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Offline (Male) HitCoder
Posted on: April 07, 2018, 02:37:41 PM

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Hey everyone;
I recently completed a unit on web development at college and would consider myself quite knowledgable in HTML, CSS, JS and PHP (I have also messed with ASP.NET Core for an electron application).
I quite often check these forums etc and have felt like the website could be made to be more attractive to game developers.
I am not intending to criticise the current web design, I just feel like certain elements are a little bit old-fashioned, and I have one or two ideas in mind for the homepage at least.
I haven't got anything to put forth at the moment, but as Enigma means a lot to me, I want to make the face of the community and its website look more up-to-date as to not deter anyone who is looking for a "modern" software.
This would be more of a hobby project than something I'm looking to get much out of, but I'd like people's thoughts so I don't just develop something that nobody really wants or needs or cares about, since the current website is indeed functional, and there's not really anything wrong with it.
A lot of people also do not like redesigns of websites as change is always bad. Even if it's for the better, adds new things, takes away nothing, then it's still bad.
So, I'm more intrigued to know if anyone is interested in any of the ideas I have so I know if there's any point in creating them.
My main motive for this post is that web design has really grown on me, so I'd like to work on something I'm quite passionate about, and the biggest thing I could think of that I've never not been somewhat passionate about is Enigma, whether it is just usage of the software, ideas for my IDE (which is currently on hold as I'm intending to make it in Electron using an HTML frontend with ASP.NET Core backend), or other things such as this.

I'm going to start working on my ideas as of posting this, so if you're interested please post a reply including what you think of a redesign of the site and make sure you chip in any ideas you have. I'll post what I have either later this evening, or tomorrow, depending on what I get done, and what responses I get.
Part of me feels like I'm going to get negative responses because I seem to have a forte in accidentally offending people; my intention isn't to say "this web design is bad", it's more "I want to show some ideas I've come up with".

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a nice day  :)

EDIT: here's a display of a design I had in mind;

https://i.imgur.com/J7WtuMB.mp4
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Offline (Unknown gender) Wendigo
Reply #1 Posted on: April 09, 2018, 06:57:01 AM
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I also think the current design looks a little dated and boring.
On the homepage isn't a single image of the IDE (except for the action maker screen shot) or screen shots of games made with enigma/lateralgm.
By visiting the home page one wouldn't even think that this web presence is about making games. The site definitely needs an eye catcher on the home page itself.

Your mock up looks pretty cool.
Is the grayish part an image slide show? (I can't really tell from the video)
It would also be nice to have a page that shows enigmas main features. A screen shot + short description for each, even though most of them are more or less identical to GM. Since the GMS2 UI has been redesigned the two projects will inevitable drift apart in the future.
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Offline (Male) faissaloo
Reply #2 Posted on: April 09, 2018, 10:03:30 AM

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I do like your design, but I think the title should float above the screenshots. I do like NewPipe's website so that might give you some inspiration, the source is available if you'd like.
Also, please don't add a slide show, they're really annoying and distracting.
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Reply #3 Posted on: April 09, 2018, 11:06:43 AM
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Your design looks very nice. I hate the current site's appearance from the ground up. Perhaps with this update we could get rid of the Nnosnese forum? It just makes the site and community look bad, and I am a lot to blame for that... lol Josh has taken the freedom of speech thing way beyond what it should really be.
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Reply #4 Posted on: April 09, 2018, 12:08:05 PM

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Perhaps with this update we could get rid of the Nnosnese forum? It just makes the site and community look bad
Rulecuck get out
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Reply #5 Posted on: April 09, 2018, 12:15:48 PM
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what is a rulecuck ??

apparently a 4chan term, i still don't know what it means tho
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Reply #6 Posted on: April 09, 2018, 03:31:39 PM

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Hello, so since I did get response for my design, i have stopped working on it; this is because Josh intends to implement this design concept for the enigma website at a later date: https://enigma-dev.org/v5test/
Thanks for the support though, greatly appreciate it!
If you wanted to see a live view of what i'd worked on, then it's uploaded to 000webhost here hitcoder-test-site.000webhostapp.com
take care!
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Offline (Male) faissaloo
Reply #7 Posted on: April 10, 2018, 01:24:00 PM

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what is a rulecuck ??

apparently a 4chan term, i still don't know what it means tho
A rulecuck is someone who tries to make people follow rules or restrict things, that sort of thing. I was joking fyi.
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Reply #8 Posted on: April 10, 2018, 01:40:18 PM
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Thank you for educating me.  :eng101:
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