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#1 Street-Car

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 06:13 PM

Hi all

I've got a site that we've running for approximately a year now and now we have quite a bit of info together on car specifications i thought i would get some form of system sorted so's that people can view the info without having to search through the forums where its currently stores with no order (not much) :( So i would like if you guys could take 2 mins out of your time to have a look at my site and recommend to me a system that i could use to display and organize the specifications we have.

Many thanks in advance.


The main site (the links to the cars take you to the forums where they are kept at the mo)
[a href=\"http://www.street-car.net\" target=\"_blank\"]http://www.street-car.net[/a]

The Specs page index (forums again)
[a href=\"http://www.street-car.net/forums/showthread.php?t=758\" target=\"_blank\"]http://www.street-car.net/forums/showthread.php?t=758[/a]

Thanks guys

#2 moberemk

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 12:08 AM

WAAAAAAYYYY too many links there on the front page. I've heard of "less is more" but this is taking it to the extreme. The header image is disproportionate with the rest of the page, and the link cloud at the bottom is overcrowded and hard to navigate.
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#3 ober

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 01:46 PM

I'm impressed with the header graphic work... some of the best I've seen on car sites. I'm also impressed with the integration with VBulletin... great work.

But I definately agree... you need to move all that great info out of the forums and onto the main page.

I don't know what would be the best "system" to use... are you just looking for a decent CMS? I suppose PostNuke would probably be a fair bet, but I've never used it. I'd think a home-grown version might do best for you, however.

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#4 Street-Car

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 04:18 PM

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I'm impressed with the header graphic work... some of the best I've seen on car sites. I'm also impressed with the integration with VBulletin... great work.

But I definately agree... you need to move all that great info out of the forums and onto the main page.

I don't know what would be the best "system" to use... are you just looking for a decent CMS? I suppose PostNuke would probably be a fair bet, but I've never used it. I'd think a home-grown version might do best for you, however.
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Thanks for that :)

Okay well im not sure on what to use as im still new to this. I was hoping that somone could recomend a GUI based database for me to put all the specs into. I need to be able to arange them easy, add new specs, edit older ones and also have pictures too. Something that will be good and easy for the guests to navigate around on my site too. is there such a web based gui database system (MySQL) ?

I will be very greatfull on anything you guys can recomend me

Thanks again

#5 frustrated

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 08:21 PM

I could be way off here but something like phpmyadmin would make it pretty easy to add data about all the vehicles. You will still need to or have someone design all the tables for the database and a program that would pull the data for users to see.

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 09:39 PM

Well how do you want your users to browse/search for the info?

Will they know what they are looking for? - If so a search will suffice.

If not - then you will have to arrange your details in groups - e.g. browse by manufacturer/ alphabetical/ details (cc etc.). Drop down menus may suffice in this case.

Which is it? - Search or Browse?

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#7 Street-Car

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 04:33 PM

Hi thanks for the replies

i would like to make it so's that they can Browse the car specs.

A main list of all the manufactors and then indise each list will be a list of car models

Ex

Mazda

323F

Then a list of all the Mazda 323F cars specs will be pulled from the database

Thanks again

#8 steviewdr

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 08:27 PM

Humm .... theres a fast reply option now!

Anyways - hey you definately need a custom system to allow your users search by car manufacturer.
It is simple to do with php & mysql - including an admin backend.
There is a tutorial here on phpfreaks about a games store database (i think) Heres the URL to it: [a href=\"http://www.phpfreaks.com/tutorials/133/0.php\" target=\"_blank\"]http://www.phpfreaks.com/tutorials/133/0.php[/a]

Hope you find some ideas.

Best of Luck.
-steve




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