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  • New and Exciting Features For Stormspire.net

    I would like to take a moment to let you guys know what we have in store for Stormspire.net and the community in general. In the past few months, a ton of work has been done in terms of site infrastructure and backend optimization. With that out of the way, we can start focusing on new and exciting front-end features. Remember that none of these implementations are set in stone yet. I value community feedback. It has vastly influenced the development of this site from day one and that will never change. If you think a feature should be released in one way or another (or not at all), let me know, your opinion matters!

    1. Full Steam Ahead With Diablo 3

    A large portion of this community will migrate to Diablo 3 once the game is released. I think it's in our best interest to provide Diablo 3 players with a good home. That said, Stormspire.net will become a WoW/D3 site primarily. More subforums will be added to the Diablo 3 section and we'll probably integrate some features for that game specifically. In terms of the site's look, expect to see a Diablo 3 themed skin in the near future.

    Oh, and in case you're wondering, there will be a Diablo 3 Wind Trader equivalent. We're just not sure what to call you guys yet.

    2. Video Library

    This feature will allow users to submit, view, rate, and comment on videos. This section will be seamlessly integrated with the rest of the site. More details to come.

    3. Blogging Platform

    With Mists of Pandaria and Diablo 3 on the horizon, and a more robust blogging integration in VBulletin 4.1.11, I've decided it's about time to enable this feature. Without divulging too much information, here's the jist of it:

    • The blogging platform will give users the ability to maintain a "journal" of sorts of their adventures (or any topic, really).
    • This platform is seamlessly integrated with VBulletin, meaning we can track blogging statistics for all users.
    • Blog posts can be promoted to front-page articles. This is a great way of rewarding top contributors.
    • Since some bloggers enjoy passive income from Ads, I'm strongly considering allowing bloggers to place their own ads on their own blog. I haven't looked into revenue sharing (this site would need to be approved), so don't get too excited just yet.

    4. New Navbar Menu (finally!)

    This has been in the works for a really long time. VBulletin offers very little where navbar menu customization is concerned, so I went ahead and coded one myself. It's almost ready and I think you will like it!

    5. The Bad News: Discontinued support for the Ethereal skin.

    It's with a heavy heart that I announce this, but we won't be supporting the Ethereal skin going forward. This skin is a heavily customized version of the Goblin theme, and requires a lot of attention whenever a new version of VBulletin is released. Its glory was short lived, and may it rest peacefully in VBulletin skin heaven.

    Somehow good ol' Retro still works quite well. Things were just built better back in the day, right?

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    I look forward to your feedback!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New and Exciting Features For Stormspire.net started by Sterling View original post