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Hello Everyone,

We're proud to announce that the new site look and feel has been completed for TropicalFishKeeping.com! Our designers and software engineers have been hard at work on this for several months. It's designed to modernize the site, make it easier to use, and to make it more attractive to new members and guests that visit .

The forum software we use, vBulletin, by default is not designed to be friendly to the eyes or to look modern. We went down to the nuts and bolts of the forum software and templates, and have done a ground up approach. There are several things you will notice now that the new design is live.

1) The site should be significantly faster.

We have applied every modern technique to speed up page load and tested with all modern browsers. We want the forum to be extremely fast and easy to use.

2) The site will work much better in mobile and tablet views

We've started applying responsive design, and have designed and tested against android and iPhone devices, Android tablets, and iPads. If you are sitting at your desk or on your couch, or just on your phone, the site will work much better than it did before, and load fast. We are still working on improving the experience even further in the months to come, but we wanted to launch this as quickly as we could.

3) The homepage is bright, crisp and clean.

We wanted the first page users saw to look beautiful, so that when a new guest arrives and is debating whether to join TropicalFishKeeping.com, they see a beautiful doorway, and they walk right in.

4) Garages will be featured on the site

You can show off your Tank, You can post pictures in your Aquirum and share it with others. Make sure you post up some images to share with the community at the link below.
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/garage.php?do=index

5) Users will be able to register with Facebook

6) The side bar can be hidden in your user options.

Click on my profile / user cp at the top right.

- click on edit your details on the left.
- Look for Show Sidebar on Forum Pages under Additional Information.
- Click disable and save.

7) Another new great feature is the @Mention user plugin. You can tag members by simply using the @ symbol.

8) Drag and Drop image uploader

We hope you enjoy it, and if you have any questions on the design, please let us know, feedback is appreciated.

If there are any issues you see. Post them up here and we will get them worked out.

Thanks,
-Your TropicalFishKeeping.com Team.
 

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NOTE:

There will be some work still being down when we go live, I will let you know once the site is 100% complete.

Outstanding issues:
- Homepage population
- Aquarium uses auto terms and will update with aquatic
- Subforum icons
- Various settings and back end work which could cause some minor bugs.

Be patient and we will have all sorted within 24 hours.

Jeff M
 

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1. Can't get Classic version to stick. If I exit TFK when I come back it is the new version.

2. Reported posts are not showing up. When following link the V message is: "No Thread specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator"

3. Do not like the new layout. Too busy. At least I can get to the classic version by hitting "Forums."
 

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Sorry to hear this Nick. Hopefully over time, it will grow on you. We're doing the Bettafish makeover tomorrow.

Yung

Hi Yung

Sorry to say but i do not like the new layout, I will wander back to the Betta fish section now. Hopefully you are not planing to change the look there.

Nick
 

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I think that like anything else it's just a matter of getting used to it. Am going to have fun playing around for now.
 

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Ok I found a solution I can look at the site in terminal.

Yes Yes I know I'm a geek


Wow I only have 2 posts.

Anyway the new look will grow on us, Thanks for your hard work improving the site.

Slightly off topic.

I am a member of ARS Technica and they updated the site similar to what you guys did, They got 20 plus pages of complaint replies.
 

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One thing.. Mobile view is HORRIBLE. I go on this site and Bettafish primarily on mobile. I have to use the full view to get anywhere anyway, it seems pointless to have a mobile view if it's absolutely useless. Full view is slightly more tolerable.

I have a feeling I'm going to hate the layout of Bettafish once everything is said and done, but what can ya do?

And I have 14 posts? And I'm a new member? I hope that goes back to normal once BF is back up. And my signature color.. Ugh. I'm going to need to remake them for people now, but that's a personal problem.
 

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@Tourmaline and @NickAu

I'm guessing you're mentioning your post count because it doesn't currently reflect what it should be..is that correct? I'll look in to your post count history and see if we can get this fixed.

Yung
 

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Ugh like stated above I'm mostly on my mobile too. Couldn't stand the mobile version so I'm also using the full version. Not liking adjusting to where everything is now but just gotta get used to it. :/
 
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Hello, Just found this page it should be really visible to everyone logging in, so many surely have questions, I can't figure out how to update my aquarium logs, I can click on them in my signature link and go to the Freshwater Aquariums listings, but its not the same as it was before, when there was a clear Aquarium Log link at the top of the forum and you edited your log from that page. Help! TY!
Found it! You go Tools/Quick Links/Fish Tanks and that will take you to edit mode.
I deleted my tanks ads all over the place, pages only loading half way.
Removed from my sig block for now.

I miss the old site. I know this always happens when there is change any time and often people end up liking the new site, but I just don't time for this right now. Back to gardening!
 

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The only thing I'd like to do on TFK is have the banner possibly changed? I know we have a Salt section but we mostly do Tropical freshwater fish. Is it possible to reflect that eventually? I know when I first go onto a site, the pictures are usually a reflection on the community. Idk, maybe it will bring in more salt people? Either way, I think it should be focused more on Tropical fish since that's what we're mostly about?
 
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