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Zero2Cool
2014-02-20T14:51:06Z
If you hit PackerPeople.com that is the nav menu I'm liking. It's responsive to the resolution of the client.

On the attached image, I threw together the concept that I'm bouncing between my ears. Basically, it's two columns ( the side column would be hidden on mobile devices if space is not permitted) and would contain blocks.

These blocks would have one item displayed, instead of a vertical scroll. The blocks would have Left and Right arrows to cycle through each Tweet, or Headline or Latest topic. This design concept for the blocks was thought of to eliminate having a long page that has nothing in the "Body" but the side column extends quite a ways. Also, there will be a Schedule block too, but that won't have any action items. It's just display, with.. well exactly what we have currently.


I was thinking with having the Headlines done as a block it might get peoples attention more. Sure, it'll be less page views, but thats fine by me.


The Body area (outlined by the scratching/shading zigzag) would be where things like NFL Picks would be done or draft history, etc... and the side column would still be visible.


Only the Body will be shown on devices that make sense to show only the body.


Right now, PH is garbage (understatement) on mobile devices. I can do better and I will do better. YAF, our forum is going to be meshed into bootstrap which is responsive layout design, meaning the design responds to whatever the client has. Basically, that means three layouts. In very generic terms, smartphone, tablet and desktop design.

PH absolutely needs to be mobile friendly because we're getting a LOT of hits from mobile devices and they are jumping ship right away. I want to lasso those folks in, keep them here, lock the door and toss the damn key! :)


So, what do you fellas think?
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2014-02-20T18:00:44Z
I like what you have done. You have worked hard on this project. I am not mobile so it is a little hard for me to have an opinion other than the better the site is the more opportunity for new members. I understand that younger people like their smart phones and tablets and so on.
Zero2Cool
2014-02-21T14:34:31Z
Should we move this to round table or something to get others thoughts? Not that your opinion is meaningless Wayne, but I'd like a tad more feedback lol.


I forgot to include the schedule banner block on there so i'll have to do another mock up including that. But just imagine a soft colored rectangle about 70% of the width of the screen about 35 pixels in height. This would display things like upcoming Packers events, Packers player birthdays, BREAKING NEWS ... etc... and if breaking news, background would turn to red, if birthday, blue, etc ... something like that. Tons of flexibility there.
Pack93z
2014-02-21T16:31:02Z
Personally, I like the concept with one section of blocks a bit more than what we have now with dual ones.

But in terms of mobile apps.. I don't really use them as my big meat hooks with sausage fingers don't do well with the tiny touch screens. Just frustrating, so I haven't done much in designing for them let alone using them.

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2014-02-21T17:01:49Z
Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool 

Should we move this to round table or something to get others thoughts? Not that your opinion is meaningless Wayne, but I'd like a tad more feedback lol.


I forgot to include the schedule banner block on there so i'll have to do another mock up including that. But just imagine a soft colored rectangle about 70% of the width of the screen about 35 pixels in height. This would display things like upcoming Packers events, Packers player birthdays, BREAKING NEWS ... etc... and if breaking news, background would turn to red, if birthday, blue, etc ... something like that. Tons of flexibility there.



yes you need to move this. Not that I am offended. I talk and talk and talk about things I have little or no knowledge on. But I want you to get feedback from people that will be using it.
gbguy20
2014-02-21T20:02:14Z
I'm assuming what I am seeing now on packerpeople.com is not what this thread is referring to....

Can I get a screenshot of what it is supposed to look like 😞
Zero2Cool
2014-02-21T20:02:53Z
I moved this topic into the Packers section. Feedback is much appreciated and wanted. If you say PH is suckage on Mobile devices, you won't get any argument from me.

One reason you haven't seen many new features added is because the offseason just started couple months ago and primarily because the site is going to be completely overhauled. Our forums are the heart of the site and unfortunately, I have little to no control over that unless I start taking up development of it in addition to the current developers. Which might happen just to speed things. BUT the YAF forums we use will be responsive layout design within the next few months.

Basically, what do you all feel about going from three columns down to two columns on the Desktop view?
Zero2Cool
2014-02-21T20:03:54Z
Originally Posted by: gbguy20 

I'm assuming what I am seeing now on packerpeople.com is not what this thread is referring to....

Can I get a screenshot of what it is supposed to look like :(



There is an attachment of a quick mock up drawing in the first post. The nav menu you see on PP.com is FUNCTIONALLY what we'll be using moving forward. The layout below it... that's under consideration.
nerdmann
2014-02-21T21:49:32Z
I'd use the mobile version. Looks good, too.

I've used the site through my phone in the past, and it's usable, but I think if you upgraded that aspect of it, it would boost usage. It's a great forum.
Smokey
2014-09-17T09:47:47Z
Zero2Cool
2014-09-17T12:22:56Z
Originally Posted by: Smokey 

Unless you have advertising to insert, the green area at the top of the page is way too much. You could trim 33% by raising the Log off & Hi,Member! , then eliminating the excess green. It would free up about 3 lines of space that could be used to add 3 lines to the Chat/Shout Area. It would be a better look.



The ShoutBox can contain more lines, but it has been trimmed down because the focus of the site is the forum, not the shout. Or at least, that is the goal! haha


PS, I know you edited your post, but just wanted to give you a little reason behind the madness.


Edit, that reminds me, our "Packers Schedule" is freaking hideous. Really need to figure out that design.
Mucky Tundra
2014-10-13T13:45:24Z
Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool 

The ShoutBox can contain more lines, but it has been trimmed down because the focus of the site is the forum, not the shout. Or at least, that is the goal! haha


PS, I know you edited your post, but just wanted to give you a little reason behind the madness.


Edit, that reminds me, our "Packers Schedule" is freaking hideous. Really need to figure out that design.



Speaking of the chat, where did it go?
Zero2Cool
2014-10-13T13:48:13Z
Originally Posted by: Mucky Tundra 

Speaking of the chat, where did it go?



Fret not! It will be back on Game Day!
Zero2Cool
2014-10-20T15:28:06Z
What do you think about going from three columns (small, big, small) to (big, small) two column layout? I think this would give all sidebox items available for everyone. You can check it out by hitting up PackerPeople.com 

The idea is to get a layout that will work for small devices, big devices and all the various screen resolutions. The most commonly used resolution is 1366x768 which is what most laptops display content.
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2014-10-20T20:06:44Z
Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool 

What do you think about going from three columns (small, big, small) to (big, small) two column layout? I think this would give all sidebox items available for everyone. You can check it out by hitting up PackerPeople.com 

The idea is to get a layout that will work for small devices, big devices and all the various screen resolutions. The most commonly used resolution is 1366x768 which is what most laptops display content.



It is perfect. All you have to do is to put the tweets on the bottom.

I am torn between wanting the schedule up as high as possible and #2 behind the fan shout box. Everything is based on the games themselves so having them on top would acknowledge that but most people already know the schedule so they probably don't look at it all the time while the shout box changes all the time.
Rockmolder
2014-10-20T20:23:31Z
I love it like this. The Packerpeople site looks so plain. But that might just be me, of course.

I like the new look, overall, on both sites. Very clean, minimalistic, but still showing everything you need to know. The shoutbox is more of a shoutbox, rather than a full blown chat app.
Zero2Cool
2014-10-20T20:40:56Z
The one issue with the 3 column layout is not everyone has wide screen monitors, so they miss out on stuff.

The 2 column layout provides a consistent PackersHome experience for a wide range of users.

What do you mean that PackerPeople looks plain? That's basically the same site as PackersHome lol
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