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As some of you may know, I've been working on expanding TESOF to be a little more than a forum, while at the same using the forum to make this possible. The Videos & Articles sections that I have been working on are fully integrated and part of the forum (thanks to a plugin for this functionality). At the moment I'm working on "prettying" things up.

I've posted a couple of times in another topic with updates on the videos section. You can view those posts by clicking the links below.
  1. Videos Section, post #1
  2. Videos Section, post #2

The articles section is currently a work in progress, but I have the bulk of it completed. I need to, mainly, finish the way the articles are laid out on the main page. I have the sidebar for filtering articles, but the articles need work on how they're displayed.

I made this topic for any suggestions or feedback you may have, as well as for updates on my progress with these two sections. They will be linked at the top of the site, where you see Forum Rules and Help, when they're ready to be released. The two links up there now will be removed and placed elsewhere so that the Videos and Articles sections stand out more. As well as any other section that is made in the future.

Feel free to give suggestions or feedback here.
This post was last modified: August 5th 2012 08:32 AM by Tecca


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Here's an update on the articles section. A picture says a thousand words, so here are two thousand: Articles that are bold are unread - the ones that are not bold have been read.

HTML is enabled and optional in the articles section, so if you'd like to style articles to look a little more fancy than just using MyCode (BBCode), you can. This opens up a lot more possibilities in terms of styling an article layout. If you don't know HTML, there are plenty of tutorials online, or you can just ask me something specific and I'll help you out.

As seen in the second image, there is a content jump at the top. This can be done with HTML and is handy for lengthy articles.

I'm about done with both the Videos and Articles sections, and I'll be linking to them within the next couple of days. Once I release them, I'll hopefully be able to find the time to write up a couple of articles for the Pre-Release section.

Since we're still a small site, everyone is able to write articles without them being verified first - though I will check for their validity once they have been posted. Linking to sources is highly recommended.

More information will be posted when I officially announce the release of these sections.


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Lorem Ipsum Dolor... The true classic, lol!

Great work! Looking forward to test it myself!


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I think it might be a good idea to have a separate overview of last additions to the article and video section. Right now you cannot tell if an article, video or something new in the forums was posted.

And maybe set articles and videos as home. And then 4 blocks to the right, for articles, video, latest threads and latest replies. So you'd have the information right on the front page for those that do not want to dig deeper and have no interest in joining the discussions on the forums.


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I'll be adding something similar to how the forums work - when there are new posts, the icons next to videos and articles will be highlighted. If there are no new posts, they will be plain white, as they look now.

I'm thinking of a more unique way of displaying the latest articles and videos instead of putting them into the sidebar. Plus I don't want the right side of the forum to look like a huge list of nonsense. I was thinking for the videos, I'd have something like the latest 5 videos as small thumbnails across the top of the forum, above the navigation. Clicking on one of them would take you to the video topic.

The articles I'll need to think on a little more.
This post was last modified: August 21st 2012 03:25 PM by Tecca


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Yeah, that's even better. For articles you could use a slider maybe? With random backgrounds or uploaded ones? So you can choose wether to use a random or a custom background when publishing an article.


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