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Which comment system do you prefer on a review website?


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LaidtoRest_ZA

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Hi guys

Some of you might remember that a while back I was busy setting up a game and tech review site and I had a link on here where everyone could test it.
With work I was so tired in the evenings that I did not get around to finishing it.

With the new job I've had a lot more time and energy in the evenings so I resurrected this project.

Could you okes be so kind as to please test it for me and give me your input on it ;)

The images might take long to load on slower connections as I have used some high res images for the demo. The design is not completely done yet and the reviews are just snippets from IGN for demo purposes.

The demo is located here on one of my test domains. Once done the site will be hosted at videogamer.co.za

I would also like some feedback from the community regarding the way I should take the commenting system so please vote in the poll :)

This is what I'm looking at for the comment system:

1. Register on the site to comment, or;
2. Facebook comments, or;
3. Disqus comment system.

Feedback would be highly appreciated. Thanks :)

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Has this been optimised for mobile as well?

Comments: register on the site. Don't user Facebook and don't like disquis

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Hey man,

Awesome site.
First please change the VideoGamer font, it looks like it came from a kiddies site.
Color scheme looks good.
Register on site will be better, but you should eventually add Disqus, Facebook and Google+ to the mix eventually, it just makes everyone lives easier (not yours tho, it makes yours hard)
 

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First please change the VideoGamer font, it looks like it came from a kiddies site.
to what though? give an idea, because if that gets added to maybe a simple logo, it can work fine

less is sometimes more

the small "VideoGamer" and then you get these huge buttons is 'off' to me
 

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[MENTION=4234]Odin_ZA[/MENTION] I like the look of the website the purple and black colour looks really cool...

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Nice site... wish I could be a part of it somehow.
 

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the small "VideoGamer" and then you get these huge buttons is 'off' to me
This would be my only crit. The logo/heading needs to be a bit bigger imho, it gets a bit lost as it is. Other than that, the colours, buttons, layout and general feel of it is very nice. I really like it.
 

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9.5/10... it looks great, just play around with the "videogamer".... something doesnt look right. If you had a logo, you could maybe put that there rather?
 

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Also, there's "news" and then there's "articles"... wouldnt that be the same thing?
 

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Very cool!

Bug:
The "Share" button on an article. When clicked the share options have incorrect z-index. It sits beneath the text. (minor tweak)

When is full go live?
 

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Definitely NOT Facebook. However other than that I'm not sure, I like an anonymous system like the site currently seems to have. Disqus however and site registration are also both not great. I don't want yet another registration somewhere and Disqus sucks. I suppose if I have to pick one of the three I'd pick Disqus.

Nicest would be a combination of "temporary anonymous registration" like the site currently uses and real registration for those that don't want to enter their details every time.
 
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Has this been optimised for mobile as well?
Yes it has been optimized for mobile. From my own testing on mobile it loads really fast and there's no fancy animations to hamper the performance. Still some changes I want to make on mobile such as user scaling that must be disabled :)
How is it on mobile from your side?

Hey man,

Awesome site.
First please change the VideoGamer font, it looks like it came from a kiddies site.
There is an actual logo. I'm leaving that one for when the site is actually done ;)

the small "VideoGamer" and then you get these huge buttons is 'off' to me
Ja ja die logo is groter moet jy nie worry nie :p

I like the look of the website the purple and black colour looks really cool...
Thank you ;)

Nice site... wish I could be a part of it somehow.
Haha! Perhaps you could be. What do you have in mind? :p

This would be my only crit. The logo/heading needs to be a bit bigger imho, it gets a bit lost as it is. Other than that, the colours, buttons, layout and general feel of it is very nice. I really like it.
Not to worry, the logo is bigger. Thanks for the feedback :D

9.5/10... it looks great, just play around with the "videogamer".... something doesnt look right. If you had a logo, you could maybe put that there rather?
There is a logo ;) Thanks for the feedback :D

Also, there's "news" and then there's "articles"... wouldnt that be the same thing?
Well articles is supposed to be my own stuff that I write that is not relevant to news or reviews. I'll work on a better name for that :p

Very cool!

Bug:
The "Share" button on an article. When clicked the share options have incorrect z-index. It sits beneath the text. (minor tweak)

When is full go live?
Thanks for the feedback and noticing that bug.

No ETA on when it goes live yet. Not long though. Just fixing bugs and working on a few design changes and stuff I want to add :)

Definitely NOT Facebook. However other than that I'm not sure, I like an anonymous system like the site currently seems to have. Disqus however and site registration are also both not great. I don't want yet another registration somewhere and Disqus sucks. I suppose if I have to pick one of the three I'd pick Disqus.

Nicest would be a combination of "temporary anonymous registration" like the site currently uses and real registration for those that don't want to enter their details every time.
Hmmm perhaps I should just cater for all of them ;) Will see.

Once again, thanks for the feedback guys. Please keep it coming :)
 

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On the iPhone I need to scroll horizontally to see the full content. So not a "wide" fit ...

I like the simple UI. Maybe consider through a theme or colours separating the different sections ... So if someone scrolls quickly they know if they looking at news, reviews etc ... I'm assuming on the page youd show a max of three articles per section and if someone wanted to see more there would be a like see all button ?

Colours are subjective. I see a few people on the forum like it. I am more of a white background type of person. But it's nice :)

On the whole looks good and simple is always the best


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On the iPhone I need to scroll horizontally to see the full content. So not a "wide" fit ...

I like the simple UI. Maybe consider through a theme or colours separating the different sections ... So if someone scrolls quickly they know if they looking at news, reviews etc ... I'm assuming on the page youd show a max of three articles per section and if someone wanted to see more there would be a like see all button ?

Colours are subjective. I see a few people on the forum like it. I am more of a white background type of person. But it's nice :)

On the whole looks good and simple is always the best
Going to remove the user scaling on mobile so it will be a perfect fit.

Yes, a max of 3 posts from each category on the home page. There's going to be a big design change on the home page :)

I personally like the color scheme as is. It's a gaming site, not a corporate site. The darker colors gives it more of a gaming vibe. The white is just done too much.

I agree that simple is best in this case. When the site starts to fill up with hundreds or even thousands of posts I don't want fancy animations and transitions slowing devices down to a halt.

Thanks for the feedback ;)
 

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Going to remove the user scaling on mobile so it will be a perfect fit.

Yes, a max of 3 posts from each category on the home page. There's going to be a big design change on the home page :)

I personally like the color scheme as is. It's a gaming site, not a corporate site. The darker colors gives it more of a gaming vibe. The white is just done too much.

I agree that simple is best in this case. When the site starts to fill up with hundreds or even thousands of posts I don't want fancy animations and transitions slowing devices down to a halt.

Thanks for the feedback ;)
Yeah you right white is overdone ... Keep the black background . It's different. Looking forward to the final product :)


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He's on to something with the colours though.
Prime green and blue would also go great with the current colour-scheme to differentiate the categories. (I mean where you currently have purple other sections could use green or blue)
 

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Hey there, I had a quick look from my phone.

I like:
- the colors
- the clean look

Suggestions:
- I'd drop the date and time at the top, unless they're there for a reason?
- The menu sort of hanging in the middle of nowhere doesn't look right to me. I'd put a "burger" top left, expanding into the menu when you click on it.
- I'd allow users to easily hide and show the sections they're interested in eg. if I'm only interested in reviews then allow me to hide articles etc.

Good luck man! :)

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I'd drop the date and time at the top, unless they're there for a reason?.
It is the trending article's post date. I have removed it since uploading that demo.

The menu sort of hanging in the middle of nowhere doesn't look right to me. I'd put a "burger" top left, expanding into the menu when you click on it.
I'm keeping the menu as is. It should look much better when the logo is in :)

I'd allow users to easily hide and show the sections they're interested in eg. if I'm only interested in reviews then allow me to hide articles etc.
I did consider this. To me it's against the nature of a review site which purpose is to have information be like "bam, in the user's face" :p The home page is getting a big overhaul though. It the new layout will be much better in terms of how latest articles in categories are displayed.

Thanks for the feedback :D

I'm especially happy about the good feedback I have been receiving regarding the color scheme.

I have updated the hover colors on buttons across the site to be white on purple as opposed to the purple on white in the current demo. It's much easier to read and looks a lot better now.
 

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A sneak peek at the overhauled, but not yet completed new home page ;)

 

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