Hi Sarah. Because there seems to be agreement from the only two continually active members on this wiki haha, we should plan to revamp the page. We are both busy people (so neither of us could get this changed in a day) but it might be a good idea to first brainstorm what kind of stuff we would want. Is there anything from perusing other wikis on fandom that have a certain thing on their main page that you would want on ours?
For me, the featured article and the quote of the week templates that Purzel had are good ideas, we would just need to change them out more often to showcase different articles and different quotes.
I personally don't think we should even try to fix the links to show pictures in the revamp. Although it was cool, I think we should have actual pictures on the main page.
Madeline, I definitely think we should keep the quotes (though we should definitely update the list of ones used) and the article showcase. And I never really like the roll-over images anyway, especially using the site from my phone, it made navigating the main page a pain. I also think we should keep the list of pages in need of help, and we could put something there about adminship on the site for people who have questions about this particular wiki. Maybe like an admin blurb or something.
Pennydrdful, don’t worry about anything on the main page for right now until we decide what we are going to do with it. Messing with the code can really create problems. Mk101 and I had strange issues with coding when we were editing infoboxes. Just leave the main page alone for the time being. Feel free to offer suggestions on updates, however! Input on a revamp is more than welcome. :)
Sarah, I think Pennydrdful is just talking about removing specifically that code and that their work on other wikis shows that they know what they're doing when it comes to coding (probably way better than us to be honest). Since that would better the main page while we decide what we do with it, I think that would be great!
Alright, I took out all the rollover images on the Main Page. I double-checked everything and it appears to be working well, but if either of you notice any glitches, please just let me know.
As for ideas for revamping the main page... first, I would add some images right at the beginning. For example, a scrolling box of cover art or something. People are attracted to visually appealing things, not just walls of text. I think adding images up front could drive more traffic further into the wiki pages.
Second, I would take some of the features like "featured article" or "quote" and place them in a side navigation bar. That way they get more visiblity and will drive people to visit articles they otherwise wouldn't travel to. I also recommend the side bar because I feel like most people won't scroll down past the primary books/characters, and therefore never even see the other features.
That's just my two cents! Thanks for asking my opinion!
I agree about adding cover art first off. Do you both still like the color scheme? I believe it has been this was since 2009, but I'm happy to still work with it if we all like it. I agree about the featured article and quote features being moved to the side. I do think the "Where to start" feature should be more front and center. What do you think?
Where to start should definitely be easier to find and more at the forefront. And honestly, I’ve never really liked the purple... there are a number of blues in the theme designer that I’ve often thought might be better (I’ve never messed with them since we’ve never discussed a change in scheme). I always assumed it was originally set up as purple as some kind of Alanna connection...
Ha, so I wasn't actually going to mention the pruple, because I thought maybe it was just me. But apparently I'm not the only one it's been bugging. I like purple, purple's great. ...just maybe not that shade of purple. Maybe something a little less 'neon' purple. But if y'all want to ditch it altogether, I think blue would be a good choice!
Madeline, if it’s alright with you, I can go in and adjust the theme colors to see if we can find a color scheme that’s more to our liking. I really think blues could be very nice. Or we can stick with purple and maybe just change the shades a bit... and while we’re at it, a new header image to be more inclusive of the many series that now exist could be nice. I can put something together for that as well if you’re interested.
That would be great! Yeah, the purple is a little bit... strong. It doesn't bother me that much since I'm extremely used to it haha, but I'd be open to change. Feel free to mess around as you see fit, anything can be rolled back if stuff gets messed up.
One thing I do not want is white font on a dark background. Hurts my eyes, and it annoys me. But besides that, open to change.
Ok, so don't worry if the colors of the page change a few times this evening. I'm trying out some different combinations. Let me know if there's one you particularly like or if you absolutely hate any, and we can mix and match.
I was gonna say, I just checked and it looked the same. I like this one, but I think the grey could be a bit darker, it blends in too much with the background. You can put in custom colors using color codes for more options. That's how I got the blues I used.
I've undone the cream, but it's taking my browser a second to refresh it so I can see. I made the solid blue border a little wider as well. I think it will look nice with a blue glow. I can make the glow a bit darker...