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Pokemon Card Database - Prototype Child

  1. Sup my TH homies?

    I've been working on this site for a few months now and am finally out of "beta" mode with development, so take a look:

    http://tcgscans.com/

    I run a Pokemon TCG strategy blog and wanted to make a resource for my viewers so it would be easy for them to look up pictures (scans) of the cards mentioned within the articles.

    On that site, I'm running a preg_replace on the content to link keywords (card names) to the appropriate page on tcgscans.com for easy reference.

    This site is a Prototype child, but at some point I will (might) make my own custom theme with the Hybrid Core.

    It really pushed my limits making this site and I learned about WordPress and just coding in general working on it. All the entries on the site look like this.

    So mainly I've got a custom post type with some custom taxonomies. I've been able to automate almost everything. Like I have release dates for different cards stored in a function, so I don't have to manually enter them.

    It also automatically grabs card prices from various sites. It isn't perfect, but I do have postmeta fields where I could override incorrect prices if need be. All this makes it super easy to add new cards to the database.

    You can see the prices listed on a single page like this one.

    I use WP-PostRatings for the ratings (with an Ajax hack to play nice with WP Super Cache). I tried using W3 Total Cache but had issues with the ratings cache.

    I might eventually ditch the ratings as well as Disqus comments to get it loading faster. I was really concerned with site speed building this whole thing.

    Anyway yeah that's mainly it... let me know what you think! It's fairly advanced, at least for my skill set.

  2. Really nice work, Adam. My only suggestion I think would be to add some more contrast between the menu background and font on inactive menu items. It's pretty tough to read.

    But really, nice job.

  3. and the search bar (the big search bar) need icon.

    awesome mod.

  4. Thanks for the input guys! I can see the inactive menu items fine on my computer, but I can image some monitors might not show them very clearly. I'll fix that when I have a chance.

    I excluded a search icon since I'm trying to keep it minimalist, but I do probably need to do some adjusting with the search bars to make them more intuitive. I'm not real happy with them right now, but they work (fortunately).

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