If you didn't allready know devilware.net is an extensive entertainment site which covers mainly the latest movies and music. We interviewed the sites founder and chief webdesigner Sam Hastings about his views on the site and his plans for the future.
1.What made you decide to go for a Entertainment site?
A mixture of things, really - entertainment is an interest of mine, I like to be able to keep up with the latest news in the entertainment industry, and I thought an entertainment site would satisfy me, and my visitors. It gives me the chance to be 'in the know' about current affairs, and I thought an entertainment site would attract the widest audience.
2.Are you ever going to send out a newsletter?
The first newsletter has been planned, and should be sent out within a month or so. The reason that I haven't sent one out yet is that the site has been growing over the first few months, and I just thought it might be best to leave the newsletter for a while, until the site had enough content and features to make a 'big deal' about.
3.How are plans for the game coming?
Very well, thanks. The closing date for signups is on the 1st July - so you only have a couple of days left to sign up! You can do now at http://www.devilware.net/game/signup.php
4.Will this be starting soon?
Should start mid-July - the set date is the 15th but this may have to change if I need more time to get the system working.
5.Do you think the movie review section is secure enough as u dont have to be a member to post?
This, I thought, would represent my trust for my visitors. Also, I was sick of coming across sites where you have to sign up before you can do anything, so I thought I could start my own little cult!
6.Are there any plans for extending this section in the near future?
Maybe - I have been thinking about this; however, I don't want my users to have to remember hundreds of usernames and passwords each time they visit the site. People that are signed up for the forums won't really want to register again. I may decide to extend this in the future, so the users can use their forum username and password.
7.What is new on the music section?
A couple of things have been added recently - including a short article about internet radio and where it's going. Internet radio is something I use quite regularly, so I thought I would show my support
8.Will there be any updates for this section soon?
Yes (see below)
9.Will more other band profiles be added?
Yes! I was thinking of making a system where people submit the name of their favourite band and I would find out the information on that band and put it in an article - I like to cater for a mixture of tastes and I think this is what will be happening within the next couple of weeks.
10.When will the free sms sender becoming to devilware?
I'm hoping to go ahead with this section, I nearly have it fully working, and it should be on your screen soon!
11.and the same for the ring tones?
The provider that I used to let me do this has sadly stopped providing free services, so I will be ditching this when the new redesign comes along (within the next couple of weeks), it's not a major redesign, just the header document, with improved navigation.
12.Is there ever anyone in your irc chan?
Sadly not. This is another section I may ditch, or I may use someone else's IRC channel, with their permission of course!
13.What is the relationship between devilware and other sites such as deadbrain?
Not much of one - although I like to mention sites made by friends of mine, there is no real link between our sites.
14.When will there be a new competition up?
DevilwareGame is basically a competition, so I may implement information on that into the current competition page.
15.If the competition winner isn't announced till the 30june why can you not enter?
The closing date was the 25th June, so I stopped people from entering. That gives me enough time to pick a winner - yes, I know, 5 days is a lot, but I was giving myself extra time in case there was some kind of error
16.Why doesn't the link to delatio.co.uk not work?
This was something I had planned a while ago, but sadly, it fell through and we never got anywhere. I will take the link down though :)
17.How many hits do you get a week?
Depends - usually between 150-250 (unique) hits a week.
18.Has this increased much recently?
Not really, this is something I would like to increase actually.
19.How do you intend to get more hits?
Doing things like DevilwareGame gets us more visitors, so promotional events like that are good for our popularity. I am hoping to get more visitors to the site in the near future.
20.What are your future plans for devilware?
I am hoping that it becomes more popular, and that more and more people visit it. When there is a high enough demand, I will add a lot more features to the site, but for now, I think the running of the site is going well. I am getting a lot of help from others in the site, and I hope they will continue to help us.
Thank you very much Sam we wish devilware all the best in the future.
The creators hour is where we answer any questions that are sent in. It is done in irc (#sulla on irc.planetarion.com) If you have a question send it too firstname.lastname@example.org .
[23:03] [benjie] right
[23:03] [benjie] lets go
[23:03] [pwhite] :)
[23:03] [benjie] What are the new features to the site?
[23:03] [pwhite] well to start with the articles section
[23:03] [pwhite] and the columns
[23:03] [pwhite] are the main updates and features
[23:03] [pwhite] other updates include the news system
[23:03] [pwhite] which now uses a database to store things in
[23:03] [pwhite] nqp
[23:03] [benjie] How do i submit an article to the site?
[23:04] [pwhite] email it to email@example.com and if it is good enough we will put it on the site
[23:04] [pwhite] we wont accpet anything dodgy as ususal
[23:04] [pwhite] :)
[23:04] [pwhite] nqp
[23:04] [benjie] How do i get my own column? <--- u dont unless u partake in sexual favours
[23:04] [pwhite] nqp = next question pls
[23:04] [pwhite] lol
[23:05] [pwhite] well if u email firstname.lastname@example.org saying why u want one i might give u one
[23:05] [pwhite] heh
[23:05] [pwhite] nqp
[23:07] *** Benjie has quit IRC (Ping timeout?)
[23:07] [pwhite] heh typical
[23:08] [pwhite] thought his adsl wasn't meant to do that too him ;)
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[23:09] [pwhite] wb mate
[23:09] [pwhite] :)
[23:09] *** P sets mode: +o Benjie
[23:10] [benjie] the duron just died
[23:10] [benjie] so i had to stick me modem in this one
[23:10] [benjie] :)
[23:10] [pwhite] nqp :)
[23:10] [pwhite] lol
[23:10] [pwhite] oh well
[23:11] [benjie] What does it take to become a columner?
[23:11] [benjie] was that the right one? :)
[23:11] [pwhite] yer -
[23:11] [pwhite] well u need to have interesting things to say
[23:11] [pwhite] and be able to write them down
[23:11] [benjie] carry on
[23:11] [pwhite] thats bout it
[23:11] [pwhite] heh
[23:11] [pwhite] nqp
[23:11] [benjie] How often should the columns be updated?
[23:12] [pwhite] its nice to see a post every week or so
[23:12] [pwhite] though it is not enforced
[23:12] [pwhite] some people only update their columns when certain things happen
[23:12] [pwhite] nqp
[23:12] [benjie] How does the columns section work?
[23:13] [pwhite] each post is stored in the database then a query displays the results back depending on the name queried
[23:13] [pwhite] if that makes sence :)
[23:13] [pwhite] nqp
[23:13] [benjie] How many crew members are there now?
[23:13] [pwhite] hm
[23:13] [pwhite] myself
[23:13] [pwhite] benjie
[23:13] [pwhite] shannon
[23:13] [pwhite] shenton
[23:13] [pwhite] geoff
[23:13] [pwhite] mills
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[23:14] [pwhite] sam a bit
[23:14] [pwhite] think thats bout it
[23:14] [pwhite] nqp
[23:14] [benjie] How do i get an ImAFish email account?
[23:15] [pwhite] send an email to email@example.com saying wot address you would like and we will get back to you
[23:15] [pwhite] otherwise talk to myself or benjie about it
[23:15] [pwhite] nqp
[23:15] [benjie] Why can't you send emails from the imafish webmail?
[23:15] [pwhite] because supanames need to fix their webmail script
[23:16] [pwhite] i dont think the php version on the server is upto date enough for this script
[23:16] [benjie] 0.o
[23:16] [pwhite] nothin imafish can do until they upgrade
[23:16] [pwhite] which should be soon
[23:16] [pwhite] nqp
[23:17] [benjie] How do you set ImAFish mail up in outlook express or other mail clients?
[23:17] [pwhite] click > tools > accounts > mail > add new
[23:17] [pwhite] then use pop.imafish.com as the pop server
[23:17] [pwhite] and your isps smtp server for smtp
[23:18] [pwhite] you should be able to find your isps smtp server from there home page
[23:18] [pwhite] nqp
[23:18] [benjie] What is the forum?
[23:18] [pwhite] oo btw check out http://imafish.com/email.php for more info
[23:18] [pwhite] it is a message board
[23:18] [pwhite] where people can sign up and post information and reply to it
[23:19] [pwhite] the imafish forums are located http://imafish.com/forum
[23:19] [pwhite] nqp
[23:19] [benjie] How does the auction work?
[23:19] [pwhite] hmm
[23:19] [pwhite] u sign up then can either buy or sell things
[23:19] [pwhite] http://imafish.com/auction
[23:19] [pwhite] ofc its more advanced then that
[23:19] [pwhite] but i could spend an entire ch talking about it
[23:19] [pwhite] heh
[23:19] [pwhite] nqp
[23:20] [benjie] what are you doing to get more people to visit the site?
[23:20] [pwhite] well we try to advertise the site as much as possible
[23:20] [pwhite] and give them more reasons to come back
[23:20] [pwhite] by making the site better
[23:20] [pwhite] we hope to advertise it a lot more when the election campaingn for 6form comes up
[23:20] [pwhite] nqp
[23:21] [benjie] How many hits are you getting a week?
[23:21] [pwhite] about 2000
[23:21] [pwhite] its slowly going up
[23:21] [pwhite] was about 1000 a month ago
[23:22] [pwhite] nqp
[23:22] [benjie] What has happened to shenton?
[23:22] [pwhite] he lost his net connection
[23:23] [pwhite] and is making a great effort to get back on
[23:23] [pwhite] ;)
[23:23] [pwhite] nqp
[23:23] [benjie] Why does nothing work on the comedy section?
[23:23] [pwhite] shenton says its sabotarge
[23:23] [pwhite] i'm not sure personally
[23:23] [pwhite] all the movies should be back soon
[23:23] [pwhite] once shenton finds them
[23:23] [pwhite] :)
[23:23] [pwhite] nqp
[23:23] [benjie] Why does nothing work on the comedy section?
[23:24] [benjie] whoops
[23:24] [benjie] f00king puter
[23:24] [benjie] What are the plans for the future of the site?
[23:24] [pwhite] add lots of articles
[23:24] [pwhite] and a lot more work on the content of the site
[23:24] [pwhite] more comedy
[23:24] [pwhite] etc
[23:24] [pwhite] nqp
[23:24] [benjie] What is happening with imafish bb as nothing seems to be happening?
[23:25] [pwhite] its going a bit slow
[23:25] [pwhite] i know
[23:25] [pwhite] but we are working on somthing
[23:25] [pwhite] :)
[23:25] [pwhite] nqp
[23:26] [benjie] Whats the sites irc room?
[23:26] [pwhite] #sulla on irc.planetarion.com
[23:26] [pwhite] nqp
[23:26] [benjie] erm
[23:26] [benjie] do u like goats?
[23:27] [pwhite] no but i heard benjie has a fetish for them
[23:27] [pwhite] lol
[23:27] [pwhite] we done then?
[23:27] [benjie] do u like being kicked in the nuts?
[23:27] [pwhite] heh
[23:27] [benjie] yus we are done
[23:27] [pwhite] rite i will stick the log up as an article
[23:27] [benjie] please do :)
[23:27] [benjie] lol
[23:28] [pwhite] lol
[23:28] [pwhite] cya benjie
So what are the main changed seen in the updated site? Well quite a few, the first thing you will notice is the front page as i have decided to scrap the into image page as it really wasn't needed. As soon as the front page as loaded you will notice changes to the left and side, the new articles section has been added which shows you the most recent 3 articles.
There is a handy link below for the older articles. Below this you can see the 3 most recent column posts and another handy link to the columns section. Further down the page still is the site news section which i have taken the bulky blue away from and now store things in a sql database instead of a text file. Other changes include updates to the navigation at the top of the page, updates to the admin section and updates to the way we store the columns.
Instead of each columner having their own table in the database all the columns are now stored in 1 table in the database. This make it possible to show the 3 most recent posts on the front page. We have also decided to scrap the site intro as no one has voluntered to keep it updated as rob as become a bit too inactive. If anyone wants to take this position then email me.
So why make these changes? Well as ImAFish is constantly changing and new features are being added, we felt that these changes would be useful and relatively easy to do. The changes shouldn't cause any problems to any of the other features on the site including the forum, email and the auction. If anyone would like to submit articles to the site we would be more then welcome to put them up for you. Pwhite
About 2 week ago I had the idea to add an articles section to the site, somewhere where we can post on going things that we feel are more important for the forum and that we want to keep more of a permanent record of. After thinking about this for a while and how to do it, i decided (yesterday) to get on and try to code it, anyone who knows me well will know i'm wasn't the strongest of php and sql coders but i thought the task would be easy enough.
Well after installing apache in windows and php and testing all the code i had written offline i thought it was time to upload it! Everything i could see worked fine offline but once i had uploaded it, it was obvious it wasn't working. The main problem was in using mysql_fetch_assoc which isn't yet supported by supanames, sam helped me fix this and everything went fine. I have a few more tests to do and a few more column posts to move over to the new database otherwise everything looks good.
I have a lot of people to thank for getting ImAFish 4.5 up and running, in no particluar order - Pariah from norway has been a great help in helping me code the articles and columns section. Sam also has been a great help as always for getting things working we wish him the best in running devilware. I would also like to thank all of the imafish crew and visitors for making the last year great for the site.
Around a year ago this month myself, benjie and yammez at the time invested in our first domain name, somthing which didn't cost much per year plus was a bit of a spur of the momment joke. Little did we know it would turn into the popular site we have today which recieves over 800 hits per week, with 38 forum members and a database driven backbone.
The site has gone though many changes in the past 12 months, we have had changes in crew members - we lost yammez but gained shannon and shenton as the site grew. We have seen many different designs and graphics, some being more sucessful then others. And now we have the summer design which is proving very easy to use and sucessful.
We hope to build on the sucess into the future of imafish - hopefully into providing more resources and if possible moving the site into making a profit. We have seen many other features come and go on the site and some which are now here to stay - such as the return of the columns. We have had our problems though - such as being the hosting problems we had originally and more recently forum problems. However we have got through these and learn't from our mistakes and have now had the site up for a longer period of time then we have done before and we hope to keep it that way!
Our main goal has always been to provide a fun entertaining informative website for our friends and its slowly coming towards reaching that goal. We are always open to new suggestions and new features to the site - such ideas which have come up recently have been the site awards which have been very sucessful not only in providing entertainment but also in getting people to keep visiting the site which has been another large task which again is slowly looking good for us.
The site isn't just for entertainment though it gives us crew and creators time to use our skills as webdesigners and programmers and build on the skills we dont yet know. ImAFish isn't the only site we now own and work on - the new site switchweb is dedicated to explaining in more simple terms the things we do every day on computers.
I hope to start adding more database script we have written for imafish to switchweb in order for anyone else who is interested to see simply how we have created imafish. ImAFish does like the idea of open source and where it can is trying to help others in ways in which it can easily. The site has certainly achieved a lot in the last year and will certainly go on in the future to achieve a lot more.
We hope to build on the success of the site over the last year and continue to improve and add new features to the site in the comming weeks. One things for sure we do have some interesting things planned for the site which should be a lot of fun for everyone. Pwhite