New theme - done

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At some point in the next 48 hours ARRSE will change to a new look with some significant differences. This brings us up to date with newer web layout technologies , will make the forums in particular more natural and easier to use, and will make the front page more welcoming to newcomers. This has been in development for months now, and trialled by a test team in the past weeks.

Some of the changes are, in no particular order:

The site front page will change to a much better laid out, more varied and more informative design, showing Blog and ARRSEPedia extracts as well as photos taken from the gallery and various other changes. Who's online moves to a dedicated page, and recent posts will be supplemented by a new 'last 100' page.

Newly uploaded images will appear as thumbnails in forum threads. Older images will appear as now but with scrollbars. They will no longer distort the page.

The site pages will be a fixed narrower width. This makes the text more natural to read on larger resolution monitors, and allows a more reliable layout without wierd behavious from the page headers.

"Social bookmarking" tags are included for users of Stumbleupon, Digg etc. Please promote us.

Advert layout problems are cured, or at least reduced, and Google links are not included in the forum headers allowing more useful links such as "unanswered posts". We do of course need advertising income but I have aimed to make it less invasive. Instead there will be a small 'donate' link on the bottom right of each thread - please feel free to use this!

A more easily read, less 'blocky' font is used throughout.

Additional links are included in the footer including login / logout.

Forums are less cluttered and text links are used where possible to save vertical space, but offer more functionality without going off to search for it.

Features requested after the last change are retained - go to top, go to page X.

The most obvious one - avatars will move to the right of posts. This is because that the way the base code for the new look comes, you quickly get used to it, so there seems no need to change it.

Site header menu stays the same.

All functionality except the additional pages mentioned above stays the same.

Blocks of links that previously appeared somewhat randomly on the left of some site modules are now all shown on the right.


Now the big one - until any teething problems with the new theme are ironed out we will only run from the single default new theme as the new front page will not work in the existing themes.

Within two weeks, once changes have been made, bugs fixed, and complaints and requests answered, I will add a Worksafe / Light theme, and possibly an "Old ARRSE" theme. The latter is a "possible" because it is used by only a tiny percentage of users, but I like it for nostalgic reasons.


So.... wait out.


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Ta muchly boss - looking forward to seeing it!
A known issue is this in the gallery when viewing wide images:
I get a message saying I should be at or something! Isn't that sexualist or something?
I am very afraid of change*.

*I won't be voting for Obama.


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Am I still on a vodka trip from last night. Make it go away.
On the new home page I have had a couple of messages under the photo at the top. Where do these come from?
B_AND_T said:
Am I still on a vodka trip from last night. Make it go away.
It's all strange!!!!


After the initial shock and a "WTF HAVE THEY DONE!!", I've got to admit I like it. Some sterling work there GCO.

Without having a good sniff round, my only initial comment is the theme (yes yes, I know you're working on it) - the "Desert Cam" theme gave it that military feel, at the moment it looks like A.N.Other forum (which is good for the guys using it at work I suppose).

Impressed so far though, nice one.
So much more of the Army's time shall be dedicated to exploring this new layout.

Oh and I get abused for free, thank you.


filthyphil said:
On the new home page I have had a couple of messages under the photo at the top. Where do these come from?
While I'm as happy as the next man to get into a little verbal, computer-generated banter isn't on.

Otherwise, so far, so good.
Fugly said:
Is there now no PM inbox on the front page?
Bloody good point. It tells you new messages, but not how many you have. I'll get that cracked.
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