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  1. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Greetings folks! After a very long time of researching various CMSs, I chose to use WP to build my college newspaper's Web site. Check it out and lemme know what you think. (Note: some random links might take you back to our old site).

    http://collegian.csufresno.edu

  2. dwzemens
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Your site shows the tremendous potential for using WordPress as a general use content management system. Great work.

    I did notice that using Mozilla Firefox your layout breaks badly when I increase the font size by two increments, as all the columns break with the exception of the Videos column. When I increase the font size the same way in IE 6.0 the column farthest to the right breaks.

    Believe me, I know how difficult it is to get the layouts to not break, especially with a multi-column layout. I am not being critical, just making the observation.

  3. SpencyB
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Bryan,

    That looks fantastic. You should consider putting a package together and offering it to ofter schools looking for alternatives to the CollegePublisher network.

    For what it's worth, I'd reccomend taking the text decoration off of anchor links and maybe using a font that looks a bit more newsy -- bold and sans serifed -- for headlines (talk to your resident Quark addicts, they'll know what I'm talking about).

    I wish I had a guy like you around when we redesigned our site in college...

    Spencer

  4. Mammatus
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Wow -
    Very impressive - very professional in appearance.

  5. chhattisgarhnews
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Wonderfull coincidence. For last some days i am trying to develop my news site and after so many exercise i settled for the theme and started puting some content. Then i came here for some support and found your post about the site. Really great. Very good job you have done.
    BTW have a look here http://www.ChhattisgarhNews.info some content are in Hindi the language of India. Again congratulations on maintaining such a nice site

  6. IcelandDream
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Wow, fantastic theme and organization of cats and pages. Very nice work.

  7. JamesICT
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hi Bryan868,

    I am using the same kind of idea as you for an intranet site. Probably a silly question but do you feel like sharing your code from the front page?

    Great if you do, but understandable if you don't. :)

    Thanks

  8. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks for the comments everyone!

    dwzemens - Yeah, I've noticed that too. Not sure what's the best way to fix that.

    SpencyB - Thanks! Yeah, we didn't want to go with CollegePublisher, that's why I looked into WordPress.

    JamesICT - What exactly are you wanting to do? I assume this is about the calling of multiple categories on the front page? If so, yeah, I can share that code.

  9. Vonsomething
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I'm on OSX, using Safari and it looks nice. Good job fitting so much content in view. Very well done all around.

  10. JamesICT
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hi Bryan868,

    Yes, just the category coding if possible and any other specifics if necessary.

    Thanks - much appreciated. :)

  11. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Basically I'm using five separate queries (multiple loops) to call each of the categories to the front page (top story, news, sports, features, opinion). If there's anything else you'd like to know, just ask! Here's the code with HTML/CSS stripped out:

    <?php $posts = get_posts( "category=X&numberposts=X" ); ?>
    <?php if( $posts ) : ?>
    <?php foreach( $posts as $post ) : setup_postdata( $post ); ?>
    
    <?php the_title(); ?>
    <?php the_time('F jS, Y') ?>
    <?php the_category(', ') ?>
    <?php the_excerpt(); ?>
    
    <?php endforeach; ?> <?php endif; ?>
  12. bearded
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hi Bryan868,

    I have become fan of yours. In fact I have been trying the same theme, but with HTML Tables. Your php theme of http://collegian.csufresno.edu has given me a new dimension. Will you please provide the complete code of the site's Index Page (http://collegian.csufresno.edu).

  13. bearded
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hello bryan868
    I really like your theme-tric at http://collegian.csufresno.edu.
    Will you provide it for use. I would be thankfull...

  14. Brad
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    bryan,

    the best site i have seen for a college newspaper, or newspaper in general ..

    NICE WORK!!

    Would you consider this for sale?

  15. chuckevans
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Bryan, great work! This is EXACTLY what I've been searching for the past two years. Any chance you will make this for sale or add to the theme directory?

    What are you using for the forum on the site?

    Keep up the good work,

    chuck

  16. JamesICT
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks for the code Bryan :)

  17. wittmania
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Bryan, in firefox 2.0.0.3 on Windows XP Pro, the title text and the date are behind the page tabs at the top. Otherwise, very nice!

    How has the administration and content management/production side gone with WP? Just curious.

  18. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hi wittmania. I'm using FireFox 2.0.0.3 on Windows XP Pro and it looks normal to me!

    On the production end, it's been amazing. I went from a manually updated Web site with static content to an awesome web-based control panel and database backend with dynamically-served content. It's been great. It used to take me 4hrs+ to load the newspaper, now it takes me about 1 hour and I have more time to devote to Web exclusives.

    Image management is tough though. I need to find some good image plug-ins.

  19. soulscribe
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hello Brian,

    Any chance you could send me some of the necessary code to duplicate some of the features you managed to create with the skin? I am trying to learn programming/CMS/web dev work and really like the way your CMS is laid out. Would love to play around with it and see how everything fits together.

    Thanks,

    Paul

  20. chuckevans
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Brian, any chance of sharing this design with the group? I know that I would LOVE to have this for our golf site.

    Thanks,

    chuck

  21. adalsteinn
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    This theme is great! Any way to get a theme like this? I need something for my school paper as well...

  22. schweermo
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Brian, I could REALLY use your help.
    I run the site called YOUTHinkLeft.com
    its a communal blog for politically active teens.
    Would you mind sending me a ZIP with all of the needed files?
    I will leave credit to you.

    ~Brendon Schweers

  23. I must say, your site is really impressive. You have found a way to put alot of information on the front page without that overloaded feeling.

  24. arador
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I like it!

    I'm working on my school (Swarthmore's) daily newspaper website, and we've taken a bit of a different tact.

    It isn't finished yet (will be officially open for business in Sept) and has some bugs (posts are displaying improperly and IE hates it), but otherwise is slowly nearing completion...

    http://www.arador.org/gazette/ (the 'real' site is daily.swarthmore.edu . It sucks.)

  25. oubipaws
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Bryan, any way you are willing to share the code for the following anymore:
    http://collegian.csufresno.edu./

    I would definitely love to hear from you as I'm trying to work on something similar in my area.

    Thanks! -N

  26. designoahu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Great job on your newspaper website. It really shows that wordpress can be used for much more than just a blog.

  27. CodyBrown
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hello all.

    I am hailing from NYU - I am the recently appointed web editor for Washington Square News.

    Thank You Bryan for posting your site, it is much needed inspiration. I can't stand the College Publisher Network and have been working like crazy to try and figure out a solid pitch to transition from it.

    I have a couple questions about your experience with wordpress on a full functioning newspaper though.

    Mainly - how is the back end? How many people are working on the paper? WSN has about 60 people working at different intervals and I am worried about updating.

    If we went with wordpress we would probably only grant editors permission to post articles so that could help.

    Also, how is the WP bandwith load? how much do you pay a month?

    Any general advice for the transition? Mistakes you made the last time.

    Another paper you guys might want to check out that has an outstanding design is http://theithacan.org/ - I was very impressed. They don' t seem to have any ads though so that always makes papers look better.

    but anyways man, just thought I would say thanks for the inspiration.

    rock on.

    -cody

  28. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hi Cody. I too can not stand CollegePublisher. That's what inspired me to look for other CMS solutions and finally deciding on WordPress.

    We have a staff of about 40 people, the paper publishes only three times a week. But the web department is extremely small. It was just me for two and a half years. When we launched our new site with dynamic content they hired one assistant. Next semester there will be four people.

    Content is published via WP by the web dept. We have six editors from the print side who have access to WP, but they don't post their own sections yet. Hopefully that'll happen in the future. Currently they just do minor editing, and maybe post a blog once and a while. Our writers are not given access at all.

    The site is hosted on the university's servers, which are managed by the ITS department. So I don't have access to bandwidth info. But we get around 20,000 to 30,000 unique visits per month and the ITS dept has never complained about load.

  29. SamG
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Bryan, I'm curious about how you handle the article's writers. Have you created an account for every writer have whoever is posting the article manually change the author? Some custom plugin? What about if there are multiple authors for an article?
    Cheers,
    -Sam

  30. bryan868
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    We create an account for every writer, even though none of the accounts are actually used. It's simply the easiest way to identify the writers, plus we can have a dedicated page for each writer that lists all of their articles. However... it means we end up with a ton of accounts. And multiple authors for one article complicates things. I'd rather have a custom field or some kind of plug-in that makes this easier, but I haven't found anything yet.

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