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    Rate my self made PHP forum (edit: and please suggest improvements)

    Last edited by Jero; 08-21-2004 at 11:28 PM.

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    VERY NICE!

    You gotta love the home grown stuff.

    Only suggestion I would have is to add a "breadcrumbs" list of links so people know where they are and can navigate. Otherwise looking good (for a v0.1.1 !) plus it's XHTML1.1 strict! Probably one of a kind at this point!

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    Some gripes; overall great

    That's one excellent piece of work! Visually appealing, well coded; great job.

    Some minor observations, though (the better the work, the smaller the flaws):
    • I'd strenghen the top and bottom borders of the main board list; the dashed borders look like it's printed on a torn off piece of, like, toilet paper. Maybe that's the look you wanted, but personally I think it doesn't quite fit the rest that well.
    • I second Bcarl314 on the breadcrumbs.
    • Code-wise, you can save a lot of classes in your - correctly used - tables marking up the board / topic lists:
      • since every td has a class "col", these styles can well be assigned to the element itself, if necessary classified by the containing table.
      • cells with "col1" could be replaced by th elements (a row heading cell is completely appropriate use for this element), saving another class using standard markup.
      • the "colhead" cells could again be replaced by th elements, likely enveloped by the thead container element, again proper standard markup.

      No biggies really, just saving a couple of classes and simplifying the style rules.
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    Thanks for the CSS advice, I was planning to give the entire forum a HTML/CSS overhaul when everything is finished. I'll surely use those things.

    And I'll also add the breadcrumbs.

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    Is there going to be anywhere where we can download it?

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    The cells are in dire need of padding :P Probably one of my biggest design pet-peeves is when there isn't enough padding around text and it hugs too closely to borders/other objects.

    http://delta.foxhound.nl/login.php

    The footer thingy on the page, for example. Doesn't that drive anyone else nuts? Maybe I have a problem...

    Otherwise, good stuff. You should post a query count and page exec time or something, too. Load times in themselves should be much faster without the kilobytes of codebloat that current forums use, but optimzing queries and such would make it even more popular.

    Another thing: Is it object-oriented? I'd imagine it would be, but if not, would be a good way to go seeing as people love modding forum software and doing that with procedural PHP can get ugly.

    Good stuff though. Am planning to write a CSS/XHTML strict forum myself. Forums themselves are fairly simple, but packing them with all the features vBulletin or XMB have is quite the task. A CSS-styleable forum would definately be a popular product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Error 404
    Is there going to be anywhere where we can download it?
    Yeah, look in the News board. It has a link to the file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronW
    A CSS-styleable forum would definately be a popular product.
    That is my current pet-project. It's still in very early design stages so please don't comment on the overuse of CSS classes etc. etc. These will get cleaned up as time goes on.


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