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Lolly
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February 19, 2013 11:34 am  

WOW! what happened?


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STT Resident
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February 19, 2013 11:45 am  

Horrible change. Fixing something which isn't broken sometimes just doesn't work.


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The Islander
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February 19, 2013 12:25 pm  

Hi. We are indeed working on updates.

The first part was redesigning the website layout to work better with the various devices people are using to browse the internet these days whether it’s a computer or a mobile device, so keeping up with the changes in technology. We’ve been working on this for months behind the scenes, and made the layout changes today. Hopefully users on mobile devices find browsing the website easier with the updates. Feedback is welcome.

We are still working on things. So more to come.

Islander


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beer
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February 19, 2013 1:39 pm  

Love it! It is working great, especially for those that keep up with technology and actually have a cell phone. Also on my main 24 inch monitor at work it is really smooth and clear. Those with a design background will understand and thank you for it. My only very, very slight gripe would be with Firefox again. I have my browser completely updated and on this design and the old design some things seem to get left out. Internet Explorer is fabulous though, as well as extremely easy on your phone! You no longer have to zoom in on your phone to click some of the links 😎 Thank you very much!


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Linda J
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February 19, 2013 3:34 pm  

I hate change in general, so I don't like the changes. But I'm sure I'll get used to it. Please keep it fairly simple for those of us who are web-impaired!!


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Alana33
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February 19, 2013 5:19 pm  

Ditto! We can all get used to things so as long as it remains simple for those of us that are not technologically inclined, in the least, so we should do okay.:-o


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The Islander
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February 19, 2013 5:30 pm  

Thanks for the comments.

Beer - we found some things w Firefox, and we are working on them. If you don't mind listing the things you are noting as 'left out' on Firefox it would be appreciated. It might be things we missed.

Linda & Alana - trying our best to get it current and maintain ease of use for all users.

Linda, aside from not liking change in general - is there anything in particular that you dislike about the changes; are there things on the previous layout that you liked that aren't on the new layout for example.

Thank you.


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beer
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February 19, 2013 8:32 pm  

All: this is a lot cleaner, smoother, easier to read for everyone, and yes, it will end up being so much better for "non-techie " people as well, just watch 🙂

Islander: thank you so much for doing this! It might be a day or two before I get the chance to pinpoint the firefox issues I saw, but in short it is fabulous user friendly on everything! I will pm Firefox issues when I get the chance, it might just be a conflict with advertising and their adblocker. Thank you again!


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Linda J
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February 20, 2013 2:56 am  

Right now I'm having to "back into" it. When I go to vinow.com on my drop down list, I get the new home page with a picture that isn't loading and I can't click into the forums. I have to go back to my drop down list and click on to the relocation forum and then to the vacation forum. Did that make sense?? Otherwise, content looks the same.


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The Islander
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February 20, 2013 10:27 am  

Linda - sounds like an issue with cookies. Need some information to help figure it out, sending you a PM. Thank you.


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Bassman
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February 20, 2013 10:41 am  

I'm having the same problem as Linda J. Came in through the back door.

Bassman


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The Islander
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February 20, 2013 12:54 pm  

Thanks Bassman, I sent you a PM to get more information.


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Linda J
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February 20, 2013 2:31 pm  

Fixed!! Thank you computer gods.


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The Islander
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February 20, 2013 4:15 pm  

Great Linda.

Bassman - please let me know if its working correctly for you.

Thanks.


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John
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February 20, 2013 5:02 pm  

I use Firefox and I haven't had any problems with this web site.


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blu4u
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February 20, 2013 6:37 pm  

Safari is working just fine.
Nice job BTW. Fresh and clean.
Highlights the advertisers much better.


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Xislandgirl
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February 20, 2013 9:12 pm  

I liked that the old site let you hover over the topic and get a preview of the post. I can't seem to get that to work.

Other than that, it is fine. The internet changes all the time, we just get used to it!

Thanks


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Chris at Work
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February 20, 2013 9:52 pm  

Sent you PM of Firefox versus Safari appearances.

I know some might have thought them tired but I do miss the banner photos

Chris


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sherri
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February 21, 2013 9:08 pm  

Hoping one of the new changes we see is easier downloading of photos. Any word on that?


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A Davis
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February 22, 2013 6:13 am  

am very much liking... thank you!

best to you,anita."do the best that you can in the place where you are, and be kind." --- scott nearing


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Bassman
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February 22, 2013 8:30 am  

Islander,
It's working today.
Thanks

Bassman


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exit zero
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February 22, 2013 10:49 am  

Not seeing who made the original post and not being able to hover and preview the 1st part of the postings feels like a great loss of ease of use.


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The Islander
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February 22, 2013 11:42 am  

Thanks everyone for the feedback.

XIslandgirl & Exitzero - preview post wasn't working correctly, so we turned it off until we could figure it out. Author of original post column, will look into it.

Sherri - what do you mean easier to download photos?

Thanks again.


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ms411
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March 7, 2013 5:23 am  

The look of the site is very boring, and the header takes up too much space,IMO. Layout is much better for your advertisers, though. But, I don't like the site now, so won't be visiting as often.


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The Islander
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March 7, 2013 11:48 am  

Ms411 - we are doing the updates in phases, and the first phase was what we just completed and are still tweaking as far as getting the website easier to use on mobile devices. We will continue working on the layout and header, so would be interested in hearing more on your opinion.

Do you share Chris' opinion, in that you miss the photos that used to be the at top of the pages? Is it the lack of photos that you find boring? As far as the header taking up too much space - this current header is much small than the previous one. Are you referring to the size of the header while browsing on a computer or a mobile device?

Thanks for your feedback.


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