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IMPORTANT: Major website rehaul planned


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Hiya folks!

I come with some good news regarding how things are run around here (which is usualy very damn slowly). But no more. The biggest problem i have ever had with this website is the fact that it is made purely of oldskool HTML code and I'm really only the only person who can update it because everything is on my PC and so on. I can't just log in and update a news topic, i have to open an FTP, build/edit files in Dreamweaver on my pc then upload it (yes even the news page! D: ). It's really soul crushing and mind melting after so many years. I just want a simple quick way to update this place regularly without having to build entire pages in Dreamweaver.

Through the years NiDcom has went through a lot of cosmetic changes but it's still running on the same non existant system it has been since 2001 or something. I want to rebuild the entire site from scratch. I want it to be more interactive for users, easier to navigate, more friendly and brighter, searchable and updateable by other trusted staff members from their own PC's. I want fast fast fast. I want to log in and just type stuff on my screen, upload pics directly and publish it.

So starting from some time next week the website will go down for major rehaul maintenence. I will keep the forums running but the main site will be down for a while until we redo every page and section bit by bit. I'm not going to lie and say it will be done quickly, this website is a lot larger than a lot of people would believe with thousands of files to handle one by one. So I'll need your patience as we go through this transition.

I consider the rebuild to be a very large kick in the pants for this community and my own personal work on the site. It will concentrate strongly on fan projects and news to help strengthen the fanbase also while still providing all the usual NiGHTSy news if and when it happens.

We look forward to welcoming you back to an improved site.

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EDiT- Also since I've been getting asked, we have a donation fund so i can buy the new site skin, which is quite expensive. You can donate (even $1 !) by clicking on the paypal button on the frontpage:
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Oh wow... that sounds like a major undertaking. Best of luck to you, and I can't wait to see what you've got planned. :rolleyes:

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Sounds like this could be intresting... Good luck!!! :rolleyes:

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Ok i wasn't expecting the front to go down just because i uploaded stuff. Going to try get a temp page up as soon as poss


I BROKE THE INTERNETS

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OH NOES!! -fixes the broken bit with some tape- ... That should do it...

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oh man how happy I'd be if tape was the solution lol! XD

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One more detail to make my used-to-be-boring Sunday into an eventful one lol. This makes me very happy, I like being able to look forward to NiGHTS related topics, probably will give me the incentive to stick around more often. :rolleyes:

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It just might! -holds up the tape- It's GORILLA tape! This stuffs strong enough to keep me stuck to the ceiling for a few hours, as I found out when I pissed off the stage crew at my school... :rolleyes:

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Does this mean were gonna get a wiki (Please say yes)?

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the wiki is something I've been thinking of for a while now which will def be there, but right now i want to get a solid foundation down we can all build on :rolleyes:

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Wo0T!

+1 internets for you!

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Yay! :P


Unfortunately it would appear i can't fix the front page until Myst comes online (DATABASE MASTEEEEER OF THE UNIVERSE!). But i know he's mad busy this week moving home D: Until then I guess I'll just work out on paper what's going where, blahdeblahblah and so on.

It only seems to be affecting the front page anyway lol. Hardly anyone bookmarks the splash, thank god I'm getting rid of it. I shall take various site screenshots for website posteritys sake. I wish i had the terrifying dayglow mess that the site was in 1999 XD

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Oh wow Trip, tell us when you want us to send you headache pills. I remember when I used to try to run old school html based websites.... I'm still surprised my head is intact. I wish you the best of luck, for the site and for your headmeats!

I'm really glad I linked directly to the forums now... ^^

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I think i need the pills now! D: I dropped a large heavy bin on my foot in the kitchen and I'm in agony, blargh!


And yeah working with THIS much basic html really got gruesome after a while. But at least i stuck it out to the end lol. When this site began i built it on the Dreamcast browser, and the reason i chose HTML was because NOTHING ELSE WOULD WORK on the DC ahahha. Bad habits die hard. I give up, give me complex and easy to use code!

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Onoes! Elevate it Trip, elevate it! And ice!

Man, I wish I were nerdy enough back when I had a DC to even know you could websurf on it or do online play. I couldn't quite understand the concept of playing video games with someone you weren't sitting next to back then, lol.

I still do all my coding in notepad cuz I don't have dreamweaver, tho I took a course on how to use it. OLDSCHOOL BABY YEAH. :P

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Error establishing a database connection

Haha....

anyways, good luck with all this. I can't wait to see the new site! Posted Image

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Best wishes TRiPPY on revamping the site (cause luck can only help so much...it takes effort! *gasp*). Almost wish I knew coding. Glad I bookmarked the forums. Now I'm not going to be one of the people going "What the Jackle happened to NiDcom?!"

Um...we can just blame Wizeman. ^^;

...Ah what the heck. I don't unleash my inner fangirl (on anything) that much. *ahem* W00t! Revamp! Yes! Break out the traditional gazebos! Mouse fireworks for all! ...Why is Reala taped to the ceiling? O_o (Sorry, love being random. It tends to make people happy...at least I think it does. >>:P

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Why is Reala taped to the ceiling? O_o

Because Sapphire hasn't played JoD. :P

Best of luck! Hopefully the internet doesn't implode upon itself and die. :)

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Uh oh. A wiki? That might not end too well.
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REALA (pronounced "Ray-Alah," "Ree-Alah," or "Real-uh," depending on personal preference and the current mood of bigwigs at SEGA) is the antagonist of the video game series "NiGHTS." He is a first-level Nightmaren. A total pain in the arse, he will stop at nothing to make NiGHTS' life difficult. Among such things as proclaiming the protagonist doesn't exist [1], looping around a battlefield aimlessly, cross-dressing, and throwing giant balls of molten rock at NiGHTS, he appears (moreso chooses) to have no free will and thus obeys Wizeman's every command.

Unlike NiGHTS, he is portrayed primarily as male. Though the fact he looks like he's wearing makeup doesn't help his cause.

References:
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See also: Nightmaren, Nightopia, Cross-Dressing, Selph, Sylph, Self, Sega Saturn, Nintendo Wii

This NiGHTS-related article is a stub. You can help Wikidreamia by expanding it.

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Seriously though. That'd be a really fun project! Good luck TRiP!

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Why is Reala taped to the ceiling? O_o

Because Sapphire hasn't played JoD.

Best of luck! Hopefully the internet doesn't implode upon itself and die.


That and... I kinda... stuck him there. -looks at the Gorilla Tape guiltily- I.... was curious to see if it'd work on nightmarens too... :lol:

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Wikidreamia sounds like a nice name actually.

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ok so i sorted the frontpage database thing. Now i just have to wait for Myst to save my brains.

wait...

proclaiming the protagonist doesn't exist [1]

*lmao* hahaha! Poor NiGHTS.

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Well, considering the amount of work that's happening behind the scenes right now, the Wiki will have to wait a while until we get the main section of the site sorted. We'll do a Wiki but don't expect it just yet :lol:;

Lol, Owl.

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Owl the harbringer of Downtime.

EDiT- *coughcoughilovemassmailcough*

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Hearing about this is giving me flashbacks to my Internet Publishing class. @_@

Good luck on the overhaul TRiPPY. Looking forward to the end result :lol:

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o_o sounds like you have a LOT of work ahead...good luck and try not to kill yourselves in the process o_o. And I knew doing things in Dreamweaver was a pain in the butt! That's what they're teaching us to use in school! First we have to design the site in Photoshop, then cut up all the buttons and such, then import them into Dreamweaver...... And that's a pain with a small site, I can't imagine with one as big as this o_o

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Ahahaha yeah. *twitches at imagemaps and iframes*

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Maybe I should send you some eye drops too...

That Owl out there is an IMPOSTOR. He doesn't say 'hoo', nor does he talk until the text scrolls off the page! But I suppose the stand it you got is great for such short notice. ;)

Don't forget the magical properties of cool wet towels, Trippy! They can help you when the going gets rough.

Obscure reference: YEW KIN DEW EET!

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It must be the RealaOwl

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EGAD IT MUST BE. QUICKLY EVERYONE, DEFENSIVE MANEUVERS!

AND STEAL HIS PINK NAILPOLISH.

(sorry for the all caps. Yay false drama. I'll stop spamming now >_>)

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Eeek! This sounds like a soul-crushing undertaking to say the least! Best of luck to you, and I'll try to get something special from the NiGHTs project, or maybe just from me, as a thank-you for all your hard work in keeping the NiGHTs community ALIVEZ.

Question: You say that the site will be going down for some time, but will the music files still be up? For a lot of people on the project, I have told them to come here so they can listen to the original OST files. If it is going down I'm sure I can figure out a way to get the music files to the remixers, but I'm acting pre-emptively to an onslaught from the project members saying "OMGz the filez r NAWT working!".

As always, you rock.

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XD; gah! this i did not realise. To be honest the music files will probably stay where they are until last. So if i leave that page last the page and all its info won't be unavailable for longer than a day at most. As long as you keep the musicpage URL bookmarked:
http://www.nightsint...tune/music.html

I -will- be shifting certain large folders about into better order but I'll try keep all downtime to a low.


EDiT- Also since I've been getting asked, we have a donation fund so i can buy the new site skin, which is quite expensive. You can donate (even $1 !) by clicking on the paypal button on the frontpage:
http://www.nightsintodreams.com

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Good luck with the overhaul! I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out. Just sent $10 your way to help along ;)

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Thanks Jofter <3
Btw, all that Outrun2 practice at the Troc paid off because DiGi bet AAUK hahaha.

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I'll see if I can wing a few bucks your way. I just spent a Playstation 3 XBOX 360 Nintendo Wii all three's worth combined on textbooks but I might be able to scrape up some spare change.

Also Jof's post count is dangerously close to a 24-bit signed integer overflow. I'm blaming him if the forums break ;) (/nerdism)

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Thanks Jofter <3
Btw, all that Outrun2 practice at the Troc paid off because DiGi bet AAUK hahaha.


Hahah ! I wish I could have been there to see that. We need to get 4 people on those machines at some point, for epic battles !

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XD; gah! this i did not realise. To be honest the music files will probably stay where they are until last. So if i leave that page last the page and all its info won't be unavailable for longer than a day at most. As long as you keep the musicpage URL bookmarked:
http://www.nightsint...tune/music.html

I -will- be shifting certain large folders about into better order but I'll try keep all downtime to a low.


EDiT- Also since I've been getting asked, we have a donation fund so i can buy the new site skin, which is quite expensive. You can donate (even $1 !) by clicking on the paypal button on the frontpage:
http://www.nightsintodreams.com


Ah, okay. Just wanted to make sure, I know you have a LOT to do so I figured I'd posit that. Thanks for the response, and if it becomes a problem I'll absolutely just get a package available out to the mixers so they can leave dead links alone ;)

I'll scrounge around and see what I can donate as well. Good sites need this kind of support!

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I sent five bucks, Trip. Feels good to finally DO something for the community. ;)

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X) aww thanks guys, you make me feel mooshy.

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Where were you in '99?
On dayglow dope and spillin' whine...
Just a lurker.

Internet cookie for those who can catch the musical reference in that. XD

And Trip, I REMEMBER THE CORPSE THAT WAS THE OLD SITE. It was full of eye scarring dayglow graphics of awesome.




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