing, 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.

https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/mygarage

5) Users will be able to register with Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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.

8) 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 GoldWingFacts.com Team.
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Wow, looks like a whole different site. I sure liked how it was set up before. Don't know if I'll keep looking at it now it looks confusing to find the forums instead of all the forums on one page you have to look for each one now. But not being all that computer literate it just seems to be a POS design compared to before.

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Wow, looks like a whole different site. I sure liked how it was set up before. Don't know if I'll keep looking at it now it looks confusing to find the forums instead of all the forums on one page you have to look for each one now. But not being all that computer literate it just seems to be a POS design compared to before.
It will take some time to get used to, however all the nagiation links are in the Tools dropdown down and you can still choose the old version if you prefer.

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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 "GoldWingFacts Classic".

Let me know if you have any other questions,
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So far, so good for me... Navigation seems to be about the same - forum is definitely faster - good job there... For me, the old yellow background was easier to read, but tht was just my personal preference... I'll continue to poke around and if I find anything that isn't working or might need attention - so far so good - nice job guys!!



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So far, so good for me... Navigation seems to be about the same - forum is definitely faster - good job there... For me, the old yellow background was easier to read, but tht was just my personal preference... I'll continue to poke around and if I find anything that isn't working or might need attention - so far so good - nice job guys!!



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10-4, thanks!

Glad you like it, let me know if you have any questions.

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I need a way to get rid of the Sidebar, it uses up to much of my screen space.

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Jeff,

I need a way to get rid of the Sidebar, it uses up to much of my screen space.
Should be able to do it, instructions in first post:

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.


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I'm still not able to get rid of the sidebar thing. I really doubt that is going to be a popular feature here.
I guess the "like" thing must send you to facebook?
Oh, and the "faster" thing...not from where I'm sittin'.

Why ain't we ridin'?
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I'm still not able to get rid of the sidebar thing. I really doubt that is going to be a popular feature here.
I guess the "like" thing must send you to facebook?
Oh, and the "faster" thing...not from where I'm sittin'.
I will have the team look into the sidebar, stand by for an update.

You can like a post it does not direct you to Facebook.

Your PC might speed up a bit if you try clearing your cache or doing a Shift F5.

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that Sidebar is really irking me big time, I need it OFF....

I have tried everything to get rid of it,
destroys my screen formatting

Repeats the same thing as NEW POSTS

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