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Hello Forumer!

 

I'm looking for some feedback on my site ChatBanter.

 

I have gone with a light theme because i feel it looks clean and easy on the eyes, however we have a dark them as well that can be selected. I'm interested to know what you think and appreciate any feedback on how to improve!

 

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Thomasss

Personally, I would make the logo bigger and make a retina responsive version of your logo for those with screens that support that. Most of XenForo currently supports retina images. :)

 

I LOVE this part:

 

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Otherwise, I am a fan of the theme. I think it's simple and light, not too much color which I do not think is a horrible thing. It makes the theme simple and basic without making it look bland.

 

I would suggest making your colored username the same as the banner - you want to be uniform in the colors you use. Maybe make the blue a lighter blue like the one in your header?

 

 

Dark theme:

 

I'm not usually a fan of the dark theme - there's a few suggestions I have for that:

 

  1. I wouldn't use the same header as your light theme. The trio-colored header, while dull and dark already, doesn't match with the dark theme. Try making it a trio of gray/black.
  2. Your username is too dark on the dark theme. I'd add CSS in your extra.css on the dark theme to make it a lighter color if you're going to stick with it.
  3. The only thing separating a post from the background is the already dark borders. There is no contrast throughout the whole theme, which is important to make a dark theme work. Take our's for example - there is a lot of contrast between dark and lighter dark - which helps. Same thing with the login/register boxes mentioned above - notice the contrast on the light theme? Should be the same on the dark theme.

 

Just some suggestions! :) Overall, the theme does look quite nice!

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Brad P
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Hi All,

6 Months of CB and its come a long way. Our current theme is new for 2021 and will be making adark style soon. Let me know your thoughts.

 

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s3_gunzel

This is perhaps the first time I’ve seen a XenForo site where I’ve had to check the footer to see what software it is running so kudos to you for that but: 

- That screenshot nearly blinded me. I was in a dark room with my phone on about 3% brightness. That white is exceptionally harsh, and I’m worried your dark theme will be equally harsh. 
- On that, it’s also quite stark. There’s remarkably little colour so it is quite hard to distinguish between which forum, for example, is which unless I really pay attention and read them. 
- The recent activity box should either be on the bottom, or not exist at all. As a person - if I want to see what’s recent, I’ll go to the inbuilt recent activity page on XenForo and establish that for myself - the box is redundant and separates me from your board to see what it is you actually have for me to read. Less scrolling = good. 
- I feel like the green is also just a touch on the bright side. Bring it back a few hexes to a darker colour and it’ll provide a reasonable contrast. 

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Brad P
14 hours ago, s3_gunzel said:

This is perhaps the first time I’ve seen a XenForo site where I’ve had to check the footer to see what software it is running so kudos to you for that but: 

- That screenshot nearly blinded me. I was in a dark room with my phone on about 3% brightness. That white is exceptionally harsh, and I’m worried your dark theme will be equally harsh. 
- On that, it’s also quite stark. There’s remarkably little colour so it is quite hard to distinguish between which forum, for example, is which unless I really pay attention and read them. 
- The recent activity box should either be on the bottom, or not exist at all. As a person - if I want to see what’s recent, I’ll go to the inbuilt recent activity page on XenForo and establish that for myself - the box is redundant and separates me from your board to see what it is you actually have for me to read. Less scrolling = good. 
- I feel like the green is also just a touch on the bright side. Bring it back a few hexes to a darker colour and it’ll provide a reasonable contrast. 

Thank you for the review, i am currently working on making a dark style for the site to hopefully have the balance of both 🙂 i have moved the activity feed down the bottom and i really do agree it looks much better.

 

I will play with the green and see how it looks.

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I think you need to do something with the nodes - instead of that ugly gray background with the font awesome icons , why not add background images or something to make it more lively? It's blah right now. Needs more color and positivity  into the theme! 

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At a glance they’re still really hard to distinguish between. 

Also that shiny username at the bottom? Yeah, that doesn’t at all fit with your website theme. 

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