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Old 05-20-2010, 11:22 AM   #11
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If you hide the information on the two right side bars there is way to much unused area. The large amount of right side white area just seems to be a waste.
I want to make sure I understand this feedback so I can look for a solution.

Can you explain this a bit more "hide the information on the two right side bars"? Are you talking about disabling the right column with the recent threads? If so, then is the white space that is shown in the image below?

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Do you know what your screen resolution is? Are you using a wide screen monitor?

FYI - the style is set to fit on smaller monitors of 1024 pixels up to wider monitors of 1260 pixels. If your screen resolution is much wider then 1260 it will have some blank space on both sides. This is simply a limitation of the layout to be able to design things so it will look good on the majority of monitors.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:21 PM   #12
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WOW! I really like the new layout. Great job, thanks for making a great site even nicer.
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:49 PM   #13
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Love it! Great refreshing look! Please look into the picture area, and make that easier to navigate, and browse thru member's pics! LOVE to see other folks pics from around the countryside, and see their rigs, as well. Also, it has been discussed before on here, but I for one would like to purchase a Forest River Forums sticker to proudly display on my camper, IF we had one available for a small fee, of course. Thanks, Randy
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:00 PM   #14
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I really like this new look, however I am finding it rather hard to get used to the new forum layout. If you hide the information on the two right side bars there is way to much unused area. The large amount of right side white area just seems to be a waste. At least for me its taking alot to get used to.

i agree about the right side waste of space.
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:23 PM   #15
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If the right hand column is creating empty space on the right, remember you can turn it off. Please see this announcement for more instructions:
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Please turn off the right hand column and report back. Hopefully that will restore the layout to what you are looking for.
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:25 PM   #16
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Andy, this is what my screen looks like without the top and bottom task bars:

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I have a 22" wide screen, 1600 x 900 pixels.
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:49 PM   #17
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mtnguy,

Thanks for posting the screenshot. That space is there because the max width is set to 1260 pixels wide. This is done so we can have a bit more control over the layout vs 100% fluid width which means it would show differently on every screen.

Another factor for this descision is the background image at the top. If we put in a larger and wider image the files size grows accordingly and since that's loaded on every page load we were trying to find a compromise between download speeds for our viewers on slow connections.

I'd suggest giving it a couple weeks and seeing if it starts to feel normal. If it's still bugging you I can talk to our web designer to see if we can figure out a solution. It might mean removing the background image but I happen to feel that gives it a nice touch.
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:39 PM   #18
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Makes sense. Thanks for the explanation. I am already getting used to it and I like it !!!
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Nice, I like it
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Andy,

I commend you on the new look and the hard work. As I run my own site I understand the challenges of site layout and how much work it can be sometimes with little recognition or understanding of how time consuming it is.

The "wasted space" everyone is talking about doesn't bother me. I hope you can utilize it for other purposes and over time "fill it in". It might be nice to see an itemized FAQ section there with links to discussion threads for the most asked questions. Things like battery upgrades, inverters, appliance troubleshooting and several other topics seem to come up over an over again and new people don't seem to like to use the "search" function to find these discussions.
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