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wparsons
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April 10th, 2010, 1:42 pm #31

I got bored one night so I whipped this up quickly... FAR from anything finished, just an idea I had:

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crashalot
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April 10th, 2010, 2:20 pm #32

Looks Greart. Thanks for the effort.
Maybe you should volunteer to help with the forums and our AMAC site
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April 10th, 2010, 2:38 pm #33

I'd definitely be up for that! Just don't want to step on any toes since I'm only a forum member, not a full member(yet).
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April 24th, 2010, 5:51 pm #34

Had a few more minutes to kill, so I whipped this up just for an idea..

http://amac.thewpp.ca/

Thoughts, suggestions? The navigation isn't finalized at all, it was just an idea of how to clean up the menu and make the site easier to navigate.
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April 24th, 2010, 10:11 pm #35

It looks good :tu:
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April 24th, 2010, 11:14 pm #36

wparsons @ Apr 24 2010, 12:51 PM wrote: Had a few more minutes to kill, so I whipped this up just for an idea..

http://amac.thewpp.ca/

Thoughts, suggestions?  The navigation isn't finalized at all, it was just an idea of how to clean up the menu and make the site easier to navigate.

I like it.

So?

Hurry up and become a member so you can help me out...LOL! :P :P
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April 26th, 2010, 1:32 pm #37

wparsons @ Mar 21 2010, 08:14 PM wrote: I think the best thing to do for the main site is to use some form of CMS to make it easy to update and organize... Whether is wordpress, phpnuke, etc, etc, etc isn't important, although I would lean towards wordpress since the 'blog' main page could be used for news/updates and its SUPER easy to manage.

There used to be free packages that integrated nicely with the phpbb forums, and you could add user galleries, etc as well. This lets you use the forum user management tools to manage main site access as well(ie only actual members can have galleries, create an admin group that can perform updates, etc).

I'd be up for helping out with some design work, as well as set up, etc even though I'm not actually a club member. I've done design work for fun and to help friends, and web development puts food on my table :D

A big part about it will be what all the members feel is useful, and what(if anything) could be ditched.

*edit* - this might be useful!

*double edit* - REALLY should've noticed before.... this isn't run on phpbb, AND its hosted on the invision servers which means no direct integration without moving the forums. Spoke too soon :D

I think using wordpress would be an amazing idea. I've been using it for years and always have loved it. It's totally free and you can even get a free forum integration plugin for it. We could get a custom theme made up easily and cheaply if not free. It would be a lot easier to use than manually editing the html and style sheet etc. I looked at the source code on the main page and that seems to be what's happening. Right now i see it's not w3c compliant, has no DOCTYPE etc. Using wordpress would be a very viable solution and would allow for frequent website updates to be done as long as someone's willing to do it. There are plenty of great looking themes out there that are free to use.
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April 26th, 2010, 1:56 pm #38

I agree, a CMS system of some sort would allow multiple people to maintain sections on the site without them needing to be web gurus... and if it came with a forum system that allowed more tags, that would be great. Most forums allow you to use [YouTube] tags, so you can see the videos right there.
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April 26th, 2010, 2:00 pm #39

odam2k @ Apr 26 2010, 08:56 AM wrote: a forum system that allowed more tags, that would be great. Most forums allow you to use [YouTube] tags, so you can see the videos right there.

Yes agreed, that would be awesome :tu:
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April 26th, 2010, 2:37 pm #40

It has always been my objective to get more people involved in the club website. I am glad to see that our club has gorwn over the years, as well as the number of people who are helping out- the success of the last swap meet is a good example of the rise in members participating.

So I guess now is a good time to ask for volunteers to assist me in managing the web site.

Some great ideas being discussed here. I am an old dog but I still can learn some new tricks.

Rod?
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