Myth Games has had the same design for almost two years, and I’ve finally found the incentive to update it. We bought a VPS recently, and there’s a few differences between our old shared hosting and the VPS set up, which means that some features on the site don’t quite work as intended.
Rather than dig through the old site’s rather messy code, I’ve started work on a new design, which will include a more CMS-like back end, to make life easier for people when they’re updating the site. If all goes as planned, the new design will be live (in beta form) later today.
I’ve thrown out the phpBB Portal part of the site – everything is custom coded now, except for the ads system, which is powered by OpenX. I’m hopeful that the new design will be much faster, and much more stable – the phpBB Portal performed well most of the time, but needed regular database optimization, and was prone to falling over during times of high load – such as the first day of a games trade show.
The challenge now is finding an effective way of caching pages, without having the cache eat too much disk space.
I’ll be signing up to OpenX marketplace. Since the death of HypeCouncil a couple of years ago, I haven’t found a good advertiser that offers decently paying, relevant ads for gaming and entertainment sites. If anyone knows of one, I’d love to hear from you!