Dango Daikazoku's 10th Anniversary + new skin Jul 9, 2019 17:39:32 GMT -6
Post by Densetsu Karu on Jul 9, 2019 17:39:32 GMT -6
Hello one and all.
Happy Anniversary! Well, we're early by about three days, but my "secret project" is complete so I figured there was no need to wait any longer. As you may have already noticed when you hopped on the site today, we've got a new skin! I built this skin to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Dango Daikazoku. Well, that, and we needed it. Come on, let's be honest. The old skin that was forced upon us by Proboards V5 was not good. We needed to modernize!!
But those days are behind us now. Most things on the site have been reworked, from the graphics to the sidebar content, the fonts, the buttons, our ad, and probably most importantly, the boards. Look at them! I think the new layout of the boards is a lot better than the dull (and somewhat busy) lists that they displayed as previously.
There are much too many changes in this one skin for me to make a normal update thread about them like I usually do. Fish around on the site and you'll undoubtedly find them. I will, at least, note a few of the "bigger" changes.
- The sidebar had been greatly tweaked. There is no longer a setting blurb -- because honestly, we have an information page for that already. The quick navigation is at the very top and consists of buttons instead of a dropdown list. Below quick navigation is the site activity (latest threads and posts) that used to be at the top of the home page. Now you can access it from any page on the site! Unfortunately, due to the way Proboards handles some of its variables, I can't have the most recent post show up on every page, so that will still be restricted to the home page.
- We've got a better chatbox now. Discord! Well, we've had Discord for a while, but now it's embedded on the site, rather than the cbox. This should be easier to manage for members of the site who are in the Discord -- you can chat with people who are on the site without even opening a web browser!
- As I noted, the boards are redesigned. All of the information that used to be there is still there -- the title, thread count, and reply count, sit on the top bar, and the description and subboards below that. At the bottom is the latest replied thread. For the roleplay boards in particular, we now have images to help you visualize the areas they represent, and to add a bit of colour to the site. You can read the descriptions for those boards by mousing over them.
- Oh, look, emotes! Proboards always had emotes, but nobody used them... I think I can understand why. So, I've gone ahead and replaced all of them with adorable Dangos , courtesy of the Dango Stickers on the LINE app. You can add these emotes to your posts from within the post editor.
- Not a feature yet, but the way that I've built this skin will make it much easier for us to make new themes for it. Expect those in the coming months!
Now that the site actually looks good, we're going to go an ad spree to try to bring in more members. Feel free to contribute!
Thanks for all the good times, everyone. Here's to another 10 years! Maybe this time I'll actually be able to finish Karu's character arc