Author Topic: New video of the week setup?  (Read 6277 times)

Sean

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New video of the week setup?
« on: June 21, 2006, 11:49:39 PM »
So after many weeks of off and on work I have finally migrated the whole video of the week series over to a database driven setup. There is still work to be done and changes that could be made. Heck, I could even throw the whole thing out and go back to the original design if people prefer the old arrangment that much more.

The new setup:
http://diabolo.ca/tricks

Here are some quick advantages and disadvantages I could think of:

Advantages:
-good search capabilities (even with additional hidden keywords if we want). Try it out! For ex. search for '2d' to find all the 2 diabolo tricks, or search for 'Arjan' to find all tricks by Arjan.
-easier to maintain
-I won't have to keep updating the site by hand for the rest of my life - ie. there's hope that someone else will be able to take it over
-if I set up the ffmpeg or mplayer binaries on the server the gallery script can create thumbnails from the videos automatically
-this would also enable the "random" votw which would show up on the left side of the screen like a normal Gallery 2 setup
-if we wanted to, this set up would be easier to have multiple people administer it... even if this just means having someone take over for a while or cycling who is responsible.
-it gives us a view count
-it separates the content from the display - ie. we can always play with the display later using the original database entries

Disadvantages:
-it's a bit less aesthetically flexible... much less aesthetically flexible given my lack of php expertise (although themes do exist for Gallery 2)
-it doesn't follow the same format as either diabolo.ca or the forum (although you can integrate it nicely with wordpress, which I've contemplated moving the main site over to someday)

The single biggest user advantage I can think of is the powerful search function.

Anyway, if you have any thoughts of how'd you like this to develop, let me know.

Sean

fadge

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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2006, 12:22:04 AM »
I think it's pretty sweet.

I like the new style aswell, it shocked me at first seeing as I didn't realise it had changed.

But I like it, nice job Sean.

Fadge

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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2006, 06:51:03 AM »
it's nice, but when I download the new TOTW he opens in another screen instead of downloading it. I have to right click and 'save as'.
some people think they are better because they can do something better

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Matt_

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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2006, 07:43:13 AM »
i like it!

there's just one thing, i cant place my finger on it...im not sure what it is. something about the order of the files doesn't sit right, i'm just not sure.

by the way, Sean, this would be a monumental undertaking but....(keeping with my other thread here) did you ever consider making a streaming database of all those videos? like make a youtube account just for diabolo.ca trick of the week. it would take a lot of work to upload and i dont really know how worthwhile it'd actually be though.

Valium

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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2006, 10:57:29 AM »
besides the look its great

fredo

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2006, 02:16:56 PM »
I liked the old one more...

strange, when opening the site from the link on http://www.diabolo.ca (button "tricks" at the top), I get to the old site, but ehn I click on the link you opsted, Sean, I get to the new site (although it's the same url)  :?

Sean

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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2006, 02:36:58 PM »
Quote from: fredo
strange, when opening the site from the link on http://www.diabolo.ca (button "tricks" at the top), I get to the old site, but when I click on the link you posted, Sean, I get to the new site (although it's the same url)  :?

one of them is diabolo.ca/tricks and the other is diabolo.ca/tricks.htm
Since I'm really just testing it out right now I haven't changed the main site to reflect the new setup.

I agree it's not as visually pretty and cohesive as the original setup, but it's also far more functional for me and the user in the long run.

What about the order seems strange, Matt_?

Matt_

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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2006, 05:19:16 PM »
i think it's because the old one was really linear like

vid
vid
vid

the new one is the 3x3 cube. im just not used to it. at first i thought it was showing me random ones but then i realized that they were in order. i think the more i look at it, the more i'll feel comfy with it.

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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2006, 09:41:10 PM »
I agree the new TOTW setup is more functional and I think it will be better in the long term. As for the streaming videos idea some kind of flash setup would be cool. I'm sort of familiar with all that jazz, I think I would leave the uploading to someone with a fat internet connection rather than me with my puny ntl 1mb line :roll: Is the site overall going to change much or is it just the trick of the week section, because there was a mention of switching to vbulletin ages ago but I can't remeber much about it. Overall I like it!
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2006, 07:10:41 AM »
i like it its cool great job sean :D
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seán_

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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2006, 02:14:29 AM »
I like it as well, thanks againn for the work you put in Sean.
Would it be possible to have the links back to the forum on the front page (and the comments), thye only way I seem to be able to get that is by doing a search. (maybe its me being a bit thick)

Jakob

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Re: New video of the week setup?
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2006, 06:23:03 PM »
Just so you know, the link on the front page is still linking to the old setup!

(ps, is there a button to go from the forum to the frontpage?)
//Jakob

 

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