Recent Renderosity Site Changes
February 27, 2013 10:28 am
Renderosity Site Changes
Change sucks! We know...We know - but keep in mind that out of
extreme loyalty and passion of its users, the Renderosity Community
has grown from a small community to an international creative
destination where professional artists, hobbyists and general users
come to share their love for digital artwork. As a result, we have
come to the realization that Renderosity needs to equally meet the
needs of all its different types of users. With that in
mind, major improvements have since been made and in the coming
months we will continue to work to accommodate artistic, vendor and
buyer driven specifications. Although an equal and fair balance
between the three can be a challenge, we're confident that these
recent changes can satisfy all of these areas.
Please know that the Renderosity Staff is as passionate about the Community as our users are in terms of maintaining all of the great features you've come to love!
As always we appreciate constructive user feedback and recommendations. Again, we appreciate your patience and loyalty.
Details outlining this most recent change are as followed:
CSS Framework: We have applied a css framework to the marketplace section of the website. The reason for this is to build a basic foundation to help improve future enhancements and site additions without having to ‘cram’ everything in. Due to the massive scale of our site, this functionality has only been applied to the Marketplace. Over the next few months we will be applying similar responsive scaffolding to each area and making similar improvements throughout the entire site.
Why this change? The css framework allows for a more responsive design which will scale the website based on the size of a user’s browser window. By providing more flexible access from a variety of devices, the buying process will be simplified in terms of site usability. Please know that not all issues concerning layout will be viewable as it will depend on whether the user is on a tablet, phone or desktop. Over time we will work to improve and implement for all cases so please bear with us.
The site container has increased from 900px to 1170px at full size. This has given Renderosity more room to display products, improve future additions, restructure content, improve usability and navigation and increase basic understanding of site structure for new users who visit the site.
Note: The new css framework works best on Chrome, Firefox, & IE 9. If using an earlier version of IE, please upgrade to 9 (IE 10 is NOT recommended since the browser is still in beta testing). If you happen to still be using Windows XP, IE 9 is not available for download. At this point, you may try Firefox or Chrome. ENJOY :).
Thanks for listening to our opinions / feedbacks. This gray look is more eye-friendly and rational than the blue one... but IMHO there are still some improvements to make (too many white areas). And we guessed LOL... the change was made to meet the standard of tablets ("a variety of devices"). That's someway understandable... BUT keep in mind that the 95% of 3d artists use PCs / notebooks.
If you had told us of this ahead of time, you wouldn't have gotten anywhere near all of the venom that you had thrown your way. Talk to your customer base beforehand, not after the fact. Oh, btw, most of your content ads aren't actually showing up in my browser (firefox). PS, it's bear, not bare.
My initial impression was I had somehow been directed to a cheap knockoff store. It's hard to put my finger on it, but something about the way the previews are displayed, scaled, or maybe just how they contrast against the background colors makes them look cheap and unprofessional. Even though they are the same images as before. I also think it's horrible that, even on a big 1920x1200 monitor, when I go to the Marketplace listings, there are 0 new product listings on the screen. What I see on the screen is a set of social media logos, a giant top bar logo, two sets of navigation bars, a search bar, a calendar, and NINE advertisements. I'm not saying there should be no advertising at all, I understand it serves a purpose, but there shouldn't be so much it displaces the content down the page by 1200 pixels. Maybe change the Sponsored Items into a vertical column instead of horizontal, so the new products start a little higher? Tighten up the top area white space, consolidate the navigation elements so they take less room. CSS seems like a good idea though.
I have to say its better then the brooding black. Why is it a Graphics site has so little color? In my Opinion the site home page and header should be more vibrant and have some pizzazz. And we all know the CSS is for the advertising, so just admit it.
I read the first response and they are sooooo wrong... Your black and blue you have always used since I've been here 7 years.... The WHITE AREA is not "EYE FRIENDLY" - i feel like I'm looking into a Lamp Light. These small boxes you have us typing into must be for the people that use phones.... but for me to type on my computer, I'd like to see the whole text - My words are disapearing off the screen as I type and I have no Idea how long my body of copy is.... I saw somewhere on the site you had a dark background and dark lettering - I had to put my face up to the screen to read it - tough. also, up at the top right hand corner you added a box so we can check out our account, wishlist and so on... when I use that function, the ad underneith it takes over, I keep trying to use it and the ad keeps taking over - GLITCH... so, I try to check my account by the old fashion link and it won't let me in... I have to refresh the page to get into my old account link.... just bringing that to your attention. ...... I liked that you changed your logo every two years and since the last contest years ago, you've gone with ver "Simple" lettering for your logo... I liked the old Phoenix design, and I would like you to suggest another change with the logo - .... I gotta tell you again, this white light instead of dark has to go - don't you feel the strain???
I mentioned that the quality of the thumbnail images in the marketplace was worse, although I didn't know why. I figured out at least part of the issue. When the site is wide enough (1170?), the thumbnail images are scaled up. Naturally the quality decreases and they look fuzzy. If there are two different display sizes, you should have the merchants submit two different images so they can be optimized properly. Although I would rather just keep images the same size and see more of them, personally.
The grey and white looks very cold and industrial. Would like a little color for such a creative site! And a more creative logo! Also the product thumbnails are a bit too small, It's the buyer's first impression of the product and it's hard to be drawn enough to an image to bother to click on it when it's so small. And one thing I've always wanted is a big shopping cart button in plain view so I don't have to keep scrolling under a main heading. I use the site now mostly on an iPad, so thanks for keeping us in mind!:). But you forgot to mention Safari when listing compatible browsers...
The new site has no personality, it looks amateurish, boxes uneven, text bleeding over from one box into the next, colors unfriendly. Before the changes, I would come in daily, check new products, then looked the the features, hot sales, etc. Last year I spend $2000+ here, since the changes, nothing. The site to me looks so bad, that I no longer browse, quick look at the new product in their new ultra small picture stamps and I leave. I understand change, but not one so poorly done.
The pattern of separating each section with a different background color makes the site look cheap and blocky. Your header has to much spacing. You need to consolidate the tool bars. The product displays start to low on the site and have too much spacing in them. The color theme is not appealing. These are just my observations and like everything in life... change happens. Could you not have redone the old site in CSS and made most of these changes behind the scene and less visible to us your true and loyal customers!!! 8)
The color fixes are better now, thanks for that effort. But these damn tiny text boxes. Cannot you fix those? And fast. You say changes are for cross platform but for anybody working on a normal Pc or mac these tiny boxes are an abomination! I spent about a $1000 on this site last year, but since the change - nothing. And I won't until I see substantive and not cosmetic improvements.
Oh man, I agree with you 'sully'. This version has colors that do not relax the viewer... nor do they highlight the artwork. The other, darker color schemes helped the eye to focus on what they were supposed to focus on... the art. Others have already said it... too much white space. Very distracting.
You are incorrect. IE 10 was released with Windows 8 last fall. Additionally, it's been released for Windows 7 as of Feb 25th. It is no longer in beta. Microsoft will be force upgrading people. Can't ignore IE 10 since everyone running Windows 7 will upgrade unless they have turned off the updates.
When you put a product in the shopping cart it will not tell you that you own it already if you received it as a $0.00 grab bag item. Now you have removed the amount paid from the item list so it is harder to check on these type product prizes and more likely to buy them again accidentally.
The grey is certainly better but I there's so much space in the masthead! Change is supposed to be good but from previously spending hours browsing and buying items here now I find my eyes burn and can't enjoy the experience anymore. I hope with time there are more pleasing changes..so sad to see the great old Rendo go.