Site News: New Theme

March 21, 2016
Comments (56)
  1. Dustin Williams says:

    Love the new theme! Good work, wish shower thoughts were twice a week though, always keeps me laughing! Keep it up

    1. jo archer says:

      Agree with the shower thoughts thing, that and picfacts are the core of the site as far as I am concerned.

  2. akka69 says:

    Splendid new theme.
    However a small suggestion from a fan:
    Please, restore right click “open in another tab” on the main page picfact.
    This was useful when the pic text is so long you can’t read it before it slides.

    1. Admin says:

      Unfortunately, we are unable to link the slides to the picfacts page. That’s why we have included a button at the bottom that opens up the picfacts page in a new window.

  3. justtroy says:

    Thank you for moving the social bar. The new floating button seems to display well on my tablet and phone.

    Thank you for keeping up the great work. I check this site every day. I don’t even drink coffee but this sh*t keeps me going! You people have an incredible knack for facts and knowledge that I share with everyone when I get a chance.

    Keep it up. Great work. Hope you are all doing well.

  4. Jason says:

    it’s a bit to adjust to but i like it, i think i’ll even come to love it!

  5. Sonny says:

    As a faithful and daily viewer of this site, the look may be new, but definitely not improved. Why is it that when a site changes it’s look…it is NEVER an improvement? This new site seems much less user-friendly, and less intuitive to use. Such a shame to see a good site go bad. For my vote, I say Go back to the way it was!

    1. Admin says:

      What do you think needs to be improved on? The old theme was becoming slower and slower by the day and had really bad backend. The old site wasn’t updated in a long so there were real security concerns too. We want to make more improvements, that’s why we are asking your suggestions.

      1. jo archer says:

        I’ll probably get over my foibles about the change but I’m not loving the new version of the site yet. I appreciate a lot of work and effort was put into it but can’t see why it is tangibly better than the old site. It is always easier to navigate something you are familiar with and like many people I don’t actually like changing things that work well without due reason. For me a gradual evolution is better than an overnight revolution. I understand there were technical issues with the old site for the creators of it but wish that the old theme had been transferred to the new system and then incremental changes made.

        The one big change I would like to see made would be to open up the conversations more by incorporating something like Disqus rather than the current system. I think the kind of people who visit here probably have quite interesting things to say but the nature of the very basic comments means that conversations would be tough because you can’t just review your posts and replies easily… I’ll probably never end up seeing if there was a response to this post for example. The benefit to KAF of opening up discussions might be that people involved in a conversation will tend to visit more regularly and generate more traffic. I admit I know very little about the website game but assume more traffic means more ad revenue.

        1. Admin says:

          Thank you for your answer. You are right. The changes should have been implemented slowly, but that just isn’t possible and it is a very tedious process to change the theme. I myself don’t like changes either. That’s why I tried to postpone the change for more than a year. The other two writer insisted on changing making this transition more than a year ago. But at that time, I just didn’t feel like it was necessary. One of primary reason for this change was security reason and secondary was the site load speed. There were a lot of technical issues with the old site both backend and frontend.

          Actually, we did start out with DisQus comments, but for some reason we didn’t really get the level of user engagement as we did after removing DisQus comments. Maybe we should give it another try.

  6. Conor Salisbury says:

    add a next and previous button like before 🙂

    1. Jason says:

      I second this motion.

    2. Foxx (in a box) says:

      Yes, please. Reading from the beginning of the archive is so much easier with them.

      1. Admin says:

        You mean in posts with multiple pages?

        1. Dkgfthh says:

          We mean the option to go the next article.
          For example: we want to go from random facts #227 to the survival tips, without having to go back to the home page.

          1. Admin says:

            oh. Yes, I will do it in the future.

          2. Admin says:

            I have implemented it.

  7. Alex Hidell says:

    I appreciate all the work that you guys do putting these lists together. However aside from the “random facts lists” source citations are usually omitted and the text itself is copy and pasted verbatim from other websites (e.g., The historical photos/movie facts, among others). Not asking you guys to completely rewrite or paraphrase each individual fact but I am sure the original writers of those articles would appreciate their work being credited to them.

  8. Mouse says:

    Honestly, you should tone the colors down a little on the sides. They’re really bright and vibrant with clashes of red, orange, yellow and kind of making it seems like you’re looking at a Sun on a monitor at least in my opinion. Plus, it doesn’t suit the theme of ‘kickassfacts’ and instead suits the seems of sunny rainbow facts

    1. Admin says:

      Thanks. I have toned down the red and removed the background colors.

  9. Joshua John Wagner says:

    Love it! And the site! You guys… Kick a**!

  10. joshura says:

    please allow f**king swearwords like, god damnit, gimme a f**kin break here were all adults

    1. jo archer says:

      I don’t get it. I thought they were allowed and if they are not allowed how did your post get through?

      Occasional swearing is not particularly bad as far as I am concerned and definitely has it’s place intensifying meaning but when it becomes gratuitous it cheapens things and makes it less classy… Also we’re not necessarily all adults, I don’t feel they need to aim for an adult or child audience, interesting or cool facts have quite a broad appeal to interested and intelligent people, old or young.

    2. Admin says:

      Yep! We do allow it in comments as long as no other commenter is abused. As far as the content goes, we do have a smaller percentage of readers who are really young. Though we don’t outright delete it, we do f**king censor it.

  11. Ace says:

    I think that the top floating bar should be removed. Categories of varying articles should also be readily available. I find the new theme to be confusing but maybe that’s just because I’m new to it.

  12. Seth says:

    I work for the Govenment and for some reason your awesome site has now been blocked on our computers, could it be because of the new theme?

    1. jo archer says:

      Perhaps they are encouraging you to work when you are at work? I’m sure you can proxy it though.

  13. Emperor of Mankind says:

    Could you do more uplifting stories

    1. Daniel says:

      Yesss faith in humanity posts please, I love them.

      1. Admin says:

        Haha. We would love to, but they found the least love among our readers. They had the least number of views for any article category. We will give it a try one more time.

        1. jo archer says:

          I think I represent the majority here who were not a fan of them… The reason was that they tended to be too long. I’d read a short and punchy uplifting fact, and even follow a source if it flicked my switch but many of the ones here had long winded explanations setting the scene which meant the ratio of involvement to payoff was not ideal for me. The same does go with some other info, but it was common for uplifters to be too lengthy.

          1. Muneeb Khan says:

            I come here for trivia but don’t mind the uplifting stories I just ignored them since I felt that someone else probably liked them. But yeah I completely agree that one of the major turn-offs was the length of the posts

  14. Daniel says:

    On the front page on the right I find the two columns to be a little busy and distracting (to the right of the daily picfacts pic). I love the color dynamics but I find the logo at the top (that says kickass facts) could probably be larger/take up more space as it kind of fades into the pool of colors and is harder to find/read. Inside of the articles there’s a lot of blank space and I noticed that with the previous design too and always thought it was kind of annoying having to scroll past all of that unused space. That’s just my opinion though c: Been using this site for probably nearly a year, so I was probably used to the simplicity of the previous design and therefore caught off guard with all these colors.

    1. Admin says:

      Thanks. I have increased the logo size. Also we have reduced color dynamic a bit and decreased the color contrast (the red we used was too bright).
      Regarding blank space. Yes the previous theme had too little usable space. The main reading area was a little too small. Now it is at least 15% larger, which we think is more suitable. We tried a larger sizes, but then they didn’t seem too nice to look at. So we have now settled with a central reading area with a comfortable width and a bit of free space on the left.

      1. Daniel says:

        Awesome! I’m taking a few web design classes, just thought I’d share my opinion.

  15. Dan says:

    Could you take away the timer on the slides on the main page and just let us click to see the next one? It’s really annoying when you’re trying to read a slide and have to click back 4 times because it keeps moving to the next slide before you’re done reading it.

    1. Admin says:

      Thanks. I have increased slider timer to 15 seconds, but if you have mouse over the slider it won’t autoplay.

  16. Alpha says:

    Love the new theme guys, this site has literally changed my life and has given me the upper edge in many situations, might have even saved my life once.
    This site is very much underrated tho, yet I am always confused that should I recommend KAF to my friends, cuz u know, I enjoy the way my friends see and appreciate my knowledge, thanks to you guys.. Keep up the good work!

  17. Geoffrey Page says:

    Totally pleased with the new theme and don’t find it hard to use. I welcome the change and keep up the good work!

  18. Michael says:

    Awesome new theme! Although I miss the ability to go to the next/previous article at the bottom.

  19. Luke says:

    I definitely preferred the old site look. This is not an improvement its an eyesore.

  20. hogo says:

    Sadly this new theme is even more buggy and laggy on the mobile, which is the place I look at your facts. Can you do something about that?

    1. Admin says:

      What kinds of bugs are you experiencing. We have tested the new theme on most mobiles and tablets and they seem to be loading faster than ever.

      1. hogo says:

        It was for example the buttons on the picfacts page not working but you seem to have changes those, they now are larger and work. In the old design there were also times, usually after reading a couple of articles in a row or having a long article open for a while scrolling slowly, that the page would start to spaz out, especially if there were GIF involved. I have yet to have this happen now, but I will let you know if it does happen as this was really the only thing I disliked about the old site. I do think it is running faster but things seem to load in blockily. Perhaps that is only on my device.

  21. Abortion says:

    Love the theme and agree with the suggestions on shower thoughts. You guys are doing a great job.

  22. I… Uhm…. Never really opened your site before. But I’ve been reading it for about half a year now in the most personal and comfortable theme possible: my own RSS reader.

    My experience with website remodeling is that the RSS usually breaks down first and is regarded as a tiny part of a site. Not here, thank you for that.

  23. Mark L says:

    Can you put the date on each post again? Having that it was posted 4 day ago is a pain. I can read dates and correlate it faster, like today is Tuesday but last Friday was the 18th so I missed article x, y and z.

  24. Muneeb Khan says:

    It’s alright. But you should know its better on mobile than on a computer because of obvious reasons such as everything is bigger and further spaced apart and all that other jazz that makes stuff easier to do on a phone. So as a person who exclusively views this on his computer here are some small annoyances: all the text is shifted to the right and it doesn’t look very pleasant especially since the pictures are centered so everything just looks off, The bar is always at the top – I can see why this would be useful on mobile but on my computer it just takes up space -, I don’t need the arrow on the bottom right that takes me to the top of my page and I’m pretty sure most mobile users don’t need it either (I’ve never used it at least on other websites that I’ve used on my phone), at the bottom of the page where it says “contact us” the boxes are not aligned correctly, on the home page the page feels very empty with just the small picfact, as a suggestion perhaps use more of the dark grey space at the bottom of the page by making the “tag cloud” space wider, then removing the black bar right at the bottom with the copyright information and move it to the bottom left of the dark grey box.

    I know a bunch of these things won’t happen but these are my comments on the new site. Change is pretty good and it’s not a bad look and the things I said will not prevent me from coming on this site. Thank you for working hard to get us awesome trivia.

  25. Docgonzo2009 says:

    Good work overall. I see a lot of praise for “shower thoughts” which I also enjoy but please don’t hold back on the hard facts and great information that makes this site great. Sometimes what’s popular ends up killing the format (e.g. History channel, TLC, etc.) I think the colors are a little much and preferred the more subtle, laid back hues. But all in all, I still love the site and recommend it to friends.

  26. Kevin says:

    I really liked the old theme, but this one is just as good. It’s weird to see a new theme when I was so used to the old one for so long, but this one seems to be cleaner and have more features that I will come to appreciate with time. Good job with the transition to the new theme and keep up the good work.

  27. Rachael says:

    The buttons that you b use to go to the next page in picfacts isn’t working, at least not for me. I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but I’m on an android smartphone using Chrome.
    For instance, when I am on the first (newest) picfacts page, and I try to click to go to the second page, nothing happens. At all.
    Is it just me?

    1. Rachael says:

      Wow. Pardon my grammar there. The buttons aren’t* working…not “isn’t”…

    2. Admin says:

      Gee! Thanks for pointing it out. We will fix this asap.

    3. Admin says:

      I have solved the problem and also increased the button size.

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