Hmm, why's /idgames at the top? That archive is outmoded now, with Doomworld having a Downloads page instead.https://www.doomworld.com/files/
On to the design itself... I gotta say, I am really not partial to it myself, but that might just be a bias induced by this admittedly satirical use of the template: http://adventurega.me/bootstrap/
I was also told to get this kind of design for my own website by a counselor at my local business station, and the idea of revamping it after all the piddling around I'd done in Wordpress and its CSS was revulsing.
I hence kind of have a natural aversion to this kind of design template - "parallaxed" elements like the big planet, the giant icons that signify there's scary text to read nearby, and everything being in one long "stream" of information, rather than segmented nicely in separate pages, are, just in my opinion, kind of tacky and condescending to a viewer in a way - it just feels like it's a school of design that appeals to the lowest possible attention span, like the viewer needs to be spoonfed moving elements and big colorful images in order to pay any sort of attention to the site's actual content. Honestly I was perfectly fine with a totally textual front page (not that I'm denying the present front page needs something of an overhauling, as it is pretty static and bland, all things considered), and this wouldn't have been my first choice in an alternative.
I assumed the images would simply be integrated into a gallery of thumbnails, or something of the sort. Kinda like what we have on http://adventuresofsquare.com
. This is an example of website design (it's NOT
mine, it's the collective work of MTrop and Xaser) that I really admire in its elegant simplicity. There's nothing overly fancy, and while the information is presented in a constant "stream", it also
has dedicated pages, and to me this just seems the cleaner way to do it. (Of course I see the merits in having all the relevant content on one page, I mean, it's just easier
All that said, this ZDoom.org front page seems around 1.3MB in download size, and Square's website's is somewhere around 2.2MB. So maybe I should shut up, heh.
I also haven't had many complaints to voice about Doomworld's new design - this one just sorta irks me in ways I probably cannot fully describe to designers. Feel free to disregard my non-constructive moaning, heh.