Jul 11, 2011, 12:13 PM
Post #27 of 33
The new main site is just about ready, it should be online later this week.
The reason for the delay is that I didn't like the editing system, it was too slow and 'clunky' so I have re-specified exactly how it needs to work and am now waiting for the data boffins to do their stuff.
Few things I want to say about the new site before it gets opened up to everyone:
The first thing you need to remember is that this is Version 1. It's reasonably basic. It provides league tables, fixtures, results and attendances. I can also add custom content such as maps, mileage charts. It has global tables for Points per Game and average attendances across all leagues for the top 250 teams.
At this moment in time this is all it does. There are no Cup competitions listed. There is no search facility.
As of todays date the database contains English leagues down to Step 8 plus Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland. England down to Step 6 is complete as are the other UK leagues. Maps have been added down to Step 4. Any other leagues below step 8 can be added on request.
On each league page there will be a big red 'Edit This League' button. This leads to a simple form that asks your name, email address and which league you want to edit. I will then send you the log in details.
Advertising v Donations: I know a few people offered a donation to help with the set up costs and thanks for that. Whilst I wouldn't turn down any donations I've gone down the advertising route so there will be some ads on the new site and on the forum. Don't worry, no pop ups, pop unders or any other form of intrusive advertising. Just a simple banner and a few text ads. Furthermore the ads are hosted on my server so it will not slow down the site loading.
Ad packages will start from as little as a tenner so rather than make a donation you could create a simple text ad (you just type the words, the AdServer software does the rest) and point it at your local club. That helps me and them.
Some things that are already on the list for the next version of the software, which seems odd since Version 1 isn't online yet:
Search facility... by club or by league
Split league tables into Home and Away records
League tables display promotion/play off and relegation places
Change display of fixtures / results to current month only with option to choose other months
'Last Updated - [Date]' on each league
I'm sure there will be a lot more suggestions once the site is live.