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As mentioned in my earlier posts and PMs we were working on a new look for India Forums and to make it even better. So would appreciate if you all check the new design and give your feedback on the same.
Before viewing the design there are few things that would like to point out:
a) This is a demo layout and its not functional. Currently its just showing 3 channels but we will be having all the channels. Probably all the shows will go in their respective channels page which will reduce the loading time for the homepage.
b) We will be even concentrating on promoting General Discussions section so that will also make room on the homepage.
c) We will have the Top 10 most active contributors on the homepage too.
d) I know many like to see their name on the homepage page of online users but probably we will have to move it to another page as the members are increasing at a very rapid pace and soon it might reach where there will be thousand names just on the homepage. So keeping scalability issues in mind we will have to move it to the next page.
e) I know I had mentioned about the Buddy list changes but this homepage redesign took some extra time and since we are working on a newer framework for IF.
f) And a lot of features will be similar to Social Networking sites like Orkut, Facebook. Please note this change will take us around 1 months time once we freeze on the design with around 5 people team as a lot of codes will be completely redone.
g) We are also working on changing the logo from the current one as this one cant be copyrighted as it has Indian Flag (as per indian copyright and trademark laws).
h) You will also notice a "Quick Links" on the right side of the page which is basically a smart customizable slider which slides as the page scrolls down and will also allow members to bookmark their favorite shows so that they can move from one forum to another with ease.
Thanks for reading through all of that:
First of all thanks to all for giving their input and its really appreciated.
I wanted to show the design before implementing as that way we have the option to make corrections. And right now we can take in all the suggestions.
Lets discuss the points raise:
a) The childsafe advocates is a banner space and has nothing to do with our site policy. And may be some other banner keep showing. As you know we cover all our servers expenses, site development, tellybuzz through the ad revenues so we do need to give an attractive spot to our site advertiser (we have to be fair with them too as they help us run the show financially).
b) Yes I know with time we all have got used to the current design and start finding it simple to use. But the problem is that when I asked many people to give their feedback about India Forums they first didnt understood what it is all about as half people feels lost (and other half do not believe people can chat so much about Television shows and start giving wierd faces.)
c) The idea is now to make India Forums a safe social networking site which has a lot more to offer then just television discussions (where we are already #1). We want to get the same recognition for Bollywood too and other interest areas like Sports, Poems, Books and much more.
d) The changes suggested have been informed to the designing team:
- To highlight Global Announcements so that it doesnt look sidelined.
- Bollywood and TellyBuzz section will come side by side.
- We will have Channels pages seperate so that we can have Channel specific announcements too so it will help our Channel Moderators handle their sections.
- The links that you all are seeing missing will soon be coming in the next layout.
e) The login box, intro about IF will only appear for visitors who are coming on our site for the first time so that they get a complete idea of what India Forums is all about and they can easily get them started.
If you have more suggestions then feel free to drop your views here as me and the designing team will be going through them regularly.
Updated: April 01, 2008
It was really nice going through all the suggestions and feedback. I do not know how many times I say, its really nice to see a "sense of belongingness" towards India-Forums and the way members come forward to help us with their ideas, suggestions and feedback. And probably that is what makes us different to other sites.
Coming back to a few more stuffs:
a) As mentioned earlier I understand that many might feel that this will make the site look more techno and less of a "welcoming","homely" but do not worry we are taking all possible user tests to make sure that India-Forums is always welcoming and a warm place and somewhere "homely" too.
b) The design update is essential as the current layout is somewhere limiting us in terms of things that we can really do at India Forums to make it even better and take it to the next level. Somewhere the idea is to give members a platform to discuss on issues apart from Television to even more broader areas like Bollywood, Indian Entertainment. Then evolving it into a unique Social Networking model, Video sharing, FREE Classifieds, etc and also to further integrete it with our other projects like Egreeting which should be resurfacing in June 2008 and I am sure you all will like it and we are also working on finding a right partner to guide us in making a useful portal on Indian Vedic Astrology and Numerology.
c) The whole team at Cyberax working on India Forums are excited on the developments and the features we are planning to integrete.
d) One of the member suggested a feature "Whisper" which I found really interesting where by instead of sending PM you can just send a short message to a member just like you get a chat popup while browsing your Gmail. Sounds like a simple thing but lets see how easy it is making it work on a high traffic site like ours.
e) We will now be able to check who else are surfing in that particular forum / post as we are redoing the entire session management.
Please note the layout that we have shown is not the final one and we are constantly taking your inputs and making necessary changes to give it the best possible revamp.
- India Forums Development Team
India Forums is growing and I am sure that with the new layout we will be able to make India Forums better experience in terms of ease of use, features, navigation and quality.
Last but not the least I really appreciate whatever the Development team does to keep this site so much fun and a happening place on the web.
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Joined: 10 December 2005
just had a look on the new page bro
here are some suggestions
will edit if i can think of any new points
Joined: 11 February 2005
Joined: 30 December 2004
very nice its so cool and techy looking
-I love the way the vidoe section is laid out..but I think we can add more TellyBuzz links rather than Bollywood news.
-The channels like for the shows will we have all the shows on one channel or do we have to click on more information to access the rest of the shows?
-The new logo is awesome
-I also think that Global announcements could be added like in the center somewhere so people cant miss them
-The child safe advocates logo/banner could be reduced in size a bit or added to the bottom?
-is there a way we can put the latest Tellybuzz and Bollywood section news on one side of the page?? instead of them beign seperate
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Vijay bhaiya, just took a look! It's such a cool design! veryy moderny and different great job!
Just some points i wanted to make:
1 - Like everyone here has said - GAs - members should be able to see them better and they should stand out to catch attention
2 - The Quick links idea - so cool! very useful! and its place on the site is perfect!
3 - In the GD section - the different sections are not easily recognisable.. if we could have a bullet pointed list like for the rest of the tv channels it might be easier and it would attract more members maybe? the headings are good but the forums list is unclear
4 - Question - what are the random videos for?
5 - the Telly Buzz bit is awesome! again veryy cool!
umm... thats all for now x
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