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Build a website in 48 hours – time up!

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Well, here’s the end of our attempt to build an entire web application in 48 hours, and we did it (just about!)

Here is what we’ve achieved:

  • Great design (admittedly, already started)
  • W3C valid, STRICT XHTML/CSS templates. Every page validates on www.w3c.org (as do all our sites 😉 )
  • User authentication (registration, verification, login, profile, lost password)
  • Submission of sites (including rather natty screen shots from Web Snapr, auto population of title and description from the meta data, etc)
  • Basic display of submitted and approved sites with category and topic flitering and tags for future search capabilities
  • We’ve even managed a contact form and a WordPress Blog (You’re reading it!)

Okay, so what didn’t we manage, there’s quite a list which we’ll be working on over the next few weeks to make sure this is the best site of its kind!

  • Pagination of site results (pretty critical I know!)
  • Search functionality
  • Individual page for each featured web site
  • Voting capabilities – the main point of the site really! We’re still not sure whether this will be reserved for logged in users, or everyone, what do you think?
  • Advanced profile page with lists of your submitted sites and eventually favourite site lists/friends, etc.
  • Public user profiles – see what users have voted for or submitted.
  • Facebook/myspace apps? Not sure how these will look, but everyone’s doing it these days!
  • +101 widgets – eventually we’d like to offer users API interfaces and other stuff in the same vein as Digg.
  • Claim your site – You’d be able to claim a site no matter who’d submitted it with a small bit of verification code in your header.

Quite an amibitious list there I’m sure you’ll agree!

Okay, so we didn’t complete what we set out to, but just about, and in actual fact, we only did 12 hours for two days, so we kinda managed it in 24 hours (except for finishing at 02:30am this morning and running over again tonight 🙂 )

We hope you enjoy the site and put on lots of subissions of your work!

Come and submit your sites!

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

The submission process is now finished!

I’m sure there’ll be issues, but the database seems pretty solid we’ve been running lots of tests, so there shouldn’t be any data loss.

We’re now working on the how to display the data on the site, and then will move onto the voting system, but if you submit your site now you can be one of the first and start getting votes as soon as that part of the system comes up!

We’ve only got 6 hours of our official 48 hours, left.  It’s going to be tight (or a late night! 🙂 )

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