My newest baby - you129.com
You129 is my personal project that I've been working on since, oh, say April. Needless to say, it took a lot of money, sweat (well, really finger cramps) and sleepless nights, but we finally got it up.
I am finally glad to announce the offical launch of our new site where we’ve integrated EE, Wordpress MU and Clip Share (video sharing CMS) into one neat little system. I give you, http://you129.com
Here is a brief technical breakdown of what we did: EE handles all of our main article content, as well as all three system’s member data and log-in synchronization; Wordpress MU functions just like Wordpress.com where users can create their own little blogs; and Clip Share is a video sharing system where you can upload videos.
This site took me about 5 months to do and I did all of the design and front-end development while a new buddy of mine I met in the EE forums, Jared Farrish, did all of the deep back-end integrations. Needless to say, this was one HECK of a project.
Jared actually created a cool EE extension and (in a nutshell…) pointed the other systems member management systems to EE. EE does all of the member management for all systems as we found that most of them shared the same member setup, username, password, email, etc.
Word Press Mu has some crazy code that we could tell wasn’t quite clean. In his words, “it was squirley”. It took him a good minute to crack it or at least got it to work right. Still working on syncing the Mu avatars with the EE avatars.
Clipshare is an interesting app that uses PHP and Smarty, but the Smarty modifications were quite a pain. It wasn’t that bad skinning, but it did take a good amount of work. According to Jared, Clipshare in all it’s incredible simplicity and quirkiness was actually quite easy to integrate in to EE via our extension. Especially when compared to WordPress Mu.
The part that drove us crazy about Clipshare was it’s installation. You have to install quite a few 3rd party apps on your server (thus you need to have a server with root access and preferably a dedicated server like Media Temple DV) and then have to configure them to clipshare. There is no install wizard like EE.
Read. Enjoy. Be inspired. http://you129.com