Here at GeekOut South-West, we are committed to bringing you the very best in geek culture. Whether you are a regular to our Bristol meetups, or if you are a fan of our writings, we are always looking to bring you something better than before. We have three dedicated writers at the moment – but this website is getting old pretty fast. We’re even running out of space on our servers!
We said last year that work had begun on a brand new website, which is indeed the case. The new site has a full list of fully functional forums, for Anime and Manga, TV and Film, Conventions and Cosplay and oh so much more! These forums work as well as a WordPress forum can be expected to work, which is pretty well if I do say so myself. But forums aren’t the only thing we have going for us!
With account features such as profiles and levels, we have a very powerful new website in the making. We have dynamic portal pages, which show the latest 3 forum topics and the latest 3 articles for each geeky interest that we cover. We aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of how far we can go, as we’re excited to bring you something better than this current website. We want it to be ready and fully functional on day one: Not full of “Coming Soon” pages, like all of those who rush.
The truth of the matter is that it’s almost there, but there’s so much to finish off still. The website looks right now, the portal pages are sorted (and working) as are the forums. There are only a few bits remaining now: The UK Geek Events database and the profile badge system need a lot of work. They’re both fully planned features which we feel will greatly improve the functionality and practicality of the website beyond a blog. Since you may not know what these are, I will break them both down for you here.
The UK Geek Events database is literally like it sounds; a database system where we store information about UK Geek Events. This is the most important part of the new website, as we hope to work with those who want to advertise their events… however, we want to help smaller events out as well. We want the UK to share their favourite geek meetups and conventions with us, so we can all share information on our fantastic fandoms. The database will be maintained and monitored by GeekOut South-West staff, allowing everyone we trust to add events, feedback and reviews.
The profile badge system is the most interactive part of the new website, allowing us to reward our readers for being involved with the website. Whether it’s writing a comment, or linking their social media accounts, or for saying certain words on the website, we will be rewarding people with badges for their profiles. Display your favourite badges with pride! As of right now, only the basic badges appear to allocate themselves properly, which is pretty inconvenient to say the least!
Other than what’s mentioned here, we likely will improve the aesthetics, as it looks good, but can look a lot better. We’re not ashamed to admit we will be look into advertising on the site to generate some revenue: But we won’t get random ads based on your web browsing history. We believe that as a geek community, our ads should be tailored to what each geekdom finds interesting. If you read an anime post, you don’t want an advert about a new Nissan on finance. You might however want an advert about where to buy your next Hatsune Miku figurine. This is so important to us, as we believe that responsible advertising is good advertising.
Overall we’re making excellent progress, but there’s still so much to get right. I would rather have a brand new, completed website, ready for everyone from the off, rather than releasing an unfinished product. It’s just a matter of time before all these niggles are straightened, but we promise that the new site will be worth the wait. Let us know what you think though: Are there any features you would like to see personally? As always, share your thoughts in the comments below or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.