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New site layout! (now with treasure hunt!)

Discussion in 'Sorcerous Sundries' started by Taluntain, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    You probably haven't noticed yet since it's only been up a short while, but we've rolled out the new Sorcerer's Place site layout: https://sorcerers.net/

    The new layout isn't very different from the old one at a glance, but it's the result of months of planning, testing, fixing and overall hard work. Mostly on behalf of @catbert who's really done a phenomenal job with getting the new layout to work with our legacy content to the best extent possible. Without him, this major upgrade to SP would very likely never have happened, so I owe him a huge debt of gratitude.

    Maintaining and extending Sorcerer's Place will be much easier for me with the new layout's extensive back-end and custom CMS, so expect to see a lot more happening with the site in the next few months.

    While the new layout is fully functional already, we will be making various tweaks and changes over the next few weeks and months still. If you spot any issues or problems, please report them either in this thread or via a PM to me so that I can take a look. Sorcerer's Place goes back literally 20 years, so certain old content might display incorrectly or broken, and we want to catch all that and fix it.

    We're still hard at work with @catbert on fixing various small issues popping up, so for now I'll just list a few more noticeable benefits of the new layout:
    • the entire website is fully https now
    • new drop-down navigation menu for faster and easier navigation
    • all downloads are now part of the site layout
    • single forum login for everything -- no separate SPS login any more
    • blazingly fast page load times for site supporters -- pages load instantly with all ads disabled
    • simplified SPS ad display settings -- disable all ads by default or enable some banners only
    • latest forum threads and news headlines listed on every page now
     
  2. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    We are aware of the problem with ReCaptcha on download pages not forwarding to a download after completion, working on fixing it. This affects regular, non-SPS users only.
     
  3. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    We've taken out a rather large fix affecting many pages with a broken layout. While these pages will look much better now, the layout in them will be broken again. This will be evident by the right-side site layout column not being fully loaded and/or other graphical anomalies and generally broken page look. Please report any such pages that you encounter so that we can fix them.
     
  5. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    To make this a little more interesting, I'll make it a treasure hunt: a free 3 month SPS account subscription (or extension) for anyone reporting at least 1 broken page (or section, if entire section is affected), with any additional pages reported bumping the SPS subscription by another week.

    Please make all reports in this thread, so that we can rule out duplicates.

    Happy hunting!
     
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