After months (and months) of toil Gamers With Jobs 2.0 is complete. We'll still be tweaking it as time marches on but the brunt of the work is done. Wait, let me rephrase that because I don't want anyone getting the crazy idea that "we" had much to do with it. The brunt of the work has been done... by Pyro. He has taken the basic Drupal system and spent months programming and tweaking it so that it would resemble the original site as closely as possible while taking advantage of all the new features and performance gains Drupal brings to the table. The amount of hours he has poured into this project with little to no help from outside sources is nothing short of astounding. We are incredibly lucky to have him on our side and he deserves every ounce of praise and credit we can pile on his lap. Thank you Pyro, without you the GWJ community wouldn't be anywhere near as awesome as it is today.
I'd also like to give a quick shout out to Azure Chicken who stepped up to the plate and bailed us out on making a bunch of art assets we needed for the theme. She too is awesome beyond measure.
If you click on "Read More" at the bottom right there you'll see the meager user guide I've written about how to navigate the new design. It's mainly full of the bare basics for now but we'll be doing a proper one soon with all the new features documented and how to use them. I hope you enjoy the new site design and bear with us as we tweak it up to a level we can all be happy with.
I don't know about you, but my withdrawal shakes are starting to ease a bit. Oooh... yeah.
How to Login
If you look there along the left hand side of the page youÃ¢â‚¬™ll see the login window. Just enter your usual username and password and off you go. If you donÃ¢â‚¬™t have an account yet, click on Ã¢â‚¬Å“Create New AccountÃ¢â‚¬?
Changing Your Account Details
If you want to add a signature to your posts, a new avatar image or change your personal info/password you need to access your account page. To do so just click on Ã¢â‚¬Å“My AccountÃ¢â‚¬? on the left hand side of the page. From there click on the Ã¢â‚¬Å“EditÃ¢â‚¬? tab at the top and change your info.
In the My Account section you can now upload your own avatar image! Keep in mind it needs to be 85 X 85 or under in pixel size and under 30kb in file size. As usual, animated avatars are frowned upon so donÃ¢â‚¬™t go nuts.
If you had an avatar on the GWJ server that I uploaded for you it will still be there. If you were linking to an off-site avatar you will have to upload it through your profile now.
If you click on the forums link at the top of the page (or any forum topic on the left) youÃ¢â‚¬™ll get there. ItÃ¢â‚¬™s pretty much like the old forums, the sections are listed as usual and when you click on a thread you can add a post at the bottom. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“commentÃ¢â‚¬? box is where you enter your post and youÃ¢â‚¬™ll see some standard formatting buttons along the top.
How to Make a New Post
In any of the main forum sections youÃ¢â‚¬™ll see a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Post a new forum topicÃ¢â‚¬? text link near the top. YouÃ¢â‚¬™ll default into the Ã¢â‚¬Å“forum topicÃ¢â‚¬? tab so all you need to do is enter your Title and the body of your message.
You can still send a receive Private Messages, just click on "view inbox" on the left hand side of the page.
GWJ Gaming News Feed
At the top of the page you'll see a link to Gaming News that will display the RSS feeds from various sites. So far we've only added GameTab's top ten news stories but we'll probably add more as time goes by.
Those are the basics! WeÃ¢â‚¬™ll talk more about some of the new features soon.