This is still the same old Chennai Metblogs

Welcome! You aren’t in any place new. Only the looks have changed. And I hope you will agree that it has changed for the better. There are at least a couple of new feature including the polls and blog ranking system. These are simple to use, and if you can’t figure out how to use them intutively just hold on. I will be posting about them shortly.

The new design has motivated us (I am trying to get the authors to like the design!) to write better. Over the next few days, you should see evidence of our renewed efforts to blog better.

In the meantime, if you are facing any technical hitches (I haven’t come up with any) like dead links and so on, please let us know via a comment on this post.

Thanks, and do come back. We should be adding more posts in a day or two.

10 Comments so far

  1. Giri (gdatuk) on March 5th, 2008 @ 8:42 am

    Hi
    I like the design esp the Header Image.

    But a few usability concerns has to be addressed.
    Font size is too small. Provision to increase font size can be given. Please darken the font color to provide contrast and enhance readability.
    AIM chat is not used by many in India. So sent post via AIM is waste and could be misleading. Try replacing with Gmail or Yahoo or remove it.
    Adding comments is quite cumbersome because one has to click on the small fonted number inside the Comments icon. Please make the entire comment icon clickable.

    Rating feature is good. Number verification before sending post as email is good.


  2. deepasanthosh on March 5th, 2008 @ 10:26 am

    Hi Nandhu

    Congrats on trying to make this site better.
    My only request : PLease find a diferent more pleasing or vibrant color. Grey makes it very boring to stay on the page for a while. My eyes are looking to see a lovely color coordinated site with bigger font.

    Thanks
    Deepa


  3. kbganesh on March 5th, 2008 @ 10:39 am

    Nice redesign by the folks at Metblogs, only hope that cities have some customization powers still at their disposal! The points raised in the above two comments about poor readability of the text is very true and something does need to be done about it..Otherwise, a nice eye pleasing change!


  4. kbganesh on March 5th, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    A small "bug".. For non-authors, the name is hyperlinked to /author/name instead of the website specified in the WordPress Admin panel, and even this (/author/name) does not work but redirects to advanced search page.. It’d be nice if it is linked to the website specified in Admin panel (or) leads to a page showing all comments by that user, if that would be possible to incorporate..

    Also, a request: Similar to wordpress.com blogs, could we have a mycomments page to keep track of replies to the comments one leaves on posts all over the blog? Probably some wp plugin to do the job?


  5. udayms (Che_uday) on March 5th, 2008 @ 11:00 am

    one question….

    I couldn’t see the comments block till I logged in. Does that mean that we are going to force all readers to register and login? or is it just for this post?

    BTW, I personally feel that the new design sucks!!! This opinion is purely from the angle of a UI architect. At 1024 resolution, I am having both vertical and horizontal scroll. Personally I love wordpress so, am happy that the author dashboards are in wordpress. But, the look-and-feel of the blog is worse than it was before.


  6. jusblog on March 6th, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

    hi friend,

    firstly i would like to know how you add your post?
    can u please tell me


  7. neurowizard on March 6th, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

    Yeap, i would also be happy if the color could be changed…kind of gives a dull feeling…and forcing everyone, who comes across this blog and feels like leaving a comment, to undergo the signing up process…hmmm does not sound so great!

    ela


  8. nandhu on March 8th, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

    ok, colours first. lots of complaints on that. we want to give it a serious colour i think. by that i mean, the upper metblogs management. and i do agree with them. that is one.

    comments next: we want to get rid of commentators who cant sign in. we had too many junk comments before. i request commentators to take the trouble to sign in, if you do want to comment. i hope u agree that it would in the long run help in keeping conversations intelligent.

    design issues: the design is largely gonna remain the same. apologies about having to scroll to right, which i agree is a nuisance. but the deed is done.

    guru,
    i agree about the im part. but since many of the metblogs are in the US, i guess they may not be able to change it to gmail and yahoo, which are more popular in India. but that is a good suggestion. let me take this one up. i found the comments icon usable. and the font readable, though it is smaller than before. if u are using firefox, there are adds on that help increase the font size overall. a google search will help u do that.


  9. vijayanand on March 10th, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

    My small complaint is the balance between the non-vibrant text which almost seems to blend in with the background, and the screaming-out animated advertisements, which dont even seem to be relevant to the Indian user.

    I Think they need to mix the balance again. Without excuses.


  10. donthecat on March 13th, 2008 @ 12:55 am

    Better than the previous one, but looks like miles to go in terms of load speeds, caching etc. I personally prefer b2evo to WP, but there are lotsa hacks in WP which can do wonders to the blog.

    I found that I was unable to access the RSS Feeds till I deleted the old one and created anew. Maybe you should let feed subscribers know that they have to modify/update the URL in their readers (I use ActiveRefresh)

    The Registration process is actually not secure. On authentication, the password is displayed on-screen. This should be avoided since a mail is anyways generated.

    More as I find them…



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