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Vidi Nation Update Strategy Thing | Forum

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Maklarr4000 Oct 3 '16
I'm winging this, so bear with me, but I want to put this all down where you guys can see it before I forget again.

So, Vidi Nation (Vidigosocial.net) is working pretty well, and operationally speaking we believe most features and systems are working satisfactorily. All the same, there are some bugs, graphical issues, and other issues we'd like to address, as well as some features we'd like to add sometime in the future. The ultimate catch at this point is our current theme. This theme (called "diary") is no longer supported by Oxwall software, and as such is not able to use all the features and plugins available to more modern themes and engines. As it currently stands, things are fine, but if we want to improve the site any, we'll likely need to move from this theme to something newer.

On those grounds, Rick (NJP) and I have begun exploring potential new themes. There are many, many themes available, and we invite the community to explore with us as we begin a search for a new theme setup to carry Vidi Nation into the future. (https://developers.oxwall.com/store/themes) or (https://www.oxwall.com/demo).

Do not stress about the current site though. No changes are planned to the site's look or functionality for some time yet, and we will not make any drastic changes without giving everyone plenty of notice. All of your posts, files, photos, and whatnot will be totally unchanged, as will the buttons, layout, and interface whenever we do change things up.

Our current favorite is "showcase", which is a little more simple than what we have now, but can be modified to look closer to this version after the fact. (https://demo.oxwall.com/?layout=showcase).

Thanks for taking the time to read, and we invite any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions below! Thank YOU for making Vidi Nation the awesome place it is today!
The Forum post is edited by Maklarr4000 Oct 3 '16
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NJP Oct 3 '16
Adding to what Mak said above:  There will be NO LOSS of DATA when (if) we make a theme change.  This will be a strictly cosmetic and backend change, and will not affect any accounts or other data currently on the site.  It is still going to "feel" like Vidi Nation.  

If you find a theme you really like while browsing around, please hit us up here in this thread.  We will explore all possibilities.

spiderfan
spiderfan Oct 3 '16
Nightshade looks fantastic. https://developers.oxwall.com/store/item/1303 So I hope that is the new look Vidi Nation gets. 
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Maklarr4000 Oct 4 '16

Quote from spiderfan Nightshade looks fantastic. https://developers.oxwall.com/store/item/1303 So I hope that is the new look Vidi Nation gets. 

I like the top bar on that one. The rest of it really reminds me of what Vidi was like in the summer of 2013, especially with that 4-way box. Good find Spiderfan, consider it added to our pile to review!
spiderfan
spiderfan Oct 4 '16

Quote from Maklarr4000
Quote from spiderfan Nightshade looks fantastic. https://developers.oxwall.com/store/item/1303 So I hope that is the new look Vidi Nation gets. 

I like the top bar on that one. The rest of it really reminds me of what Vidi was like in the summer of 2013, especially with that 4-way box. Good find Spiderfan, consider it added to our pile to review!
Your welcome. It seemed very much like Vidi so I figured that would be a good new skin for it. 
Galvanized_Dreamer
Galvanized_Dreamer Oct 4 '16
If I may, I second the mention of Nightshade. 


A few others that look similar to the current:

Twitox:

https://developers.oxwall.com/store/item/1041

Aerial Redux

https://developers.oxwall.com/store/item/1015

Darklets:

https://developers.oxwall.com/store/item/454

Greyz:

https://developers.oxwall.com/store/item/446


Hope I could be of help.

NJP Admin
NJP Oct 4 '16
@ Galvanized_Dreamer:  Thank you for your input.  We have tried the Darklets theme before, but it didn't seem to go over real well.  Looked at "Greys" as well at one point.  It may be worth a second look.  Twitox looks interesting as well.
The one that seems to have really caught my eye is "Nightshade" or "Simply Responsive" (same theme with different color schemes).

While nothing will be able to replace the most popular theme we ever had (Stars), I think we can find something just as cool.....and hope they don't discontinue it in a year or two.

I am heading to the Oxwall Store to see what I might be able to dig up.
Thanks again for your input.
Galvanized_Dreamer
Galvanized_Dreamer Oct 4 '16
No problem, glad I could help.
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Maklarr4000 Oct 5 '16
Thanks everyone for your input thusfar! If anyone else has any ideas or suggestions, we welcome your input!
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NJP Oct 20 '16
An update:
It looks like Nightshade is going to be our new theme/look.  Exactly when it will be put in place is still to be determined, but should be done by the end of October 2016.  This will significantly change toe look and to an extent, the "feel" of Vidi Nation.  However, the core functionality will not change...except that some things that are broken may actually start working again.  

Thank you again to everyone who helped us with this.  Any big decision like this is something that the Community should be involved with.  After all. this is YOUR site as much as it is mine.