AGS Website Redesign

Started by Hobbes, 29 May 2021, 04:30

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tampie85

Sorry to hear it doesn't work in  the browser you want to use.

Thank you  :) I have a website to practice the PHP AGA taught me, but besides that I have no experience in web design. I guess watching professionals for years paid off.

I think I have good news too and managed to fix the splash page on mobile landscape and small devices. Fingers crossed. It'll be in the next release.

tampie85

#101
===== UPDATE =====

I absolutely love your ideas to improve the site (bookmarking, modules/plugin search, proactive reviews, mags, dark theme, etc.).
EDIT:
The redesign is now available in dark theme too. The paths are added in the below mentioned URL. Don't use the menu to navigate, you'll lose the dark theme.

To make sure the redesign doesn't end up in a never ending project, I decided to focus only on existing pages/functionality and put the improvements on a list that can be looked at after initial go live.

And I think I'm finished with the redesign :-D

You still should be able to navigate using the menu, but I also made a list of all pages, and the scenarios I could think of, which gives you a better image:

https://new-site.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/temp-mapping.php

===== HELP WANTED =====

Design Review
Please keep your feedback on the design coming. I validated every page/scenario with W3C HTML validator and looked at it in mobile, tablet and desktop view using Chrome Dev Tools.
Post it in this thread if something looks odd/doesn't work/is unclear on a certain device/browser.

Content review
We would really appreciate if you review the content on the redesign on, i.e.:

  • Is it up to date?
  • Is it complete?
  • Does the sequence make sense? (e.g. filter/sort on the search page, or the specs list at the top of the game details page, or the links in the menu/footer)
Please post your suggested changes in this thread.

Images
It would be amazing if someone can help us with creating custom images to make the site look even better. These are the ones I think we need:

  • Splash - full screen image with transparency to keep the text readable. Likely need a few versions to make sure it looks good on the most popular screen sizes. (Homepage)
  • AGS Screenshots - Do we want plain screenshots or something fancier like on the current homepage? (Homepage - AGS)
  • Image not found (Search - Game Details)
  • Awards (Game Details - Ratings)
  • Panel/Pick (Game Details - Ratings)
  • User Rating (Game Details - Ratings)
  • Features (AGS)
  • Requirements (AGS)

Looking forward to see the feedback and can't wait to see the site with suitable images!  :-D


eri0o

Tampie85, amazing work! I think this last message of yours should be split into a topic of it's own so there's more focus on what's up to the community to do.

Regarding the mapping, I noticed the legal information may contain a bit of old information, basically on the license of things that comes with AGS, and what comes with AGS is changing with the new SDL based version. There's also non-current information on mp3 patents that have now expired. Is it possible to pickup the data from that page from a wiki or something ? I could update the license/legal information in this new page. The page also appears to have a mix of info from AGS was closed source there.

AGA

Quote from: eri0o on 24 Jun 2021, 17:01
Tampie85, amazing work! I think this last message of yours should be split into a topic of it's own so there's more focus on what's up to the community to do.

Regarding the mapping, I noticed the legal information may contain a bit of old information, basically on the license of things that comes with AGS, and what comes with AGS is changing with the new SDL based version. There's also non-current information on mp3 patents that have now expired. Is it possible to pickup the data from that page from a wiki or something ? I could update the license/legal information in this new page. The page also appears to have a mix of info from AGS was closed source there.

Makes sense to make it editable.  I'm certainly planning to have some pages draw their content from the wiki (when I get around to implementing those pages).  I think we should keep the existing legal info as an archive, if only because we still offer the last CJ-made version as a download; we'd make it clear it's not the up to date licence though, and have a separate area for the current licence.

tampie85

Quote from: eri0o on 24 Jun 2021, 17:01
Tampie85, amazing work! I think this last message of yours should be split into a topic of it's own so there's more focus on what's up to the community to do.

Regarding the mapping, I noticed the legal information may contain a bit of old information, basically on the license of things that comes with AGS, and what comes with AGS is changing with the new SDL based version. There's also non-current information on mp3 patents that have now expired. Is it possible to pickup the data from that page from a wiki or something ? I could update the license/legal information in this new page. The page also appears to have a mix of info from AGS was closed source there.

Thanks! Yes please on creating the legal page on the Wiki, then it'll be ready to pull in. I'll change the current page to make clear it it only applicable for Chris' latest version (I wasn't aware that that was the case).

Ali

#105
The remodelling looks great. If this is the right place for feedback - I can't get the "This site uses cookies to enhance user experience" popup to go away on Chrome/Windows 10. Clicking OK doesn't do anything.

EDIT: Sorry!

AGA

Quote from: Ali on 25 Jun 2021, 22:27
The remodelling looks great. If this is the right place for feedback - I can't get the "This site uses cookies to enhance user experience" popup to go away on Chrome/Windows 10. Clicking OK doesn't do anything.

That hasn't been implemented yet, as so far this is just about the styling.

Crimson Wizard

Something reminded me, as there's a page with Resources, here's a list of open-sourced AGS games we were gathering a while ago:
https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=50980.0

Crimson Wizard

Don't know if mentioned before, but when adding your game to the database I can only choose resolution from a very short list of presets, probably dating back to pre-open source engine era.

It would be nice if this is resolved in the new site.

tampie85

Quote from: Crimson Wizard on 06 Jul 2021, 20:37
Don't know if mentioned before, but when adding your game to the database I can only choose resolution from a very short list of presets, probably dating back to pre-open source engine era.

It would be nice if this is resolved in the new site.

That's a good point. Do you have any idea what the most common resolutions are?

Crimson Wizard

Quote from: tampie85 on 06 Jul 2021, 20:42
That's a good point. Do you have any idea what the most common resolutions are?

Well, there's a bunch of presets in AGS editor where you choose game resolution, but it may be virtually anything, so I think it should have an option to type arbitrary numbers too.

Crimson Wizard

#111
Here they are:
https://github.com/adventuregamestudio/ags/blob/master/Editor/AGS.Editor/GUI/CustomResolutionDialog.cs#L30

But now I realized they are missing another commonly used one 320x180. added...