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  • #1
    I nominate my site, Web Design Forums.net (version 5).

    Forum Home
    Today at WDF

    I completed this upgrade December 31, 2005. It was in development since February 2005 and is the 14th of all the internally-considered design candidates. What makes WDF unique from other vBulletin installations?
    • Dramatically updated style. The most obvious change is the altered style. It is designed to be visually attractive, rely heavily on CSS, and put important information in accessible areas. The top of the page received considerable attention; a main goal was to create a very attractive header that didn't consume so much space that it pushed the rest of the content down. If you're a WDFplus member, you don't see the AdSense ad, making the header even lower-profile. There are also tweaks like unread PM counts showing up next to the Private Messages link and a search field on every page--without the need to click to find it first.
    • W3C compliancy. Every page on WDF v5 is W3C compliant in terms of markup (XHTML 1.0 Transitional) and style (CSS versions 1 to 3). Standards compliance is important and forces browser developers to provide a uniform rendering model for pages.
    • Improved stock features. Reputation is one greatly enhanced feature. You don't need to leave a comment at all in most cases for leaving reputation; just click a button and it immediately applies it for that post. Reputation data is aggregated and provided as a summary of the user's reputation; for example: http://www.webdesignforums.net/wdf_v...tation.php?u=1 . The private messaging user interface was updated to greatly increase its understandibility (be honest: how many of you actually knew what that psuedo-progress bar meant at first?). The WYSIWYG editor's interface was cleaned up and even takes on the colors of the user's system, making it appear to be a system component rather than a web page component. There are countless other improvements; browse around to see updated forumdisplay, forumhome, showthread, postbit, and other templates that were rewritten 100% from scratch.
    • Completely new features. WDF v5 introduces many completely original features. Just a few of them:
      1. The WDF Notifier and Notifications: Available to WDFplus members, an application for Windows 2000 and XP sits in your system tray, quietly listening for events on WDF. When one occurs (for example, a new private message or announcement), a balloon pops up with clear details. Clicking the balloon opens your browser to the appropriate page for details. Learn more. Screenshot:

      2. RSS feeds. The feed aggregator is completely rewritten. It now generates RSS 2.0-compliant feeds for not only specific forums and the entire site, but also for individual threads. Post contents are displayed in the description rather than statistics. The RSS feeds are generated using domxml (for PHP 4) and dom (for PHP 5).
      3. Site of the Month. A fully automated "Site of the Month" contest has been developed. Users can submit sites of their own creations, moderators approve or reject them, and members vote for them. The system automatically determines the winner at the end of the month, restarts the contest, and puts the winner on WDF's home page for the next month. Learn more.
      4. Today at WDF. When you first visit WDF's home page, you see "Today at WDF." First and foremost, don't think of it as a portal. Instead, it displays today's (and the current time's) notable discussions, including "Today's Featured Posts" as selected by moderators, recently posted unanswered questions, an overview of your reputation, and other information such as site-wide statistics. There is a very clearly-labeled "Enter the Discussion Area" link provided at the top of the page.
      5. How's My Site?. WDF has a forum named How's My Site where users post threads asking for reviews of their site. Previously, users were asked to rate sites using the thread rating system, but this didn't give a fine level of detail. Users would also forget to add their site's URL. The new system provides ratings on five separate criteria, links to W3C validation services, and still allows users to comment via replies. Adding a site URL is also enforced to users can't forget to add their URLs. The information is aggregated both on the page itself and on forumdisplay on a normal 1 to 5 star rating.
      6. Search engine optimization. At the end of every page generation, a script searches the page for thread and forum links, and converts them into a flat file emulated format. Threads become prefixed with their forum name, and all URLs then end with ".html" to trick some search engines that the page is static, not dynamic. The great part is that no effort is required to make these links. Simply outputting showthread.php?t= and forumdisplay.php?f= is sufficient; the script will convert links by itself.
    • ...and much more. The WDF v5 upgrade is the result of over 11 months of work. Browse around, and you'll see something new every time.
    Did I mention that not one vBulletin file has been edited?
    --filburt1, vBulletin.org/vBulletinTemplates.com moderator
    Web Design Forums.net: vB Board of the Month
    vBulletin Mail System (vBMS): webmail for your forum users

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    • #2
      PSPCrazy

      pspcrazy , i nominate my site!
      http://forums.pspcrazy.com/forums/

      Integration with frames and all is not done yet and that will be my next project after i complete the front page.

      why: I love my site, its so pretty rofl. I like it and thats why i nominate it.
      Last edited by pspcrazy; Sun 15th Jan '06, 6:12pm.

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      • #3
        filburt i got to second your site, wow.

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        • #4
          I would like to nominate http://www.ewebtalk.com

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          • #5
            I'd like to nominated www.tombraiderforums.com

            We've completely ported in almost 600,000 posts and 16,000 member records from our old forum software and are absolutely delighted with vB.

            It's like Christmas, every day

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            • #6
              Originally posted by ewebtalk
              I would like to nominate http://www.ewebtalk.com
              I will second ewebtalk.com and want to nominate my site http://www.ayyas.com/forum.html

              If you check our board you can see that our style is heavliy customized. Our arcade section gallery section are all customized to match our style.
              We have different section in our board which totally change the look of vBulletin :

              We tried to keep clean look in our board and easy usage by members.
              We currently have vbseo , vbadvanced cmps , geek article and review system , geek autolink pro , vbshout , photopost vbgallery and couple more hacks installed.
              Last edited by Lizard King; Mon 16th Jan '06, 8:34am.

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              • #7
                Originally posted by pspcrazy
                filburt i got to second your site, wow.
                I THIRD it? haha
                great design...


                I also nominate.. www.UrbanAU.com
                SITE FOR URBAN FASHION, STYLE, ENTERTAINMENT and HIPHOP!

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                • #8
                  Originally posted by Lizard King
                  I will second ewebtalk.com and want to nominate my site http://www.ayyas.com/forum.html

                  If you check our board you can see that our style is heavliy customized. Our arcade section gallery section are all customized to match our style.
                  We have different section in our board which totally change the look of vBulletin :

                  We tried to keep clean look in our board and easy usage by members.
                  We currently have vbseo , vbadvanced cmps , geek article and review system , geek autolink pro , vbshout , photopost vbgallery and couple more hacks installed.
                  Thanks man, good luck

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                  • #9
                    I nominate my own board.
                    http://www.warriornation.net/Forum/index.php

                    Current Version 3.5.3

                    Theme
                    Gaming! This is a pure gaming clan. Warrior Nation has been around since 1998, running boards since 2001 and running VB since 2003. We have a strict ranking system, strict rule system. I have 32 Adminstrators and 40 Elite Mod type ranks who all work together as a huge team keeping this place going. We practice being respectful, we do not tolerate outlashing, poor behavior and so on, so we try very hard to teach out members how to be good people. I'd like to think we actually team them life skills as some have thanks us for doing in the past.

                    Activity
                    Very high. I delete all accounts that are inactive for 75 days. This keeps people active and posting. My active meter is set to 30days and 80% of the actual registrations are active. I usually have 100+ members online 24 hours a day. Peak times everyday I see 180+ members and 250+ guests on at at time. As of this moment, Threads: 152,814, Posts: 1,438,672.

                    Style
                    I spend countless hours building my theme style from scratch. I used a combination of Macromedia Flash and Fireworks to create the skin. I wanted to make sure that what Warrior Nation had, was going to be totally original and that when you saw it you would know, your at Warrior Nation.

                    This is only the top glimpse of my site. To see the entire thing in action you must visit. It is skinned in every page. The posts look really good.



                    Ive also spent alot of time making the postbit look really good. I have custom rank images in posts showing what authority a member has, special award medals for various things members do. I have ribbons that appear one at a time every so many posts a member accumilates. I have the reputation dots customized to show 4 color spectums. I have a rule for signature demensions which I strongly enforce so that each thread looks neat and clean.





                    Homepage
                    http://www.warriornation.net/
                    If you view our homepage you will notice a custom portal type system. Its not installed portal. This portal was designed how I thought one should be. It pulls the news in the center. It pulls the names of all the forum catagories I specified into the left column to show games we support. This allows the list of game to dynamically be updated. What more do you need? Most of the stuff on the portal systems are only there to fill in blank space because they didnt know what else to put in it that was valid.

                    I ask everyone to take a look at my site, see what you think.
                    WNxWakko
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                    • #10
                      I nominate

                      http://forums.weddingsolutions.com/

                      A very unique design. What you see there is forumhome. The only thing that would make it better is if they modified forumlist and postbit to match the uniqueness.
                      Admins Zone - Resources for Forum Administrators

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                      • #11
                        Can I please nominate www.vBXtra.com - which is my vB styles/templates site.

                        Ta.
                        John

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                        • #12
                          Filburt gets my vote!
                          Ken Iovino
                          Full Time PHP, Ruby and iOS Developer

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                          • #13
                            Originally posted by Lizard King
                            I will second ewebtalk.com and want to nominate my site http://www.ayyas.com/forum.html

                            If you check our board you can see that our style is heavliy customized. Our arcade section gallery section are all customized to match our style.
                            We have different section in our board which totally change the look of vBulletin :
                            We tried to keep clean look in our board and easy usage by members.
                            We currently have vbseo , vbadvanced cmps , geek article and review system , geek autolink pro , vbshout , photopost vbgallery and couple more hacks installed.
                            I'll second this forum, why? One word, style!

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                            • #14
                              Originally posted by michaelbenson
                              I'll second this forum, why? One word, style!
                              Thank you

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                              • #15
                                My nomination: http://www.itfreaks.com/forum

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