I would like to introduce you all to Stompfest 7.0! A few months ago Jokerz and I started a project to completely revamp the website with a brand new design that was dynamic to the point where it, in of itself, could be used as a means to expand our community. With the assistance of Brizad, eclyps, Jokerz, and infiniteloop I worked with devs to get the site designed. Countless hours and a lot of hard work went into this project from all individuals and parties involved and we are all extremely excited to be taking another big step towards making a better Stompfest.
So, let’s talk about what’s new in Stompfest 7.0. Primarily, we have set aside vbAdvanced as our primary CMS (Content Management System) and in its place we are now using WordPress. The WordPress CMS is infinitely more flexible, feature-full and easier to use. I could go on forever listing all the changes but they are numerous. Practically every aspect of the site has been redesigned. Just have a look around! We have completely redesigned the navigation to make things simpler for a newcomer, yet still useful for the regulars. Get a quick glance of recent forum posts in the top right of the page. Look at stats for all our game and voice servers with the click of a button. View player stats, read reviews, and more.
One thing that I definitely want to point out, is that the articles posted on the WordPress section of the site (which will mainly consist of threads that would have been posted in the news feed forum) are exclusive to the WordPress database. However, that brings me to…
What’s the same?
Our forums are still vBadvanced, so all of your accounts have been carried over. In addition, your vb forum accounts are linked to the WordPress CMS so you can post on all the WordPress articles via your vb forum account. Sign in once, and your current forum credentials will log you into both sections of the site. And of course, all your favorite forum sections are still right where you expect them.
There is one person, that I didn’t mention above who has helped out tremendously with the site redesign. That person is Davy.Deagle. This project actually got put on hold for quite some time because I had gotten it as far as I could on my own. I had gotten the WordPress site designed but I needed someone to redo and integrate the vB forums. Briz, who has my utmost appreciation, took time out of his very busy schedule (due to planning for a wedding and buying a new house) to do a good chunk of it before he had to get back to taking care of things he had going on. Some time went by and while talking with Davy about SF expansion in general I mentioned the site. Davy hit the ground running from that point on. The amount of refinement and enhancement that he has done to the site is staggering. And his eagerness to get things done is impressive. In under seven days he completely revamped the site theme, finished the work on the vB forums (and some), and got us to the point where we were ready to go live. And as if that wasn’t enough, he’s also been helping out financially and offering tons of insight and assistance into ways we can improve the community. He has just gone above and beyond. For these reasons, I am proud to announce the promotion of Davy.Deagle to Operations Director. Davy will work along-side infiniteloop who is also an Operations Director. He will more than likely have his hands in some of everything, but he will be primarily focused on the website. His years of experience and knowledge in web design will, and have already proven to be very valuable. So if you have any questions about the website, please send them his way.
I would also like to announce the creation of a new position here at Stompfest–Marketing Director. Our long time member JJ_Sky5000 will be filling this position. Through the many case modding competitions that he has been a part of, JJ_Sky5000 has developed strong relationships with many reputable companies. He came to us eager to help the community by developing marketing strategies to bring new content to our site and develop new relationships with sponsors. We are excited about the work JJ_Sky5000 has already begun and will do for the community.
Also, I would like to give a BIG thank you to infiniteloop. Loop is guy that makes sure that everything is happening the way it supposed to be happening in the community. He has done an outstanding job helping me oversee the community & it’s operations and working to improve it. Everything–website, subscriptions, gaming divisions, community information & service–he does it all and he does it very well. He has been an exemplary member of the community.
Last but certianly not least, I want to also give a BIG thank you to Brizad who has taken time out of his extremely busy schedule to do all of the major back-end upgrades and reconfiguration. We definitely could not have done this without you and I really appreciate you coming through for us.
I’ll say this briefly as i’m sure Davy will fill you in in detail, but we are not done. We still have many plans for the new site and things that we want to implement.