Any Requests? (for new site of course)
I am really starting to get the hang of this new system, and will most likely be starting the conversion of sections very shortly. I do have to restart what I have been doing in order to this so it will not be overnight. The theme is essentially completed and when it's up I will take change requests but I think it's unique enough that most will enjoy it for what it is.
I am not sure how clear I have made some of the changes:
- Users will be able to posts blogs and get content promoted to the front page, this will allow for users that are not normally interested in becoming staff to still be a part of the site.
- Users will be able to log into the site and post comments, and this login will also carry over to the forum which will be new, no more vbulletin, going for a more simple board that will migrate better with the new system, and we all know the forum needs a reset the spam bots have clearly taken over.
- All content will be very organized, you will be able to sort content by a ton of general and more specific terms, for example lets say your looking for the latest screenshots, you go to the media tab at the top, from there you are taken to the general media page where all the latest media is listed: videos, trailers, screenshots, tv commercials, image scans, and artwork. From there you can choose any of those to filter out all the other media types and just choose screenshots, this will list all the latest screenshots posted by date and you will be able to click the post to view the screenshots.
- All content will be organized by system, I have one kink I need to figure out but if I can't I am not that worried, and that is when I tag games to different consoles the url becomes xbox360playstation3/bioshock for example and that's kind of annoying especially since not all content on bioshock 360 like achievement guides will be relevant.
- We will no longer be posting trailers on the site hosted directly by us, this is a decision made by myself with the serious increase in demand for faster media, flash media, and high quality media I have decided to move the video hosting of the site to Vimeo. This doesn't mean I am not going to ever post a youtube video or that you guys can't post youtube in your blogs, I just generally want the home page news stories and game content videos/trailers to be hosted on Vimeo because they offer the highest quality flash out there.
- Site will be searchable, however that is going to be worked on last so I can't really say much about that feature of the site until I have the site up and running and can really test it.
- Archives exist, will have a recent blog area where you can see what anyone is blogging, news cloud fairly standard stuff here. There will be polls and all that jazz, anything the current site has the new one has plus :P
- User Reviews are very encouraged, all you have to do is tag your game as a review and it will show up in the reviews section for the game, if the review contains offensive content and vulgar images the review will be subject to review or possibly removal.
- Some social networking will come into play, I will not say how much because that is not my main concern, my main concern is building a site that can organize and house a lot more content than our original site, and do so much faster.
- Higher quality content like walkthroughs, side quest guides, and boss strategies and the like can be user submitted, however if you want to apply for these positions you do need to contact me so I can give you the allowed permissions, I can't have ever user that joins the site have access to everything or else it will turn into a spam fest, and quality is important.
- Lastly the status of the current site, some content will not be converted, but who knows if I have time and the desire, or if enough of you want it I might just convert more sections that I originally planned, that can be discussed later...
So yeah if anyone actually read any of that and didn't see something they want in the new site let me know, I will be modifying the site even after it finally goes live, just know I am always open to suggestion and the environment of the new site will be a much more welcome community. :) Enjoy your summers!