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    Fronter Y11 Demo site

    Have a look at the demo site for the upcoming changes to the fronter interface comeing by the end of the month

    https://fronter.com/y11demo/

    user-names either

    play (primary school interface)
    or
    classic (all other users)

    password : guest

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    absolutely horrid.

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    Urgh horrid!!

    Glad we left for come back to Moodle

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    Wow I knew Fronter was nasty, didn't know it was that bad!

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    How many more counties will be signed up to this junk?

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    Can you guys saying it's 'nasty' provide some useful feedback on why you think this? It'd be interesting to hear your thoughts.

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    Not quite sure why people are saying it is horrible, looks pretty clean to me!

    Much nicer than the default Moodle interface anyway, as that is very boxey and old looking in my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Not quite sure why people are saying it is horrible, looks pretty clean to me!

    Much nicer than the default Moodle interface anyway, as that is very boxey and old looking in my experience.
    Agreed. I prefer the 'play' design though. Not sure how it's childish? I'd use it as my default.

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    There's a noticable speed increase too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Not quite sure why people are saying it is horrible, looks pretty clean to me!

    Much nicer than the default Moodle interface anyway, as that is very boxey and old looking in my experience.
    The default Moodle theme is only meant to be there for about 30 seconds... as long as it takes to download a decent theme and enable it

    The whole Fronter interface looks like something you'd give to a 5-year-old, seems to just be a big glut of resources and a calendar. It also goes from big over-the-top icons to very text heavy within 2 clicks.

    If it was open-source you might say fair enough but for what the LEAs must be paying it I'd expect a lot more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    The default Moodle theme is only meant to be there for about 30 seconds... as long as it takes to download a decent theme and enable it

    The whole Fronter interface looks like something you'd give to a 5-year-old, seems to just be a big glut of resources and a calendar. It also goes from big over-the-top icons to very text heavy within 2 clicks.

    If it was open-source you might say fair enough but for what the LEAs must be paying it I'd expect a lot more.
    What, you mean 'user friendly' interfaces are for 5 year olds? Hmm... My university lecturers must've been wrong then. Also, guess what, the people using these sites are kids. Sure, not all are 5, but having seen the ability of many, a big user friendly interface is a good thing. Moodle's interface is far from user friendly for most younger kids.

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    There's a fine line between user friendly and condescending... looks just about OK for primary school level but past that it just looks silly.

    As for "what, you mean 'user friendly' interfaces are for 5 year olds?"... nope but there's a big difference between a good user friendly interface and a bad one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    The whole Fronter interface looks like something you'd give to a 5-year-old
    Thats the point of it!!

    I agree with localzuk, moodle is (in my opinion) more unfriendly than fronter, and this new version of fronter is vastly better looking than the current version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edu-IT View Post
    Can you guys saying it's 'nasty' provide some useful feedback on why you think this? It'd be interesting to hear your thoughts.
    I like Fronter in general and prefer the look of Y10. This new look just grates on my eyes. Should be customizable.

    version Y11 Roadmap :

    http://www.fronter.info/downloads/Y11Roadmap.pdf

    a lot of functionality I don't need; no updates for the things I do need sorted.

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    It looks even more 3 year old-ish yet actual under the hood usability is PhD level. I've yet to meet a person that once shown a decent Moodle site (including a number from members on here) that they don't go that is much easier than Fronter to add resources to, modify files and work with.

    Fine the starter interface is a bit bland, but with something like 2000+ themes online you will find one that suits you fine, I know we have found a great theme for ours and our cluster schools and its looking great so far and really pleased with it

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