Welcome to the New Toad's Castle

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Welcome to the New Toad's Castle

by supertoad » Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:54 pm

Two months ago on Toad's Castle's fifth birthday I promised a new design and various improvements to the site. The day has finally come to unveil these changes.

The most obvious change is the layout. I completely redesigned it, and I believe it's safe to say we now have one of the nicest looking Mario fan sites on the internet. The left nav bar provides access to all of the essential content pages, while the right bar gives links to forum topics, polls, and the login system. The buttons in the new banner quickly direct new users to the key parts of the site.

Almost every page is now entered into a database which allows me more flexibility in providing access to our content. The games by system and contributors pages are currently the best examples of how this data can be used. Both are generated from the database and will never be out of date.

For more information about the login system, see this page.

There is still work to be done. In the coming months, I hope to implement sorting features on section indexes, an easier submission process (not that email is difficult!), profile editing, wiki-style game page editing, the badge system that was discussed, and games such as Find Toaldo.

If you notice anything broken or have suggestions please let me know.
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Re: Welcome to the New Toad's Castle

by Goombachi » Sat Aug 29, 2009 5:10 pm

Loving the new layout. So far the only thing I've noticed was a typo of "Frorum" on the Interact page.
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Re: Welcome to the New Toad's Castle

by mushroom_mage » Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:15 pm

Looks even better than the sample page now that it's official.
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Re: Welcome to the New Toad's Castle

by Nightmare » Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:57 pm

I'm digging the new look. It makes the site seem a whole lot more streamlined. You should be very proud of yourself for seeing this through = ]
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Re: Welcome to the New Toad's Castle

by Fawful » Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:20 am

The site looks great. I like the new look.
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Re: Welcome to the New Toad's Castle

by Narudog » Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:26 am

The new site layout looks fantastic. Very accessible. Looking forward to the login feature. Great job ST.
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Re: Welcome to the New Toad's Castle

by Pokejake91 » Sun Aug 30, 2009 6:05 am

I agree that this new site look is great! The log-in system sounds interesting, and I'm glad eveything seems more organized now. Can't wait to see all the stuff that you'll be working to put on the site in the next few months!
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Re: Welcome to the New Toad's Castle

by Mr.Nose » Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:58 pm

Love the new look! It makes the site look a lot more... Professional.
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