riverc0il wrote:woo!!! looking good! i keep debating CMS for my site, it just seems like such a daunting task, i keep putting it off.
Daunting is an understatement, which is why I kept resisting it as well. FTO has over 20,000 pages within the site, and while the forums will stay the same (see more on that below) things like nearly 3,000 links in the database, a ton of news stories, etc. need to be moved over and there's no simple database port that I can find to do either. Neither NewsPro, my news-producing CGI, or Gossamer Threads, the links database, are in production anymore, and there seems to be little impetus for anyone to program a port for them.
riverc0il wrote:the main feature used to be the resort & destination features but it seems those were replaced on the main page by news. that actually makes more sense since you have new news content many times throughout the week but only a major resort & destination feature once in a while. i like that the news is broken down by catagory, nice touch.
News is definitely our bread and butter. I have to also ensure that Google News' robot spiders the new news section before going live, for a lot of our new traffic is driven by folks finding news stories on Google News' index.
i am generally not a fan of one image place holders for lateral sizing issues, but it seems that the margins are wide enough to accomodate smaller resolutions and those of us that never close their bookmarks fly in
That was another issue we faced. I spent countless hours simply finding a CMS theme that worked. While the current theme isn't precisely what I wanted, it was the best of what I did find. I finally gave up.
IMO having sufficient whitespace was essential for aesthetics, and if I have to give up a bit on image sizes, so be it.
riverc0il wrote:will you be able to merge the FTO account database with the liftlines database? i noticed that the accounts are not linked and a new account needs to be created for FTO.
As you may know, we use phpBB as our forum management software. We're using PostNuke as our CMS and while the PostNuke team has ported a version of phpBB to integrate into PostNuke it's a very stripped down version. Add to that the fact that our forums are heavily modded and I broke down and accepted the fact that I'll be running the two side-by-side rather than integrating the forums into the new format. I'm sure that someone with greater MySQL expertise would be able to simply merge the relevant database tables into the PostNuke database, but I'm loathe to risk that maneuver. As it is I managed to get far enough into PostNuke that when I fubarred it once to the point that I had to start again from scratch, I wasn't a happy camper.
Jonny D wrote:All in all, it's awesome!
What CMS did you use?
As mentioned above, PostNuke. I spent the first night installing and configuring PHP-Nuke, but as I got further and further into it I began to recognize that it wasn't exactly tailored to what I wanted to do, and I gave up, removed it, and started playing with PostNuke. While the latter has its weaknesses as well it's much closer to what I want to accomplish, and I have been successful thus far in creating workarounds to fill in the gaps.
That said, there are still some bugs and quirks that I haven't been able to completely solve. Sometimes the article preview chokes on an inordinately large article with many photos, or in some instances the page titles are simply too large -- see http://www.firsttracksonline.com/module ... file=index
for an example -- and I haven't been able to successfully modify the templates to fix that, etc. If there are any FTO readers out there skilled with PHP who wouldn't mind helping to diagnose and fix a few minor problems, I'd sure love to hear from you! The same goes for any sadomasochists out there who don't mind helping out with the monumental cut-and-paste operations ahead.
Jim G. wrote:Nice! Just in time too, I had my first skiing dream of the summer last night (I seem to start the dreaming thing just about August 1 every summer) and I'm ready to start posting and debating all things skiing.
It could be worse. Last evening I heard a noise outside in the backyard, and when I looked out I thought I was having my first skiing dream of the summer, too. In the end, though, it was simply an overly-obsessed The Kid. See below, Jim -- that could be you.
(Sorry about the crappy quality -- it was a cell phone camera taken through a dirty window screen.)