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So I redid my site.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Caelum, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Caelum

    Caelum Well-Known Member

    So, I figured it was about time I reworked my site, as I usually do once in a while. http://caelish.com came out. I only just finished it, so I can't guarantee it's entirely bug-free. Still.

    Feedback would be nice. Any thoughts?
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  2. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    Well it has a cute different look.
    But I don't know what it's supposed to do.

    I clicked to shoot you and nothing happened.
    clicked arrow on left nothing happened.
    clicked links at top nothing happened

  3. Caelum

    Caelum Well-Known Member

    Huh. That's not supposed to happen. What browser/OS are you using? On a mobile device by any chance? Disabled javascript, or limited it via something like NoScript?

    Working fine on IE, FF, Opera & Chrome for me.
  4. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    sorry caelum .. I use ff latest3.6.1.2 and I have no blocks,
    no problem with js on here (xf) occasionally on other sites but really only occasionally.
    os is desktop win2k - I know I know but I love it. so stable and straightforward.
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  5. Caelum

    Caelum Well-Known Member

    Added a tweak or two to improve the JS-free version, though the shooty thingy still won't work without JS. I just tested in your version of FF and it worked fine for me aside from things like the rounded corners that version of FF doesn't support. If you're still having issues now, I'd imagine win2k is to blame. I might be wrong though; anyone else having issues?
  6. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    I shot everything until it was all gone! Cool idea with that Asteroids overlay.
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  7. Caelum

    Caelum Well-Known Member

    Thanks :)
    Can't take credit for it completely though; it's a modified version of this script.
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  8. Rigel Kentaurus

    Rigel Kentaurus Well-Known Member

    The asteroids thing is really cool.
    I think you should reposition the instructions, though, once the "ship" appears, all my eyes could focus on was the triangle, and it took me a long long time to figure out I should be using the keyboard. If those instructions were right next to the triangle and they fade of, or fall to the bottom of the screen that would be awesome.
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  9. Caelum

    Caelum Well-Known Member

    That gives me an idea. Will implement something slightly different soonish, cheers. :)
  10. RobinHood

    RobinHood Well-Known Member

    Could do with some images or more interesting layout of the text only pages, but I like the horizontal sliding effect. I've seen a few sites like that vertically but it doesn't work very well depending on the size of your monitor.
    The fixed width horizontal slide like on your site is potentially much better.

    The shave den design is pretty cool :)
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  11. Caelum

    Caelum Well-Known Member

    Thanks, glad you like it :)
  12. 3c

    3c Active Member

    Needs more stuff to blow up..LOL

    nice on the slider and stuff....I'm assuming you can do images the same way...

    ah..yea..finally hit that link..
  13. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    I like the simplicity, the colors don't hurt my eyes and the page does it's job, the one thing I would do is add like a navigation tree on one of the sides and allow the child level slides to be directly selected from any page. That and it would give more stuff to shoot later :)

    but yeah about that script.. it is pretty damn cool ...

    mission accomplished :)
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  14. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Is it xenforo based ?
    FYI, I successfully destroyed everything :)
    I pwn at Asteroids since 1979.
    I'd add audio to give it a real Asteroids effect :)

    I also tried to kill the instructions.
    For like 5 minutes.
    (Just Kidding).
    How about the entire site reboots once you KILL everything ?

    Or once everything is done .... that is when you display your "Pitch Line".

    Congratulations, you completed the mission.
    And then you reboot your site with a pitch about innovative web solutions.
    Or something like that :)
  15. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    FYI, in Chrome, when I [esc] to quit, the entire site is blank.
    That's not so good !
    You force the user to hit refresh to bring your site back.
    And you know what users are like !


    Press [esc] to quit
    should be a part of the visible instructions, not just when clicking with the mouse.


    Press spacebar to shoot
    Press [esc] to quit
  16. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member


    Bottom left looks a little weird for me.
  17. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    As well, I didn't notice the ship appearing the first time I don't think.
    How about getting it to appear just under where the person clicks.
    As well, how about starting the ship moving and shooting once or twice to really give the user the scoop about what is going on.
  18. Caelum

    Caelum Well-Known Member

    Haha, yeah. The simplicity thing kind of got in the way of having tons of things to shoot. :LOL:

    Child level slides as in Design/Optimization/Maintenance/Other links? If so, I agree wholeheartedly it needs some way to be more easily accessible, it's just that I haven't been able to figure out a way to do it that doesn't make me want to poke my eyes out with a fork. Dropdown menus didn't exactly work for it. I might be misunderstanding you though.

    Glad you liked it :)
    It's not XF-based; right now, it's using WordPress as backend for my convenience + WP super cache to minimize the performance impact of that, but I might just switch to plain HTML PHP files.

    Hm, I can do that, yeah. Alternatively, a thought: either refreshing the page automatically after the user hits 80 points (with a slight delay to prevent confusion), or refreshing the page on click. I could even make the onclick instructions something like 'press f5 to quit', though. I'll play around, see what I can do

    Yeah, known issue with Firefox & Opera - they put the text on the wrong side of the page. I'll figure out a workaround, cheers.


    Basically, here's what I'm thinking when it comes to adjustments to the Asteroids part:
    • The ship should appear at the movement/shooting instructions line.
    • The instructions line should have a bit about clicking anywhere to exit.
    • The page should refresh (ending the Asteroids game) if the user clicks anywhere
    • Issue involving various browsers displaying the instructions at different places should be fixed. Should be very doable.
    I should have an updated version tomorrow or so :)
  19. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    (also, quite cool what you did with it, just wanted to help report something!)
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  20. Caelum

    Caelum Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Very happy with how it turned out myself :)

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