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(8/23/2001) Just when the blue spiderweb design was settling down, V Planet changes layout again for easier customization and expansion.
After over a year and a half of maintaining what looked to be the final site design of V Planet! QuickBasic Magazine, the old blue background is being replaced by an entirely new site layout intended to improve the customization and expansion ability of the site.
First off, the left sidebar has been eliminated, in favor of navigation options appearing on the upper left of every page. Because of this, the QB Affiliates and list of QB Button Links now occur on the right side of the page. This means that the Site Highlights, the Entertainment feature, the Site Watch, and our Affiliate Links can all be accessed from every page.
But the changes to the V Planet website are more than cosmetic; As completion of the new site design progresses, new features can be added to V Planet that simply were not possible before. If you check out the latest QB game reviews, you'll notice this new feature to the right of the page called the Game Summary. If you want a quick overview of the game, including who made it, where the website and e-mail of that coding group is, and a handful of phrases explaining why we like or hate the game you're downloading, that information will available there.
Another change in the website involve the addition of meta tags, which are added by hand and can be used in the future for features like an article search engine. Other technologies are also being looked into as the site takes effect.
However, the new site design is still in the process of being implemented. While many of the main pages have already been ported to the new layout, many of V Planet's pages still consist of the old layout. Archived articles and most of the game reviews still need to be ported to the new site design. As this is all done by hand one page at a time, completion of the final design should take two to three more of V Planet's update cycles.
In the meantime, I hope you like the new layout of V Planet, which is designed to look like you're reading the pages of a magazine. A lot work is going into it, and the benefits of this design are yet to be realized. But with a slow, transitory period for QB websites looming this season, a little extra preparation can go a long way.
Article written by Vance Velez, Editor
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