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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.

http://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.

From first post:
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,
Jeff
 

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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!! :applause:



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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!! :applause:



Les

@dadztoy <-- check out the new mention feature.

10-4, thanks!

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

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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'.
 

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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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that Sidebar is really me OFF....

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

Repeats the same thing as NEW POSTS
Can you clear your cache and try again, I just had support look at it and tweak some settings.

Regardless I will get it resolved for you.:nerd:

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Use phone most of the time for the site. Switched to classic view.
Trying to kill stupid sidebar. Am I reading this right I need a paid membership to do this?
 

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Use phone most of the time for the site. Switched to classic view.
Trying to kill stupid sidebar. Am I reading this right I need a paid membership to do this?
I don't think so, the new software is still under development, and it is impossible for them to get everything squared away in one day.

Let's wait for Jeff to answer this one, okay?
 

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Is it possibe to modify font size and/or background colour. I find it harder on the eyes, but fortunately not as bad as the Goldwing Owners forum on my Samsung Tab3
 

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Is it possibe to modify font size and/or background colour. I find it harder on the eyes, but fortunately not as bad as the Goldwing Owners forum on my Samsung Tab3
I don't own a Tab3, is that the same as the Note 3 ??

So, therefore, I don't have a clue if your web browser supports changing the background and the link colors.

On my Desktop PC using Firefox, I can change the background and force it to over-ride the website.... but that can cause a lot of problems sometimes.

I can also select what colors the links will displayed in, ie, blue for links that I have not clicked on, but once clicked on, they will display in red. For me, that is extremely useful as it indicates that I have read the first post in the RED threads.... this is important, because the 1st post determines for me if the new member is a spammer or a real Goldwinger...

My cellphone is a Samsung Galaxy S5 on Android.

My browser is CMBrowser and it has settings for Font Size.

I can set Image Downloads for WiFi only which reduces the DATA $$ expense.

but that seems to be all that the Android browser has available with this particular browser. That are a lot of Android browsers out there, I have tried a lot of them, and they all got deleted including CHROME because of deficiencies in how they work.

You can go the Bottom Left Corner of this webpage and select Legacy if you wish.... I now tried that on phone and you get the usual wide display which for phones is a bit of an irritant.

I just now selected Mobile on the S5 and it creates a vertical display, that you scroll up/dn.

That seems to provide a decent display, but as I have my phone's browser font set to HUGE, it makes reading the threads a bit of a bitch. just the title of a thread consumes the whole entire screen. makes for a lot of scrolling... but, unless the font is HUGE, I can't read the text at all.

young eyeballs I suppose, is there a cure for that? :nerd:


As for the background color, the IT team has promised me that they will be creating some new backgrounds for us, similar to what we have in the Legacy version. Yellow for sure, dark, and a red theme?

as the software gets a few days on it, they will keep tweaking it for us.
 

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Well I will give it a chance but first thing is the text is so narrow in relationship to the screen size, you are always scrolling down just to read a post.


That right sidebar need to go ! !

I know, growing pains.




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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.


Jeff



That worked for me, got rid of the right sidebar ....... looks like the old site now.

:smile2:



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I guess this if this is what the next generation wing riders are going to like,all their taste is in their mouth. Once again Verticalscope has sanitized another forum. It doesnt resemble at all any of the family feeling you had while being here. Now its more like a hospital waiting room.
 

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I was able to get rid of the sidebar. But where did that audio advertisement for Arkansas come from?
I'll try this for a while but the first impression is to go back to classic.
 
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