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Welcome To iGrandTheftAuto.com

online Psyactivity 1877 Days Agowebsiteaffiliates 5412 Viewsforums 22 Comments
Welcome To iGrandTheftAuto.comIt's finally here. After 10 months of hard work, and about 24 hours of non-stop work overnight, I can officially launch iGrandTheftAuto.com.

The first thing I'll say is please be patient while we load the site up with content. It's taken me 10 months to get the whole thing coded, and we didn't really have enough time to make all of the pages for the site. We've got around 100 on at the minute, but we'll be updating them and adding more over the coming weeks. So as I say, please forgive the lack of content in some game sections.

What's so special about this iGrandTheftAuto thing?

Well, the first thing you'll have noticed is the "portal" type feel we've got for the home page, and for each individual GTA section (which you can access from the top right). The homepage or gta homepage will show all of the latest news and content for that particular section.

Users have the ability to submit content for everything on the website (apart from pages which must be made by website staff), so we expect a constant stream of new content coming in, which is why we've gone for this type of design.

Each GTA game has it's own skin and theme, and you can choose one to be permanent across all website pages from your user control panel, should you desire.

Community Features

Another feature I've aimed for, is specifically to build up the community, which is why we have a large community section with things like Blogs, Status Updates, Yearbooks and Affiliates. Each member also has their own profile which stores data on everything they've done on the site.

Achievements

We have achievements built into the web site also. There are 50 of them to start with (we'll be adding more in the future), and you will generally unlock them by using the website. A lot of them are set up so that they will take time or effort to complete, but there are quite a few which aren't too difficult to get. We ask that you do not abuse this feature. They're effectively rewards for contributing to the site. If you spam or beg people to do things in order to get you achievements, we'll just block your account's ability to unlock them.

Anyway have a browse around the website, maybe check out our podcast below this post, and please post any website feedback in this topic.

Please Be Aware

Although we've spent 2 months BETA testing the website, there may, and probably will be a number of bug we haven't found. The content management system we use is extremely complex and I'm sure you'll understand the need for patience while we get the site up and running properly.

I hope you all enjoy the new site and appreciate the 2000+ hours of coding I've done in the last year. Now let's make this the best GTA site on the net, eh?

iGrandTheftAuto... Do you?


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online TreeFittyactivity 1877 Days Ago
HELL FUCKING YEAH!!!
online Dr. Evilactivity 1877 Days Ago
Who had all the igrandtheftauto sigs on the old site? One of them would look sick on my myspace page...lol.
online bOnEsactivity 1877 Days Ago
congrats on all the hard work everyone... i'm liking the new site, it's way more interactive...
online Amnesiacactivity 1877 Days Ago
loving the new site, guys. smile.gif
online IllusionGTAHQactivity 1877 Days Ago
Looks good Psy!
online Psyactivity 1877 Days Ago
Cheers for the positive feedback and private messages on the forums everyone. Glad everyone seems to like it. As always though, post here if you have any problems or find any bugs. smile.gif. More content coming tomorrow.
online §ynchactivity 1875 Days Ago
Excellent work, the new site is awesome!
online DuPz0ractivity 1872 Days Ago
Like the podcast lol. I think it'd be cool to see what you can do with that.
online RamzKillaactivity 1871 Days Ago
Congratulations once again! Loving the new site. wink.gif
online Seeenactivity 1865 Days Ago
I didn't know that you could choose the Grove Street skin for ALL pages. That's awesome! CJ's the man.
online Hardcore Ottomanactivity 1835 Days Ago
So cool that it's here now!
online Jackoactivity 1715 Days Ago
One of the most unique Grand Theft Auto websites out there and I even love the slogan " I Grand Theft Auto... Do you?". Great job as always Psy. smile.gif Everyone was givin their applauses for Psy so I thought I must do that too and for a good reason.
online Jackoactivity 1713 Days Ago
I thought at first that my suggestion is useless and just bland put I put in here anyway cause I dont want to make seperate topic on the forums. How about you throw some GTA-gameplay related achievements in? Like in GTA4.tv users could save their progress and get new achievements as they progress in different GTA-games.
online Psyactivity 1713 Days Ago
They wouldn't really work because people will just fill out the whole checklist to get the achievement.
online Jackoactivity 1713 Days Ago

(Psy)
They wouldn't really work because people will just fill out the whole checklist to get the achievement.


Oh yeah sure I didnt thought of that. laugh.gif
online demonactivity 1713 Days Ago
More than 2000 hours of coding?! That's impressive man! A big part of the coding was the achievements?

Did you code all this from scratch, or did you buy a software fundament to build the site on? (The forum is Invision powered, that I know.)

Anyway - the result is very very good. smile.gif
online Psyactivity 1713 Days Ago
I use Invision Powerboard as the back end, and some free software to help me integrate the website login to the forum login, but ALL of the pages and front-website features were coded by myself completely from scratch. The achievements system took at least 100 hours to get it all figured out and working.
online demonactivity 1713 Days Ago
Why is it that when I post a comment I have to reload the page to see my comment? The page is reloading when I submit the comment, but it must be reloaded an extra time before I see the comment. Is it an easy fix for this?

Also, I would want to see a preview of my comment before I submit it. I can see a preview in the blogs but not elsewhere.

Is everything coded in HTML or do you use other languages also?
online Psyactivity 1712 Days Ago
PHP is the main language, with HTML and JavaScript used as well. As for the page reloading, it's similar to how the forums work. You submit it, the page reloads to save the data to the database, then redirects you back to the comments. I don't really have any intention of adding a preview button for comments as for the most part, you'll just be entering text and you can just proof read it before you submit it, whereas blogs or guides could contain important BB Code like images or other styling which need to be previewed. Really the way around comment previewing is to just post something and if you messed up, just copy it, paste it into a new comment, fix it and then delete your other comment.
online Jackoactivity 1712 Days Ago
I was wondering about the random theme appearance on this site? Do you use some sort of JavaScript from Dynamic Drive or something? It's really a nice feature? And how about the design? I read it took a while to something come up? I would love to hear about the design process?
online Psyactivity 1712 Days Ago
For the different templates, that's all done at the back end. Depending what day of the week it is, there's a different pre-defined template (mainly a mixture or GTA4, Lost And Damned, Chinatown Wars and Gay Tony). Whenever you view content from a GTA game, the template changes to match that game. You can of course set your own permanent theme or banner from your User Control Panel, for example if you just wish to keep the GTA4 theme across the whole site.

There is a bit of javascript in the template, but not for the actual design, it's mainly used in this comment box, on the iMaps (a LOT) and in some of the user CP and admin submission forms.

As for the design of the template, I came up with something I thought would work, drew it on paper, then built it in HTML using div's and CSS. Then spent the next 4 or 5 months working on it and improving it. I wanted to go for something more plain and simple in comparison with GTA4.TV which was pretty graphic heavy. This works pretty well because it's easy to add new blocks to the right hand column or to the home page and I can make it pretty customizable.
online demonactivity 1712 Days Ago
(Psy)
As for the page reloading, it's similar to how the forums work. You submit it, the page reloads to save the data to the database, then redirects you back to the comments. I don't really have any intention of adding a preview button for comments as for the most part, you'll just be entering text and you can just proof read it before you submit it, whereas blogs or guides could contain important BB Code like images or other styling which need to be previewed. Really the way around comment previewing is to just post something and if you messed up, just copy it, paste it into a new comment, fix it and then delete your other comment.

But on the forum I can see my own post after it has been submitted, here I do not see the comment. I have to manually refresh the page. Is this how it's supposed to work or is it something that does not work on my end?

About the previewing, it was BB Code I had in mind actually. Not fun to post something with a broken tag or another formatting mistake. I wasn't concerned about spelling/grammar. But I understand you have some reason to not change it which is fine of course.



I wanted to go for something more plain and simple in comparison with GTA4.TV which was pretty graphic heavy.

I'm happy you did so, I never liked the GTA4.TV look. It was too much graphics for my taste. This site looks better and I also believe it's faster.
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