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Post by ElNumbre on Sat 17 Feb 2018 - 21:10

We’re excited to announce that after several months of design work, trailing different styles and themes, we’re almost ready to launch a refreshed look to the forum.   Our user community has grown significantly over the last three years and in preparation for this continued growth, we have decided to make improvements across the site to make it more accessible, more functional and more appealing to you, our users.

URL Update
The first change is that we have a new URL
https://forum.renaultw.in
This is Accessible now, the new URL will help us to be more discoverable on search engines, and therefore attract new community members.  It is a more memorable address, and aligns more closely with the Renault Wind Website, allowing easier cross-promotion.  
Plus, its nearly 50% shorter than the original address, making it easier to type in for mobile users.
Finally, whilst the old address won’t go away, it does allow us to move the site between providers should it become necessary in the future.
Please update your bookmarks, but note, you will need to log back in the first time you access the site, using your existing username and password.


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Post by ElNumbre on Sat 17 Feb 2018 - 21:13

LOOK AND FEEL
This will be the biggest change and is designed to improve the experience and consistency of experience for both our desktop, tablet AND mobile users, the latter of whom now make up about 50% of our visitors.
We have a new logo based upon the Renault graphic, inspired by ‘Wind’ and drawing out the RenaultSport logo.  

There will be more Wind themed similes, and additional service smilies like Facebook and Youtube to draw people’s attention to great content you create or share.

Desktop

The desktop view has been completely refreshed with a new red and white theme.  This theme provides enhanced accessibility, with improved contrast for readability.  Icons have been refreshed and support a large variety of resolutions.  

Fonts will been changed to support a modern, more readable sans-serif font which again scales better on various screen sizes.

Mobile

The mobile version is based upon a ‘responsive’ theme, bringing a modern look to portable devices.  We’ve been able to enhance the branding here too, maintaining colours, fonts and styles here in parallel.  It has been tested against Android, iOS and Windows Mobile, and a variety of screen sizes and orientations to improve your experience further.

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Post by ElNumbre on Sat 17 Feb 2018 - 21:14

OTHER ENHANCEMENTS
Behind the scenes, we’ve partnered with Cloudflare, who operate a large network of content delivery servers worldwide, which will help us to provide faster access to our websites by bringing content closer to you.

We have enabled HTTPS security which provides encrypted connections between our servers and your devices, helping to protect you, especially when using unsecured networks, and this is available now on the new link.

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Post by ElNumbre on Sat 17 Feb 2018 - 21:16

We're just finalising some of the tweaks, so hope to bring you these changes in the coming weeks, but we wanted to advise our regular users in advance so you weren't surprised by the change.

We'd encourage you to use the new URL right away, and keep checking back to experience the new look.

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Post by johntymac on Sun 18 Feb 2018 - 14:46

Looking forward to the new site. wind Very Happy

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Post by Barbs on Sun 18 Feb 2018 - 17:16

@johntymac wrote:Looking forward to the new site. wind Very Happy
ElNumbre has put a lot of work into and I must admit it looks good.

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Post by donjack on Sun 18 Feb 2018 - 20:14

Looking good!
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Post by Barbs on Sun 18 Feb 2018 - 21:00

Hasn't changes yet x

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Post by donjack on Sun 18 Feb 2018 - 21:53

I clicked the new site link and it worked!! It does look different lol!
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Post by knebby on Mon 19 Feb 2018 - 19:40

Is it going to be easier to post photos?
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Post by pittstop on Tue 20 Feb 2018 - 11:35

@donjack wrote:I clicked the new site link and it worked!! It does look different lol!

I've changed the URL on my shortcut but still seeing the old format?
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Post by Barbs on Tue 20 Feb 2018 - 12:53

If you are connected on a mobile on the new Url it defaults to the mobile app. Top right you can change to the desktop version.

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Post by ElNumbre on Tue 20 Feb 2018 - 20:56

@pittstop wrote:
@donjack wrote:I clicked the new site link and it worked!! It does look different lol!

I've changed the URL on my shortcut but still seeing the old format?

Just putting on the final layers of wax polish, hoping to make live in the next couple of weeks.
Good to see folks getting excited.

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Post by ElNumbre on Tue 20 Feb 2018 - 21:04

@knebby wrote:Is it going to be easier to post photos?

Unfortunately, the image posting will still be poor (unfortunately the provider only allows 20mb of pictures in total). However, I'm going to put together a guide on how to post elsewhere and share here more easily.

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Post by pittstop on Wed 21 Feb 2018 - 15:09

As you might have guessed from some of my posts I'm not exactly a smartphone person!!

I have a good old desktop with a 21in screen & a large lettering keyboard.

Even my mouse, printer; & router are hard wired to the PC!!

That said It does have twin solid state hard drives which I can clone for backup purposes.

My mobile is such that my daughter says I can use publicly anywhere as NO ONE would ever try to steal it.

Barbs: not quite sure what you mean when you say:

"Top right you can change to the desktop version"

Is that at the top right of the forum screen I am looking at now. If so what do I need to do please or do I need to wait a little longer for the new format.

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Post by Barbs on Wed 21 Feb 2018 - 15:44



Hopefully this will help. On a mobile phone you can get the mobile version photo above.  If you want the desktop version there are 3  little dots at the top right hand side, if you tap them a list comes up and you can change to desktop view. Hope that makes sense.

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Post by pittstop on Thu 22 Feb 2018 - 8:27

Clicking on the 3 dots but no desktop option offered.

Is what you are showing in your post the view on a smartphone rather than a PC monitor?
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Post by Barbs on Thu 22 Feb 2018 - 8:41

Yes it is from a phone. I think you can get the mobile version on a PC but its an option at the bottom.

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Post by pittstop on Thu 22 Feb 2018 - 10:00

Hi,
Getting confused. Not difficult!
Are you saying that at present the new format is only available via a smart phone hence your reference to getting the mobile version on a PC.
I guess I wouldn't require a mobile version but,instead, I require a version of the new format that works on a Desktop PC running Windows 10 using Google Chrome as it's browser. Is this yet to come & meantime do I stay on old format?
Perhaps ElNumbre; who I guess is the "techie"; can guide us as I see he mentions going live in a couple of weeks.
Perhaps I'm jumping the gun here?
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Post by Barbs on Thu 22 Feb 2018 - 11:56

Yes not quite ready yet. ElNumbre is the Chief Techie x

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Post by ElNumbre on Thu 22 Feb 2018 - 12:29

@pittstop wrote:
Are you saying that at present the new format is only available via a smart phone hence your reference to getting the mobile version on a PC.

You can force a desktop to pretend to be a mobile using the developer tools within Chrome and most other browsers, that's one of the ways I've been testing the experience. Luckily I also have access to a range of real devices to verify virtual=reality.

That said, Neither version is live as yet. Smile
And both versions I intend to make live at the same time.

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