Lots of Upcoming Changes for 8WAYRUN

So just in case you haven't been paying attention the last few months, there have been lots of changes to this website. A few months back, I announced my intentions to expand 8WAYRUN into a network of websites; not just for Soulcalibur, and not just for fighting games. Since then I've been coding a lot of additions into the website in preparation for this expansion.

As I've said before, except for the forum platform itself, much of this website was coded in house. The event calendar, the live streaming system, the ranking ladder, the media library and the wiki were all written by me specifically for this community. My software has since been adopted all across the FGC on websites such as: VFDC, TestYourMight, FreeStepDodge, SkullHeart and Smashboards.


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Anyways, because of the upcoming expansion, I've been hardcore programming for the past few months. I've made small changes, and big changes. Added new features, and taken a few away. I'm making this post to keep you guys informed about upcoming changes, as well as the status of current changes.

In progress:
  • NEW SKIN! http://8wayrun.com/misc/style?style_id=6
    • Yes, I know the skin is very white, and very bright! I'm working on cleaning it up, and eventually creating a darker version. If you can handle the white, you should try using the new skin. It is much cleaner and faster than the old skin and you will definitely feel the performance boost.
  • Media section rewrite for performance boosts...
Completed:
  • Live streaming system has been implemented! http://8wayrun.com/streams/
    • A more indepth discussion of this new system can be found on this thread.
    • A new "channel submission" feature has been added!
  • Ranks section rewrite for performance boosts...
  • Wiki section rewrite for performance boosts...
  • Portal support for full width image headers...
  • Category system for the portal so its easy to find relevant news and announcements.
  • Icon zooming on portal blocks (such as soul arena icons and live stream previews)...
Upcoming:
  • Portal section rewrite for performance boosts...
  • Events section rewrite for performance boosts...
As these updates get underway in the upcoming months, you may see sections periodically go down while code changes are being applied. If you guys have any feature requests, just let me know.

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EDIT: URL CHANGES!

Also, I need to point out that with a lot of these changes, URLs are going to change. Many URLs in the Ranks section have changed; but for the most part, those changes aren't problematic. The issue will come when the Media, Events and Wiki sections change.

In the past, a URL to a playlist on the media section would look like:
Code:
http://8wayrun.com/media/playlist/apex-2013-soulcalibur-v.48/edit
With the new system, the URL will look slightly different:
Code:
http://8wayrun.com/media/apex-2013-soulcalibur-v.48/playlist/edit
Unfortunately, these changes are a necessity to facilitate these planned performance boosts.
 
Jason Axelrod

Comments

#3
excited bout the new darker version of the new skin myself.

Was curious as to why the "members" tab was taken away and no substitute was in place. I personally used it all the time to send messages, dig up old members etc. No its kind of a pain.

Im sure there was a good reason, just wondering if an alternative could be implimented.
 
#4
excited bout the new darker version of the new skin myself.

Was curious as to why the "members" tab was taken away and no substitute was in place. I personally used it all the time to send messages, dig up old members etc. No its kind of a pain.

Im sure there was a good reason, just wondering if an alternative could be implimented.
The members tab was taken away to combat spammers. In recent years, the members tab on forums has been used by spambots as a "honeypot" of users to spam through private messages.

You can very easily search for users by clicking your inbox tab, selecting "start new conversaion" and typing in usernames.
 
#5
Good stuff, Jaxel!

Is the code open source? I'd like to possibly take a peek and try to learn a thing or two.
 
#6
Sweet the skin is so much faster and brighter. Puts on sunglasses, OK I am good to go. lol
 
#7
The new forum looks awesome! Except for THE LIGHT, but I'm sure the dark version will be here soon enough.

I do have one pet peeve though: You can't tell links apart from regular text. This bothers me.
 
#8
Nice work so far Jaxel, Im loving all the changes. I just cant wait for a darker version of the new skin. :)
 
#9
Jaxel, great work as usual on features of the site. I look forward to all the other new changes. Everyone needs some shades.. lol.
 
#12
The 8way site layout has always been awesome since I discovered it. I'm sure you probably already know this, but good site layouts and interfaces make all the difference when it comes to retaining users and generating forum activity. And in my experience, forum layouts are usually dull. But man, it's also cool that other sites have used your creation. IMPRESSIVE INDEED. And the new skin is good, just.....too bright for my eyes!
 
#13
Can we get the tiny chatbox back? The large one chugs, and I damn sure know it's not my PC.