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  1. DriveHosting

    DriveHosting Regular Member

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    Name of site - The Admin Solutions
    Link to forum - https://www.the-admin-solutions.com/index.php
    Genre: Server Administration-Forum Administration
    Forum Software- XenForo
    Total number of posts the forum has received: 321


    Want to know what you guys think of the new design etc. Please stay on topic on this thread no arguing just constructive criticism or nothing at all thanks.
     
  2. Sheldon

    Sheldon Dreamsmasher

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    -Node icons are too high above the title.
    -Black Sidebar does not fit the look at all.
    -The "New" after the Node Title should not be used, looks better using just a different node icon, either opacity or color, etc.
    -I love grids, but I absolutely hate not seeing them uniform. Looks so messy.
    -Lacking creativity, the same exact threads sidebar as TAZ (only changing a FA icon), and not even doing it correctly with the Tooltip class.
    -Lacking creativity, the same exact most messages posted sidebar (only changing number location)
    -The logo... something looks just weird with the "D" and the gear. Like really bad erasing, something. Just doesn't look right.
    -Half of your RSS icons are not displaying correctly.

    --- I am far from a styler..... but those are the things that I noticed quickly, and a couple that would drive me bananas. As I am sure there are things that others see in things I do that drive them bananas. Either way, in the end, go with whatever YOU want. You will not ever make everyone happy with a certain look.
     
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    DriveHosting Regular Member

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    Thank ya, thank ya.
     
  4. Superboy

    Superboy Most Likely, I'm Insane.

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    For starters, I actually like the design now and i can join :)

    I am not a styler by any means...so i am not even going to go to deep into it.
    I'll just say it looks a lot better to me now. I actually think it is one of the better looking Xenforo admin forums
    I like the mix of dark/light.

    I noticed it was a Pixel Edit skin and russ does good work! I am loving the incremental changes you are making and looking forward to seeing you grow!
     
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    I won't relist the issues - they're the same as Sheldon's... but I will say that it looks miles better than it did. Still don't like the logo, though. The swirly font on the "the" just looks out of place to me. And the bad editing on the cog (or possibly the word Admin, but I think it's the clog) just makes it look even more unprofessional.

    What would be nice would be seeing you take some colour into the threadlisting and threads themselves now, doing something slightly different with the postbit as what you have now is being seen a lot (Sheldon started the craze and people are just using it instead of trying to make it unique to them).
     
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  6. Sheldon

    Sheldon Dreamsmasher

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    You should fix that copy-cat sidebar block of most posters.

    Having one slide down makes it look ridiculous. Either change it to 10, or leave it at 8 and center them.

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    Should be changed to this:
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    Or increase the number shown and add a bit more spacing.
     
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    Well we adjusted the node icons being a bit too high working on a few of the other problems today, its quite a complex theme @Superboy o yea the theme is great well put out.
     
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    Sheldon Dreamsmasher

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    From the list I made, the only thing changed was adding a couple px on the node icons to get aligned... Oh, and removing the "New" part.

    The theme is not that complex, maybe you were thinking of a different teen.

    In my eyes, still a very long way to go to get your own identity. Looks like no effort has been put into it and still get the cookie-cutter feel from it.

    Last suggestion.... quit following what another site in your niche has done, make your own path.
     
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    To be fair Sheldon, seeing as it seems you run XenAdmins with Lisa. I've spotted how that forum tends to copy what TAZ does. Saw them install Featured Topics before and set it as landing page at one point, XenAdmins forum did same thing. Then they removed it as landing page and again XenAdmins followed suit. They changed using a bigger font in posts on TAZ, now same thing on XenAdmins.

    Not trying to be funny... but see a lot of same thing going on between other forums like the one you run with Lisa. If any admin forum has not followed trying cloning what TAZ does, you'd have to say it's this one most.
     
  10. Sheldon

    Sheldon Dreamsmasher

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    Are you insane?

    I styled AdminExtra, then did XenAdmins, then TAZ converted. I had everything up on XA before TAZ was even over to XF yet. They were still on vB when I finished with XenAdmins. You might want to do some better research.
     
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    Sheldon Dreamsmasher

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    And trust me, I don't run XenAdmins.
     
  12. GTB

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    Why are you Shelley? Thought she styled Admin Extra?

    But anyway, not talking about who adding the feature (mods) first. I'm talking about TAZ making changes since, like setting featured threads to landing page instead of forum, then spotting XenAdmins does same thing (even reverting it back to forums as landing page when TAZ does), seen that happen a lot with things TAZ does and soon afterwards XenAdmins does same thing.
     
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    I've no idea if you run XenAdmins, I'm quoting what I read Lisa post on XenForo other day reading a topic - in which she said it's run by both of you? If that isn't the case, tell Lisa that then as she seems to think otherwise.
     
  14. Sheldon

    Sheldon Dreamsmasher

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    What does Shelley have to do with anything? The AdEx grid look on UIX I did. The featured threads, we have had then installed since day one, the majority of members said the landing page was pointless, so it got turned off. Our page was styled, check the resource for images (this was before TAZ even converted).

    You really have this confused.

    You really have your dates confused.
     
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  15. Sheldon

    Sheldon Dreamsmasher

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    Link?
     
  16. GTB

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    If I can find the post now their I will post it, give me a sec
     
  17. Sheldon

    Sheldon Dreamsmasher

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    I do the style. I update add-ons. It's her site, her rules.
     
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    Can't find it now, not spending all day trying to find the topic, as I've no idea what topic it even was. But thought she did make a reference in it that both of you ran the forum, why I said it for. If you don't then fair enough.
     
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    I have a hard time seeing Lisa saying that, all things considered.

    Either way.

    As far as this supposed copying, again, do some more research. There is major confusion if that is the thought.
     
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  20. GTB

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    You must have come along afterwards then working on a style for AX, they did have a few installed. Shelley was involved in styling AX at one point though, the first custom theme they used I think.

    I don't have any dates confused. You're getting confused with setting things up on both sites. That has nothing to do with what I'm talking about, I'm taking about TAZ does one thing different for a while and XA seems to follow doing same. That has nothing to do with what you installed on both sites, nothing at all.
     
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