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everythingiCafe Redesign

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by cmeinck, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    For the past few years, I had been using a modified version of the default template. Before that, I was using Flexile. I've been consistently watching third party template development and was intrigued by @Audentio's UIX. At first, it was a bit unruly for me, having spent so much time with the default theme. That being said, I stuck with it (broke out of my shell) and started to love it, so much that I've purchased a branding free option. I've put a considerable amount of time customizing it. I was going to wait for the new release (with fancy footer), but was too excited to wait.

    I'd love to hear any feedback you have about everythingiCafe.
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  2. Null

    Null Well-Known Member

    The design looks fantastic, well done! @Audentio's framework surely is awesome :).

    One thing that I personally would change is to have legacy/older iPhone models under a single node, having a node for every single iPhone (and iPad) model will at some point get out of hand ;)

    - iPhone 6
    - iPhone 5S
    - iPhone 5C
    - iPhone 5
    - Legacy
         - iPhone 4S
         - iPhone 4
         - iPhone 3GS
         - iPhone 3G
         - iPhone
  3. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member


    I made that move, but users did not like it, nor did search engines (one of many things unfortunately on my site). I was using a thread prefix for each model, but members didn't make use of them. Moving things back was not easy. At some point, I guess I could nest them under a main topic.

    Appreciate the feedback!
  4. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    For those wondering about the old design, you can still access it by selecting the Off Topic forum.
  5. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    Looks good one of the better versions of UI.X I've seen great job :).

    I did notice a tiny thing, not sure if it's a problem with the framework or custom css on your style maybe @Audentio
    can look at it:

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  6. Mike Creuzer

    Mike Creuzer Well-Known Member

    Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for using the product, and I am very impressed by the job you did customizing it. Great stuff.
    Will look into this! Thanks Russ.
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  7. Lawrence

    Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Looks really good, professional, not overwhelming, easy on the eyes. Easily one of the best XenForo styles I have seen, :)
  8. Code Monkey

    Code Monkey Well-Known Member

    Looks very nice. UI.X is so easy to work with.
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  9. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    Just completed a redesign (of the redesign). This was more of a refinement of the original design, both of which are based on the awesome UI.X theme, which I absolutely love. Next up, adding @Brogan 's featured threads.

    I welcome any comments or feedback.
  10. Drew Turnbow

    Drew Turnbow Member

    I think the overall design/colors are great.

    Only thing I would suggest is to turn descriptions on for your forums, I think it would look a lot better.
  11. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    This looks superb! I don't agree with Drew above, I think it works better without forum descriptions - they're viewable on hover over anyway; it helps keep it clean and simple. Circular avatars seem to be the current fad (and IPB4 is going there too) and look nice. I like the node icons, there's just enough variety to keep it visually interesting when you scroll down, and just before I start to think it's a bit too simple/clean, you have a great footer which injects some colour and balances it out. You have also resisted the temptation to grove back to 1979 and overload the avatar area with bloated stats, well done.

    You're not far off a million posts, that's pretty awesome!

    Be interesting to see what your members think about featured threads. I actually hated this over on TAZ. Admin kept featuring threads I had no interest in and it seemed clunky removing them (I'd have liked a user option to opt out). But maybe on a niche-specific forum like yours and Brogan's it works better because any featured thread is within the scope of all the forum users, if that makes sense? (Example on TAZ, featured threads on software I don't use or own).

    But anyway, superb job on your forum, well done.
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  12. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  13. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Nice one Brogan - they didn't mention it when I suggested a way of turning it off, that was some time ago. As a user-optional feature I like it.
  14. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    It's always a blast to customize UI.X. I've made some major changes to the design.

    Any comments and/or suggestions are welcome.

    Note: You must view from a desktop browser. I'm still using a legacy design for mobile devices.
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  15. RichardGaspa

    RichardGaspa Active Member

    @cmeinck Nice site, Like the skin. I notice you're using an ad addon. It looks good. Which one are you using and do you recommend it? I take it your home page is wordpress? Can a member log on to your home (wordpress) page, jump over to the forums and then jump back to your wordpress page without using the back button? I also noticed that you cannot reply without logging in as a member. I always wondered about doing this. Do you feel you lose traffic doing this or would you say it does not make a big difference? Love your site.
  16. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I actually custom code all of the ads using conditionals mentioned here by @Brogan. I am considering a move to Audentio's ad system. Right now, I'm forced to use and support multiple templates. I use an add-on that will push a template based on device -- so mobile ads are shown to mobile users, etc.

    The homepage is Wordpress. Years ago, I tied in the blog with the forum. It was a major hassle and I didn't see any great benefit, at least not for my site.

    As for the ability to reply without being a member, there is an add-on here that I would like to use. Ideally, I'd love to see someone offer this. Registration is always a big hurdle.

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