Hello readers! Several new features have been added to the site so I figured I would run through what’s recently been done, and in some cases why.
First off, there is a new layout for the site. This was deployed a few weeks ago due to many complaints about the old layout, several issues it had depending on article counts, and somewhat sketchy compatibility with mobile devices. The new layout is still based on something from Elegant Themes, but it’s cleaner looking, easier to navigate, requires less work on my end and functions correctly on tablets and phones. If you guys have any comments or suggestions we’d love to hear it. The site will also start some advertising campaigns to help pay for bandwidth and contributors, so bear with me if you see some ad’s in odd places while I get that stamped out. I’m doing my best to make the ads as un-intrusive as possible. We’ll also be accepting ads and banners from the EVE community in exchange for ISK. If you are interested in that let us know.
The second new feature is Syndication. I’m still working out the kinks regarding this, and there are many, but its first iteration is live now. Anyone that has a blog related to Faction Warfare is welcome to send me their information at email@example.com and I’ll get their blog added to the Syndicated section as quickly as possible. The goal here is to generate traffic for other blogs as well as create an area of the site that often has new content to check out. There are a lot of amazing writers in Faction Warfare with their own blogs, and we hope to showcase a lot of talent this way.
Additionally, the site now has recruitment sections. Recruiting Corps, Amarr Corporations, Caldari Corporations, Gallente Corporations and Minmatar Corporations. I’d like to give a shout out to Za’afiel for spearheading this idea and getting all the information compiled for me. If you would like your corporation added in to the recruiting sections of this site, please respond on the official EVE forums in the following thread: Active & recruiting FW corporations – ALL FACTIONS. Za’afiel is compiling all the information directly from there then relaying it to me for uploading to the website.
The last new section on the site is the We’re Hiring section. We are looking to bring some full-time contributors on board to the site. If you enjoy writing please swing by there to see what we are looking for. If you want to write something we don’t have and it’s not listed, send us an email anyways. It might just be something we haven’t thought of yet!
Additionally if anyone is any good with WordPress plugins, help would be appreciated. I’ve contacted the owner of EveBloggers but the way he is syndicating things doesn’t just mesh with WordPress as easily as I was hoping. If you have any ideas or know how to create something for WordPress that would do something more similar to EveBloggers please let us know.
That said, we appreciate everyone’s support so far. From the return viewers, to those that gave suggestions and helped me decide on a better layout for both navigation and responsive design. It’s been nice to see a community begin forming around this site with honest opinions and good suggestions coming forward. I also apologize about the Intel cams Twitch feed in the corner. It was stuck auto playing despite what I defined in the code. In retrospect that was a terrible idea, especially with how much bandwidth Twitch has begun to use.
EDIT 02/20/2014 01:00 – I just implemented the Jetpack plugin mentioned in the comments below, so if you have any issues and are not able to comment any more please let me know directly in EVE on the character Subsparx.