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UK of Equestria.co.uk - For Fans of My Little Pony

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by Alteran Ancient, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. Alteran Ancient

    Alteran Ancient Well-Known Member

    I've actually been running this since December 2011, but we've come a long way since then... and yet, I've never showcased it on here once. So I thought I'd finally give it a go and see what people think of it compared to other forums.

    We're a community based in the UK, but we seem to have received small audiences in the US, Australia, as well as other members of the Commonwealth. We've got a fairly niche audience, for those who are fans of the My Little Pony franchise as well as the Friendship is Magic series, the latter of which was the motivation to start the community originally. Yes, you might know some of them as Bronies, but we have members who do and do not associate with that identity.

    This is one of the first things that people comment about when joining. They appreciate how clean and simple the site design is - and that it doesn't look like other websites. Back when we started, we had a re-coloured version of the default xF design for a while, and have evolved a few times since then, using Flexile for a significant part of our time.

    This is where we are now:
    Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 15.34.55.png

    We also rock a handful of different designs that users can switch between:
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    Oh, and credit if any of you out there can work out what this hidden style is a reference to:
    Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 15.52.38.png

    Postbit Design
    This is another one of those specific features. Ever since the latest iteration of our style, we gave circular avatars a try and they've just sort-of stuck.

    Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 15.57.36.png

    The named section changes colour for privileged accounts - and also shows an icon with an included tooltip.
    Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 15.56.59.png

    These circle avatars have encouraged a few members to get rather creative, using the circular effect to their advantage (as demonstrated by Lysander in the first postbit). We have also tweaked the member card to go along with the circular thing:
    Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 15.57.58.png

    ...and I think those are the key bits for now. We've done a few more of our own things, such as a bespoke Event Registration system, but I'll leave those for those who are interested enough to click on through and explore for themselves.

    Major kudos to one of our community's own members, Becca, for the majority of what you see here - Becca is our principal Front-End Designer. I'm responsible for Software Development and Back-End Design.

    Constructive Criticism and Feedback is more than welcome - we're very passionate about what we do and we'd love any suggestions you might have to make it better.

    ...and yes. We use Font Awesome.
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  2. Chojo

    Chojo Active Member

    Teal and Purple, love it! Feel different from the overused generic colors.

    Well done!
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  3. nodle

    nodle Well-Known Member

    Who ever did you theme did a great job. Really nice work!(y)
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  4. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    I haven't a clue what it all means, but that's one of the best looking forums I've seen for a while (considering its niche). Brilliantly done colour scheme, well laid out and so easy on the eye. Some of the design touches are wonderful, like the circular avatars. This is what forums should be like, clear and light so the focus is on content. It has a relaxing vibe, well done.

    And nearly 800,000 posts in less than three years is pretty epic!!
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  5. Becca

    Becca New Member

    Thank you! Your comments on the design are enormously appreciated... :)

    (Also, just tried to sign up here to post this, and apparently I already have an account. Hey ho.)
  6. nodle

    nodle Well-Known Member

    You should seriously consider starting selling your own themes for Xenforo if you do that good of work like you did on that site.:)
  7. Alteran Ancient

    Alteran Ancient Well-Known Member

    I've already tried to suggest this. Believe me. :)
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