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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!

Build a web application in a weekend!

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Welcome to the first 101 Best Web Sites blog entry.

I’m working as part of a small team (2 people) attempting to build an entire web application in a weekend!  I’ll be building the backend systems and database, whilst the other developer will be dealing with the front end XHTML and design work.

My colleague and I run a small web design company (www.bestservedcold.com) and had an idea to build a modern web design showcase for some time now.  Being in the internet industry we spend a lot of time looking around CSS showcase sites for inspiration and new ideas, however, the sites in question seem to have stood still whilst other websites have surged forwards with their technology and up to date designs.

Our biggest issue in building this new site has been time!  When ever we try to dedicate any, we end up getting distracted with work for our clients and never quite get stuck in and the idea got shelved.

Solution?  Take a weekend out, turn the phones off, ignore email and dedicate 12 hours a day for both days building an MVC based web application!

We’ll be updating this blog during the weekend starting at 10am tomorrow, so have a look at our progress and view the main site here:

click here to see 101bestwebsites.com

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