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November 19th, 2009
A few days ago I stumbled upon the idea of creating a page on our site that had a collection of Zelda twitter updates throughout the Zelda community, and had an easy to remember URL. What I came up with was our Zelda Tweets page.
Our Zelda Tweets page (with the easy-to-remember URL: http://www.destinationzelda.net/tweets/)contains several widgets for up-to-date updates from different Zelda fan-site Twitter accounts. At the top of the page is a collection of our "ZeldaSites" list from Twitter. Beneath that are seven different Twitter account widgets that show individual site updates.
I didn't want to add too many individual widgets; every widget creates a separate request to Twitter, and too many of them will slow the page's load-time down. Speaking of which, when viewing the page, you'll have to wait a little longer than normal since it has to load eight different Twitter widgets.
What's the point of this update? With an easy-to-remember URL, you can visit the page whenever you're interested in seeing what a selection of Zelda fan-site sites are updating about. This means that you're not required to have a Twitter account or anything like that - just check the page and you'll see the updates.
Henry and myself are looking for people willing to help out the Destination Zelda site. If you are interested, keep reading on.
We are in need of new reporters and content writers. If you are interested in either job, please submit a Staff Application via the Contact us system. Include what position you would like and why you think we should choose you.
November 16th, 2009
It's about time we have a new look for the news updates. What we've been using looked generic and old, so I decided to try and update DZ's home page with a new, unique look. Let us know what you think.
It's going to take some getting use to, but I think this style is a bit better at separating updates by the day they're posted.
If you've visited our site before, chances are that your internet browser saved a cache of our CSS file which needs updated to show the new look properly. To do that, clear your cache (if you don't know how, just do a Google search).
Oh, and if you've cleared your cache and refreshed our website, and it still looks weird or not aligned correctly, send us an e-mail with a screenshot of what you're seeing. Make sure to let us know your computer's operating system, which browser you're using, and your browser's version. I want to make sure that as many people can correctly see this new updating layout as possible (remember that older versions of Internet Explorer are outdated and don't support transparent PNG images).
November 13th, 2009
Not a whole lot of news has been posted here lately, and our Destination Zelda forums seem to be past the stage of tumbleweeds randomly blowing by. Find out what I've been up to in the rest of the update.
First and foremost, I'd like to do a self-advertisement for our Zelda forums. It's been becoming a desolate place lately, which is very odd as we had insanely active boards when we first re-opened the site. So if you have some time on your hands and appreciate our site, share some of that time on our message boards with us.
Anyway, onto the meat of this update: yes, there have been several new things happening with the upcoming Zelda: Spirit Tracks game, such as the recently revealed musical flute that Link uses. I realize that we haven't updated about these findings, but there's other things that I've been busy with.
Of course, I'm still working on the Hylian Avatars system, and there's still much to do with it. I want it to turn out as a fun thing for fans to actually use, not just something slopped together that no one cares about.
However, lately, I've been messing with the underlying code to our site. Since the content pages are written in a custom code that I wrote, changing things around is nice and clean (not to mention easy ... well, mostly). I've been messing with the way our content pages render their image alignments.
Confused? Here's what I mean:
Notice our Items page for Spirit Tracks? See how all of the main images are aligned on the left (it's like this on most Zelda fan-sites)? There's also an area above some items that is an interactive AJAX feature I that spent a week writing. Well, I'm removing and revamping those content areas, as well as every other content page.
Instead of being cliché with the pages, we're going to make them appear within the content itself. It's not a new idea, in fact, our great affiliate, Zelda Dungeon, has been doing this for quite some time.
I just thought we could improve on our concept, and you guys should be able to see the result sometime soon.
October 12th, 2009
Not much has been going on lately, but I decided to make a new wallpaper for the site. Calling it "Supressed in Twilight", it's a mixture of the Destination Zelda theme and Midna.
The wallpaper has a dark theme, as I was getting tired of the brighter wallpaper that I was using. I used the leaves that you see on our site (and on our Twitter account), to give it our custom look. In the design, Midna was meant to look like she's up to something - that she isn't as innocent as she's portrayed.
October 7th, 2009
We've been hard at work trying to get the Hylian Avatars system up-and-running, but it's still going to be some time. You can check out its page to see the current progress of this future feature.
First off, this was something that we wanted to release with the site when we opened Destination Zelda, but if we had done so, we still wouldn't be open. However, it's been in the making this whole time. What is it, exactly? Well, it's a custom Zelda-based avatar system where you can add clothing, items, and more to characters to be viewed on our forums (and of course, posting them on other places, too, if you'd like). If you're a member on our forums, chances are you've heard Lanayru or I talking about the Hylian Avatars, and asking what you thought about them.
Instead of me writing up some long paragraphs about this, I'll just link you over to our Hylian Avatars information page. If you're at least a little bit curious about the project, go take a look at it. Realize that it's still in the early stages, but rest assured, we are working on it.
As always, feedback and comments are always appreciated.
October 2nd, 2009
When you go to one of our guide pages, or click on a dynamic game list from the right side of the page, the guides that you see won't be as randomly ordered.
I edited the script for our Zelda guide list so that they can be categorized. Now, instead of the guides being listed alphabetically, they'll be listed by categories. When I get around to it, I'll be separating our current Zelda guides into their own pages. What I mean by this is the "mini-bosses" that are currently stuffed into the Boss Strategies sections will get their own page, as will different items (such as bottles officially having their own page).
The point of this is to make things a little more uniform, as well as making it easier to find what you're looking for. A good example of this is the Twilight Princess: Items page - everything is listed on one page at the moment, and it seems randomly thrown together.
These changes will come when I get around to them; they're not a huge priority as there are other things I'm currently more concerned with. It was just that today's update was something I had wanted to get a start on before the site was even released, but we didn't have the time for it.
September 24th, 2009
Following the trend of other fan-sites, I just finished setting up (and designing templates for) some social networking sites. If you're a member on any of them, support us by adding us.
As with the video I recorded for Zelda: Hyrule's Forgotten Paths, any future videos will be posted on each of these sites, so if you're only registered on one social networking site, you'll still get to see what we're up to. We'll also post big announcements, tweet little (and big) news, and give inside-scoops to things we're working on, on these sites.
So, if you'd like to support DZ, click on the little images above the "Site Information" area on the left side of the site. Of course, if you're too lazy to move the mouse that far, you can always click here: Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and MySpace.
The images are going to take some getting use to, but I'm sure by next week, I'll be thinking about how plain Destination Zelda looked without them.
September 22nd, 2009
Above the news posts is an area that randomly choses one of our features to show. Well, I tried updating the look of it to help attract attention to it (and, in turn, get new members on our forums).
Our staff member, Lules, had said that the Random feature area was a little glitched when viewed on certain internet browsers. Although it wasn't much of a big deal (as the site's optimized for FireFox on a Windows OS), I like to try and make the site work within other browsers and operating systems, as well.
Earlier today it occurred to me that the forums haven't had a new member in over a week. Whether it's the fact that we're new and people aren't finding our site, or if perhaps they are finding us, but not noticing to register, is something that we don't know the answer to. Nonetheless, I wanted to try and make the area above the news stand out more than it previously did, to try and help advertise our forums (as well as other features).
At the moment, there's still only two features that our system randomly cycles through, but more will be added when we figure out some that deserve to stand out.
When we ran Zelda Dimension, there was a fan-game that I was working on, that had to stop for several reasons. Well, I decided to record a video today of its gameplay.
I made a topic about this on our forums, which you can see here, but basically, I wanted to show the work that was put into the flash-based Zelda fan-game. Remember, this project has been closed, and won't be re-opened, but it's still nice to see what could have been. There's some lag issues which were mostly due to the screen recorder (just like the like of audio - which yes, there is actually audio in the game), but you can still see the basics of the game.
You can see the video by visiting the topic on our forums, or by checking our Youtube account's video.
September 17th, 2009
There were a few little things updated here-and-there recently.
First of all, this is a bit late, but we affiliated with Legend Zelda (also known as "The Hidden Triforce") earlier in the week ... or perhaps last week.
Last night marked the end of the first month of being hosted, and so the continued monthly payments begin. With that being said, it must've jinxed the site, as I uploaded an updated version of the CSS file to the site which screwed everything up.
The CSS file is what controls most of the images and text you see on the site. Since I've been busy working on something for the site behind-the-scenes, I had the images trying to link off of my computer, instead of the server. It wasn't until our Staff member, Lules, noticed that the images weren't loading and sent us a message about it, that it got fixed (remember, to me, it showed the images since it was trying to link from my computer). Hopefully, I'll double-check that issue from now on before uploading files; I've been doing it so far, but apparently over-looked it this time.
Why was the CSS updated? The text fields that are used in form areas were updated to look a bit nicer. You can view our Contact Us page to see the new colors in action.
September 13th, 2009
Still in need of a wallpaper? Check out the Wallpaper section of our site.
September 8th, 2009
Alright, for all of you who didn't notice, we have a new staff member!
Welcome to our team, Lules! I hope you enjoy DZ as much as the rest of us do. Lules is currently our Artistic Assistant (again, bit of a tongue twister, try saying that 10 times fast). Anyways, be sure to give her a warm welcome!
September 6th, 2009
I'm Aero, and I'm the new guy here. I'll be updating on news that DZ thrives on, so I hope to see you people around!
Hey guys, anyway, in case you didn't read the above, I'm Aero, your new News Reporter (gee, that's a bit of a tongue twister. :P)
Anyways, there's not much to update here. I'll also post a bit of content here and there. So, I hope to see you around on DZ!
September 4th, 2009
Do you need a new wallpaper? Are you a Zelda fan? Then you have come to the right place.
August 23rd, 2009
New sites usually struggle to get viewers, but thanks to our affiliates, it's been a lot easier for us this time around. I'd like to thank them, quickly - especially the ones who posted updates about us. Read more to find out about how DZ is doing.
Destination Zelda has been having a pretty good first-five-days, and again, it wouldn't be that way with not only our affiliates, but also the great members on our forums who have been telling their friends about our return.
Now that the site has been up and everyone's taken a look at it, the hard part is about to come. And what might that be? Keeping visitors.
We have several unique plans to help keep Destination Zelda as a stand-out site, but of course, everything comes with time. I believe that our outdated content is currently a higher priority than these features, so that we're at least up-to-date with content. Now, realize that there are a lot of Zelda fan-sites, and most of them have the same-old content concepts, and a lot of people think that this has become a cliched, pointless theme. So why would we continue with this trend? Because we want to. Provided that fans help by submitting corrections or bits of content, which we hope to push in the future, we think we could create some nice guides and strategies.
You might be asking, "Enough about the cliche, what about new concepts?". Well, we're hoping to cover those bases in the future. First of all, our custom news script is in need of a good update, as its backed is far outdated (based on my current PHP and programming class knowledge), and has a bunch of errors (none that most of you will ever see, but that's still not acceptable to me).
Aside from that, we currently have at least two to four good "ideas" that we'd like to introduce - one of which is more of a touch-up to our guides, one is a more user-friendly way of updating content (we currently use custom scripts/tags for our content, too), and the other two ... well, I'll wait and explain a bit more of them later.
There's one really big feature that we'd like to add, but I had run into some problems with it. That doesn't mean that we've given up on it, and I'm hoping to get back to working on it after we get some of our content up. Remember, there's no promises that I'll be able to get this working, but if so, I think it'll add a nice, unique, interactive Zelda feature to our site/forums.
Those are a bit of our planned updates to the site, but realize that I actually have two different text files currently sitting on my desktop with things to update on the site and forums. If you've actually read this far into today's update, congrats, but I don't have any cookies for you, sorry.
Just remember, we're far from finished with Destination Zelda, and we shouldn't run out of ideas to improve the site anytime soon.
August 19th, 2009
Welcome to Destination Zelda, the re-birth of what use to be Zelda Dimension. Click the "read full update" link to see what's been going on.
Alright, I don't know where I should really start. Lanayru (who use to go by "Mystic_Faerie") and I have been working on trying to get this site up for almost a month. Most of the Zelda guide content is the same as what was on Zelda Dimension (which means there are some really outdated Twilight Princess and Phantom Hourglass pages).
That's not to say that we haven't been constantly busy with converting everything. You see, instead of the odd mixture of PHP and xHTML that we used for Zelda Dimension's content, we now use an even more odd way of doing content: I made a custom tag script that makes adding and editing content much easier. This was done because I want to make fan-submitted content more appealing to us and potential staff members.
Anyway, aside from that, as you can see, we have a graphically intensive layout (which I hope most of you enjoy). Although we could've gone the easy route and done a Web 2.0 layout, I have the horrible tendency of creating very graphic designs. This can take a toll on our bandwidth, but as long as you guys like it - who cares.
Along with a more expensive server, I also purchased an Invision Board as we weren't really liking where vBulletin was going. After playing around with our new forum software, we've really grown to like it. Well, most of it - the skinning is much more time-consuming than vBulletin's was, but I think our forum template turned out pretty good. Unfortunately, some of the CSS colors got lost when converting from my computer's localhost to the new server.
Anyway, I think this update has gone on long enough. Welcome (possibly back) to our site, and if you enjoy it, feel free to sign up on our forums as we've obviously had to start them from scratch once again.
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