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2014-09-16 - Preview: Home Page Refresh

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Like the current site layout, the home page hasn't been touched in a while. While it may not date back as far as 2007, it hasn't changed much since biomes were introduced.

 

So, it is again time to show off a refreshed part of the site. This time, a new home page. The content has been bumped over a bit to make room for a login form as well as an oft-requested feature: news, pulled directly from the forums. The "Welcome to Dragon Cave" text is not visible when logged in, so none of the important links (that is, the map/the biomes) are pushed down.

 

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This is part two in a series of preview topics to give everyone a taste of what's coming. Expect more of these topics in the future. Nothing here is final, and things may take a while to see the light of day, especially with the holiday event season upcoming. Enjoy!

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That would be nice!the 'recent news' will help a lot.

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Very nice I can't wait for this to start.

 

yeah first page biggrin.gif

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That recent news second would be a godsend, since the way you do the New Release posts means I don't get emails about new releases that I specifically subscribed to the News forum to get. It still means I'll have to visit the website to find that out, but at least I visit every 3-4 days to get new cave-born eggs, so I'll be likely to see it pretty close to the release day...just not close enough for my liking. Still, thank you for this feature specifically! It's a move in the right direction.

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The news feature is great. Especially for those who either aren't a member of or just don't visit the forums.

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Wow! The new site layout looks good,can't wait for it to be permanent.The recent news section will be handy also.thank you TJ! : ) biggrin.gif

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Glad to see that announcements will be linked on the site proper! Once that's put in place my sister can stop asking me if there are new eggs yet. xd.png

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Does the recent news portion get bumped up as well when logged in?

Well there's certainly no need to show a login form if you're already logged in.

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Well there's certainly no need to show a login form if you're already logged in.

Awesome. I'm weirdly wanting the "Recent News" text to be flush with "The Cave." I also want all the headers centered. I want a lot of things. Lovely update though, really.

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Awesome. I'm weirdly wanting the "Recent News" text to be flush with "The Cave." I also want all the headers centered. I want a lot of things. Lovely update though, really.

You've never read a newspaper, have you?

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I am wondering what it will look like after logging in since the log in table doesn't need to be there. It's good already and the NEWS would be very helpful.

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You've never read a newspaper, have you?

I was actually a copy editor for three years on the university paper during undergrad, but that's neither here nor there. I'd like for "The Cave" at least to be centered because it looks out of place to me if that's going to be the only header there. The headers on the right column ("Log In" and "Recent News") aren't so noticeable and they're fine if you want to go with the newspaper vibe, but it's not something I'm necessarily a fan of. Still, I am happy with the Home Page layout for the most part.

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Any chance of an RSS feed for the news? ;^;

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It's a little busy atm, but I do like having the login and news right there <3

 

Does the dragon image change? o: Something tells me it changes.

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It's a little busy atm, but I do like having the login and news right there <3

 

Does the dragon image change? o: Something tells me it changes.

Yes, it does look a bit busy.

 

I know what that something is. If you are logged out and click a transfer, there is a dragon there, and it's different every time.

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I haven't logged out in a while, or viewed anything on a different browser/computer really, so if it's already a thing then I haven't noticed. o:

 

Either way I still like it there.

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Oh, it's really nice, kinda looks like a newspaper! It might become my browser's new home page.

 

Can't wait for all those shiny new things to happen. smile.gif

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I like this new layout. Like others already said, the news on the home page is ideal for people who don't normally use the forums. This way they're still updated with the news. I think the idea of showing an adult dragon on the mainpage is great. And it would be even better if it changes with each visit/refresh of the page, so that new visitors will be introduced to dragons we already have. So I hope the adult dragon changes smile.gif

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