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Steve Engelhardt Presents: The Wagon Wheel Campground

Post by prey2god3 » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:52 pm

Hello,
My new Joomla 1.5 website is located at http://CampWagonWheel.com. I help manage the campground and made the site for it. I am basically done except for minor tweaks and seo.

The Wagon Wheel Campground located near the Wisconsin Dells is composed of 100+ seasonal campers and about a dozen or so sites for Tents or RVs. I included a community for the seasonal campers to allow them to keep in touch.

I invite you to register as a seasonal camper in order to view the community.

Here's the breakdown:
Estimated cost: $200.00

Joomla 1.5
Host - Siteground.com
Domain Name - Goddaddy.com
Template - Rockettheme.com - Replicant2

Add Ons:
Community Builder w/ many extension specific add-ons - I Paid for the extra subscription stuff too
CB Super Activity Module - Paid for this one too
Event List
JCE Editor
JoomGallery
JoomlaPack
Kunea Forum
UddeIm
Xmap
SOM Shoutbox - module
Google Weather - module


Additional items and software - ALL FREE:

Google Maps - custom map
Gimp - Image Manipulation
Picasa - Image Viewer
Filezilla - FTP
Notepad++ - Editor
Wampserver - Windows Development server
Google webmaster tools
Google analytics

Firefox add-ons that helped - ALL FREE
Firebug
Measure It
ColorZilla
KGen
Html Validator
Web Developer
All-In-One Sidebar

Thank you for your time and feel obligated to contact me. :laugh:

Steve Engelhardt
Steve@CampWagonWheel.com

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Re: Steve Engelhardt Presents: The Wagon Wheel Campground

Post by snadowitz » Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:39 am

Love the background image. Nice clean site, well laid out - well done!!!

Needs a favicon and the Joomla SEF URL's turned on....
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Re: Steve Engelhardt Presents: The Wagon Wheel Campground

Post by zomb1984 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 1:03 am

nice site.. I like going camping.. but... the big thunderclouds on your background kinda scare me =S
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Re: Steve Engelhardt Presents: The Wagon Wheel Campground

Post by tecwzrd » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:19 pm

Looks great. Don't re-size larger images through script. Re-size them to the size you need before including them in your page.
If you haven't figured it out yet I like to BOLD all my links.

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Post by prey2god3 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:33 pm

tecwzrd wrote:Looks great. Don't re-size larger images through script. Re-size them to the size you need before including them in your page.
Ok, yeah i just resized them with the editor, I will change them with gimp.
I'm assuming that is for page loading speed then or is their another reason?

Thanks for the tip, I am still working on the site if you have any more good suggestions.

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The Wagon Wheel Campground

Post by Darren-E » Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:29 am

Rocket Theme templates are fun but before I clicked on the link, I had already envisioned in my mind that this website would use a western look and feel with desert browns.

The site is very nice - there are a lot of features put into this website and it's chock full of information.

I was hoping for more of a desert / cowboy look and feel or something to showcase the "Wagon Wheel" name.
Understandably you are in Wisconsin but even when I lived in Wisconsin, I never thought of Wisconsin as dark and gloomy.

I hope that doesn't sound too negative - because the site is nicely put together!
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Re: Steve Engelhardt Presents: The Wagon Wheel Campground

Post by tecwzrd » Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:53 pm

prey2god3 wrote:I'm assuming that is for page loading speed then or is their another reason
Yes and while on the subject I'd use AddThis or the AddThis extension instead of Sexy Bookmarks because Sexy Bookmarks uses two large PNG files.

22kb & 76kb

That would shave off another 100kb off your front page.

Your store can be compressed a bit more also.

Current is 28kb
Image

Reduced is only 15kb
Image

Lastly I agree with Invectra that campground brown and a more cowboy "look" to it all would be more fitting than the glossy nightclub look. The lightening also seems very out of place for a campground and is usually something campers dread, not what you want to use to attract people to your campground.
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Re: Steve Engelhardt Presents: The Wagon Wheel Campground

Post by zomb1984 » Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:47 pm

tecwzrd wrote:
prey2god3 wrote:The lightening also seems very out of place for a campground and is usually something campers dread, not what you want to use to attract people to your campground.
I agree =D
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