Speed & pages?
So there was a teeny tiny bit of downtime happening yesterday as I switched hosts. Robyn, the owner of Alacrity, kindly offered to share her hosting with me while EX gets back on its feet and I took her up on the offer. :) It's a dedicated server so you should notice that pages move lightening fast!
The coding that I use for the recoloring images isn't configured on the new server, so we're just waiting for that to be re-installed by the management team. So for the time being, dinosaur images are down whilst this gets rectified.
Along with the move I've finished off the scale page (you can view this now) and also redone friends (which you can't view yet). I'm hoping to finish off the enclosure accessories and equippable items store tonight before I go to bed, too. :D
Yay for updates!
Two Dinosaurs & Moods??
So there's two new dinosaur images available right now - the Eoraptor and the Microraptor:
This means there's only the Dilophosaurus to come - but that will be very soon, too, as I've already seen the preview for it. ;)
But oh, what's this?
There's also now a new "mood" setting in your account settings!
Basics can pick from a drop-down list of moods to describe how they're feeling whilst upgrades can enter their own little message. Your mood will appear on your farm, the members online list, on friends pages and also on the boards. It's a nice little way to tell the world how you're doing. :)
Donations, Messages and Shops... Oh my!
I have finished off messages, and the following features are now available:
- Smilies in messages
- Message folders for upgrades (being able to sort your messages into different folders)
- A sentbox, so you can keep tabs on messages you've sent
I have also:
- Finished off the food, health and collectable stores
- Redone the donation system so that it's a lot more concise, informative and has more things to it.
I've set scale purchases to be in bundles now, starting at 5 scales ($2.50) all the way up to 100 scales ($50). There's also a little window to the side to show the top ten recent donators, and a small thank you message there as well. After all, donations keep the site going and without them, Exhibited wouldn't be here today. :)
You can view the donation page now. Lend me your thoughts on it?
New Layout, New Images, New Everything
So, as everyone can see, we have a pretty snazzy new layout up right now. x3 This is the new, permenant one that won't be shifting for a good long while.
My plans for it are:
- Slip a login box at the top where your user info is, if you're not logged in. Upon logging in, this will not redirect you so you don't have to go back a page. :)
- Add more things in the little sidebars, including competitions and player advertisements in a rotating system.
- Tweak every single page to make sure they look their best.
- Potentially change the time function so it updates live without having to refresh the page. We'll see.
You'll notice that if you're not logged in you'll be able to see a lot of pages. This is because I have removed the guest account feature and have decided to, instead, open up more pages so that the search engines like Exhibited a bit more, and you can take a browse around the site before you join. This also frees up account 29. ;)
The utahraptor and megaraptor images are also now available on your dinosaurs so if you have any utahs or megas, their recolor picture will start working now. There is also a baby buitreraptor and sinornithosaurus, but I'm not going to release these for a little while yet. Believe me when I tell you that they're CUTE, though!
I'm also probably going to finish off shops and such and then open all of the site again (not registrations, just so you can explore and go to the map and stuff). If you guys could go and tell me what pages work and which don't, that will be helpful, and I can probably get things done a lot quicker then.
I'll let you know when I open pages again. :)
I've now given everyone as much page space as they want (as suggested on the boards). You can make really big or really small layouts now, it's completely up to you!
To do this I've seperated things onto two pages. There's your "profile" pages - which are your regular farm pages, and then you click the farm name link at the top to be taken to the player's personal page and dinosaurs. I hope this isn't too confusing and I'll make links easier when I change the layout around a bit.
I have also removed HTML from the boards and spent all afternoon replacing it with BBCode. Enjoy! :D
I've given everyone their dinosaurs back now. I know a lot of people have been worrying that they're aging, dying, getting hungry, getting unhealthy.. Dang, ANYTHING -- but I can assure you that they're not! You'll be able to see this as well from your dinosaur pages now that they're back.
Please note: if your dinosaur image is blank, it means that the recoloring image for your dinosaur species isn't currently available yet. You can change it to whatever you like while you wait, or just leave it as it is. When the image is available it will pop up (and be posted on the boards). :)
You'll also notice that every dinosaur has their genes displayed (I've phased out gene screening), and that there's some new genes and also marking colors. These will be bred and passed onto babies in the future. :D
I've finished off most of items today and also fixed that bug that was with shops (where it removed the wrong item from your shop). I've also finished incubators, clutches, genetics and random events.
I'm probably going to go with battles next. That or messages - we'll see.
Coelophysis & More
We now have the coelophysis available on the new dynamic imaging system and there's also a Bambiraptor due today as well. ;) Take a peek at the boards if you want to see them or if you have these species and want them shown to you on the "want to see what your dinosaur looks like?" thread.
Over the weekend I've reprogrammed most of the dinosaur pages (not the way they look because I like that, but how they work behind the seams.) I've also reprogrammed the base item functions and will be going through and fixing them where necessary to go with the new system - the stores will probably be my first stop. :)
My next mission is probably going to be getting messages up so you guys can still message each other and then after that, maybe the bank. Once I have those up we'll play it by ear and maybe have dinosaur pages back up (a bit sketchy however as I might leave them til last.. Unsure as now) -- either that, or the games pages for sure.
Progress is growing!
Everything's back up.... Or is it?
Sorry about that guys, I'm sure it caused a lot of excitement but it was a genuine error. Everything went back up yesterday whilst I was testing something (a new chatroom, so I had to have two accounts open at once) and I forgot to put it all back down. However, as of today, that's been rectified and it should all be back down again.
However I *have* left farms up and also enclosures, just so you can fiddle with the foilage state now and have a bit more of an idea of what's coming. You'll notice that your dead dinosaurs appear in your farm's moving crate as "ESCAPED!!! Recapture?" You can recapture them if you want but it won't do anything. I'm going to move dead dinosaurs into a different table in the database so that they don't make the current dinosaur table too heavy - and splitting them is nice.
Sorry about that again, lol. I wouldn't put it back up with loads of things broken anyway. ;)
I've finally finished the brand new news script. So what does this mean for us?
Well, first of all, we have a much better looking, cleaner-coded and organized news page. We also have a new feature where it's possible to only view news on certain months/years/combination of both, just to make life easier if you want to go back through archives to isolate certain news posts in future.
This also means I've wiped out the old news posts as well - but I don't think anyone will hurt so much over that, not now that it clears out the database and frees up some more space!
You'll also notice that I've removed the guest account button as I'm planning something different with logins and such now. Basically, you'll be able to browse the vast majority of the site without needing to be logged in. This will be especially useful for people who want to have a nose before they join - and should help us in the search engines too. ;)
I'd also like to thank everyone for continuing to come back to the site to check up on progress, and use the boards to stay in touch and for fun. I won't forget everyone's patience with me and will make sure you guys get some great rewards.
I'm planning to, upon reopening, hold a very special referral contest which will feature real life prizes (from iPods to Nintendo DSes.. Whatever you guys prefer!) so everyone who has suggestions for prizes, feel free to leave a comment here.
Keep using the boards guys. Hopefully this current activity we have with it will encourage players to continue once it reopens. :) I'll also give all you active people a special icon in the future that you can show off on your farm page.