Slightly new look...

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I've tweaked the CSS slightly to make the site look a bit better on widescreen monitors and also to fix a couple of issues with Firefox and Google Chrome browsers.

Consider ths an experiment: let me know what you think, if you don't like it I can change it back.

Update 12th Jan: You didn't like it. I changed it back :-)

74 comments on this article

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By in United States,

@Huw - Thank you! I have recently started using Firefox. There is a lot of empty space in the middle though, but it does fit the screen well. Great job.

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By in United States,

Can't say I really like it, but I don't hate it either. The only thing that bothers me about it, is now theres big white spaces on each side of the screen, and it makes it look odd.
I can live with it though.
Sev

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By in United Kingdom,

yeah, I thought something was up then saw this notice that wasn't there the 2 minutes before...
anyway

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By in United Kingdom,

@Zacherano and anyone else that sees empty space in the middle: Refresh the page using ctrl-F5 in case your browser is using a cached version of the stylesheet.

If feedback on this look is not good, I'm prepared to go back to the old one, but I won't know whether you all like it or not if I don't try it!

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By in United States,

I like it...

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By in United States,

Looks great on my PC!

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By in Ireland,

Hmm... the Sheet style doesn't seem to be vanishing. I think possibly you could keep it sheet style and put new things in the unused space. I don't mind either way.

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By in Canada,

It looks kind of weird having a blank spot. It would look better with something there.

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By in United States,

The white background is going to take some getting used to but it is not that bad. I would have to say it is OK.

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By in United Kingdom,

It looks fine on my screen. I'd give it a thumbs up!

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By in United States,

I like the blue background a TEENCY bit better than this one. I don't hate it, though.

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By in Belgium,

I wasn't really wild about the look at first with the big blank in the middle of the screen (Chrome user here!). But by refreshing the page and after seeing the real thing, it's actually pretty cool. More subtle than the old one with only the top being marine blue. I vote for the new look!

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By in Germany,

I prefer the old look... I liked the blue a lot! Maybe... you could revert to the old colour, but keeping the "widescreen support"!

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By in United States,

I liked the old one better.

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By in Canada,

I liked the old one better this one just seems too white and empty.

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By in United States,

I support Alemas's idea.

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By in United States,

hmm... i dont notice too much change, i changed to widescreen and firefox long ago.

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By in United States,

Yeah, I like the blue too.

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By in Canada,

The website was already okay for me, but the site looks good in white.

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By in Bulgaria,

the blue was better but this is nice too

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By in Belgium,

On my screen it looks like everything is on the left now :( It looks "unnatural" to me now...

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By in United Kingdom,

@Jito -- Ctrl-F5

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By in United States,

Using Safari here. Tweaks look great in my opinion.

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By in United States,

I do not like it more than the other version, it looks quite strange.

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By in New Zealand,

i don't like it. to much empty space

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By in New Zealand,

i REALLY don't like it. that huge bar of emptyness is really annoying me.

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By in United States,

I don't really like it. Maybe you could have preferences?

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By in Ireland,

I like it, if the white space could be changed to blue it would look a bit better but I like the spacing.

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By in Canada,

It looks fine on the Wii, and by that I mean exactly the same, which is fine.

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By in United Kingdom,

It looked very odd to me (using Firefox here), until I did what Huw said & pressed 'ctrl' & F5 at the same time, to refresh the page properly. It does look a little different, but I like the 'cleaner' look.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've renamed the stylesheet to prevent the problem you've all been experiencing. Hopefully it looks better now!

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By in United States,

looks good on chrome!

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By in United States,

I liked the old style better. This one cuts off part of the search window when I have the window at anything less than max size. (I use Firefox on a PC, so I might be just a computer dinosaur.)

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By in Canada,

Using Safari, there seems to be no difference but white. I does annoy me, like all changes, but I'll get used to it! ;o)

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By in United States,

Meh, don't like it at all really.

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By in United States,

Welllll.......... Can't say I like it all that much

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By in United States,

I like it, looks much better to me.

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By in United States,

Looks good to me.

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By in Netherlands,

I like it (after a ctrl+F5 indeed). But then again, I'm viewing this @ 1280x1024. So I don't have that much empty space on the sides. It would seem strange how that looks better on a wider screen though.

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By in Belgium,

Ah it looks better with me now.. Good, it looks fresher! The blue color was more playful however :)

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By in United States,

I have a widscreen, and the sight worked fine before, though i did notice the backround is now a light grey, close to wight.....kinda forget what it used to be.....maybe blue?....I'm on here a few times a day (every day) so i think that i should know what it used to be....sorry...

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By in United States,

way better

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By in United States,

It's okay, what would be helpful was if you could choose what CSS you want to use.

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By in Ireland,

Aha! It's great now!

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By in United States,

I'm going with the old scheme, to much white for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've got widescreen but i prefer the old scheme. I cant see much difference between the two and some other people dont like it on normal screens so I think it would be better the old way

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By in United Kingdom,

Out of interest I've just run a report on Google Analytics to find out the most used browser resolutions of visitors to Brickset:

1. 1024x768 Windows 20.55%
2. 1280x800 Windows 15.01%
3. 1280x1024 Windows 13.76%
4. 1440x900 Windows 8.43%
5. 1680x1050 Windows 6.99%
6. 1280x800 Macintosh 3.36%
7. 1366x768 Windows 3.25%
8. 1920x1200 Windows 2.29%
9. 1680x1050 Macintosh 2.23%
10. 1152x864 Windows 2.22%

So, unless you're using anything beyond 1280 wide, the change I made will hardly be noticeable :-)

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By in United States,

I didn't see anything different at all, so I can't complain

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By in United States,

I like the old scheme better. I have a wide-screen PC and I can't see how this would be better. I liked the blue a lot.

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By in United States,

Say, does this update have anything to do with the missing Peeron inventory links for all the sets? I'm not seeing them anymore.

-edit- Nevermind, found them! Just not as easy to find as before...

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By in United States,

I liked the blue better then white.

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By in Germany,

To be honest, the white sides makes you feel site's very empty. I REALLY want the blue back!

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By in United States,

I really dont like it. I think it would look better the way it was before. I have a widescreen computer and it had no trouble before.

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By in United States,

ya.....I swear the backround is a different shade of light grey than it was yesterday......

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By in United States,

Thanks so much for fixing this up! It looks much better now.

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By in United States,

I think that the users should be able to change the background color as well. There could be a little bar somewhere on the homepage that allows you to do this, similar to www.yahoo.com's page options tab. If possible, maybe you could have options for the font size as well.
Cole

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By in Netherlands,

Bleu is much better.

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By in United States,

I liked the old blue background more than the current one. As Alemas said, the site looks empty with the blank white background.

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By in Germany,

To be REALLY honest... this place now looks... sad. Really, with that grey/white background... it feels un-loved! I'm beginning to hate it now... I REALLY don't like it... Sorry Huw, bad decision... Can't you do what I said above? "Maybe... you could revert to the old colour, but keeping the "widescreen support"!" Can't you do it?

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By in United Kingdom,

Never say I don't listen to you all :-) Consensus seems to be that you preferred the old version, so here it is again, hopefully with the FF and Chrome and Safari fixes intact.

Even I was beginning to find the sides a bit bright on my 1920px wide monitor :-)

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By in Germany,

YES! BRICKSET'S BACK! LOL, finally, the "real" Brickset is back! I definently prefer this version, no questions!

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By in Norway,

Its good to be Blue;o)

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By in United States,

Thank you!

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By in United States,

WAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By in Germany,

BTW Huw, was this change the "lick of paint" you mentioned in December?

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By in United States,

Thanks Huw! I like it this way a lot better.
Sev

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By in United States,

Thanks! I must admit, the blue feels fuller and at home in comparison to the white. It was really gracious of you to change it. Keep being such a great web-host!

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By in United States,

Hey Huw, I have a question for you. I know we're supposed to stay on-topic, but I wasn't sure where to ask you, other then here.
You used to have an option that we could see what the highest-rated sets were, but it's been gone for a while, and I can't find it anywhere. Did you get rid of it, or am I just not finding it?
Sev

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By in United States,

AHHHHHH!! Much better! Thanks a lot for changing it back!

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By in United States,

@Sev This might be what you're looking for: click on the "More" tab at the top, then on "Data Mining." There you'll find a list called "Top - Rated Sets," which shows the sets given the highest ratings by Brickset members who have reviewed them.

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