2010 redesign

The loose ends

Posted in backend, coding, design, organization, research by Owen on May 15, 2010

I’ve received some feedback from users now, and made my own notes as I’ve used the system, so I have some of these below. Additionally, its a good idea to go over all the code, including CSS, and add comments while its still fresh in our minds. This shouldn’t take long, we just need to address blocks of code or lines that aren’t already commented and look like they need some explaining! Feel free to contribute anything else we need to make this live!


– Add a sitemap. ___Beth + Owen
– Add titles to all links. ___Owen
– Create class to show external link icon (like wikipedia). ___Owen
– Add search function. ___Owen
– Add CDATA to all javascript tags. ___Owen
– Switch 1000px width to 980px. ___Owen
– 301 .htaccess redirect and make new site live. ___Owen


– Emails don’t seem to be received by comcast users. Research and find out what we might change. ___Beth
– Add upload image feature to application form (to become default feature image). ___Owen
– Convert new emails and domains to lowercase. ___Brittany
– Remove trailing slash on domain names… see: ___Brittany
– Add headers again after so many members… _____Brittany
– Add language/code to encourage adding a short statement. ___Owen


– Clean-up member review page. ___Beth
– Add number of files and number of tags to list of members. ___Brittany + Braylin
– Add an “Are you sure?” page to the delete member button. ___Brittany
– Add ability to order members by date joined (add column) vs. last name. ___Brittany + Braylin
– Keep track of whether or not members pay monthly or annually. ___Brittany
– Add icon for view member profile as well as domain. ___Owen
– How can we make sidebar “site administration” links for admin work better? Add icons. ___Owen
– Add FTP link in admin dashboard See also ___Owen
– Different color for pending, approved, active, and inactive members . ___Owen


– Make an infographic for the settings page, to show how DNS, webservers, FTP works. ___Chris
– Copy functionality from tags to let users add events? ___Braylin
– Change file to gallery on member dashboard home. ___Owen
– Use first member image for feature by default. Inform member this image will be used as thumbnail too. Save new version of first image when uploaded. ___Braylin
– Member subaccount shouldn’t show plesk username/password. ___Brittany
– Research and find the best date/time selector. ___Beth
– Add FTP link in member dashboard See also ___Owen
– Add external links icon (like wikipedia) esp for pages in member dashboard. ___Owen
– For settings page, show user data as form field, click and it highlights. ___Owen
– Language should be added to encourage adding images. ___Owen
– Add feature image to home of member dashboard. ___Owen


– Make events page. ___Braylin
– Change all titles (including Support topics) to sentence case. ___Owen
– Show abbreviated statement on their page, with a jquery toggle to show all (pushes down). ___Braylin
– If statement to determine location still spits out “in ,” ___Braylin
Some images have not been carried over. Check to see if others have. ___Owen
– Clean-up and move Add This button. ___Owen


– Hook events to events table. ___Braylin
– Add jquery image sliders to feature box images. ___Owen
– Hook feature box images to db. ___Owen


– Add comments to all CSS and PHP files. ___Everyone
– Validate everything. ___Everyone
– Get browsershots of example pages. ___Beth
– Make fixes to design based on browser shots. ___Beth + Owen
– Add validation links to footer. ___Beth


– Add buttons to admin to remind pending members they have been accepted.
– Auto email members who have not added images/tags/feature image/events or have not visited in a while.
– Let them update email preferences.
– When someone creates an account with the same name (different email) for a different domain, then the new member script/admin email (confusingly) gets the user by the site url (fname-lname) which actually is their first account. Should get them by email address. ___B&B
– Add jquery email sign-up form. ___B&B
– Server/FTP account integration using Plesk API. ___B&B
– Merge events with a general feed and call it announcements. ___B&B
– Add more support articles and ways to tag/search/sort them.
– PayPayl / Google Checkout API integration. ___B&B
– Member feed / change “events” to “announcements.” ___B&B
– Plot announcements/events on map. ___Owen
– Google Map API / geocode members. ___Owen
Move to new server. ___Owen
– Integrate CMS for user websites.


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CSS + Image Sizes

Posted in coding, design, organization by Lin on April 4, 2010

Here is the master list of all hexcodes and image sizes we are currently using:

CSS Hexcodes

  • 000000 black
  • FFFFFF white
  • c53232 red (links, notice)
  • aa0000 red (links, notice, form stuff, etc)
  • 5e5e5e footer gray
  • 666666 header gray (menu & subnav text)
  • dddddd dark gray (message boxes in feed, input background)
  • 999999 medium gray (visited links)
  • ebebeb light gray (input focus, img border, border-tops/bottoms)
  • aaaaaa light gray (cutetime, form border)

Image Sizes/Dimensions (in pixels)

  • 175 x 109 (header logo)
  • 100 x 63 (footer logo)
  • 618 x 360 (feature banner image)
  • 238 x 138 (feature box thumbnails)
  • 353 x 206 (feature side bar image)
  • 353 x anything (sponsors full ad size)
  • 69 x 80 (portfolio thumbnails)
  • 618 x anything (portfolio full image size)
  • 150 x 110 (community thumbnail)

* Image sizes account for 1px border.

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Support page ideas

Posted in design by Owen on April 3, 2010

Here’s a quick mock-up for the sub nav for Support pages and a hierarchical structure. What do you all think about this?

Sublinks for Support section

1. Getting Started (keywords: “getting started”)
– What is hosting/domain names (graphic here)
– Why host with
— hosting packages designed for artists
— community
— simple pricing

2. Articles (keywords: articles)
– list
– of
– articles
– submit an article (email link)

3. FAQs (keywords: faq)
– articles
– frequently
– referenced or tagged with faq

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Inspirational Tags in web design – Pattern Tap

Posted in coding, design, organization by Owen on March 30, 2010
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Your Ad Here

Posted in design by christophercumbie on March 29, 2010

Some Ideas for Support Us adds. I imagined that we could use the full ad space until we picked up some sponsors, then shift to an add the size of one vertical column while we filled out the other column, and then downsize to an add the size of a single space while we fill out the second column. If thats how we want to go about it then I will make the differing sized banners. Also how do we feel about using the word ‘ad’ in the ads? I stuck with ‘sponsors’ but wasn’t sure how you guys felt about that.

A Collection of Useful Web Design Wireframing Resources – Speckyboy Design Magazine

Posted in coding, design, organization, research by Owen on March 22, 2010
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Page structure

Posted in design by callibeth on March 15, 2010
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10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines

Posted in design by Owen on March 3, 2010

Here’s an interesting read on Smashing Magazine about usability. Number 7 is especially relevant to our design work.

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More front page design variations

Posted in design by Owen on March 1, 2010

Here is something I whipped-up this weekend…

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Design Iterations V2.#

Posted in design, organization by Lin on February 25, 2010

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