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  1. Allen Moore

    Love the new look and feel! Great job.

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  2. Alex

    Looks really nice! The logo is sooooo coooool! I’m excited and looking forward to next changes :D

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  3. Jean Galea

    Love the new design Jeff, way better than the old one! :D Good work!

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  4. Brian Krogsgard

    I’m happy to see WP Tavern staying on Hybrid Core. Post Status is on a custom Hybrid Core theme as well. :) Nice job on the refresh.

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    • Jeffro

      Was worried you were going to call us out for ripping off the design of Post Status :) In some ways, the sites are similar but I think we’ve done enough so that people don’t think of PostStatus right off the bat when they view the site. Although you wouldn’t mind that, I’m sure.

      We originally used Hybrid Core with a child theme that Justin helped created for me and we’ve been using it for more than 3 years. It’s nice to be able to stick with it.

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  5. Keith Davis

    Looks good Jeffro.

    Nice big fonts, easy to pick out links… welcome to the world of responsive design.

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    • Jeffro

      Yeah, nice big everything although sometimes I feel like it’s a little too big. But Control+Mousewheel solves the problem for me. I switch between making things just a tad smaller and normal size.

      The site really does look good on a mobile device, logo and all.

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  6. Bowe Frankema

    Very very nice! Easy to read, clear typography and still recognisable as WPTavern. I like :-)

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    • Jeffro

      The typography definitely received a face lift. Bigger and easier to read. Between the logo and the wooden floor, we still have that Tavern vibe.

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  7. Brad

    Looks awesome – nice work!

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  8. Elliott Richmond

    Loving the new fresh design, love the new logo too! Very clean and modern. Great job WPT

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    • Jeffro

      The logo is pretty much what I had in mind when I was thinking of the redesign. Angie showed me a concept and I loved the use of the Beer mug. Between that and locating a font that matched the icon (Crimson) it was a matter of spacing and trying out different layouts. This one looks great centered on this white background. Sort of like a newspaper!

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  9. Luis Alejandre

    I noticed a few hours ago and I was surprised you didn´t write a post about it. Now here it is.

    The funny thing is that this very same morning, right before I saw the new design, I was thinking that the old Tavern needed some renovation (boy, did that wooden floor smell like stale beer!).

    So it looks like I anticipated it this morning! :)

    Good job, Jeffro (and Sarah). Please keep surprising us.

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    • Jeffro

      Thanks for being one of the first to notice the redesign. We called in a flooring company and they sanded down the floors and put a lighter coat of stain on them. We like their work :)

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  10. Wendell Harness

    Everything looks great! My only constructive criticism would be that maybe the beer mug could have looked a bit more like a W. Right now it has 4 “fingers” but how cool would it be to have 3 “fingers” for a subtle WordPress reference. :-)

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  11. Emil Uzelac

    Site looks amazing, great job! Don’t forget to update the favicon too :)

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  12. Justin Tadlock

    Well, you already know I like it. :) I’m just happy to see you dropping that old, old, old version of one of my original Theme Hybrid themes and seeing you use a new one. Sarah did an awesome job. Don’t hesitate to contact me if in need of any help with the theme and working out any kinks.

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  13. Kevin

    Ha looks good. Cool thing, I discovered you guys three days ago (and thought that it could need a redesign) or so and now I can say that I’ve seen the old design. Looks good, will come back to the site now instead of waiting for the newsletter. :)

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  14. Noumaan Yaqoob

    I had no complains with old design, but WPTavern looks really cool now. I really like Stargazer theme. Yes please bring back the forums. I think that even though comments are good for discussions too, but with forums users would be able to start their own discussions and it would be fun.

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    • Jeffro

      The next big thing on our todo list is to migrate the forums from Vbulletin into bbPress. We may not start working on this until bbPress 2.6 is released since it will contain a feature that will replace WordPress comments with bbPress topics, a feature critical to the Tavern.

      Once the forum comes back, this place will be a bustling Tavern, just like it was a few years ago.

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  15. enej

    Commenting works well on my phone as well and is much easier to read. Thanks!

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  16. Luis Alejandre

    Just in case you want to see four levels ;)

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  17. Joan

    Nice and clean. Congratulations! :)

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  18. Kurt

    Looks good Jeffro!

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  19. Ian Stewart

    This looks super-cool and super-readable. Nice job! I love the new icon. (Frosticon? Foamicon? Brewvicon?)

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  20. Brin

    Checking it on my phone now – looks great!

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  21. LPH

    This is a much nicer layout. Kudos to everyone who worked on the design.

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  22. Andrea Middleton

    Hey, someone turned on the lights in the Tavern… and y’all look pretty good! Loving the new look, Jeff.

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  23. Peter Knight

    Great new theme, especially love the top title and logo. Looks great on mobile too.

    Am I the only one that prefers .avatar { border-radius: 1px; } over the circle format?

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    • Jeffro

      I’m more of a blocky kind of guy but since the images were circles to begin with, we’re going to let them be for awhile to see what happens.

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  24. Illya King

    Looks great!

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  25. Ruairi Phelan

    Love the new Logo and the big fonts. What I am most pleased about is the continuity of the old design. Fresh yet familiar, well done :)

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    • Jeffro

      If we would have axed the wooden floor background, it just wouldn’t be the same. Thankfully the new floor is lighter than the old which makes the Tavern a little cozier place.

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  26. Angie Meeker

    Jeff – looks really great! Good job!

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  27. Frans Eldering

    Nice! Easy to read with the big font. And nice for the Europeans who follow your blog and receive your newsletter at night –> now we can read your blogposts on mobile phones while travveling to work ;)!

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  28. David

    Site looking good on my iPad, great job!

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  29. Rami

    wow!!! very nice!!

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  30. Ryan Hellyer

    It’s great to see a new lick of paint on the Tavern :)

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  31. Evan Herman

    Nice design/layout. Love the new look and feel, it was the first thing I noticed when coming to wptavern. Very nice job.

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  32. Rudd

    Awesome,crisp and bold design. We’re working on a new design for our site as well, hope to get it done by new year.

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  33. Bob Schecter

    Yeah, looks cleaner, but there was something more “Tavern-y” about the old standard. Sometimes newer isn’t better, even if it’s cleaner.

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  34. Lance Willett

    Love it! Feels like both a realign and a redesign: easier to read—especially on small devices. Nice work!

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  35. Mercime

    Bravo! Cleaned up everything including the wooden floors :)

    Kudos to all involved with the redesign, very nice!

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  36. The Frosty

    Great modification of the Stargazer theme. Like the new site design!

    Always a fan of Hybrid!

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  37. Vladimir Prelovac

    I can only say – looks fantastic and refreshing without losing the tavern feel. Good job!

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  39. Tiyo Kamtiyono

    Simple and great, I even suspect that I open the wrong site at the first time seeing this new WPTavern design.

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  40. Jonathan Dingman

    LOVE it Jeff! You guys did a great job, it looks beautiful. I really like that you kept the wood background, helps keep the tavern feel.

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  41. Lisa

    Awesome, I love it!

    May I suggest a

    -webkit-appearance: none;

    on the email subscribe button to maintain the nice flat look on mobile, too.

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  43. Tomas M.

    Sorry, Jeff, I’m a bit late with the comment, but I was wondering, what is the purpose of having breadcrumbs on WP Tavern? ;)

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