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Mathew Anderson

Member Since 30 Jul 2008
Offline Last Active Mar 16 2014 03:21 PM

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Trouble with our sites style on WPEngine

15 January 2014 - 12:12 PM

I was hoping a CSS/web/Wordpress expert could help us out here. We've had the core function of our site down for a week now, the event calendar.


The trouble began after we migrated to WPEngine. The staging environment works fine (e4g.staging.wpengine.com), but only logged in admin users of the primary (e4g.wpengine.com forwarding to eventsforgamers.com) will work. Those not logged in or not admin see the main calendar and sidebar calendar without the CSS style.


Everything else with the site works jiffy. I suspect this is a server caching limitation or security block somehow. Can this be worked around, or what do I need to say to WPEngine to get this fixed?


Thanks so much in advance!


- Mathew

New game conference event calendar

06 December 2013 - 03:10 PM

It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally reached the point in the development of Events For Gamers and all its websites to where we can provide you a truly all-encompassing game industry event browsing experience. The features you are looking for get their full treatment right here with the newly announced website!


Read more about Events For Gamers at: http://www.eventsforgamers.com.


The Site’s History


If you haven’t visited the site before, Events For Gamers was originally launched back in 2008. Marking our 5th anniversary, it’s been through five unique iterations. The first design theme was on a custom HTML solution and had no news or forum capabilities. Suffice it to say that design didn’t last very long with its myriad of template errors and security issues.


We quickly moved on to what was at the time a very promising CMS solution – Drupal. While it took awhile to setup and tweak the template, Drupal provided a fantastic array of options to customize the site in order to provide all of the event categories you wanted. Unfortunately, Drupal was too complex for us to maintain. It often had outdated plug-ins that opened up significant security threat concerns.


The Previous Design


This brings us to the previous iteration on Invision Power Boards (IPB). Up until WordPress, this was our most promising CMS platform. A few years ago the folks at IPB decided that CMS systems were so popular, they needed to take their forum solution to the next level. They added to the forums several key CSM features that included articles, pages, commenting, etc.


The site would still be on IPB today if it wasn’t for our recent experience in working with WordPress. Between Drupal, IPB, and even vBulletin and its wide array of options, we can’t positively remark enough about how WordPress and all the available plugins brought this site to the next level. As you peruse this site and reflect on how difficult it was in the past to navigate event pages, you will see what we mean.


New Event Features


Here is a highlighted list of all the game industry event features you will want to take a look at:

  • SEO optimized news section with the ability for you to submit news to us, as well as receive feeds and comment updates via e-mail
  • Dynamic event calendar section with the ability to submit calendar events. Also includes a new category: Parties!
  • Individual exclusive event pages that have complete customization for event coordinators to present any content they wish to reveal
  • Google World Map that shows where all the events are around the globe
  • Multiple Facebook and Twitter feeds to quickly view the latest hourly event announcements
  • ‘Connections’ profile section to find others in the industry that you may wish to connect with (direct game and event support fields coming soon!)
  • Improved ways to share social network feeds, news posts, videos, and calendar events straight to your Google Calendar!
  • Built on an open CMS solution that provides robust community development


And much, much more. This is only the beginning of what we will be able to offer game industry event attendees and interested readers.


Join the Community


If you have any questions about the new site, find an event we do not have listed, an update to an existing event we should add, have experience working with WordPress or editorial skills and would like to help us out, please contact us!


Thanks everyone for being a part of the Events For Gamers community!

Get 30% off a LOGIN Conference pass by using code E4G30

21 June 2013 - 08:49 PM

Missed early bird LOGIN registration? Register now for a LOGIN Conference pass via this E4G exclusive link and get 30% off! Using the link automatically discounts the cost from the normal registration fee.


Link also here: http://login2013.eventbrite.com/?discount=E4G30#

Summer game events

06 June 2013 - 09:38 PM

Anyone attending the summer fan events like Blizzcon, QuakeCon, Gen Con, and others?

Breaking in by helping to drive a website

26 May 2013 - 12:51 AM

I got started in the industry by volunteering as a news editor for a media website, Stratics.com. I never thought at the time that I would actually make it as a community manager, or have my own site for that matter, but it happened! I want to provide that opportunity to others now.


I've had a website for game industry events for almost five years now. Called Events For Gamers at www.eventsforgamers.com, it consolidates and organizes game industry events into one area. Right now this is a small group project, but it could be more with the right help behind it, and we really need it. I was hoping some of you here would be interested. Here is what we are looking for currently:


- News editors/writers

- Forum moderators/community evangelists

- Website developers

- Marketing assistant

- ??? (What do you see we need?)


If you have an interest in one of these areas, a website like Events For Gamers on your resume is a great way to show that you took the initiative to get started in some way. I did it this way, so I know at least for some it can work.


Please let me know if you have any questions about the site and how you can be a part of it. I'm hoping you will join us! Thanks in advance smile.png.