Kindle Users Forum Official News

KUF Website Redesign Launched!

Published on 15 March 2013 09:37 GMT by Lou



If you are one of our regular members, you will have noticed something different about the Kindle Users Forum today. If it's your first time here, then welcome to our new and improved website.

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You may be thinking that not an awful lot has changed on the surface and that was the intention - to refine things without losing our familiar look and feel.

The update focuses on four main areas:

Usability
Over the past couple of years the forum has grown and whilst it's been fun adding more and more features, some people were finding the navigation and general use of the forum very daunting. To address this, the navigation has been simplified, clutter reduced on the home pages and the forum index pages redesigned to be more concise yet informative.

Mobile Compatibility
Always a tricky one, the new forum layouts have been completely rebuilt to use responsive design. This means that whether you are on a computer, table or phone, you should see the forum in a way that suits your device.

New Features
An update wouldn't be much fun without some new features, so we now have a WYSIWYG post editor for desktop, iPad and other compatible tablets, thanks system to register your gratitude for a post, alerts/news panels and a signature builder as well as a few other smaller additions.

Bug Fixes and Modernisation
One of the things that has held the forum back has been the legacy forum software which, whilst being generally very robust, has had its fair share of quirks. Major parts of the software have been rewritten to iron out the wrinkles and at the same time, a huge amount of redundant html removed from over 500 templates. There's still a bit more to do, but the worst is over and the forum now has a solid and modern base to build on.

Key Changes

Thanks System

Underneath each post you will now see a new button called 'Thank'

Clicking on this will register your thanks for a specific post / poster. Next to the button you will see a person icon. Click on this to see who has registered thanks for this post.

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Next to a persons mini-profile on posts you will see a counter of how many times that person has been thanked.

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The thanks system is still in the early stages, so don't be upset if you are showing zero thanks - just make a few great posts and see the number rise.

Further enhancements are planned for the thanks system including the ability for a member to see which posts they have been thanked for. Watch this space.


WYSIWYG Editor

The new editor allows you to include extra markup in your posts without having to resort to hand typing codes and it also gives you a good idea of how your final post will look without having to keep hitting the preview button.

It works on most major desktop browsers and some tablet. Where the editor is not supported, the older style editor will be used instead.

As with any in-browser WYSIWYG editing, things can get a little quirky at times, so if you find yourself in a bit of a mess, you can revert back to hand editing the code by clicking on the 'View Source' button at any time.

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Forum Index

The old style forum index which listed every single sub-forum has been condensed and now shows only the main forum sections along with a drop-down for sub-forums and (if you are on a large screen) buttons for some of the key areas. Below each section are the latest posts in that section with direct links.

It may take a little while to get used to, but the new layout should give a much better overview of forum activity as well as being less daunting for new members.

Signature Builder

On the edit signature page you will find a new button labeled Insert Amazon eBook. This will pop up a window where you can search for eBooks and insert them directly into your signature at a suitable size. The books will automatically link through to the correct region Amazon store when clicked on, so you don't need to worry about including links to .com, .co.uk etc.

If you want to create your own multi-region links, check out our service at http://authl.it which will generate a short url for you that links through to any Amazon store via a selection page.

If you are using a tablet, you should be able to scroll the book list, but if your tablet browser isn't quite cutting it, you may need to do a very specific search for the eBook.

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Alerts and News block

On the forum index page you will see a block that highlights important forum/kindle alerts published recently. If you have read all the alerts, click the green button underneath to dismiss them.

When there are no alerts showing, a news block will be shown that includes recent news about the Kindle, eBooks or other relevant subjects.

Please note: The help pages all need to be updated to reflect changes in this update, so please bear with us while this is done.

More to come...

Launching this update has taken quite a while, but I hope you will agree that it has been worth it. There are more new features planned for the near future including some further refinements to the thanks system and now that there is a solid base to build from this should be a much easier job.


Technical Info :

What's changed?
  • Complete redesign based on Twitter's bootstrap framework
  • Many bug-fixes in the forum software core code.
  • New fonts for desktop and mobile
  • Responsive layout for mobile devices
  • Thanks system
  • WYSIWYG editor for posts (depending on browser)
  • New high res icons for retina displays
  • Registration has been simplified
  • Lost password retrieval problems should all be fixed
  • Redesign of Forum Index pages
  • New navigation
  • Search bar added using Google as the primary search engine, but with an advanced search for the old style
  • Signature editor which allows the easy insertion of Amazon books
  • New navigation for profile and moderation pages
  • Loads of other minor stuff behind the scenes.
Tested on :
  • Firefox 19+
  • Internet Explorer 9,10
  • Internet Explorer 7,8 (some quirks but working for general use)
  • Safari 6+
  • Chrome (latest)
Devices:
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • iPad 3
  • iPod Touch
  • iPhone
  • Kindle Fire
  • Kindle Fire HD
  • Kindle Touch

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