Thanks for your participation on the Graphics Link poll. The final results are in and we will be making the changes this week. Poll: Graphical Links Area How do you prefer to view the top graphical links area(links..galleries, tutorials, contests, etc)?
- Keep current graphic & links 43.4%
- Display links only & remove the graphic 56.6%
Besides being an artist at Renderosity, I am also a professional webpage designer. I designed downeastbrass.com if you care to see. I would recommend keeping the advertisements simply because in my experience the files load relatively quickly. I would definately keep the top navigation bar for convenience to old members and for introducing new members to all the parts of the community (as well as perhaps people who are newer to computers themselves). Also the design of the top navigation bar, while simplistic, appeals to me because the default color of the menu does not contrast with the default background (and becaues it is not an overly large menu).
The current nav bar graphics look pretty BUT really slows down loading of each page; cache doesnt help me any cos I open several pages at once, and it's an overall pain in the behind, and I'm on ADSL, not dialup :Why not use a single scroll down menu for "General Navigation" that includes Galleries, Tutorials, Contests, etc. to solve the issue of links looking odd in other browsers? Or change design in some way to accomodate, perhaps.. One thing I am happy about is the "My IM Archives" thing added to Members Options scrolldown. It's very much appreciated :) Anyways, good poll, thanks for asking :
This is a worthwhile poll to take. But I don't believe that you have stated the poll question very well because you don't make it clear what the issue IS that people have been complaining about (i.e. that the graphics-based navigation bar installed a few months ago has significantly slowed the page-loading time versus the old text-based navigation bar).
Back to simple text links please, as was the top navigation bar before. I too have frequent refresh/reload problems with those annoying 20+ mini jpgs and noticed it on multiple different configurations. That lousy/slow/reload navigation is one reason, that I spend less time at Rsity now. Thanks, Hubert
The top links bar is essential to quick navigation. The Banner ads have proven very useful to me in finding out about products that I previously did not know about. While this is advertising, it is also very useful information since this is a site that people come to, to purchase 3d resources. Many of the items on my wish list and previous purchases originated from following the links provided by the banner.
Often I am using my work computer to browse this site during my breaks and a scantily-clad "Vicki" or "Michael" (or both) flashes by. I am quick to scroll down to hide it, lest someone looks over my shoulder & thinks I'm on a porn site. Flashy & attractive, yes. Necessary, no. Maybe a separate bar with ani-gifs instead?
People have been complaining about the graphical links (as opposed to text; this is NOT a poll to "get rid of" the site navigation!) for a couple of months. Not everyone is having problems, but plenty of people are having trouble with the images caching properly and with the site being significantly slowed.
I'm on a cable modem, so the load time isn't that bad if I'm just opening one page at a time...but if I'm browsing the 'What's New' I tend to click-n-hide windows until I hit [next] then check the chosen images while the next page loads. With the graphic bar that tends to bog the thing down, compared to how it used to run. The links are useful and should be kept, but the graphic loading does annoy with the slow down.
renderosity is looking dated - if you start changing things, I'd suggest new logo, colours and structure of links (and tone down the commercial stuff...). I use the nav bar as much as the side bar - from a design pov, you want to make it easy as possible to access what people want.
Please keep the graphical links. When I come here, I like to play "click-a-link": I try to click a link on the side bar (or pull-down menu) before all of the little graphics have loaded. I can usually do it, too. Please don't turn them back into text links and take this fun away from me. This is meant as sarcasm, by the way- I could never understand why the "site designers" replaced text links with graphics THAT LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE THE TEXT LINKS EXCEPT THAT THEY WERE GRAPHICS!
All right I will sound very uneducated here, but here is my input. I use the graphic bar at the top 95% of the time. I use the scroll bar the rest. I agree the load time is terrible and if you change the graphic bar to a scroll down menu that is fine. For someone without a lot of computer background for these days, it was easier to find things with the graphic bar. As long as the scroll down menu is clearly listed for those who are new to the site or like me somewhat computer inept, that would be fine. As for the advertising bar, it is a fine thing, but for those who might be looking at them at work or in places that modesty is needed, it would be nice to make sure that images are shall we say modest too. I am sorry if I did not make sense. Thank you for allowing me to make my opinion.
I hardly ever use the top link bar at all, I mostly use the member links and navigate from there. Graphically I think the site took a step backwards when it redesigned last year, and although the site remains essential, it could be improved by some modern, professional web design. Perhaps you should incorporate the main graphic nav bar into one of the plain text drop downs on the side? Add a striking typo/graphic image above each one to identify it: i.e. Members, Communities Galleries, etc... Graphic-wise, the nav bar as it is is no problems at all, but I suppose dial-up can be a pain. With a content rich site like this, viewers really should use broadband
I personally don't like the new look it does make it a lot slower and I'm on cable with t1 speed or higher we need the links yes but think the new updated version has cause a lot of slow down for a lot of people who especially are on dial up. I do like the idea of a possible drop down whatever is decided just get rid of this monster major slow down as for the graphics I agree most of the time it does look like we're all at the nearest porn site :) thats my 2 cents worth lol laters all
As the links in the present form have been causing a problem to some, and bearing in mind that the link graphics currently being used have been made to look like text, why nor just use text links anyway? I vote to get rid of them and replace with text links.
Please keep the links on top, but make them text links, not graphic ones. I'm on DSL and it is noticeably slow. Also the buzzards who use flickering banners don't get my nickles because I scroll so quickly past them that I don't see what the product might be. :grrrr:
lol not much choice, hardly see ANY graphic ... and i dont quite understand what ya mean ... a modern look would be better, but thats not the point ... i suggest ya make a faster ONE page menu without having to scroll and from there ya are able to move to several locations ... so the whole context of the menu should be simplified, cause it takes too long b4 everything is loaded smile
I don't use the links bar, but the graphics that really offend me are the sleazy banner ads. I realize Renderosity needs to support itself, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to post here and enjoy so much beauty and inspiration, but some of the banner ads have become downright pornographic. I wish there were a way to at least block them.