Clutter eh, well I'm an engineer not a designer. So suggestions and mockups are greatly appreciated !
There's a few things that must be in the header - the rest I am open to moving and rearranging to reduce the clutter.
- Random Links ( Male, Female, Anime, Game )
- Kawaii or NOT ( or SMASH or PASS )
- a random character
- site logo or name + link to home page
- kickass banner featuring a great anime
then some things that are rather important to be easy to find ....
- login / register / logout
The rest could probably be worked into a side menu.
9bladesofice had suggested a toggle for showing/hiding the side ( like JList does ), so maybe that could maybe work for those that don't want a side menu showing all the time.
I ran into a bit of a wall coding greater side customization. If being able to customize the order is a feature people want, I'd need a much more complicated approach than what I had in mind. Then there's the issue do I want flags to enable, or flags to disable ... since some things are going to have to be off by default, others on by default ... it's gonna get tricky. xD
In the short term, I can make the style more consistent with the site theme.
Reducing the clutter can be done bit by bit.
Organizing the sides, we'll have to wait and see.
oh! And then rpgguy999 kinda reminded me of the near to make like a Welcome to ACDB Guide that covers all the features available to members. i've got a template started
it'll take some time to fill in. ^^