15 October 2010

Website redesign

We are focusing a bit on modernizing the website and forums.
We upgraded to the latest version of IPB forums and gallery, and since the IPB 3.x skins are not compatible with the 2.x skins Roja is remaking the whole website (forums skin, web pages layout and theme, link locations, etc.)
Hopefully everything should be ready in about 2 to 3 weeks, possibly earlier.
We also want to add a bit of dynamic content to the main page, stuff like displaying the latest news, latest forum posts, and possibly latest events. Of course, we need to moderate very closely what ends up on the main webpage, we don't want links to penis augmentation or Nigerian scams being displayed prominently on our site. So we might have to restrict the posts displayed to forum sections where only moderators can post.

Right now I am not sure how to get the data from the IPB forums. I know that the IPB guys have an add-on, called IP.content which can do something like we want to do, but we are also looking at other available options. I think we only takes a few lines of PHP to extract the info we need, and it doesn't make sense to pay for money and tech support for IP.content. I will have to look more into it.