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#1 TiM

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 04:20 PM

Okay... this is a bit of an experiment I thought I'd try out and see what happens. :)

When it comes to the UberGames site, it's very hard to notice when something gets changed or new content is added to one of the pages. XD

So, to try and combat this, I've added a new page called 'Latest Updates' which displays a list of any changes or updates made to the website.

It's a pretty basic logic... admins just type in what kind of update they want to announce and it goes from there.

If you are logged in before the update is performed and come back later, a number next to the Latest Updates link will tell you how many updates have occurred since your last visit. :D

So... hopefully this is one of those tiny little ideas that ultimately helps make the browsing experience a bit more convenient.

I eagerly await any feedback/crits/spam on the system. :D

http://www.ubergames.org/news/updates/

Thanks!

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#2 Scooter

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 06:08 PM

How about an RSS feed?

#3 TiM

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 03:13 PM

I... hadn't actually thought of that at all haha. :D

Yeah... tying site updates to an RSS feed would probably work even better. :D

I'll have a look... I think I've seen some pretty cool RSS scripts/services floating around that should be able to do the job nicely... XD

#4 Scooter

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 02:31 AM

ROFL. I always make an RSS feed first and then have an updates page just parsing the feed.

#5 TiM

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:51 PM

Yeah yeah yeah, well this whole thing has been one giant learning curve for me lol... it's why I enjoy doing it. XD

But up until now, I'd seriously never looked into what an 'RSS feed' actually was.

Rest assured, the next time I make a site, I'll do it that way hehehe.

#6 TiM

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 07:01 PM

Okay... it took some doing... but I think it's finished now. XD

The bare minimum of info required to make up an RSS feed entry is a lot more than what I had in there, so I had to pretty much re-jig the whole thing.

In any case, the UberGames site now has an active RSS feed for anyone interested in subscribing. :D

Hopefully the updates page looks a little prettier as well. :D

#7 Lee

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 07:21 PM

So how exactly does RSS work. I once signed up for RSS on some site I don't remember and couldn't find the button to access it for a while and then when I could access it I got some kind of raw code with limited information about anything at all.
3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998628034825342117067982
14808651328230664709384460955058223172535940812848111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196442881
09756659334461fnord28475648233786783165271201909145648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273724587
006606315588174881520920962829254091715364367892590360011330530548820466521384146951941511609

#8 TiM

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 07:44 AM

Hmmm.... yeah... the concept of explaining RSS is pretty tricky hehe. I didn't know what it really was until I read it up on Wikipedia and started screwing around with it on the site.

It's basically just a list of information (in this case, site updates) that can be tied to an RSS reader program, which will then alert you when new updates come out.

I use Thunderbird on my PC and NetNewsWire on my iPhone to subscribe to RSS feeds, but I think Google also has a page for your account to use as well.

#9 RJay45

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 10:20 PM

I use Google Reader, and I like it. I've got news feeds, digg feeds, blogs, ubergames and podcasts (which are playable within Google Reader) all in there.

Only problem is I go onto my computer to check email and I get sucked in for hours just going through my updates lol.




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