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Maintenance Site Changes 3-15-15

Discussion in 'Information & Updates' started by Sporadic, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. Sporadic Site Dev Moderator Director

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    @Jaysp656 helped me bring some ideas to fruition. Thanks for the work buddy.

    The old recent series, movies and download blocks were removed to display like this:

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    The images show recently anime recently added to the site and are updated automatically when CMs add something. This stands out a lot more for new users of the site than our old method. It not only grabs attention but showing the image instead of just the title allows user to have a better grasp of what they're watching. When you hover your cursor over the images a short description transitions in (Jay's awesome idea!)

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    The news posts are still on the page but have been moved down under the recent anime area as having this display above it will help increase our traffic and user friendly operations.

    In addition to this, the view of our anime lists was changed. When you click on a letter from our list the display has changed from text only to show an image and description instead.

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    This view can be seen only when you filter by letter. If you view our complete anime list it is still text only because loading over 1,090 images and descriptions might lag some people out :)

    The merch block was also removed from the homepage and will be moved to our forum because regular forum users, people dedicated to our community, are more likely to buy merchandise than say a casual anime watcher.

    More changes will also be done throughout the week to the Drupal end of the site. Including adding a recent downloads and recent episodes sidebar block. We will also be removing the navigation block and intergrating its stuff into the navibar, same with the our content block, shortening the genre list and moving the affiliate links into our footer so we can remove the affiliates block.

    These changes are part of what I'm calling JustDubs revamp part 2. We are changing some much needed areas of the site that still reflect how JD.net was designed. These things worked well for us on both sites but the times and demands of anime viewers are changing and we must continue evolving to facilitate those needs.

    I might have missed something so this thread is open to questions and comments. Thank you all for your continued use of our site and we hope to continue better serving everyone.
     
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  2. Doomguy I Love Trophies

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    And here I was thinking that Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 3 was being released into anime form ;)

    Thanks Jay, thanks Spor for this useful addition!
     
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    I added the merch block to the forum's sidebar earlier today for those interested. Got distracted by anime and almost forgot to post here.
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    The Transition thing is cool. Although may I add a suggestion? Add something to the desctiption that say something like 1/26 or complete or incomplete or just what the last episode uploaded for that was? Because listing recent uploads is fine but when several are just one episode with the rest to be released someday it would be nice to know how much of the series in question is uploaded without having to click each one and find out. Would that be possible in any way?
     
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    I could poke around and see if there is an easy way to add the most recent episode number. I know I'm working on a template that has the episode number. So, for example, maybe in the bottom right of the anime cover image could be something like Ep.#. I'd be a bit difficult to add a x/y (where x is the current ep and y is the total) as some anime have an undefined amount of episodes, while other get more seasons later on under the same name. Now, I can't promise this can be integrated. I'm more or less thinking out loud.
     
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    That's fine. If it's not doable or too hard to figure out then I can do without. But it would be enormously more convenient to be able to see the latest episode number on the front page instead of having to check the pages to see what is there. So if the point of this is to increase traffic and make things more pleasing and user friendly then adding latest episode numbers so people have an idea of how complete the series are would help. Also if the x/y is too difficult just simple episode number is fine since most tend to be 12 or 26 and you can always use MAL to figure it out if you're not sure.
     
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    Not really sure how I feel about having a completion number on every image. Because 95% of the stuff we add is completed when we add it. There's a small percentage of anime which we upload on a weekly basis. We are adding a recently added episodes block on the sidebar to indicate when new episodes are added. it just seems a little pointless to lable each episode when most of what we add is already completed. it just feels like we're doing extra work for a very small percentage of anime.
     

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