15 August 2013

Going Dynamic for a test...

I have decided to try dynamic views on the blog as an experiment. After all "you should not knock it unless you try it" as my old dad always says.  I am trying to get myself more familiar with the google products and what dynamic views in particular can offer.
My own Dynamic duo who tell me they are combat smurfs
I have already implemented some of the improvements suggested, via google searches, to ensure loading and side bars work correctly. From here on it will probably either be a cushty move or I'm going to end up being a right plonker.

I am working on the gadgets sidebar on the right at present as they are not working as they should do however I will persist for now. I am quite pleased with what I have achieved thus far with the dynamic layout, and have been able to implement some customisation of the pages etc. Although I will have to find a workaround for the elements I cant currently add, and just in case you need convincing this might work. Here's some boobs for you all!!!
I would appreciate any comments positive or negative on these changes, to my bit of space. I will listen and if the majority opinion is that it is not working for you all then I will change it back to the more familiar format. However I want to give it a good chance so will stick with it for at least a fortnight.
Thanks for your time
Loki

30 comments:

  1. Maybe I'm a Luddite, but I prefer the basic style.
    The Dynamic has the appeal that it is 'flashy' with moving parts, but you have to mouse hover to get them to reveal themselves, then it isn't always clear what they are by the title so you click on it, which takes it bit to load it, only to realize it's not what i was after, try another, the old stays up there a bit after releasing it, sometimes half a window of it, just the left over remnant that didn't get cleared. Also, pictures posted on blogs tend to be small, so I click on them- some blogs brings up a floating picture that's plenty big and can click through all the pictures posted, but here it sends to another page to see the picture, so must click the back button, and the dynamic page then takes time to reload the page (and I'm on a very fast connection). So I'd say it's a lot more effort than it's worth. The bit of moving parts flashiness will lose it's newness appeal pretty quickly and then just left with a page that's harder to navigate.

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  2. Personally I prefer the old style too! I like to see what others have in their blog rolls!

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  3. My blogroll is on the right 2nd from last icon

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  4. I prefer the older style as it's easier to see the post and search for blog info. I guess I like things simple or at least what I'm used to(a sign of age I guess).

    Christopher

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    1. There is a funky search button in the header that is supposed to resolve this issue. However I think it is a question of getting used to how the new system works.

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  5. I also prefer the old style, I can't get any of the icons to appear; but it may be this old Mac that I'm using.

    Nice picture of the Combat Smurfs, mine are 26, 22 and 20, not nearly as cute, but the middle one plays miniatures with me.

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    1. I have no idea about Macs and compatibility with dynamic views sorry.

      Both my boys play games with dad on a simple level at the moment due to age.

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  6. Your blog to do with what you want my friend, I come over regardless of how a blog looks because I like the bloh and the person!

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    1. Thanks Fran. I do like the simplicity of this layout but time will tell. I am very much in agreement with last part. I to visit blogs because I like the blog and what they have to say.

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    2. That's not what Fran said to me Andy! !!!
      Personally I like the old style pages, but its your blog, sod what anyone else thinks or says, go with what you feels right, you Rodney you!!!!!!!

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  7. I'd prefer the old style as this needs ages to load the pics... at least with my connection.

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    1. I have noticed picture presentation is different, but not with loading I shall look into this to see if it can be improved, or if its an issue with slow connections

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  8. I read many dynamic blogs and it is up to the blogger which he use's. My issue is that when at work using internet explorer Some blogs just will not load I have less issues on firefox. I found that when I moved over to Dynamic my view shot up and when I went back settle back to the same level as before. I think the page views are worked out a bit different and in my opinion give a false reading.
    I am sure if you can clear all the bugs it will work great for you but for me I will be sticking with old school
    Peace James

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    1. Yes there are some known issues with earlier version on I.E. although I have implemented the fix for problematic loading of Dynamic views so you will have to let me know how this looks from work.

      The stats thing is irrelevant to this trial, the reading will go up as each click on an item now registers, whereas in non dynamic views

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  9. Well, it looks nicer than many blogs with the DV effect,but I'm still happier with the old style. The bar on the right is O.K. once you've decoded it, but I shouldn't be bothered sorting this out on other blogs. I'm very much in favour of stating the obvious and keeping things simple.

    I do wonder though if we'll all be forced down the DV route eventually. Not like Google to invest in something to let it stand idle. I think G+ is a similar case.

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    1. Thank you Gary, I am glad you like the look if even though you happily prefer the older style. Yes you do need to decode the bar on the right hence me re applying the familiar names from the blogs other incarnation to assist in the process.

      I think you may be right Gary with DV and I know Google have withdrawn friend connect and more effort is being put into G+ and therefore that may be the only way to follow in the future.

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  10. I like the old version but will still visit due to great content here.

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  11. Well you should do what you prefer and not listen to us gamers afraid of changes! ;-)

    (having said that I...ahem...also like the classic blog style better than the Dynamic)

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  12. I find the dynamic stuff loads slower I find and I often can't get the comment box to appear (must have got lucky this time). It does work better in non-IE but even Chrome freaks out on occasions. If you're considering staying with the dynamic stuff try downloading a free app called IETester. It'll give you and indication of what will and won't work in various IE flavours. I do web dev for a living and it has saved me no end of hassles...

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    1. Thanks for the tip, will do that. This blog will load a touch slower due to some custom css to ensure that the pages load correctly,and other tweaks to improve the look and feel. On the positive side you have been able to comment.

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  13. On the one hand I care for the content much more than for the layout. And that is excellent in your blog and not depending on its layout style.

    But to be honest I prefer the old style. Maybe it has something to do with my browser setting but it seems that I don't have all the buttons and functions I should have...

    Anyway... It's your blog and you should design it as you like it!

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thank you Stefan your comments are appreciated

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  14. I'm unsure about the dynamic layout. I think the homepage looks great and the popup articles are an interesting way of reading something without losing where you are in the site, but I miss seeing the blog roll as this always tempted me to go read something from elsewhere.

    Maybe hiding this behind a button is a good thing as it keeps readers here for longer, rather than them seeing something shiny elsewhere... either way it's the blog content rather than the layout that matters

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    1. I agree I actually used the visible blog roll a lot to see all the new updates, now though I have to physically open it up to see whats going on. The positive on this is everything is neatly tucked away so the blog looks tidier overall.

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  15. Sorry Buddy, prefer the old style.
    It loads faster, less confusing and just looks better I think.
    Although this looks really smart and glitzy, I still prefer the old Great Hall.Remember buddy, it is a listed building and therefore cannot be altered or modernized to much without planning permission from Odin..

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    1. Try giving the Hamster inside that ancient pc of yours some food it may load faster ;)

      As for Odin well I never did pay much attention to his will :)

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  16. I think the customization you have done to the blog looks good. I had forgotten about the pictures but I prefer the light box style of the old one to the load a new tab for dynamic views. I was unaware of friend connect going away, but Google seems to willy nilly just stop supporting things. Very frustrating. I suppose I should educate myself more about Google+. I'm on it, but use it haphazardly. And ultimately, yes, if the content is good we will come anyway. And it is good, so there you have it.

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