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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Sep 29, 2016 9:34 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

I just uploaded the new version of Garden.org. The layout has been completely rewritten from scratch, and there are a lot of new features, with even more coming soon.

Have a look around, and enjoy the new site. Smiling

A couple points you might want to know about:

1) You can now customize the homepage! Go to the homepage, scroll to the bottom and click on "Customize your homepage" at the bottom.

2) If you're missing the daily changing site banners, you still see them in the community areas of the site. Additionally, you can go to your preferences and enable them to appear on all pages.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Sep 29, 2016 9:40 AM CST
Ha! I must have hit the "page refresh" about 30 seconds after you uploaded the new version. Whoa! Shock! Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: United States of America
Purslane Garden Art Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: North Carolina Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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vic
Sep 29, 2016 9:44 AM CST
Very nice and love the look - thank you Dave Thumbs up
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Sep 29, 2016 9:44 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Lestv said:There is waaaaayyyy too much white space. Narrow writing boxes surrounded by white, white and more white. Please make the boxes (or whatever you call this space I am currently writing in) larger!!


Much of the white space depends on how big your browser window is. It is programmed to try to find the right balance between the columns of the site. So if your browser window is very narrow to start with, that can make the columns pretty narrow. Try resizing your browser window a bit bigger and see if that helps you.
Name: pam
gainesville fl (Zone 8b)
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gardenglory
Sep 29, 2016 9:45 AM CST
I want to know how to get more text, and get out of this little rectangle.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Sep 29, 2016 9:45 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Scroll up to see my post above yours Pam.
Name: pam
gainesville fl (Zone 8b)
Bee Lover Dragonflies Cut Flowers Dog Lover Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Daylilies Butterflies The WITWIT Badge Salvias Birds Hummingbirder
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gardenglory
Sep 29, 2016 9:46 AM CST
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Sep 29, 2016 9:47 AM CST
Oh my wow. Changes for sure and it does look really nice.
Name: pam
gainesville fl (Zone 8b)
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Daylilies Butterflies The WITWIT Badge Salvias Birds Hummingbirder
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gardenglory
Sep 29, 2016 9:49 AM CST
I took forever to just find this, I dont know what resizing your browser means, muss less how to do it. So goes life, I could be at the hospital...thats bad, this is just...well...frustrating. No biggie.

Region: California
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UndertheSun
Sep 29, 2016 9:49 AM CST
Nice new changes, but I agree with the amount of white space. It's too bright and blinding, I had to lower the brightness on my monitor.

Are we able to customize the white background to another color?
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Sep 29, 2016 9:52 AM CST
I am not understanding the resizing of the browser window as it is very large. I have huge amounts of white space and this tiny box.

Where exactly are the site banners? The iris forum has the same banner as the home page.
- edit- It only shows up when you open a forum thread. If you are just in the forum list there is no banner. Which mean you only see the picture if you are actively in a thread.

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Sep 29, 2016 9:53 AM CST
I agree with Rob - color change?
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
Permaculture Sempervivums Hybridizer Xeriscape Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener
Bee Lover Daylilies Region: South Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 2 Herbs Region: United States of America
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ediblelandscapingsc
Sep 29, 2016 9:57 AM CST
Is there a way I can put my updated threads at the top of the page instead of having to scroll all the way to the bottom to find them?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Sep 29, 2016 9:57 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Leslie could I get a screenshot of what this small area is that you're referring to?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Sep 29, 2016 9:58 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

ediblelandscapingsc said:Is there a way I can put my updated threads at the top of the page instead of having to scroll all the way to the bottom to find them?


Did you customize your homepage yet?

Region: California
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UndertheSun
Sep 29, 2016 10:00 AM CST
Thank you for changing it from white, to baby blue, that's a little easier on the eyes.
Name: Karen
NM , AZ (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Sep 29, 2016 10:02 AM CST
This will be a learning curve for most of us, but I'm sure it will soon be easier and better for us than before. Right now I've just been exploring around, and I've found all that I need at the moment. I'll try to customize my front page soon. Thanks for all of your hard work, Dave and Trish!
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Sep 29, 2016 10:05 AM CST
The ability to click on a picture to advance to the next picture within a thread is gone.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Sep 29, 2016 10:05 AM CST
Sorry - but one more question about the site banners.

If you see the banner only when you open a thread, and it doesn't list what the day's banner is anywhere within that page (it used to list "todays banner is "this" by "who"), do you have to go to the site banner forum every time to find out?
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
Permaculture Sempervivums Hybridizer Xeriscape Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener
Bee Lover Daylilies Region: South Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 2 Herbs Region: United States of America
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ediblelandscapingsc
Sep 29, 2016 10:05 AM CST
I'm working on it now, thanks Dave.
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