Vertigo - AGD Mentorship

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    Guard Dog

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    This thread is started for the new site that Vertigo will be putting up shortly :) Thanks, Vertigo for contacting AGD and we will do our best to get you moving quickly.

    So far:

    Domain - Vertigo got his 1st domain, which will be named once the domain is up and active with content.

    Hosting - AGD set up hosting for Vertigo's new domain and the DNS has propagated.


    What do do next:

    The next step for us it to begin putting together a website, including a custom template so that Vertigo can move forward with this domain. Once some limited content is up, we will get it indexed in the search engines!

    Good work so far Vertigo!
     
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    Guard Dog

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    Software was installed on the domain.

    What are the next steps:

    Vertigo will play around with the interface and we will discuss (offline) plugins, security, and content needs.
     
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    Vertigo

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    Well, here is what's up so far...nothing but a Joomla template I like and have modified just slightly.

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    I'm sure I'll work with GuardDog on some back end and structure / content. It's a clean slate, so I'll take any and all suggestions.
     
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    Guard Dog

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    That's a start. The next step would be to decrease the size of the header image :) That is just a bit too big. I have a pretty large resolution, but I would think an 800x600 user may not see content until (s)he scrolled.

    Let's start by either creating a custom template or modifying the header image. Which would you prefer? If you point me to this template, I can take a look at how it is laid out too (to make sure it will be friendly to your content)
     
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    Vertigo

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    the Template is siteground-j15-62.

    I'm up for either modifying that one or a whole new template. There are Pro's and Cons to each I guess.

    My thought was to use predone templates to avoid the design end of the site building and be able to concentrate on content. Unless that Template is not ideal for the Affilate type of website.

    The header is the default higth that came with the template. I just replaced the R. side image. I thought the larger header may give room for a banner or the like.

    Edit: how many people still browse the web at 800x600? I was looking at the stats on my other 3 sites...and only about 3% seem to be at that resolution. The largest percentage are at 1024x768 (33%,) or and the remainder are at higher resolutions.
     
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    Guard Dog

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    I design for 1024x768. Not everyone does this, though.

    I will take a deeper look at this template and see what I can do with it.
     
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    I go for the same as Andy, 1024x768 - it used to be a lot more important to make sure to have it viewable to 800x600. At this point, I assume that most people using that small of a monitor are not gamblers, but I'm sure there are a few that are. However if you find a 800x600 template you like, use it - you might gain a few players that are being left out due to some of us ignoring them. Obviously the more you can appeal to the better. So make sure (And since these are commercial templates, I assume they are) that the site works in all the major browsers. I make my own sites, so I have to constantly test.
     
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    Recent Developments:

    Vertigo has his domain and Joomla installed as seen above.

    What is 'in the works':

    AGD is creating a custom Joomla template and will soon show this to Vertigo in a 'mock up' for approval.

    Thanks for the patience Vertigo!!
     
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    Vertigo

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    Lol...thanks for the Patience...that's rich.

    The amount and quality of help you're giving is well worth the wait. When this is all said and done I'm going to end up owing you and your wife a steak dinner at a resturant of your choosing.
     
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    Andy, I suggest the Flagstaff House in Boulder, Colorado - its on top of a mountain with awesome windows and views. It's hosted the Emperor of Japan, Robert Mondavi and others. mmmmmmm getting hungry.

    Was one of the best meals I've ever had! and worth every bite! ;D Good luck Vertigo!
     
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    Well, if we're in the Denver area we're going to the Buckhorn Exchange. I've eaten there once back in 2001 when I was doing some work there. It is the best meal I've ever had, bar none. (And I lived in Dallas TX at the time, so there were many, many good establishments to choose from.)

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    Speaking of which, if you get to Dallas, check out Awe Shucks. Its on Lower Greenville Ave. Fresh seafood in a very relaxed outdoor atmosphere. The owner waits at the exit to the outdoor eating area, and when you leave just asks what you had and comes up with a price off the top of his head based on what he paid for the sea food brought in that day. "You had the grilled tuna and grabbed 2 beers out of the cooler?...that'll be $12." lol.

    .:: Aw Shucks Restaurant ::.


    I'll ask my co worker in our Lousiville office about the Flagstaff though. May be a stop I'll have to make when I get out there for work again.
     
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    Make sure you take about $400... are you in Colorado? I used to live above Nederland in a town called Rollinsville. My first sites were Black Hawk, Colorado Casinos, Lodging, Transportation, Maps & Information, and Central City Colorado Casinos

    I was a casino valet -- until I got those names. Then I rented an out a closed casino (had the whole place to myself!) was called the Crystal Carousel - I shared it with a real estate group and they moved out. My rent was only $600 a month. I had 3 glassed in offices (which were empty because I stayed in the loft so people couldn't stare at me.
     
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    Vertigo

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    Na, I wish...then I could show GaurdDog how to really ski (and drink.)

    I live in WI, but my day job is IT with a Global corporation who's corporate headquarters is here. 18 locations all around the world including 8 in N. America then several in Malyasia, China, the UK and E. Europe.

    Which may give me some good resources for this type of affiliate business.
     
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    Ha! I think I have plenty of practice... just not the same tolerance I had when I was 21. :)
     
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    On the Way.

    Well, with much help from Andy I'm on my way.

    Not a ton of content up yet, but it's a start. I'll be working on it more this weekend.

    I'm all ear on constructive critizism.

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    Love the layout and color scheme.

    Found a few of spelling errors...

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    Thanks.

    I admit I'm a product of Microsoft Office Spell Checker and didn't proof the copy at all before posting it.
     
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    Vertigo

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    Well, it's been a struggle getting Joomla to do what Andy and I want it to do and also been a struggle for me to find time to work on the site. But we've switched gears a bit and have moved to Wordpress for a front / back end now and even though the new site is only 24 hours old, I'm very happy with the progress.

    Feel free to check out the new interface and give any comments. Please realize it's still a work in progress and we still have a good amount of SEO to do and I have a ton of content creation to do.

    But things are looking up!

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    I think you have a really nice site there and with a little more work in adding content etc you could have something profiting nicely there..

    Well done :)
     

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