dosgames.com site update March 26th 2004

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dosgames.com site update March 26th 2004

Post by emmzee » Fri Mar 26, 2004 9:51 pm

Man, the update process for this site is a pain in the arse. If I ever died and someone had to take over this site, they'd have a helluva time with the archaic system I've got goin here. :cuccoan: Anyways, today's update is, as usual, copied directly from the front page:
Huzzah! Suddenly, six new games appear on the website! Upon closer inspection, they seem to be The Black Cauldron, Carmageddon Demo, Mastermind, Number Munchers, Snipes and Three. Make these lost gaming gems your own (for free, mind you!) by harkening over to the Newest Additions section.
The newsletter should be going out sometime soon. As always, please report any and all of my grievous errors. (Or non-grievous errors, even) Bai bai. ^_^
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Post by Kazer0 » Fri Mar 26, 2004 11:24 pm

What did you code the site in?

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Post by Joris » Sat Mar 27, 2004 9:18 am

Ah, finally you updated ^_^

@Kazer0: Darren's own words: "dosgames.com is an oldschool site, not just in content, but in design and coding :P" lol

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Post by emmzee » Sat Mar 27, 2004 1:00 pm

The site is almost entirely in html ... poorly coded html ;) I used php but mostly for includes and a few other small things (like the download page). If you're interested in what the W3 thinks of my good 'ol design, check out the results from the W3 Validator here:

http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http% ... sgames.com

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Post by Dogbreath » Sat Mar 27, 2004 4:10 pm

*Checks link*

Holy crap dude your site is a monster! I'm surprised it hasn't developed a will of its own and taken over the uploading process... :shifty:

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Post by Kazer0 » Sat Mar 27, 2004 5:11 pm

Nah, its only because emm used capital letters.

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Post by Amro » Sun Mar 28, 2004 4:36 pm

How come even the forum pages are in html? thats messed up.

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Post by Kazer0 » Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:21 pm

They arent. PHP is a Hypertext Preprocessor. In other words, it takes variables and outputs it in HTML. The reason it says .html at the end is because emm installed a search engine friendly listing mod.

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Post by emmzee » Sun Mar 28, 2004 8:23 pm

The server is fooling you!!! :karate: Actually yea kazer0 is right. The mod uses htaccess URL redirection, basically works like this:

When the server sees a URL ending in like posting-nc-mode-reply-t-2813.html (the URL for this post) it matches a regular expression in a list in the htaccess file. It then reinterprets the URL and displays a different page. The trick is that search engines just see the .html URL, not the "real" URL. This is important because if a SE is surfing, say, .php URLs, like view.php?num=9&page=101 it will stop after a certain # of pages ... whereas with html files it will continue capturing pages until it finds 'em all. At least, that's how it was explained to me ;)

A sample line from the htaccess file looks like:
RewriteRule ^([^/]+)-nc\-([^-]+)\-([^-]+)\-([^-]+)\-([^-]+).html $1.php?$2=$3&$4=$5 [L]
I know how to write a htaccess file but I didn't do this mod ... that kinda stuff is a bit beyond my technical prowess atm.
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Post by Joris » Mon Mar 29, 2004 11:59 am

Hehe, your site's coding is really bad emmzee :) Wait untill they scan my site :D

anyways, thanks for mentioning me in the newsletter :D

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Post by wardrich » Mon Mar 29, 2004 4:33 pm

omg, who cares how bad the coding is? So long as the site is up and running, and works decently, I'm happy.

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Post by emmzee » Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:02 pm

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