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
I havn't updated my column in a few weeks now so i thought a update would be welcome. :) Alots been happening in the last few weeks with exams and site stuff. We now have a auction section on the site for selling and buying items online, and the site awards came to there end - thanks to everyone who helped organise that and took part in it. Well done to all the winners your certificates are on there way!! In other news ImAFish Big Brother is getting off to a rather slow start which is a bit of a shame, expect the pace to pick up a bit in the next few days ( i hope).
Those of you who use the service Audiogalaxy (available from audiogalaxy.com) will have had a shock trying to download music over the last few days as allmost all tracks have been blocked. This is because of a court ruleing meaning that all tracks have to be blocked on the service unless unblocked by audiogalaxy, by the record companies or authors permission. It looks like audiogalaxys service is going the way of napster as not being able to download top tracks will put a lot of users off. This leaves basically 2 main music download services left, sharman networks (kazaa) and the gnutella network (limewire, gnucleus, bearshare, morpheus etc). In my own view i would have to say that i think that kazaa will be the next to go, they are allready in a large courtcase with the record industries. The future for download programs is defintly uncertain.
While we're talking about music, i thought i would mention internet radio. For those of you who dont know about internet radio its basically the same as normal radio apart from you listen to it online through winamp or what ever other program u use for listening to music, the general idea is that if you have a better connection you can listen to better quality streams. As i only have a 56k modem i have to go for the worse quality streams, however it is still perfectly listenable. Anyway the reason i bring this up in my column is that later today (being june 20th) a law will be passed as to wether the radio stations should have to pay for each listeners, this would be devastating if so as many people listen to internet radio stations as it is free with no adverts. Many smaller stations would be put out of business and would have to stop broadcasting. For more information visit Digitiallyimported.com
Anyway until next time - Pete
I have been hard at work on the site today and there have been many small updates and some larger updates. The main has been in this columns section which for anyone interested has a simple sql database backbone for each columner. The contents of each column is then displayed on each page.
The other big update today has been on the front page (index2.php) the categories section has been added on the left hand side to fill a bit of space and to help ease navigation on the site. Also the page stats bit has been added to show how many hits the page has had and who is online at that current time.
I have fixed the recent forum topics section which hasn't been updated since we started using phpBB2, this now only displays the most recent 15 topics instead of all topics posted within the last 24 hours. That was ok when the forum was inactive but with sometimes over 50 topics being posted on every day the front page could get very large and slow to load.
Another update has been on the history page (located here) which seems to have been neglected since december. Anyway its upto date now with all the latest site information. Anyway until next time - pwhite