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Archive for August, 2008

3 Weeks Later

It’s been three weeks since we launched 101 Best Websites and we’ve been a bit rubbish at keeping this updated with news! Firstly, the site is going well we’ve had over a sixty submissions and over a hundred followers on our Twitter feed… Now we just need to get the word out some more and continue to tweak the site and continually improve it.

Remember, the site isn’t just a CSS showcase site, you can also submit your favourite DOM/AJAX and Flash sites:

Flash showcase on 101 Best Websites

DOM/AJAX showcase on 101 Best Websites

You can follow our progress and check out the new submissions on our Twitter feed and why not share the site on facebook or join the 101 Best Websites group and suggest ideas for the site.

We hope you like the site and will continue to support it, tell your friends!

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Countdown – 48 hours are up

It all started yesterday morning at 10am: Could we build a web app in 48 hours over one weekend, just two developers and lots of caffeine.

Find out for yourself:

101 Best Websites

Review of the weekend

The idea for the site was to create a CSS / Design / AJAX showcase site with a rating system to start with, several different categories and topics to allow for plenty of updates. The twist to the site is that we’ll only show the top 101 sites in any category and the 101st site will get the same attention as the 1st.

We started with just a basic design, an idea of what we wanted to achieve and plenty of ideas. First job was to create a blog to write up our experience – WordPress of course! (101bestwebsites.com/blog/). Next we had to get the registration process seamless, keep it simple but secure. We decided early on that visitors to the site would need to register to submit new sites – our future plans would mean that it would become more important as time goes on.

Then came the submission process – this turned out to be a lot harder than expected, especially with all the little extras we had planned. The breakthrough came late last night on discovery of websnapr and the screenshot technology they provide.

This morning saw a lot of progress, submissions were successful, a few visitors (but no submissions) and we now have the categories set up and topics getting close to completion.

Our final big push this evening will be to get the ratings system in place so the site can do it’s initial job! It’s been a busy, sometimes frustrating but overall successful and satisfying weekend… Not sure I’d do it again soon though 🙂

Find out all details of the weekend and what we managed to complete

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101 Best Websites – Update

As mentioned in my previous post, we have decided to dedicate this weekend to building a fully functioning web app in 48 hours. If you’re keeping track and planning on checking out what we’re doing, the site is:

101 Best Websites

So far we have the basic design and layout, and a little bit of Javascript to get us started, you can even register and login – but that’s as far as we’ve got. You can keep up to date on the 101 Blog: http://101bestwebsites.com/blog/ which we hope to style up and keep updated over the weekend.

Please take a look and let us know what you think!

Updates

It’s been a busy but enjoyable day, lots of work, some frustration but we’re generally feeling pretty pleased with ourselves – it’s not over yet, but time for an update…

So far today we’ve installed WordPress and styled it up to match the site: 101 Best Websites blog, the registration process is working, you can log in, change your password, view your profile page and contact us with your thoughts on the contact form.

We’ve had a few visitors, though we were hoping for more – and a couple of unusual comments on forums about whether or not we should have launched an unfinished site(?). We’re not sure whether that person fully understood the concept!

The final part for today is to get the site submission process up and running so we can get showcase websites onto +101 (our nickname for the 101 Best Websites)… if we can manage that we are well on track for our target of finishing the site by 10pm tomorrow night.

We’ll keep you informed.