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  1. chanzero
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    hey all,

    i've just relaunched & redesigned PopCultureShock.com, now using WP :) we've been doing this site for almost 10 years now (wow i can't believe that) and as the site has grown i've really been feeling the limits of the backend i had created. so after a lot of trial and error with other systems (tried drupal, etc) i finally settled on wordpress and overall i'm pretty pleased with it :)

    i had some problems with site slowdown, but david chait kindly took the time to check the site out and pointed out some things i could optimize, starting with wp-cache2, which has helped quite a bit!

    anyway, we're now in "soft relaunch" mode, so i thought i'd invite some WP-ers to check it out.

    let me say in advance that i know the front page is heavy. and i know that i have tables in my layout where i don't need them (i do plan to fix that, along with everything else) and other no no's.

    while i do welcome constructive criticism, mostly this is more of a wordpress appreciation post! thanks to matt & all the developers for making life so much easier :)

    -jon h.
    producer/designer, http://www.popcultureshock.com

  2. Doodlebee
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Froma design standpoint - me likes. Very "pop culture"!

    But looking at the code, I have one large suggestion: take all those scripts and make them external.

    Just my 2 cents ;)

    Otherwise...nice :)

  3. bahn
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    You know my thoughts on PCS man -- it's very spiffy and better than ever!!! (I've also been thinking of making GN totally operate off WP... going to need a talented programmer to make that possible though.

    Anyways, nice work, Birdie!!! *thubms up* :D

  4. Tee
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Love your site dude :) well done!!!!!

  5. Doodlebee
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Just curious, bahn- why would you need a "talented programmer"? Looks pretty straightforward to me (at first glance, anyway..)

  6. bahn
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hey doodlebee,

    Actually our backend isn't driven by WP... the CMS was created from scratch from an old friend. :)

    GotSpace (http://www.got-next.com/blog) is though... and the more I use it, the more I'd like to have it become a more involved component.

    One of my longterm goals is to have a commenting system incorporated into the rest of the site, thus offering our readers a more direct, interactive tool. That's pretty much it -- don't wanna take away any attention from chanzero's thread.

  7. chanzero
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    bahn: lol! funny running into you here! well anyway, as you can see i do recommend WP. the built-in commenting is definitely a nice incentive :)

    doodle: i'll definitely do that. it's mostly the front (non-single) pages where i have all the scripts in the page itself. that's a remnant from testing which i need to move out now that things seem to be working properly. thanks :)

    puma: thanks man :)

  8. bahn
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    chanzero: Yeah, saw you were over at the XD Forums too!

    Re: WP

    It is one of the best applications I've come across, no argument there -- but we've got over 2yrs of data that would be difficult to shoehorn with our existing CMS... otherwise I'd be more than happy to make a full transition. We'll see what happens! :D

  9. chanzero
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    hmm. i know i initially stated that this was more of a "thank you wordpress!" post than a call for critiques, but i keep seeing referrals to PCS from this thread but no additional posts, and that's a sad feeling :) so let me go back on what i said earlier, and to whoever hits the site up, please let me know your feedback :)

    bahn: i love the integration of xdf, but it's lacking a lot of features at this point. as far as WP as cms, i'm doing it and it works for me, but part of the reason i switched was ease, which is a big factor. in an alternate universe i might've gone with drupal, had i not encountered permalink probs which no one on the forums was able to shed any light on. maybe WP isn't the best, maybe it is -- but we really outgrew the custom cms i created back when, and WP was my best working solution. so far so good :)

  10. kineda
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    It's a very nice site, but my biggest gripe is that it's not built with pure CSS. Ditch the tables, and I know you mentioned that in your first post, but it's something to get started on while you're waiting for other feedback. :)

  11. bahn
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    chanzero: yeah -- it's definitely lacking and I SO wanted it to work. I've looked into the WP/vB bridge -- but I've been told that it doesn't offer quite what I'm looking for.

  12. chanzero
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    kineda: thanks. and good point :)

    bahn: hey guess what, i just went to SRK and their front page is a wordpress installation/error screen lol. EDIT: nm, they fixed it

  13. creativewitch
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    from a total non-technical person your site looks fabulous! pretty amazing what you (technical) people can do! I'm jealous!

  14. roraz
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    very nice design, ive also bookmarked the site

  15. chanzero
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    hey cw, i don't consider myself that technical or even a very talented designer -- it's just playing with things and weighing that against your sense of color & porportion, etc. but thanks for the kind words :)

    thanks roraz, hope to see you in the comments section :)

  16. roraz
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have to agree with creativewitch in that techincally (and non-technically) the site is impressive

    I love the way the site is set out, kind of like a magazine site layout, especially the front page - it really presents alot of information as well

    Id be very interested if you had a list of plugins that you used on the site if you had one (this plugin can do that automatically ;) ) or do you do alot of the stuff manually eg the top stories list, images, video list, the news tickers etc??

    also i noticed that your images have urls within specified folders (year and post numbers) like:

    http://www.popcultureshock.com/2006/40379/

    Im just curious if you have an upload manager plugin for your images and files or if your doing it via ftp? Ive been looking for a way to keep my uploads more organised (on a post by post basis) and something I can use within WP - but haven't yet found something?!

  17. chanzero
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    roraz: i see you emailed me so i'll try to answer your questions via that route

  18. roraz
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    cheers man, Id appreciate it :)

  19. chanzero
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    i should at least specify for the group though that i use and recommend the following plugins:

    customizable post listings & get custom field values
    http://www.coffee2code.com/wp-plugins/

    post templates by category
    http://guff.szub.net/post-templates-by-category/

    image manager
    http://soderlind.no/ImageManager

    note that i use image manager mostly for inserting one or two images in a post; oustide of this i use ftp

  20. ryaan
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    hi guys - this isn't a question just for chanzero, but out of curiosity (because i'm considering doing a big WP-based site) how do you guys go retaining a 'pure WP' installation, so future upgrades are still possible?

    it seems to me, it would be very easy to get in there behind the hood and hack a big site, but the problem with that is, once you've done it, you can never really take advantage of future WP releases.

    so i guess the question is: are people with sites like PCS keeping as far away from the WP engine as possible, or is that just not a viable option for big customised sites?

    r.

  21. chanzero
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    i don't think i've changed any of WP's core files, so i think -- and hope! -- i should be fine for upgrades. granted i don't use WP's normal index/home page, but aside from that my changes are just stuff with the templates (mostly layout oriented) which, if i understand things correctly, are not going to cause problems when upgrading

    in fact, i think if i were to get in there and code my site in pure css (rather than the tables i have in there now) any kind of upgrading or redesigns should go perfectly smoothly :)

    just my take, but applicable to everyone i think

  22. blogvoid
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    looks like a great site, good job :)

  23. SavoryMedia
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    IMO: everything looks and works fantastic! The only thing I could say is slow down your "breaking news" scroller. Maybe to 1 every 5 seconds.

    Other than that, *thumbs up*.

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