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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 24, 2012 10:56 AM CST

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I have redone the way the tabs up top are done. I moved the Profile and Mail tabs off into buttons by themselves at the very top-right. This made room for the Recommendations tab.

At some point I'd like to rethink the entire way I'm doing the tabs up top. I think what we have is a design that is an old and tired navigation method but it's the only way I've ever really known how to do navigation which is why we have it the way we do. At some point I'd like to tidy it up even further.
Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
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Marylyn
Jul 24, 2012 11:03 AM CST
I like the Profile and Tree-Mail buttons at the top.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 24, 2012 11:04 AM CST
Very nice Dave!
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jul 24, 2012 11:11 AM CST

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Looks good.
Evan
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jul 24, 2012 11:15 AM CST
Yes I like that too. I am just wondering if they can be dropping BELOW the banner (so as not to disturb the banner too much..)
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jul 24, 2012 11:16 AM CST
Oh, and where did the plant database go? Confused
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 24, 2012 11:23 AM CST
Dutchlady1 said:Oh, and where did the plant database go? Confused


It's still there Hetty. It just says "Plants" now instead of Plant database.

I like the profile & treemail buttons not in the line of the other buttons but agree with Hetty on them sort of interference with the banner pretties.

LOVE the idea of re-working the whole thing Dave. I have no suggestions so will leave that to your fruitful mind. Hilarious!
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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
Jul 24, 2012 11:26 AM CST

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Dutchlady1 said:Yes I like that too. I am just wondering if they can be dropping BELOW the banner (so as not to disturb the banner too much..)


Below the banner is the actual page's content so that wouldn't work.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Jul 24, 2012 11:28 AM CST
I like a big panel of buttons up fornt to take me where I want to go in one step.

Maybe a whizzier scheme would hide all the buttons behind one "navigation" icon, and when the mouse approachs the icon, a biog navigation panel pops up. That way it is still only olne lc ick, but leaves more room fopr the pretty banner photos.

That's my second criterion: close to my first. See more of the banner!
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jul 24, 2012 11:35 AM CST
I love the entire new look Hurray! Hurray!

I don't think the profile and tree-mail distracts from the banner but should you change your mind, could they go down below in the footer? Once folks know where they are, I don't think it would matter. Or maybe just the profile in the footer. Not a suggestion, just thinking out loud. Whistling

I do wish you had room to get the word database back in though.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jul 24, 2012 11:54 AM CST
I agree with what has been said.

What if you changed recommendations to I Like. And give catergories of Online, Local, and specialty nurseries. Their might be other types of retailers major and cubits that we could like as well. Hilarious! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jul 24, 2012 1:18 PM CST
Maybe profile and tree mail could go on the right side where (in my case) there is only DB moderation..?
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
Garden today. Clean next week.
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CDsSister
Jul 24, 2012 1:33 PM CST
I wouldn't mind if the banner was slightly larger... I do love all the creativity that goes into the banners. You could then move the banner pictures slightly to the left, even behind the logo?
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Jul 24, 2012 1:38 PM CST
Could you make the Mail and Profile buttons transparent? If you could see the banner through the background of the buttons, they wouldn't detract so much. I'm not sure that Profile is important or used often enough to be up there in a button, Mail I agree with.

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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Dutchlady1
Jul 24, 2012 1:42 PM CST
Yeah, you're right about Profile - it could just be at the bottom of the page.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tropicals Foliage Fan Bulbs Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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eclayne
Jul 24, 2012 1:50 PM CST

Plants Admin

Dave,
How many tabs do you envision eventually?

How about a graphic (like the badges) plus text for each tab, set as default? Provide a profile option for no text display. Maybe even small or large display like with web browser buttons (or is that Windows buttons)?
Evan
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jul 24, 2012 1:58 PM CST
Thank you Dave Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jul 24, 2012 2:00 PM CST

Plants Admin

Sweet Thumbs up
Evan
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jul 24, 2012 2:02 PM CST
I've lost my profile. Sad But, notice the temperature we have now at past 9pm, we had 28C today! Too hot to be outside. ;)

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jul 24, 2012 2:06 PM CST
Could the tree-mail tab still be green until it's prompted to go red by a new reply? Purely aesthetics, I know, but it looks nice when they're all the same color. Big Grin

Profile's at the bottom of the page, Janet. Smiling
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