Plan of Attack
Posted 20 February 2015 - 01:38 PM
The current index for insidemacgames.com goes to the homepage, where it promises news and reviews, along with advertisements and other stuff that (was) regularly updated. And the current forums are located from a link off that to /forum/index.
Well, I'm going to bomb that root index.
The root path of http://insidemacgames.com/ will bounce to http://insidemacgames.com/forum/. So any newcomers or oldercomers alike going to insidemacgames.com will land at the home of the forums.
Then, I will make a new app called /archives.php (I might SEO it up to just /archives/). This will be a static landing page that will have all the links to get to all the historical content. The core (where you normally would see the latest news and that roundy bubble thing of reviews), will have basic information about the depreciation of the website proper to the now Historical Archives, and mention nothing will be updated so on and so forth.
Then, I will alter the link up top on the forums to be "IMG Historical Archive", and link to the archives landing page.
This will pave the way to then allowing me, or us, to upgrading the forum structure and maybe giving it a little face lift (since the current skin is not supported in the newer IPB code). I do know when/if the forum gets the version upgrade, the Pimpbot 4000 will be destroyed, but thats ok, as nothing new should be posted in the historical archives ever again.
I foresee adding a few things to the forums root page:
A block listing out newest game releases posted on the MacGameStore (consider it to support the ongoing free public forums).
A block listing out latest News postings in the news subforum.
A block listing out the latest Reviews postings in the reviews subforum.
Also depending on the flexibility of the new forum code, we could come up with a more unique graphic 'look' for the forum root. The skin and template tools are vast and powerful... depends just how far someone is willing to go with it.
Posted 20 February 2015 - 02:37 PM
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Also.... I love the current skin. :'(
Posted 20 February 2015 - 03:36 PM
Posted 21 February 2015 - 03:27 PM
I did manage to get some updates setup on MGF to fix some broken things, and to link to the forum's News Topics instead of the now defunt News area of IMG. So MGF is all squared away for this round of edits.
I also did manage to get reacquainted with the lay of the land in IMG. My god this code is old and horribly clumsy. Many ideas I had to simply 'do this' or 'do that' with design changes, were thwarted when I kept running into walls of HTML1.0 code lol. *sigh*
Also, I found a nice module that lets me make custom sidebar blocks for the forum home. So I may be able to construct some lists of current media. I was thinking of making one to list new games released (obviously ala mgs)... then a list of the latest news posted in the news forum. And I also was thinking of doing our guys at MacGamerHQ a shoutout and list links to their recent posts (I'll have to see how my time goes when I get into building the sidebar blocks, and if they have an API to get recent post id/titles for links).
Anyway... slow going, but going.
Posted 22 February 2015 - 02:07 PM
I'll have to look into the new IPB 3.4x upgrade next. But the rest has been swapped around and done.
That front page redirect don't look too bad chupafrigidmanbraj.
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Posted 22 February 2015 - 02:28 PM
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Posted 22 February 2015 - 07:07 PM
My thoughts exactly. When do we draw the line on 'pure garbage' ? Is saying such subjective... or is there a quantifiable way to go about it?
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