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nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby sa247 » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:36 am

Put it live today... still a few bugs to sort out but its almost there...

Website URL : http://www.cowboysdancehall.com

Template: From the ground up custom

Additional Extensions:
Community Builder /w custom plugins
Chronoforms
Docman
Event list /w heavy customization
Expose gallery
Fire board forum
Virtuemart - products to come

Custom Development:
Lots!!!!
Heavily customized event list to suit requirements
Rodeo Section was a custom built component specifically designed for the site using MVC
There really hasnt been anything that hasn't been tweaked...

Other Features:
Had a lot of cross browser issues think we have ironed the majority of them out - backwards compatibility issues with ie6 and 5 due to heavy use of png's..

I'd like feedback on:
Overall look of site, usability, design

Additional Comments:
First big site using j1.5.x got easily 50+ j1.0.x sites under the belt.

Site was initially designed in J1.0.x but decided to port everything over to j1.5.x which took a lot of work but think its worth it its running a lot better and was much more flexible - still a few bugs to iron out and more features to come!
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Re: j1.5 website with lots of custom development

Postby window » Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:39 pm

The graphics are outstanding, the zoom effect with the menu across the top is a nice touch. You must have put a serious amount of work and customization into this!

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Re: j1.5 website with lots of custom development

Postby sa247 » Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:23 pm

thanks window for the positive comments!

this was a big challenge for us and one of the first joomla 1.5 projects for Red Flame Media

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Re: j1.5 website with lots of custom development

Postby sa247 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:56 pm

fixed some more bugs - feedback greatly appreciated!

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby andesteg » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:49 pm

This is truly amazing. I'm not worthy...

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby sa247 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:29 pm

andesteg wrote:This is truly amazing. I'm not worthy...


awesome thanks!

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby Joyce Mar » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:00 am

I love the design/style of the website!

The only thing that I'd suggest is, if possible (I know you need the images crisp for the look/design), to reduce the size of the site.

The home page is ~600KB, which isn't that bad considering the graphics on there and that it's the main page. But one of the sub-pages that I browsed:

http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/index.p ... 1&Itemid=4

is a whopping 2MB, with 1.7MB of it being images. The image "module_poster.png" alone is 500KB and looks like it can be compressed a bit without losing much quality.

Everything else -- great. Again, I'd like to compliment the person who came up with the design. :)
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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby sa247 » Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:39 pm

Hi Joyce,

Thanks for the feedback - the heavy use of images has always been an issue, will look at doing further compression

We had initially done this using 1.0 and the load times where a lot slower

Am thinkiing the size of the page you mentioned is due to the revolving headers and the random image module on the side

we are doing a dot mobi version at the moment which obviously has to be a lot smaller in size! :)

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby Joyce Mar » Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:46 pm

Hi sa247 -- I thought it would have been the headers or random image module too at first (since I saw an image load over the top of another one for the header. Inspecting the page pointed out the "module_poster.png" file as being the largest file, surprisingly enough:

Images (47 files) 1727 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... poster.png 504 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... ule_bg.png 136 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... ges/bg.jpg 120 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/images/ ... der001.jpg 105 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/images/ ... der001.jpg 105 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... ain_bg.jpg 76 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/images/ ... der002.jpg 71 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... deo_bg.png 59 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... outube.png 51 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/images/votebox.png 37 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... ne-top.png 35 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... cebook.png 35 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... yspace.png 34 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/images/ ... closed.png 33 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... logout.png 31 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... rofile.png 28 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/mainima ... /title.png 23 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... /forum.png 22 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... embers.png 22 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... ccount.png 21 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/images/ ... brlogo.jpg 14 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/templat ... ssages.png 13 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/images/ ... 202008.jpg 12 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/images/san-antonio.png 11 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/images/ ... essons.jpg 11 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/compone ... 327_sm.jpg 10 KB
http://www.cowboysdancehall.com/images/ ... ne-bot.png


More in the list, but the rest are under 10KB. Gives you an indicator at least.

Interesting to know that 1.5 loads faster than 1.0! I haven't had any direct comparisons yet with the sites I've worked on. :)
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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby ducksauce123 » Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:12 pm

great site, cant believe its joomla

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby zero_one » Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:04 am

ducksauce123 wrote:great site, cant believe its joomla

yap that's right.. i cant believe too.. This site great..
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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby sa247 » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:20 pm

thanks for all the positive feedback guys

we did originally design this using 1.0.x can see it here www.cowboysdancehall.info - but we had several issues with it and found it was loading slower and slower...

with upgraded components, better support and more flexibility J1.5 in this instance was definitely the right choice for this project!

still finding bugs here and there :)

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby pmg » Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:29 pm

Very nice web site!
I'll take my hat of for a really good job.

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby sa247 » Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:25 pm

thanks pmg

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby johnlewis718 » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:21 am

WOW, thats awesome bro.

Am also creating a part site, but I have no idea on what to do.

I want to create something similar to alltheparties.com and 7days7nights.com

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby 2mymall » Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:21 am

Have to admit, you are one talented cowboy :)

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Postby steven34 » Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:00 pm

Very nice... Great graphics...
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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby Big Red » Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:36 pm

Like window said a lota work and great graphics. the graphics are outstanding and blew me away. I guess you want the site to look good and it does but it might be loaded a bit heavy with movies. If I can add my 2 cents worth I would say keep the graphics and menus and what not but lighten up on some of the movie and slideshow stuff.

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby MrMoxxx » Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:40 am

Cool design - it's very slow you, maybe you can optimize the speed further?
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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby rockandroller » Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:56 pm

Very nice. At least what i was patient enough to wait around for. Unfortunately i'm stuck on dialup at the moment and it's almost impossible to load.

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby unen » Sat Nov 01, 2008 4:32 am

Outstanding template man, makes me wanna check it out.

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby l33p » Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:37 pm

Yup, the effort definitively shows. Many Joomla prospect users are looking for examples like this one when they ask "What can Joomla do?" (the answer to that is anything you want it to do).

I noticed that the header menu doesn't show on every page (try San Antonio > Press Releases). Don't know if this was done on purpose, but this means you get "stuck" on those pages (you have no choice but to use the browsers back button). Also, that menu doesn't work on the Gallery page (San Antonio).

Also, you have nice bikini girls. I'm gonna have to drop by San Antonio some time.

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby sa247 » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:21 pm

again thanks for all the feedback guys

we will be trying to address a number of points in the coming weeks! :)

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby keefrichards » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:13 am

Generally I don't like that sort of woody background, but your site looks really sharp.

Congratulations on a great looking and professional site.

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby Kyliefun » Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:05 am

looks great (home page expecially)- whoever came up with the design should be padded on the back
could do with less business on the content pages though

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby keefrichards » Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:36 am

Kyliefun wrote:looks great (home page expecially)- whoever came up with the design should be padded on the back
could do with less business on the content pages though


What is this extra income thingy you refer to?
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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby Kyliefun » Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:29 pm

best to PM me kr

Cheer

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby keefrichards » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:11 pm

Kyliefun wrote:best to PM me kr

Cheer


OK, so let me know when you're available for PM.

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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby Dallasjmoore » Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:56 am

I am the designer for this site and I appreciate your comments. Yes, the page load time is an issue and we are working on it. If you have any other questions or comments, feel free to hit me up.


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Re: nightclub website with lots of custom development

Postby keefrichards » Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:37 am

Kyliefun wrote:best to PM me kr

Cheer


So....when you next on line to discuss this "extra income" thingy?

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