Emergency Templates

We had severe server problems the last few days, and I decided to install a ‘light’ theme – something I had been working on for a while anyway. I also decided to try the Disqus commenting system as it would further remove load from our webserver. I’ll keep working on a full redesign, but for the time being this will have to do.

As a bonus, there’s now a HUGE amount of space for art (which is what this community is all about, after all). Like with the old layout, the banners rotate daily. If you’d like your artwork to feature here, send a 1000×288 pixel image to bart @ this site, and include your name and a link for the credits. Please don’t add your own text to the image.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress, thanks for hanging in here with me :)


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  • http://www.blendernation.com Bart Veldhuizen

    Update: The export of existing comments into Disqus is still running. They should appear later today (I hope!)

  • Goeland57

    Ooooohh nice

    • http://www.blendernation.com Bart Veldhuizen

      Thanks :)

  • BlenderEi

    Bart, you’re doing a great job! Thank you for all of this!

  • Anonymous

    Nicely done! I’ve always liked Disqus; I have no problems with the changes. :)

  • Barak Itkin

    Wow – a new template and it’s not April 1st :D
    Very cool theme, the design is elegant and beautiful. Also, Time to warm up my Blender, a new banner is something I would really enjoy making.

    Thanks for maintaining the site!

  • Alomiraure

    hola saludos gracias por el aporte

  • Lactose

    I’d can’t seem to use disqus for some reason, even though I already added it to my Firefox cookie exception list.

  • Lactose

    Never mind. It looks like I can use it after all.

  • chromemonkey

    Should I create a new login?

  • Blendiac

    Fine with the new template (although it’s a bit dull) Love the decent size space to show art. Detest Disqus with a passion. I really don’t want dataminers combining all my comments from unrelated websites all over the net into one big database, ripe for the selling, complete with uniquely identifying Gravatar..

    • Blendiac

       Interesting. No Gravatar. Still bad, but not as much as I thought. I *do* understand that sites like this can cost a packet to run though. Personally I’d just rather see things like affilliate links to relevant Blender products which a) pay more and c) support Blender businesses (and thus Blender) and c) don’t invade my privacy. Anyway, thanks for the great site. <3in seeing the big, big art at the top!

      • http://www.blendernation.com Bart Veldhuizen

        I’m not making any money by using Disqus – I made the choice because I needed to get as much load off my server as I could. I understand your point about datamining, but to be honest it would already be easy for them to do so..

  • Jiggles100

    would be great if the ads and the about the author box were on the far right … but other than that I can live with the change

    • http://www.blendernation.com Bart Veldhuizen

      Yeah, I’ll probably tweak the layout a little more. At midnight last night I decided it was enough for one day ;-)

      • Jiggles100

        A well deserved rest …. it’s looking good.  When you get back to tweaking, I noticed that the menu dropdown’s don’t contrast well with the white background perhaps these could be a very dark grey instead.

        Also a couple of issues on Android mobile browser … but these can wait.

  • http://craigsnedeker.tumblr.com/ Craig Snedeker

    I like Disqus better, and the layout is nice. I vote to keep it.

  • http://aditiapratama.com/ Aditia A. Pratama

    this is great, yeay disquss really come in handy,

  • Terencedesu

    For some reason everything is crammed onto the left side of thescreen in the mobile version (viewing on an iPod touch 4)

    • http://www.blendernation.com Bart Veldhuizen

      I’ve added an iPod-specific layout, try it!

      • Terencedesu

        Much better. Thanks. It’ll take getting used to but it already looks easier to read on my iPod than the previous format

  • Guest

    Shiny! :D

  • http://www.blendernation.com Bart Veldhuizen

    Update: I have added a mobile theme for phone/iPod users.

  • claas kuhnen

    looks good bart – reminds me about the empty screen space theme google is employing recently.

    • http://www.blendernation.com Bart Veldhuizen

      Thanks Claas!

  • Eagle

    Erm… whats the email i should use to contact for the banner image submit? the general inbox@…. from contact? ^_^’

    • http://www.blendernation.com Bart Veldhuizen

      That, or ‘bart@..’. Both work. 

  • Notacet

    I always thought BN site was a bit ugly. This emergency theme is modern, clean and good looking. Keep it!

  • http://www.mallow.pl mallow

    Hey, I really like the new layout. One thing you could try, Bart is changing the size of the font. Isn’t the font a little too big? And maybe space between the lines is also too big (BlenderNation title and it’s tagline should also be closer to each other to look better). Because of these two things you have to scroll more when there are many comments. But beside that, the changes are very good in my opinion. Good idea with the bigger artwork.

  • Triskelion

    the template looks really nice. I especially like the large art header. There are many beautiful artworks, might as well show them off.

  • Mainframe0001

    Novelty.

  • Quawahwah

    WordPress Twenty Eleven Theme – No?

    • http://www.blendernation.com Bart Veldhuizen

      Yep! After looking at many, many templates I always came back to this one. Not very original, but clean and easy to read..

      • Quawahwah

        I like twenty eleven – you might consider a link color change to some “blender-like” color (orange me thinks) :)

  • Mainframe_0

    Good choice. Hope the community will be more polite and cultural with the new template!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1382120837 Michal Vašut

    Good job mate!

  • Robynsveil

    I agree – clean, attractive layout… looks excellent, easy to read. Might want to stay with it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.ecuman Anthony Ecuman

    i am loving the new look!!!

  • Vantage

    Nicely done. Looks a bit like http://www.blenderworld.org imho