Schedule Updated : due to some internal scheduling conflicts we are extending this release until 8am June 27th, 2012 GMT. Most users will likely begin seeing changes soon but may experience some additional changes during this time.
As posted earlier this week we are working on a clean up and some general house keeping of EmpireAvenue.com to help improve the overall consistency and also address some of the issues sent to us by our great community. The roll-out of these changes will occur between 8pm GMT June 25th, 2012 and 8pm GMT June 26th, 2012. Please check our previous post as well as this one. We would like to re-iterate that these updates are focused mainly on addressing existing issues and improving the consistency of your user experience. To help put this in perspective here are a couple of the subtle changes we are making:
As you can see we our “modal” windows (those that show up for a message or action – such as investing in someone) will be changing to incorporate new alerts/error/message dialogs. These alerts will now appear over the page and replace the old popup boxes which you might accidentally click away from or even notice. In addition, we had several types of these popups and used in different ways and will be moving to one consistent look, style and functionality.
We are cleaning up old interface elements such as buttons and inline navigation. Our concerns here are not just in consistency but overall user experience for those accessing the site on mobile devices or far-flung places. Moving to new consistent styles, CSS and scripts we will be reducing some of our load times with half the amount of data being served at times!
A concern for many in our community was the inability for EmpireAvenue.com to be used easily on mobile devices. While the community has access to such great community-built applications such as MyEmpire and EAV Mogul for iOS devices, we wanted to improve the experience on any mobile device at any screen resolution. As such we have implemented a new “Responsive” layout.
As you can see from the screens here, re-sizing the site onto a different type of screen will actually resize and move around the elements. It may not be “perfect” on launch, but we certainly hope it will be better and more user-friendly. We will be improving the usefulness of the responsive layouts with time and feedback from you, our community.
These are but some of the few changes that we will be rolling out. Please again understand, this update will touch almost every page and function of the current EmpireAvenue.com. As such, we have opted to not put in new features or enhancements. We also anticipate that there will be some bugs that will crop up and we will be working crazily post launching to ensure that they are squashed and fixed.