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  1. I forgot to the most important suggestion! Big pay rise for Pete! He's a star.
  2. This is a little worrying Sherri, because I remember you saying a couple of years ago that to better manage your time and improve things that you would be switching to focus on new themes, a new framework and maintaining only some of the better quality, wider appeal classics, because some of the old ones were getting dated in style and format. You also said you'd not be taking on any custom themes because they are time consuming. Please, because I've always loved IBTheme, give some thought to some suggestions (not intended as criticisms and I'm not claiming to be an expert): Perhaps get a few QA testers. Put out at least a release candidate of each theme, in time to get at least 2 weeks testing on a variety of real world devices, if only for those extra special seasonal themes. I frequently see issues with the Google fonts cropping up, the CSS specifies a certain style, but the font is never loaded, only Lato is, so the end result is a fallback to 1990's style traditional fonts like Verdana and Aria! You can also load more than one Google font in one request (line of code) which is faster. DNSPrefetch and Preloading is handy for image or code heavy themes like yours, because they preconnect resources and can load in the background before being called. Streamline that CSS! It is honestly so bloated, I bet you could probably save yourself quite a lot of time on editing, your themes would be lighter and faster loading as a result. For example, there are many repeated lines of outdated vendor specific css properties, originally needed for cross browser compatibility that you probably don't need anymore, because they have since become obsolete. Features like gradients and shadows are now well supported across browsers. There are 100's of entries containing 0px in your CSS code, but there's technically no such thing as zero pixels or 0 em. You could save all those extra characters by carefully doing a search and replace such as " 0px" with a space so you don't affect ones like 20px, 30px by accident and changing them to a just a 0, which would pass validation. Likewise, you often see 4 separate lines for each border, margin or padding, where you could replace the 4 lines with 1. Multiply that out and I bet you would save a lot of lines of code in a whole theme, multiply that by your total number of themes and look at the potential time and file size saving. More mobile friendly gets you a Google Pagespeed boost too! Perhaps you could create higher quality versions of some of the original artwork like the snowmen, elves etc, for retina and high DPI devices Like iPads and iPhones. I still use a standard size image for my logos but include a x2 (double size version) which is lovely, gorgeous and crisp on good tablets or 4K monitors. The extra handy settings for things like Snow in your latest templates is really good, it saves editing templates and is much more elegant, quick and tidy. Nice one!
  3. Thanks Pete, just PM'd you the remaining bugs in Christmas Noel, mostly fixed just a few preventing it from going live. I've abandoned the idea of White Christmas, it's still too buggy but to be honest isn't right for my site about a dark crime drama TV series. Here Comes Santa is too elfy and cute for my site also, so thanks for working so hard on Noel.
  4. Thanks Sherri. Actually I think Here Comes Santa isn't as nice as Noel. The weird thing is the layout is fine here. The version numbers are not matching which may have something to do with it. I tried White Christmas and there are certainly issues on the main index. (The image above shows the footer covered, but only the index, seems fine elsewhere.)
  5. Freshly installed and layout knackered. Aargh!
  6. I've now also removed the Here Comes Santa and Christmas Noel themes before they went live. They don't seem to work well on modern responsive, tablet devices like the iPad, yet I noticed Here Comes Santa is okay here, the layout isn't broken. The graphics are so blurry or over compressed, they look quite poor on high res devices. The normal 2 bar menu is for some reason reduced to one bar, which is way too cramped especially if you have the full suite, only by changing and rejigging my menus could I get it to stop breaking, because the themes remove the Secondary Nav Bar! Even then the breadcrumb area near Mark As Read and all the sidebar widgets kept overlapping the right green border or pushing the page over off screen. The traditional forum table layout wasn't as bad, but the grid layout was constantly broken. I tried every combination of sidebar on toggling widgets/mobile/responsive/fluid/percentage width possible without much success. Some of these issues were fixed here after reporting but the downloaded versions didn't include the fixes for some reason.
  7. I hate myself for posting this because I know how hard you work but your themes seriously need some QA checks before they get released. They come across as rushed. I waited until closer to Christmas to install some Xmas themes thinking if I leave it later, the bugs will have been found and fixed, but I just installed 2 of them (Here Comes Santa and Christmas Noel) and they are broken in terms of responsive layout, header image logo and background out of alignment, tiny unreadable font size, widget font size too large breaking the widgets, club forums shown on main index have tiny images etc. I just validated your main page out of interest and it has over 130 errors, and validation can't finish. https://validator.w3.org/nu/?useragent=Validator.nu%2FLV+http%3A%2F%2Fvalidator.w3.org%2Fservices&acceptlanguage=&doc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ibtheme.com%2F
  8. What happened to your fixes, @Pete T? I downloaded Here Comes Santa and Christmas Noel, and the headers are both broken on an iPad. I returned here and they are broken here again? Also in both themes, spotted this CSS error... @media screen and (max-width: 979px) { #forum_wrapper1{ background: #transparent; margin-top: 0px !important; margin-left: 0px !important; /* Border Left Width */ margin-right: 0px !important; /* Border Right Width */ margin-bottom: 0px !important; max-width: 100% !important; } }
  9. You fixed it good! Thank you. Yes it might be intentional (the bg color) because the editor is a similar light grey colour, but just in case it was overlooked. The forum index, using an iPad and grid view, all of the forum titles are still on top of the pile of presents.
  10. Grid view: possibly default showing around file uploads:
  11. The header is broken too on iPad landscape.
  12. Thanks Pete, I don't know how you manage to fit everything into your day.
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