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My website, www.nitroware.org, has a really neat content management system, for phpbb, that i designed.  As you will see, home, weather, and others to come are all run by the same script.  Check it out!!!

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erm...hate to be critical, but i have a few problems with it:
1, it has a flash banner. i hate flash (but thats a personal opinion, not a dig at what you've done with it)
2, it's very grey
3, it's phpBB. nowadays, there are so many better, still free forums.
4, so it tells the weather. on a forum. hope i havent missed the point, but why is that a good thing? oh, and it doesnt tell me the weather here in Bedfordshire, so is useless to me.
5, content management system? please go on, i'm curious.

cheers

[b]edit[/b]: whoops, this aint website critique...

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Its ok, i like people critiqing my website.
Anyway, I have a script that by the id title (in the url), it looks into a table in a database and chacks to see if there is an enrty.  If there is, it reads the php code and displays it, with all the other info.  Really handy.  I also made it display all the pages that i had in the DB, I didnt like it, so i ditched it.  If you would like to see the source,  I can show you.

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ok
here is is, (db and stuff is modifyed names)
[code]
<?
//Top*****************************************************************************************
define('IN_PHPBB', true);
$phpbb_root_path = './';

$i = 0;
while ( !file_exists($phpbb_root_path . 'extension.inc') && ($i++ < 4) )
{
$phpbb_root_path .= '../';
}
if ( $i > 4 )
{
  message_die(GENERAL_MESSAGE, 'Unable to find extension.inc, terminating. Please move this file into your main/"root" phpbb directory and try again.');
}

include($phpbb_root_path . 'extension.inc');
include($phpbb_root_path . 'common.'.$phpEx);

//
// Start session management
//
$userdata = session_pagestart($user_ip, PAGE_INDEX);
init_userprefs($userdata);
//
// End session management
//

/*if( !$userdata['session_logged_in'] )
{
redirect(append_sid($phpbb_root_path . "contentms.$phpEx?page=$page", true));
} */
$page=$_GET[page];
$page_title = $page;
include($phpbb_root_path . 'directory/page_header.'.$phpEx);
//~Top****************************************************************************************
//********************************************************************************************
//********************************************************************************************
//Head****************************************************************************************
print<<<DELIM
<center><H2><b>$page</b></H2></center><p>


DELIM;
//~Head***************************************************************************************
//********************************************************************************************
//********************************************************************************************
//Body****************************************************************************************
print "<h3>";
$sql = "SELECT * FROM `table` WHERE `fieldtitle` = CONVERT(_utf8 '$page' USING latin1) COLLATE latin1_swedish_ci";
if($result = $db->sql_query($sql))
{
while($forumsrow = $db->sql_fetchrow($forums))
{
$content = $forumsrow['Text'];
}
}
else
{
message_die(GENERAL_ERROR, "Couldn't obtain user/online forums information.", "", __LINE__, __FILE__, $sql);
};
//print $content;
if ($content){
print $content; 
 
}else{
print '<head><META HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" CONTENT="1; url=index.php"></head>There was an error in the content of this page.  Please try again later.';
};
print"</h3>";
DELIM;
//~Body***************************************************************************************
//********************************************************************************************
//********************************************************************************************
//Bottom**************************************************************************************
include($phpbb_root_path . 'directory/page_tail.'.$phpEx);
//~Bottom*************************************************************************************
?>
[/code]

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Regarding the flash--a REAL turn off for me too.  ESPECIALLY when you add sound.  When I start a page and it automatically starts playing audio, I close the page and go ELSEWHERE.  I don't even get a chance to see if the site has anything of interest to me.

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some of us listen to music on occasion, and when we go to your site, it blairs through our speakers that on instinct we exit to stop the noise.

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If you want to put the OPTION to play sound, then so be it.  SOME people might like it--if that's your target audience, then go for it.  But [I'm] on of the people that you'll drive away.

And as far as using flash for animation that's ok--but if I have to wait for the animation to finish loading before I see the content, I'm probably gone as well.  On some of the sites I've been too, the first page is NOTHING but a flash animation followed by loading the actual content--GOOD GRIEF!  At least SOME of those have a "Skip Intro" link.  If they don't G'Bye!

Either show me the content [b]or[/b] show me how good at developing flash you've become--but don't try to do both. 

UNLESS of course I've specifically been told that this site has what I'm looking for.  If a friend sent me there, I'd probably wait.

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It's like going to a hot chick's myspace and Mariah Carey BLASTS at you out of nowhere, leaving you fumbling for the fastest way to shut it off.

It's just obnoxious.

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Not to mention if I am at work and screwing off and get to your site then I visit your site and next thing I know the boss is wondering what the heck I am doing......







http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O_5ef49N5I

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I dont have my speakers on so I am missing the audio, but why is the header 'breathing'?  It also pixalates like crazy too.

If its a CMS, where is the content part of it? I see a front page into a Forum...  And no explaination as to what the site is about.. I'm all confused :(

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