Happy New Year! 2013 was an amazing year of growth and expansion. We grew from a community of just a handful of people to now over 2,200 users! Thank you to each and every one of you for all your continued support. Let's make 2014 an even better year :)
Let's look at some analytic statistics from 2013 (June - December):
- Unique Visitors: 26,581
- Visits: 109,602
- Pages/Visit (avg): 3
- Top 3 languages: English (84%), Dutch (5.5%), Finnish (1.3%)
- Average daily unique visitors: 513
This post is going to be a kind of preview about what features I'd like to implement in 2014. Some of these will be very large while some will be smaller tweaks. I am always interested to hear what you guys want to see, so always feel free to post suggestions in comments, even if completely unrelated to the post.
The largest issue prohibiting growth of community is that we have a user-base, but there's no community interaction. I'm planning to work on this by creating forums that will use your already-existing account and allow interaction in the community. It is my hope that we can grow into a strong and helpful community!
Sure, the profile system is a great way to keep track of your Completionist requirements, but it lacks a certain personal touch, and may not be a great solution for everyone. I will be implementing a way to set personal goals that will display on your profile like the already existing requirements, but will be completely unique to you!
I'm a believer that personal customization is what makes something stand out. Soon the profiles will be much more personal. You will be able to change colors, what's visible, have an "about me" section, goals, and maybe even have some other modules available (nothing planned yet).
Better Mobile Support
This isn't a huge priority, but I know how tough it can be to use a full size site on a mobile device. I'd like to implement a nice mobile theme that works well and doesn't get in the way.
What better way to bring a group together then some friendly competition? My current idea for skilling competitions is to have two brackets: Competitive and Casual. Competitive will be for those who really want to go for the most xp possible, with a large prize, where the casual bracket will be for those of us who only get to play a few hours a day, with a smaller prize.
As always, these features aren't final and are subject to change. I'm always looking for suggestions and ideas, as well as any bugs that need to be fixed. Thank you all so much.
Countdown to 500,000 searches
The Max/Completionist Cape Calculator is a RuneScape tool that will help you figure out just how far (or close) you are from maxing your skills. It does this by using your stats in the hiscores. This means, unfortunately, that those not in the hiscores will not be able to be calculated.
Due to a lack of developer tools from RuneScape, it's not possible to track other Completionist requirements. You can do so yourself, however, by creating a profile. Creating a profile is not required to use the Calculator, but it does give you access to some cool features, including: keeping track of your Regular and Trimmed Completionist Cape requirements, setting checkpoints in your skills (displays experience gained since that date on your Calculator page), and just having a cool profile page to share!
You can set a default name on your calculator page by hitting the button to the left of the search bar. This will make it so you can skip past this page in the future and get straight to your calculator.
Thank you for all your support and feedback. I couldn't have gotten this far without you!
With the end of World Event 2, the current background (Armadyl and Bandos) has become a little bit outdated. The original idea for the background was to have it related to current events in-game. However, after the few months it's been up, I've come to like it so much that I feel like the site needs a new background.
I'd like to keep the same format as the current one (two images in the lower corners), but I'm not quite sure what to put up. The images don't have to be necessarily directly related, but I do need to be able to get a screenshot with the Orb of Oculus.
If you have any ideas of things you'd like to see as a background, please let me know in a comment. Thanks!
Before you start any big project, you have to think it through logically and make some design choices before you even start, so that you don't code yourself into a corner later.
I'm going to be coding completely custom forums. I want them to be unique, but usable to everyone. By unique, I mean that I don't want it to just be a remake of every other forum out there, but I don't want to make something that no-one can use.
This is where my first design choice comes in.
BBCode vs Markdown
I dislike BBCode. I think it's clunky and difficult to use correctly. On the other hand, most people that use forums are used to using BBCode in their posts.
Markdown, on the other hand, is straightforward and pretty easy to use. It requires minimal extra typing and formatting. This is what Reddit uses for their post/comment system. However, most people that use forums aren't used to using Markdown.
Right now, I'm going with Markdown as my choice in ways to do posts, and I will of course have a formatting help thing you can use.
Forum Profiles and Settings
I don't see the point in having the Forums being a separate entity from the main site. Forum settings will be in the main UCP in a new tab, and your profile will be getting some new stuff, like an About Me, optional comments, customization, and maybe some other personal, optional, fields.
Custom avatars vs ALog Avatars
At the start, I'm planning on everyone's default avatar to be their ALog profile picture (face), however, if there is a demand for it, customizable avatars are a possibility. This is to cut down on the initial work required and to avoid having to moderate avatars.
That's all the big things that I'm currently thinking about. I'm sure there will be many smaller things as I progress. If there's anything you dislike about forums or anything you've always wished forums had, please let me know. I want this to be as much your forums as it is mine.
As some of you may have noticed, we've recently passed 2,000 user accounts created. This is a huge milestone, and I would like to thank each and every one of you personally, but there are just so many of you!
As a thank you, I am going to be holding a prize drawing, of sorts. Starting Sunday, December 8th, there will be a page that you can go to and input your RSN for a chance to win!
Winners are as follows:
- Man guy
- He Belongs
I've rerolled a few names due to the name not existing in-game. Sorry!
Winners have one week from December 25th to contact The Orange to claim their prize!
I will attempt to contact all winners. Failure to collect a prize will result in a repick for that bond.
Thank you everyone for helping to support this site!
You do not need to have an account to enter the competition. Simply enter your name on the page to be entered!