Question Ideal novel website, formatting-wise? Favorite site layouts/designs/themes?

Discussion in 'Novel General' started by itikky, Nov 14, 2017 at 11:17 PM.

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Ideal website?

  1. dark theme/background

    76.1%
  2. light theme/background

    25.0%
  3. narrow columns

    13.6%
  4. wide columns

    36.4%
  5. serif font

    13.6%
  6. sans serif font

    13.6%
  7. white text

    43.2%
  8. black text

    18.2%
  9. minimalist themes

    55.7%
  10. colorful themes

    3.4%
  11. neutral themes

    36.4%
  12. white text

    23.9%
  13. black text

    15.9%
  14. lots of space between paragraphs

    14.8%
  15. little space btwn paragraphs

    39.8%
  16. fun translator's note

    42.0%
  17. no-fun, terms-only translator's note

    22.7%
  18. no translator's note

    9.1%
  19. small font

    4.5%
  20. medium font

    26.1%
  21. large font

    4.5%
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  1. itikky

    itikky Active Member

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    What is your ideal novel-reading layout and design?
    I like more minimalist themes. I don't like extremely dark/black websites. Don't know if I like or dislike colors, but I'd prefer it sticks to a couple solid colors, no designs please. I like medium-sized font with decent line-spacing so my eyes can relax. No preference for serif/sans serif, but it has to be simple and easy to read. Oh, and no Times, Calibri, Arial, etc...you know. I appreciate medium-contrast themes that don't kill my eyes. Overall, just make it clean, simple, and easy on the eyes.
     
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    Why did you put black and white text twice?
     
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  3. Master

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    Bright background so that I don't feel gloomy.

    Wide columns so that I can view the horizon.

    And a bag of sweet wife material so I can be controlled.
     
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  4. ArgosYesu

    ArgosYesu Lord of Some Lands, Editor of Others

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    I don't mind translator notes, but please learn how to footnote. Kinda disrupting to see them in the middle of text...
     
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  5. itikky

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    rip didn't notice. ugh and now I can't delete the option...
     
  6. ihave3legs

    ihave3legs Well-Known Member

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    dark background so it doesn't hurt my eyes during the night
     
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    tsundere_taichou [Cute Demon Sect]

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    i prefer dark backgrounds so i can read for hours without my eyes hurting, mostly just a problem for when i read on my phone as i have dark reader, other than that i dont really care so much except i hate it when they input like banners and stuff on mobile version as it takes up a third of the screen!
     
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  8. Redmi

    Redmi Active Member

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    Black background, white serif typeface at 14pt minimum, 95% screen width in mobile displays.
     
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  9. tsundere_taichou

    tsundere_taichou [Cute Demon Sect]

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    hey, we have the same avatar! xD
     
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  10. Alchyr

    Alchyr Master of Procrastination

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    put a next chapter button and you're good
     
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    Dark content novels should have blood all over and dead bodies here and there, while Light content novels should have pink flowers all over and babies here and there, rabbits too and barbies.
     
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  12. Myself

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    It’s really annoying when you have to constantly go back and forth between NU and the website when they don’t have those
     
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  13. Astaroth

    Astaroth NU's #1 Reviewer, made the most liked NU review

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    this is what perfection looks like: [​IMG]
     
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    elengee Daoist Ninefaps

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    A bag of roofies? :blobwoah:
     
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    Xane Well-Known Member

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    Chamber has the closest to my ideal on One Man Army/God of Music when magnified to 150, 120% is fine too but the links on the right make dead space farther down the chapters.
    Been reading Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki a bit and sometimes Next Chapter link opens in a new tab or sometimes to a different website altogether. Don't know what the fuck these translators are doing why they have to toss it back and forth between websites.

    Then there's sites that have a Next button but it isn't novel specific, it just cycles through all of the recent translation posts regardless of which novel the chapter is from.
     
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  16. insteadofdeath

    insteadofdeath Faith

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    I like sites with black background and white text, with columns that adapt to the width of the screen (not too wide on PC, fits screen on mobile). Preferably fast loading, so as little fancy scripts as possible. Comment boxes should nice and big (preferably without scrolling through other comments) and donation links, if any, should be easy to click and fairly visible without excessive scrolling or clicking (so no hiding in a menu or sub-menu or some other page).

    Some of your poll answers repeat, btw. Like "white text". And maybe "black text".
     
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  17. tsundere_taichou

    tsundere_taichou [Cute Demon Sect]

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    next chapter buttons are fun and mysterious things, sometimes they send you to an entirely different series, sometimes they bring you back to the start of the chapter you just read and sometimes if you're really lucky(?) you will go back in time to a previous chapter :blobowoevil:
     
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  18. StuffedDuck

    StuffedDuck Stuffed with Fluff

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    ... a 'real' book ... and now I feel old :blobsob:
     
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    elengee Daoist Ninefaps

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    *hits next chapter on latest OMA , ends up on God of Music page*
     
  20. Rumby

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    I'd love a site like lnmtl or novelsreborn where
    • characters are colored so I don't get confused,
    • I can hover over words I don't understand,
    • I can change font sizes,
    • ...... and if possible an available night/dark theme because I read at night (though then again it doesn't matter I have an extension that forces everything to turn every page into night mode; just that the extension makes some sites make some words unreadable though because some times the font is italics (or i guess they're like blockquote italics idk.. oh wait probably because it's silver so the text is very light anyhow) and inverted I still can't read it so has to hover >.<)

    But I also like when the translator shows visuals or videos of things in the novel like the food or music, so its easier to visualize as well. :sushi_singing:

    Some things I wish was better and get annoyed with:
    • Wordpress sites have issues loading offline on my android and I read a lot offline and preload pages while online.... But whenever I have to check back on a page offline, wordpress always forces itself to reload
    • I sort of hate Qidian's scrolling on novels, like I do like it's endlessly scrolling because I don't have to click LOL.......... but I lose my place so often on mobile it's such a pain even when using the table of content
    • I wish some sites would add previous page,table of contents, next page
    • I almost forgot, I'd like the chapter of the novel written on the page somewhere... I got lost on what I was reading few times when I didn't know which ch to come back to...
    • I totally understand some translators don't want their translations ripped off but... I wish they wouldn't put hidden gibberish in the middle of every single word while I'm reading the novel....like it shows up on mobile.. and I can't read it at all since it's like "S$R^&E.W | Y^%OU" :sushi_no:
     
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