Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: Work Continues
started by: mickeyfmann
Posted by mickeyfmann on Mon Feb. 16 2009,1:00Its been awhile since I've provided an update on the status of our new website, so I though why not update you a little on the few things that I have had the time to complete.
I'm happy to report that our new chat is online and operational, its not the 123 flash chat that I had originally planned on using but that proved to be out of the scope of our available resources to host. The new chat is php based but it also incorporates an Ajax interface making for smoother transitions and refreshes. Once the new site is up it will grab your username from your active session on the site, otherwise you'll be prompted to specify a nick name. All in all I'm pretty impressed with the functionality, it doesn't make use of a database backend which keeps it fast an light weight. Feel free to check it out
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Our new host doesn't provide a Web-based email client so I had to install one. This was a new journey for me but I managed to discover RoundCube. I've been playing around with this application and it appears rather useful, with a built-in preview pane an some nice settings and features. Note that anyone who was using our old web-based email client, your accounts are setup in this new client but your passwords have been reset. Contact me via pm and i can setup a new password for you. Just a note, under the new site all site staff will be welcome to an email account if they'd like one, as would any donating member and certain special member ranks.
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Our new site will have a What You See Is What You Get editor installed for certain parts of the website, mostly administrative but the fan-fic may have a simplified version for formatting purposes. The editor I've chosen is called TinyMCE and I've chosen it because of its robust features and the extra plugins available for it. For example it contains an image and file manager application that will allow admins to upload files to the server as well as perform simple editing on them. The image manager also facilitates image cropping, resizing and some other simple functions through a graphical web-based interface. This tool should definitely save us some time.
Those are some of the big items I've tackled recently, I've also complete some odds and ends on the templates, as well as found some one to do the last leg of graphics work that we need.
As for completion, I'm currently working two jobs with a few side projects on top of that so I can't say when all of this will be completed and live but I'm going to be dedicating no less than 8 hours a week to the site until its complete so hopefully that will produce some results.
Posted by Weaseal on Mon Feb. 16 2009,7:40Great news there Mick, the new site has been a long time coming, but I am really looking forward to seeing the end results of your hard labour!!
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