Archive for September, 2010

Creating a Website for Your Guild

So you want to create a website for your guild but do not know where to start? Well, this article is perfect for you then! I just recently went through rebuilding the community website for my online guild and had to face decisions many of which do not have a right answer. Building a website for anyone can be a daunting task, but I am going to share some of my experiences to help you get started with some of today’s most powerful Content Management Systems (CMS).

Figure 1: The Z Guild Site

While it is perfectly acceptable to create a website from scratch, there are a lot of things to worry about if you go this route. Everything from basic user handling to security needs to be addressed, and those are no easy tasks. The more complex you make your website, the more challenging it becomes to track everything. This is where the Content Management Systems come in. Teams of developers have bonded together to create highly customizable website templates that require a limited amount of HTML and programming experience. If you just need a simple static page to display information, then a CMS is complete overkill, but if you need the basic community package, which includes forums and a photo gallery, then a CMS is definitely the way to go.
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Sprawl Featured Again in Beckett MOG!

Rush out and pickup issue number 27 of Beckett Massive Online Gamer for the latest Cataclysm update from yours truly. Okay, so it’s a magazine so it isn’t the absolute latest news, but it’s two full pages of things created by me, and there are articles from others that cover perhaps a few of those MMOs you don’t follow so regularly.

I hope to be contributing to Beckett for some time to come, so you mind as well just pickup a subscription for a mere $16.95 for a year while you are at it.

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Since 1999, Stephen "Sprawl" Russell has provided written video game and convention coverage for industry leaders such as IGN Entertainment, Beckett Media, Voodoo Extreme 3D, NCSoft, Stratics, Gamespy, Curse Gaming, Wikia, and the Vault Network.

Sprawl is available for hire! :)
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