New Branding / Cosmetic Reforms

Discussion in 'Suggestion Box' started by PhillipJLee, Oct 2, 2013.

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  1. PhillipJLee

    PhillipJLee Puritan Board Freshman

    To whom it may concern:

    I am sure this suggestion has come up in the past but I am wondering if the moderators of PB have considered a revamp of the brand and cosmetic look/feel of the forum? Not that the site is unappealing -- in comparison to what is readily available today for forums, however, it seems a little conservative in design. Any thoughts?

    SDG
     
  2. Somerset

    Somerset Puritan Board Junior

    I think you will find that many of us are on the conservative side.

    I like the site the way it is: forums sensibly listed and posts listed within them. No sudden graphics or sound clips.
     
  3. PhillipJLee

    PhillipJLee Puritan Board Freshman

    Indeed, I don't mind the way it is now, though, the main section, in my opinion, looks slightly cluttered (I am advocate for clean, minimalist architecture and design).
     
  4. Bill The Baptist

    Bill The Baptist Puritan Board Graduate

    One of the things that makes the PB better than many other online forums is the complete absence of advertising. Unfortunately there is a trade-off, no advertising means less revenue, which in turn means less money to pay people to do things like redesigning the website. I think most of us like the way it looks, and you can change the skin to an all-black appearance, which is very classy.
     
  5. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    Don't we have members who build websites, couldn't they do it for free? :)
     
  6. KevinInReno

    KevinInReno Puritan Board Freshman


    So wait, PB isn't just hoarding cash for a pending sponsorship of the Super Bowl halftime show?
     
  7. PhillipJLee

    PhillipJLee Puritan Board Freshman

    Indeed, I have some experience in web development and wouldn't mind helping out when I can with a redesign pro bono.
     
  8. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    If only we could have flashy video graphics, with sound to boot. I'm thinking some nifty animation that takes a portrait of a famous Puritan and has him pop up on the screen and recite, oh, the five solas or something each time you log on.

    Anyone else have other classy suggestions like that? Nothing cheesy, please.


    (Philip, your offer sounds kind. Please don't be offended if I have a little fun with the topic.)
     
  9. JoannaV

    JoannaV Puritan Board Sophomore

    What exactly is cluttered about the main section? Do you mean the front page or the forum list? I find PB to be very attractive compared to many other forums!
     
  10. Scottish Lass

    Scottish Lass Puritan Board Doctor

    I'll admit I have my bookmark set to just the Forum page, have most of the Forum lists hidden, and just click New Posts when the page opens. Doesn't get much more minimalist than that. :)
     
  11. Somerset

    Somerset Puritan Board Junior

    Only if it is played on a Saturday.

    I know we have techies on here who could make the site different - but if it isn't broken, don't fix it.

    I can't speak for anyone else, but I come here for the content.
     
  12. Berean

    Berean Puritan Board Doctor

  13. JimmyH

    JimmyH Puritan Board Junior

    I usually click on "todays posts" to refresh. I like the look of the forum. I like going to a worship service that sings hymns out of the hymnal, no electric guitars, loud speakers, wide screens. Just plain old church. Say that to say, I guess I'm conservative.
     
  14. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    I've just gotten used to the new design. It's updated too often for my tastes.

    And since I see that you only have a dozen posts....how much of the board are you seeing?
     
  15. Unoriginalname

    Unoriginalname Puritan Board Junior

    The only issue I have ever seen with the PB is that some of the older threads are slightly corrupted.
     
  16. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    Since I'm Dutch, I'd appreciate it if we'd just freeze it as is for 200-300 years, please.

    Change is of the devil.
     
  17. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    I was also considering the idea of re-branding while having my weekly manicure, exfoliation, and addition of hair extensions (kindof tricky when you are bald). My twitter account was overflowing, however, and took most of my time as I am simultaneously following all of the really "hot" preachers and really popular speakers from Catalyst West, so it kept me pretty busy. Then there was my singing of the most popular praise songs of 2013, including "Great Are You Lord," "Whom Shall I Fear," "Praise the Invisible," "Open Up Our Eyes," "Victor's Crown," "Oceans," and "Beautiful Love." Then I wanted to give a "shout out" to Rich and all of the awesome admins of the Puritan Board using my JBL Church Sound System Flyable Speakers, Mixer, Wireless Microphone with 3 FREE Mics. Before getting down to the rebranding, I also needed to scarf down the fair trade Macchiato grande (not too heavy on the expresso and topped with lots of artistically presented foam) produced by the church barista in the lobby next to the humongus flat screen playing the worship band doing rockin riffs.

    Now, where was I? Oh, yeah, talking about our need to rebrand and upgrade our web presence. After cracking my knuckles (can you hear them?), let's sit down and do a complete analysis of our current PB site to identify existing strengths and weaknesses, keyword research, back-end SEO integration, design refresh, optimization of blog, including installation of proper plugins, revision of existing web copy, conversion optimization, and consideration of the impact of Google Analytics. We will want to be a lead presence on the Web, a team of impact players, employing creativity that connects, delivering results, and using storytelling in an interactive, multi-platform and ongoing way. We will strive to drive people to our site so that we can move from one-way communication to creating compelling brand narratives that sell.

    Or, as Steve Martin used to say in his Theodoric of York skits on SNL, "Naah. Never mind."

    Actually, it is probably always a good idea to improve our web design and utility for users. Unfortunately, at my age, all of the whistles and bells are lost on me. All I want is to read the posts and be able to find old ones. But, hey, my notion of "new" ideas seems strangely fixated on persons and events in the 16th century.

    If we have talent that knows how to improve our look, sure, why not? As long as I can still view it in blue with gray accents.
     
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  18. VictorBravo

    VictorBravo Administrator Staff Member

    Dennis, the fact you know what all those words mean and can string them together tells me you are "with it."

    I always thought rebranding was what you did to already branded cows you bought from your neighbor.


    To rework an old joke: Ask a PB oldtimer how many PB admins or moderators it takes to change a lightbulb.



    Answer: CHANGE???!!!???

    To be clear, Rich, the site owner and chief technological wizard, has put a remarkable amount of work into the site. The transition to V-Bulletin was a huge improvement. I'm sure there are hundreds of hours of tweaks and fixes he's had to put into it, and it has resulted in a remarkably streamlined interface.

    So I'm on the slow-to-change side, myself.

    Same here.
     
  19. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    Victor,

    "With it"??? Nobody has ever accused me of being "with it." Take it back, now! Remember that I have to find creative ways to spend a $21 million budget every year. Much of it goes to consultants (several law firms, auditors, marketing consultants, and web design types). They tie me to a chair, stick a hose down my throat, and force feed me a toxic brew of jargon by the gallon until I agree to let them do what they do.

    Brutal. It's brutal I say!
     
  20. VictorBravo

    VictorBravo Administrator Staff Member

    I have tears in my eyes, but I think it is from laughter more than sympathy, my friend.
     
  21. Somerset

    Somerset Puritan Board Junior

    The wild west clearly isn't so wild anymore.
     
  22. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    Well, he ain't from Texas.

    But speaking of the board - the quote within quote thing doesn't seem to be working right - that took a bit of manual editing.
     
  23. Tim

    Tim Puritan Board Graduate

    My attempt....
    Looks okay to me, without any editing of the code.
     
  24. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    Yes, yours came out OK.
     
  25. Somerset

    Somerset Puritan Board Junior

    Probably the way I cut the post down to the sentence I wanted to quote.

    There are at least two ways to do anything technical: the right way and the Somerset way.
     
  26. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    I am in tears laughing Dennis. I am with Vic, What Do all those new terms and phrases mean? Are they in the nomenclature catalogue? I was just learning what it meant to be user-friendly! LOL
     
  27. Unoriginalname

    Unoriginalname Puritan Board Junior

    The PB is sort of a niche product in the first place. Plenty of people have described us as discussing 101 proof Reformed Theology, and I think that is a good reflection of who we are. The PB's requirement for confessional subscription and church membership gives it a flavor and concentration not found in a lot of forums. I am a part of plenty of Facebook Calvinist groups which constantly remind me that Reformed and Calvinist can mean anything these days, and that it is no fun reinventing the wheel in every argument. Our forum is workable and other than what I said earlier about some old threads being corrupted or misformatted I think the PB has a great layout. We do not have needless thread bumping or self promotion, old threads are easy to find and our forums are pretty organized.
     
  28. JoannaV

    JoannaV Puritan Board Sophomore

    The one thing I would change is to have a feature where *I* could re-open any old thread I wanted :B
     
  29. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    We need blaring MIDI music (Amazing Grace maybe) that automatically starts as soon as we open the page.

    Also, in one of the corners we need the silhouette of Billy Sunday in side-profile (one hand raising the bible in the air while the other points in accusatory fashion at a crowd below).

    Finally, we need our cursor to become a cross and to sprinkle stars in our wake as we move it about the browser page.
     
  30. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    We need blaring MIDI music (Amazing Grace maybe) that automatically starts as soon as we open the page.

    Also, in one of the corners we need the silhouette of Billy Sunday in side-profile (one hand raising the bible in the air while the other points in accusatory fashion at a crowd below).

    Finally, we need our cursor to become a cross and to sprinkle stars in our wake as we move it about the browser page.
     
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