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Hello Everyone,

We're proud to announce that the new site look and feel has been completed for KLRForum.com! Our designers and software engineers have been hard at work on this for several months. It's designed to modernize the site, make it easier to use, and to make it more attractive to new members and guests that visit .

The forum software we use, vBulletin, by default is not designed to be friendly to the eyes or to look modern. We went down to the nuts and bolts of the forum software and templates, and have done a ground up approach. There are several things you will notice now that the new design is live.

1) The site should be significantly faster.

We have applied every modern technique to speed up page load and tested with all modern browsers. We want the forum to be extremely fast and easy to use.

2) The site will work much better in mobile and tablet views

We've started applying responsive design, and have designed and tested against android and iPhone devices, Android tablets, and iPads. If you are sitting at your desk or on your couch, or just on your phone, the site will work much better than it did before, and load fast. We are still working on improving the experience even further in the months to come, but we wanted to launch this as quickly as we could.

3) The homepage is bright, crisp and clean.

We wanted the first page users saw to look beautiful, so that when a new guest arrives and is debating whether to join KLRForum.com, they see a beautiful doorway, and they walk right in.

4) Garages will be featured on the site

You can show off your KLR, You can post pictures in your garage and share it with others. Make sure you post up some images to share with the community at the link below.

http://www.klrforum.com/garage.php?do=editgarage

5) Users will be able to register with Facebook, Twitter or Google+

6) The side bar can be hidden in your user options.

Click on my profile / user cp at the top right.

- click on edit your details on the left.
- Look for Show Sidebar on Forum Pages under Additional Information.
- Click disable and save.

7) Another new great feature is the @Mention user plugin. You can tag members by simply using the @ symbol.

8) Drag and Drop image uploader

We hope you enjoy it, and if you have any questions on the design, please let us know, feedback is appreciated.

If there are any issues you see. Post them up here and we will get them worked out.

Thanks,
-Your KLRForum.com Team.
 

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WOW,
This is going to take some getting used to! I'll get it, eventually.
Like my oil pressure project, I HATE GOING Backwards!!
Don't want to do it, no sir'.
 

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I like it, it's a refreshing change! :)
Now, I just gotta figure out where everything is again... Lol! :wink2:
Def some cool new features @650Stew

WOW,
This is going to take some getting used to! I'll get it, eventually.
Like my oil pressure project, I HATE GOING Backwards!!
Don't want to do it, no sir'.
I am hear to help. :nerd:

Jeff
 

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New look is refreshing, and I like that there are now some Gen1 KLR pics on the top banner.
 

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I'm still getting acquainted!
But it is 'fun'! I like seeing/having older threads to respond to!
WHO is still 'out there'? Some of 'this' may bring them back.

How many of us fail to 'un-subscribe' from an old thread?
 

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As a rule, I fear and loathe change. BUT, I'm with Cabrito. Wasn't right having no Gen1's on the banner. Looks good!
 
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Still like the new look but page loading speed is adversely affected by the time it takes to load all the ad content.

(Viewing with a symmetric 20mbps fiber Internet connection.)
 

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Still like the new look but page loading speed is adversely affected by the time it takes to load all the ad content.

(Viewing with a symmetric 20mbps fiber Internet connection.)
This is faster???
Try clearing your cache and doing a log in/out which could help load times.

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Appreciate the effort to, "improve" things, but . . . I prefer the previous format, by comparison.

First, I do not appreciate the allocation by priority of "most popular" discussions--for me, the chronological listing of topics/posts is more favorable, more likely to highlight a thread of interest than the "most popular" designation.

Next . . . the herky-jerky start is still with us . . . must scroll past unchanging images of shoes and stuff, including repetitive verbiage, to get to the discussion topics . . . a time-consuming and frustrating process, ever present whenever one wishes to scan the website.

I know money makes the world go 'round, and advertising revenue remains vital . . . a delicate balance exists between flacking a product, and becoming so obtrusive the target market for the advertising abandons the presentation and walks away . . .

Don't mean to be overly critical; again, I appreciate the effort. However, I find the new look more cumbersome and inconvenient than the old one, and . . . no "faster," by any means.

Maybe it's just ME; operator error, ignorance, and/or incompetence. I thank the website management for their effort at improvement, regardless.
 

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Appreciate the effort to, "improve" things, but . . . I prefer the previous format, by comparison.

First, I do not appreciate the allocation by priority of "most popular" discussions--for me, the chronological listing of topics/posts is more favorable, more likely to highlight a thread of interest than the "most popular" designation.

Next . . . the herky-jerky start is still with us . . . must scroll past unchanging images of shoes and stuff, including repetitive verbiage, to get to the discussion topics . . . a time-consuming and frustrating process, ever present whenever one wishes to scan the website.

I know money makes the world go 'round, and advertising revenue remains vital . . . a delicate balance exists between flacking a product, and becoming so obtrusive the target market for the advertising abandons the presentation and walks away . . .

Don't mean to be overly critical; again, I appreciate the effort. However, I find the new look more cumbersome and inconvenient than the old one, and . . . no "faster," by any means.

Maybe it's just ME; operator error, ignorance, and/or incompetence. I thank the website management for their effort at improvement, regardless.
Thanks for the feedback.

Have you tried clearing your cache and doing a log out/in.

Also if you stay logged in with the "remember me" box you should not see as many ads or the audio pop ups.

We also have different options for viewing threads:

Active Topics: Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum - Active Topics

New Posts (since last visit): http://www.klrforum.com/search.php?do=getnew

This is not the only forum I visit but it seems the slowest. Just saying.
Also try staying logged in and clear you cache which should speed things up a bit.

Jeff
 

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Thanks, Jeff; I'm willing to try, but . . . I don't even know what, "clear my cache" means, much less HOW to do it.

I'm willing to try, but . . . can you help me out with a tutorial?

Thanks again.
 

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