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Old 03 Dec 2008, 00:13
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ProvB.org (beta) - Launched & Ready

ProvB.org - Professional Vbulletin Solutions
Vbulletin Mods, Styles, Resources

The website in brief: Our aim was to offer a place where developers and vbulletin owners can exchange ideas and services, as well as list their commercial and free products they've created themselves. We feature great benefits for developers including a "developers toolbar", as well as resources for the average vbulletin owner.

Note that this is only a beta Launch, and more's still to come.

Any comments/suggestions are welcomed.
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 00:30
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I like the look of it but there's an awful lot of options on every page and all over the page e.g. a navigation bar, a tabbed navigation bar and the gold navigation bar too. I'd get rid of the top one altogether , ditch the gold bar but use the graphics (which are nice) on the tabbed navigation bar.
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 00:31
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Your main homepage needs a lot of work from a usability perspective. You have 3 identical looking blocks that list different content. You should consider making them look different and restructuring that section of the page.

You also repeat parts of the navigation twice. Some of the links in the header are also below the login box. That's rather confusing as an end-user.

Finally, your right navigation block looks FAR too much like google ads. My eyes would be instantly drawn away from it

All in all it's a bit monotonous. It needs some colour, some contrast and a few more images here and there.
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 00:41
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Originally Posted by Dean C View Post
Your main homepage needs a lot of work from a usability perspective. You have 3 identical looking blocks that list different content. You should consider making them look different and restructuring that section of the page.

You also repeat parts of the navigation twice. Some of the links in the header are also below the login box. That's rather confusing as an end-user.

Finally, your right navigation block looks FAR too much like google ads. My eyes would be instantly drawn away from it

All in all it's a bit monotonous. It needs some colour, some contrast and a few more images here and there.
The homepage was done in order to promote simplicity and usability actually as far as the content is concerned. Got the concept from iGoogle. I woulda gone the image-powered, magazine styled route, but i didn't feel it fit the part for now, which is why i adapted some of iGoogle's usability approaches.

Working on minimizing navigation clutter, as I can see how it'd be an issue.

Originally Posted by punchbowl View Post
I like the look of it but there's an awful lot of options on every page and all over the page e.g. a navigation bar, a tabbed navigation bar and the gold navigation bar too. I'd get rid of the top one altogether , ditch the gold bar but use the graphics (which are nice) on the tabbed navigation bar.
That's a good point. I work on a high resolution so it doesn't really get to me, but i can definitely see why it'd get to others with a lower resolution. When you mention options, are you talking only in terms of the navigation bar? The developer's toolbar shouldn't ever show in conjunction with the normal icons.
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 00:53
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Originally Posted by Gio~Logist View Post
That's a good point. I work on a high resolution so it doesn't really get to me, but i can definitely see why it'd get to others with a lower resolution. When you mention options, are you talking only in terms of the navigation bar? The developer's toolbar shouldn't ever show in conjunction with the normal icons.
I was actually talking about the bar on your profile. Didn't even realise it was a profile till I went back to look.



Pretty much echo what Dean has said. There's an awful lot of info and links everywhere. I'm 1920x1200 btw. I also notice some very big font sizes e.g. here http://www.provb.org/forumdisplay.php?f=18
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 00:57
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Hm, guess I'm going to have to look into perhaps minimizing the height of the header to compliment certain pages? I'll see what i come up with. Thanks for the comments so far.
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 05:50
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I am loving it.
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 06:05
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At a quick glance it looks good, but you should at least spell "vBulletin" correctly.
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 07:30
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I am loving it.
Glad to hear it! Thanks for the feedback

Originally Posted by SirAdrian View Post
At a quick glance it looks good, but you should at least spell "vBulletin" correctly.
Thanks Hah, i spelled it wrong? Where, didn't even notice? I think my typing hands are all vbulletined out
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 10:59
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Its a good start, but like others have said the home page has a lot going on and it was hard to concentrate or find anything.

Good foundation to build on from the looks of it, pretty impressive at first glance
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 16:46
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Its a good start, but like others have said the home page has a lot going on and it was hard to concentrate or find anything.

Good foundation to build on from the looks of it, pretty impressive at first glance
Thank you very much. I'm gonna be bringing a friend in who's a great designer that i outsource a lot of my clients to, hopefully he can help me bring in a few design techniques to ease up the usability. If you have any suggestion in regards to navigation and what would make it easier, don't hesitate.

Thanks again for the comments so far!
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 17:24
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yeah i would say usability and being able to find what im normally looking for on a vB board are the biggest things now. It took me a minute to find my usercp...
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might want to shore up and add some anti spam measures, you have like 20 sex spam threads this morning....
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Old 05 Dec 2008, 15:01
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A bit confusing at first glace but it looks nice .
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Definitely interesting GIO - quite impressive and a bit different from the daily tedium.
Your "Signup today!" underlined link is not working on all pages though for some odd reason.

Congrats on getting the site up

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