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2000 AD => Website and Forum => : Tjm86 02 December, 2019, 01:27:18 PM

: Shiny New Website?
: Tjm86 02 December, 2019, 01:27:18 PM
Landing on the home page today was a pleasant surprise.  Kudos to whoever is responsible.  It looks good.  Certainly a nice bit of promotion for the prog and everything associated with it.







Then we come to the forum ....

A little bit like that embarrassing estate on the edge of a gentrified part of town.  Unchanged for years and looking a little worse for wear but still well-frequented.
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: CalHab 02 December, 2019, 01:48:10 PM
Yes, looks like a big improvement. I will say that the shop hasn't changed either, and is still awkward to navigate.
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: IndigoPrime 02 December, 2019, 02:02:34 PM
The forum still exists, and so we should probably be thankful for that. I’ve no idea what’s going on with the shop, which manages here to be basically unusable on my Macs, iPads and iPhone. That’s quite an achievement. (The problem appears to be all the animations and faff. Shops should be insanely fast, not fiddly, and so I do hope a change is on the way there.)

As for the new site, good to see some investment in it.
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: DrJomster 02 December, 2019, 10:24:54 PM
Lovely new site upgrade! And yes, quite a surprise.

Glad the forum is still there!
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: TordelBack 03 December, 2019, 10:59:33 AM
I've barely adapted to the last forum change, so thankful the gentrification hasn't spread to these levels. I've seen the hipster 'tache installed on that Molch-R droid, I know what depths of asininity Tharg wIil plumb to get down with the kids. It'll be de-ageing filters applied to every post, aubergine emojis and TikTok video competitions. Grumble.
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: Rately 03 December, 2019, 11:01:12 AM
It'll be de-ageing filters applied to every post, aubergine emojis and TikTok video competitions. Grumble.

ENGLISH! IN ENGLISH!
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: 2000ADWebDroid 04 December, 2019, 11:34:02 AM
Thanks for the positive feedback about the new 2000ad.com website, it's not just a redesign, it's running on a completely different platform from the old site, though we've tried to bring all the existing material across (news posts, thrillcast links, ABC video links etc.), so most of the old content should still be there, but hopefully now more accessible.

There are still further improvements we're going to make to the site, but please do let us know (https://2000ad.com/contact/) if you encounter anything that doesn't seem to be working as expected.

As for the 2000 AD forum - we're unlikely to be changing the forum software anytime soon, other than keeping it up-to-date with patches, but hope to give it a minor styling refresh soon to bring it more inline with the new 2000ad.com site.
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: 2000ADWebDroid 04 December, 2019, 11:45:02 AM
Yes, looks like a big improvement. I will say that the shop hasn't changed either, and is still awkward to navigate.

We're also looking to give the interface of the 2000 AD shop (https://shop.2000ad.com/) a bit of a refresh soon, though initially this will likely be focused mostly on fitting in better with the new 2000ad.com site, rather than changes to how the site is navigated - however if you have any specific feedback on how you think the latter could be improved, please do let us know (https://2000ad.com/contact/) and we'll see what we can do - we're open to suggestions!

Also, we're currently working on a number of performance improvements for the 2000 AD shop, as are aware that it can be slow to respond at times, which can be frustrating.
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: Colin YNWA 04 December, 2019, 12:47:52 PM
As for the 2000 AD forum - we're unlikely to be changing the forum software anytime soon, other than keeping it up-to-date with patches, but hope to give it a minor styling refresh soon to bring it more inline with the new 2000ad.com site.

As long as your keeping it there and up to date I'm happy with that.
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: 2000ADWebDroid 04 December, 2019, 01:00:40 PM
As for the 2000 AD forum - we're unlikely to be changing the forum software anytime soon, other than keeping it up-to-date with patches, but hope to give it a minor styling refresh soon to bring it more inline with the new 2000ad.com site.

As long as your keeping it there and up to date I'm happy with that.

That's the intention!
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: Tjm86 04 December, 2019, 03:18:54 PM
The 'about 2000ad' / History section could do with a bit of work.  It would be a good place to put links to the 2000adABC series.  Would also be nice to see some character / major story outlines.  Pretty sure some sort of wiki would get plenty of love from these parts.
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: 2000ADWebDroid 04 December, 2019, 03:23:59 PM
The 'about 2000ad' / History section could do with a bit of work.  It would be a good place to put links to the 2000adABC series.  Would also be nice to see some character / major story outlines.  Pretty sure some sort of wiki would get plenty of love from these parts.

Thanks for the feedback, the current "About" section is placeholder really, for now, and will get some more attention soon.
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: 2000ADWebDroid 04 December, 2019, 03:27:08 PM
BTW with the permission of Tjm86 I've stickied this post for a bit, as we're interested to get some more feedback on the new site (and/or the 2000 AD shop site (https://shop.2000ad.com/)) and this thread seems to be an appropriate place for this - or else you can PM me directly, or use the contact form (https://2000ad.com/contact/) on the new website (selecting the "Website Technical Problems" option). Thanks!
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: IndigoPrime 05 December, 2019, 09:58:03 AM
The 'about 2000ad' / History section could do with a bit of work.  It would be a good place to put links to the 2000adABC series.  Would also be nice to see some character / major story outlines.  Pretty sure some sort of wiki would get plenty of love from these parts.
I remember a Wiki was floated some time back. It was certainly under discussion when I was actively working on the 2000 AD website. I don’t know why it didn’t happen, but I suspect time and management requirements may have been a factor. These days, I actually quite like the streamlined nature of the site. Either it needs to be stripped back, clean and focussed or go all-in. But for the latter, we have Barney, and Wikipedia exists for wiki entries. Also, there’s nothing to stop enterprising fans setting up a bespoke wiki themselves if they want to.
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: Steve Green 05 December, 2019, 02:45:40 PM
Tried submitting via the contact form but the captcha failed. (Microsoft Edge Browser)
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: 2000ADWebDroid 05 December, 2019, 03:06:49 PM
Tried submitting via the contact form but the captcha failed. (Microsoft Edge Browser)

Hi Steve - when you say the Captcha failed, what actually happened? Did it display an error message? Did the Captcha ask you to do anything (e.g. one of the tests to identify things in a photo)? Is your computer behind a proxy or operating over a VPN?

Also, if you refresh the contact page (https://2000ad.com/contact/) and try again, do you get the same Captcha error, or does it work when you do this?
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: Steve Green 05 December, 2019, 03:15:17 PM
Hi

Strange, it worked that time. Message sent...

I can't remember the error message, something like "CAPTCHA could not be loaded at this time"

Thanks,

Steve
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: 2000ADWebDroid 05 December, 2019, 03:19:15 PM
Thanks Steve - glad it worked this time, but it does sound like there are some issues with the Captcha not always working first time that we need to investigate further
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: Steve Green 05 December, 2019, 04:20:00 PM
Yeah, it didn't get to displaying any images, this is over work's wi-fi so not sure if that has any bearing on it not working.
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: 2000ADWebDroid 12 December, 2019, 06:06:25 PM
We've updated the new 2000ad.com website  (https://2000ad.com/)again today with some improvements, the main front-end changes are:

Home "hero" image layout:


Other:


Hopefully these changes will make for a better experience when using the site, please let us know if you have any further feedback.
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: wedgeski 12 December, 2019, 06:32:24 PM
Loving the WebDroid comms. :)
: Re: Shiny New Website?
: Colin YNWA 12 December, 2019, 09:17:07 PM
By and large the site looks great. Love the direct links to the Podcasts. The one thing I'd say is that while there is a draw to scroll down for the first few sections each one is a little too different and by the end its a bit of a chore with no sense of 'narrative' to pull you down. So by the time you get to the last two its all been a bit of a chore and they feel tacked on. Compacting things and giving a more consistant structure to the different sections (tricky in some case I must admit) might make it work better.

So a menu at the top as 'short cuts' might work better as well - do folks still do those?