Seeking new Webmaster
Posted 15 September 2010 - 07:30 AM
If one or more persons cannot step forward to take over webmaster duties for the site in the next month, then I may be forced to shut it down. Duties include creating new game coverage content, posting news, adding new pages to the site, and leveraging the community for content.
If someone steps forward to take over management of the site, I do not mind continuing to pay for the hosting and provide occasional support. But I do not have the time to do all of this myself and I do not wish to leave an outdated website and floundering community online when the new game comes out.
Please help me keep one of the oldest Golden Sun fansites alive, I cannot do it alone.
Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:14 AM
Like you Max, I do not have the time to work on a fansite. It isn't rewarding at this stage in my life.
Most of us are either too focused on college or things that can benefit us in the future, and I know you're one heck of a busy guy (I read your blog ocassionally :P), so you working on GSS is out of the question.
Plus, it's really unfair for you to pay the hosting bills, maintain the website and develop content all by yourself. We're an ungrateful bunch of folks (bitches!) to be honest (including me...)
How about asking a webmaster from another GS website?
Posted 15 September 2010 - 01:59 PM
Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:30 PM
Eugine is correct that there's a CMS powering the site's content currently, but it will have to be revamped or added to to support the new game's data. It'll likely be easier to do it in raw HTML for awhile just like we did back in the old days; once things settle down a few months after launch we can try to structure it in a database properly.
The site should really see at least a minor redesign to make it wider, and all the new content pages for Dark Dawn will have to be designed. The moderators and I also talked about upgrading to the new version of the forum software, in which case someone has to reskin it.
If we had a thriving community here I would maybe be okay with having the forums serve as the data hub until I have time to redo the website with the new content several months after launch. But I honestly can't see that happening, so I'd rather just shutter the place and let those still interested in the games move to GSR or other places with more active communities. This is my last ditch effort to avoid that fate for something that's been such a huge part of my life.
Posted 17 September 2010 - 02:11 PM
I only wish I had the knowledge and experience to be able to update the website. I have some background in HTML and PHP that might be useful, but as Eugine said, unfortunately college has taken up most of my time and I've started to think towards graduate school... I so wish I could do more.
I did send requests out to a number of Nintendo fansites, perhaps in the hopes of someone with experience and familiarity with Golden Sun and website development being willing to help out. One very politely declined, and I'm waiting to hear back from two more.
Posted 18 September 2010 - 07:05 PM
I'd be more than happy to help out though. I've just got some big projects sitting in my lap that are in dire need of getting finished. (GL knows what I'm talking about)
Posted 19 September 2010 - 07:18 AM
If you've ever done PHP or Java work, learning Python to use Django shouldn't be too difficult. But I'd say that even just doing plain HTML/CSS and manually building pages is just as good for the next few months.
Posted 20 September 2010 - 12:07 AM
Plus, this gives me a reason to crack open that PDF on python that a friend of mine gave me again to study (so I can challenge a python course that's mandatory at Gonzaga University for a computer science degree should I get accepted there). :D