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  1. dividespace
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Just got around to finishing a site I worked on over the last few months.
    http://vitw.org/
    It's not a standard blog, but I was so impressed with WP a few months back I had to get the hell away from MT and develope this site using WP.
    I'm just wondering what people think of the design and layout, and my use of WP as a publishing tool.
    I have several authors that keep the site updated, as well as myself, so WP is really getting heavy use as a real content management system with this site and the users love WP.
    The categories are almost infinite on the site, but only appear on pages where they make sense. I put some good plugins to use. I'm currently uses 1.3 alpha 3, and want to upgrade once 1.3 stable comes out, but the alpha is quite stable. The site gets an average of 5,000 unique visitors a day, and I haven't had one complaint about speed or anything broken. Just wanted to say how stable the alpha version really is.
    Wp is a fantastic blogging tool, but as CMS it is stable and the RSS capabilities are really great compared to most "pay" CMS that I looked over about a year ago (stupid javascript syndication).
    The about page will be up soon, where I'll give WP and the other open-source the kudos they deserve.
    Without this forum, the users and developers I would have been lost. Thanks all.

  2. idowens
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    ds, other than the fact that there are a ton of images on the front page, the two opposing nav bars (top and left side) make the site look cluttered. However, you're talking to a minimilist so I'm a bit biased...

  3. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Not bad. It's a bit clunky to load (the images) but it isn't bad. There's a lot there, but I think it's laid out decently - I'd like to see the center col a little wider. It's not as cluttered as other sites I've seen, but it isn't bad.
    Tg

  4. nolageek
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I think it looks very good. Fascinating read too. Great job!
    ng

  5. Very nice. This should go in the WP hall-of-fame. ...Do we have one?

  6. dividespace
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks for the comments. It's been a long time getting familar with WP and converting the movabletype over, not to mention the redesign, plus the other part of the job, getting articles, writers, interviews, video, etc. And also making it validate and the all css layout was a chore, but a great learning experience.
    I do agree about the center column being too thin. It was difficult getting all the info on that page without the clutter and also keeping the people working with projects for us happy with their "spot".
    Plus it's not done just yet. I'll take the clunkyload time into consideration when I get a chance.
    Thanks everyone. WP rocks.

  7. Roar
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I think it is FANTASTIC.

  8. iraq
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I am an Iraqi Blogger and just want to ask you how did you do the the header image?

  9. dividespace
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hi Iraq,
    I created the header with photoshop. You can use other programs similar to photoshop, like inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/) or if you use linux you can try the Gimp. The are both free.
    My friend, Safaa, translated the "Voices in the Wilderness" into arabic, and then we scanned the writing and I used photoshop to smooth it out. I found a map of Iraq, then cut out the center. I have thousands of photos from Iraq from photojournalists and ordinary people that have gone to Iraq as delegates with Voices (starting in 1996 and through the current occupation) Then I set up a small php script to rotate the header so that each time you come to the site 1 of 10 images is shown randomly.
    Hope that answers your question.
    What's your blog address? Where in Iraq do you live?

  10. DrJ
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Great looking site.
    Is the continue reading a feature of 1.3 or a hack?
    I was trying to find a feature like this in the WP 1.2 but to no avail

  11. dividespace
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Iraq,
    No problem, go ahead and use the graphic.
    Dr J,
    No it's standard in 1.3, but I think it's in 1.2 also, almost positive. In your entry, put the < !-- more -- > tag where you'd like it to cut off.

  12. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Great looking site. In fact, it was your site that got me looking around for some blogging software! Seriously. I eventually found WP and will be installing this soon.
    I like the layout, looks good. I've written a lot about the Iraqi war, so you've a friend here.

  13. dividespace
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks Anonymous. Let me know what site your intending to blog on. If you feel like it send me some of your writing on Iraq. My contact info is at http://vitw.org/who_we_are/, Scott Blackburn.

  14. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I was wondering if you would share the specific technical things you did to create your blog. For instance, the rotating image script in the header. It's wonderful.

    Also, how did you get rid of the dates on some of the "entries"? You mention controlling the categories so they only appear "as needed". How? I also noticed that the sidebar info on the right changes dependent upon the category and page. How was that done?

    Very nice and good to know there are people out there making a difference....in the world as well as with WordPress and blogging ;-)

  15. 7milesdown
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Great looking site. Good content too!

  16. dividespace
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Lorelle,
    The rotator script can be found at
    http://automaticlabs.com/products/rotator/

    I'll get back to you about the other questions.
    Thanks

  17. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks for the rotator script. I'll be eagerly waiting for the rest!

    Lorelle

  18. XepoX
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Great site and great content. I am impressed of how you use WP. Really nice!

    How did you make that calendar show future events? I have tried using WP's calendar but couldn't do it.

    Cheers

  19. dividespace
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    XepoX,
    I use another script for the calendar; http://www.k5n.us/webcalendar.php

    I needed a calendar specifically for events, speaking, art tours, etc. I was already familiar with webcalendar so I just folded it into the site.

    Lorelle, I'll be getting around to explaining the way I did categories and how the right changes dependent upon the category and page sometime this week.

  20. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    >>>Lorelle, I'll be getting around to explaining the way I did categories and how the right changes dependent upon the category and page sometime this week.
    >>>

    I will hold you to your promise!!!! Eagerly waiting!!! Crossing my eyes with excitement!

  21. felipebm
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Nice site!!

    How did you changed the images frame?

    How did you make your authors upload images? this has been really difficult for me since the people that write at my site aren't very experienced on the internet usage.

    Please explain about the categories.

  22. kordwarshuis
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hi Dividespace, I like the design very much.

    I was wondering, did you manage to show multiple id's on one page, without installing 2 databases or using 2 different table prefixes?
    Say I would like to show id=23 and id=45 on one page, would that be possible? Would I have to use the URL (for example: http://www.mysite.com/page.php?p=23&p2=45) or is there a way to hardcode this in the page?

    It seems to me that is something one needs for a CMS, but I can't find anything about this subject.

    Thanks, Kor

  23. MathiasBynens
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Love the implementation of Fitts's Law.

  24. cookiepuss
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yes, very nice looking WP site. I am also eager to hear on how you did the catagory trick. I need something like that to show subcatagories when somone is on an entry from the main catagory.

    Also is the email page script a WP plugin? Your 'print' button takes me to a form by the way. . .

  25. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Okay, Dividespace, you heard it. The pleas are ringing off the wall and you are in demand.

    Please, oh, please, post how you handled the categories!!! We're begging!

  26. dividespace
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Lorelle and all,
    Sorry to say but this is a very busy work week for me. I've started a small tutorial for the category trick, which isn't a trick but did take me a long time to to figure out and implement. Anyway, I'll be finishing it up by the end of the week, hopefully by friday. Thanks

  27. dividespace
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    kordwarshuis,
    No use of a second database.
    This is what I have at the start of the page for the Military Corporate Complex page (http://vitw.org/mic/) which implements multiple categories (Corporate Rule, Military Corporate Complex, and Counter Recruitment) to show on that page

    <?php
    $blog = 1;
    if (!isset($cat)) {
    $cat = "65 64 63";
    }
    /* Don"t remove this line. */
    require("./wp-blog-header.php");
    ?>

    Hope that's what you are looking for.

  28. dividespace
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    MaThIbUs,
    ah the first one to notice the use of Fitt's Law. Wish I had a cookie or some prize to give you. ;)

  29. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Dividespace,

    Did you have a chance yet of giving us a little tip on how you handle the permalinks?

    You might have posted to a new thread, so I'm still looking.

    Thanks,
    Lorelle

  30. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    bump

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