First of all we like to thank everyone for their input on our new design, being it positive or negative. Once again the saying “you can’t please them all” turned out to be so true. We can’t deal with taste-related issues, but we will try to explain why some choices were made.
Well, we wanted to keep something familiar. That is why we chose blue to be the main decoration color. We’ve done so for almost our complete existence and since we either like it, or are used to it we kept it that way.
We saw a comment on the white background. Overall it is true that a high contrast (like black/ white) is not that easy on the eye, and indeed that’s why we had a soft yellow as background for years. On the other hand older people often prefer a high contrast, since it is clearer. We have to face that the average age of our visitor is growing and growing. So the choice to change now was obvious to us: a very dark grey on white it is.
The comments on the purple link color were very true, it was a little omission and we changed that to very dark blue, so it is less disturbing but it keeps its functionality.
The blue bar on the home page underlines the fanclub side of our site. It points out the benefit of being a member of ElvisNews.com. Since 98% of our visitors are from the western world the placement of the news at the left should be no problem, since we are all left-right orientated.
We are aware that we removed the logout button on each page, and you have to go to either the homepage or the member page to actually logout from the site. We decided to do that, since the option was hardly used and the way it is now it is still only one click away.
ElvisNews.com is a site that focuses on the news regarding our man. Therefore it is more text orientated than the average Elvis site. After drilling the amount of banners down the design has become cleaner. Because of the editing system we use now, we have the opportunity to add more images to long articles, probably that meets the desire for images in the future (but we didn’t edit the old content).
Also don't forget that there are currently around 400 wallpapers and over 200 larger pictures available through our site for those who want to look at Elvis on their screen.
The answer to the request for a “real” bulletin board is simply no. We have the opportunity to install it, but won’t do so. Monitoring our own reaction system (and that it is, not a discussion board, although it sometimes looks like one) is already a lot of work and we know the average behavior on bulletin boards and we have no need for another kindergarten under our wings. For discussion boards you can visit our friends from ElvisMatters or For CD Collectors Only.