Just noticed that the new NamePros design went live and as far as DNForum is concerned, theirs was implemented a while ago. It’s important to note however that we’re not just talking about a new design but rather about something very significant: a platform change.
Both forums switched from vBulletin to XenForo and this means that a lot more has changed, not just the design. As far as I’m concerned, I kind of like both designs but then again, I had nothing against the previous ones either.
The decision to move from vBulletin to XenForo was probably made due to other reasons, as it seems a lot of webmasters are switching over to XenForo these days. I haven’t tested XenForo, so I don’t know how things look under the hood but some of the reasons could include:
1) the fact that XenForo uses less resources (forums are notorious resource hogs, so the hosting costs associated with running active ones tend to be quite high)
2) the fact that XenForo is better in terms of security and spam control
3) the fact that they have more confidence in the team behind XenForo
… and so on.
These are just assumptions of course, as I have no experience with XenForo whatsoever but this much is certain: switching to a new platform tends to be quite a headache for website owners and the fact that so many people are deciding to go through something like this nowadays (switching to XenForo) makes me think they have valid reasons to do so.