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2007 and the Future

Published: December 25, 2006 By webmasterbob | Comments (5)
Hello one and all. It's nearing the end of 2006 even quicker than expected. 2006 was a big year for Zelda Sages and The Legend of Zelda as a whole. With the release of the highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess, the Wii, and more, we've seen more good things come from all corners of Nintendo. On our end, after years of struggle, we were finally able to launch Zelda Sages! We've already done one major overhaul from our initial release static system to our wonderful new CMS in early November, but what do we have in store for 2007? Look inside for our new years resolutions!

A Look Back in Time

It certainly took a while, but on October 4th, 2006 we were able to launch our first version of Zelda Sages. The information and structure were made up of years of work, agony, and lost sleep.

 


(Our first design, Ancient Sage)

(Our second design choice Blue Sage)

 

Our initial launch of Zelda Sages gave a good clean layout with the ability to change styles. However, there were a multitude of problems. From spam on comments to whacky errors with our site integration we were forced to think of another solution. I went around looking at what some other sites have done, and it generally all fell towards using the popular content management systems Joomla or Mambo. I've used these two systems before, which were actually the systems that crashed and destroyed our content in 2005. So, I set out and found the perfect solution for us. I spent about three days without sleep making a skin to use with our newly purchased CMS *it wasn't cheap either* and showing it to Windmage. His quote is still stuck in my head, "WOW! You really did stay up for three days!" So, after that approval and running through everything with ZeldaGuardian I started redesigning the forums behind the scenes making everything even better. Sure enough on November 5th I relaunched Zelda Sages. I received almost nothing but positive remarks about the move from staff and members alike, so I am very happy with the work I threw in for a few weeks.

With our new CMS we have been able to create a site that is 100% integrated with our member database. This means no more writing confusing PHP for me *well, maybe a little bit*, no more frustration of staff members, and no more pain for members receiving the dreaded "Cookie Timeout" no permission error. Everything is also far more strung together, and the site is far easier to navigate. Our forums also look better then ever with a great new design and wrapped up nicely inside the site layout. Better yet, all our content is far more accessible!

 

Our 2007 Plan

So, what do we plan to do with 2007? We actually have a good number of things planned. I will mention prior to any of my ramblings that you, the viewer, can always suggest anything you please by using either our contact form or posting in our suggestions and feedback board . You can also E-mail specific staff members for suggestions about their department via their staff E-mails all viewable on our nifty staff page .

So, what our we doing in short? Why, everything on this list:

  • Continue to make the best experiance we can for our visitors
  • Improve perks for registered members
  • Finish game information for a few neglected games
  • Launch the Zelda Sages Encyclopedia
  • Begin uploading more downloadable computer swag
  • Run a full report over staff work ethic to see if any staff members need replacing
  • Perform everything on the todo list
  • Create a Moderator Guide to reduce moderation errors
  • Launch the Zelda Sages chatroom *interest and money pending*
  • Begin publishing the mail bag
  • Improve news response skills
  • Affiliate with other Legend of Zelda sites to further throw our name out there
  • Work on a few more interactive site features
  • Create some form of editorial section

That's the short list of our goals by the end of 2007. We've had a great year at Zelda Sages and hope to look forward to an even better year. 2007 will be our first full year as an established site. I know that the staff, as well as myself, are looking forward to a fantastic year!

 

Have a Happy Holiday Season and Happy New Year!

Comments

  1.  Slyguy46 |  December 25, 2006

    Excellent Job Staff. Its been one heck of a year. Happy Holidays!

  2.  animaldude |  December 26, 2006

    I'm pumped :)

  3.  ZeldaGuardian |  December 29, 2006

    Once '06 is complete, '07 will be a fun year for ZeldaSages. I'm just hoping that the staff is prepared for it...

  4.  Windmage |  December 29, 2006

    im prepared, with my brand new fast computer, i shall boldy go forth into '07

  5.  yoyolll |  January 13, 2007

    GAA!
    I don't even have an icon.

    I am deeply embarressed. :p

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