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 41 
 on: September 10, 2014, 11:10:10 AM 
Started by Saulis - Last post by abbevalle
Thank you Doug,

I will take a look inside the code and see what could be done.

 42 
 on: September 09, 2014, 03:46:25 PM 
Started by Brian - Last post by Keyrocks
I also kinda figured that sNews can be edited so well that you can completely hide the fact that your running sNews by renaming the engine file etc so it gives a more "I made this" feel.

Yes, it is easy to mask the origin of your sNews engine, and it is relatively easy to customize the CSS styling for the comments and contact form to appear any way you want it to as well.

Thanks for sharing your mock-up - looking good.  :)

 43 
 on: September 09, 2014, 01:26:18 AM 
Started by Brian - Last post by Brian
I also kinda figured that sNews can be edited so well that you can completely hide the fact that your running sNews by renaming the engine file etc so it gives a more "I made this" feel. The only way I can tell a site is running sNews is by seeing how comments and the contact form is handled. Seems like sNews generic form handling just sticks out to me. After I get my basics done and up ill probably go back and try to be a bit more detailed in my mockup. Im still working alot on this but just to show how simple and sloppy I did this the site is http://www.deusuno.com once i open ill delete the url out of this posting but just wanted to show for laughs.

 44 
 on: September 08, 2014, 04:11:31 AM 
Started by Brian - Last post by Keyrocks
Well I decided to utilize sNews and have been working all day dusting off what HTML and CSS I could remember and I have to say it took me 4 hours just to remember how to do a header and my CSS is about as sloppy as sloppy could ever imagine but thankfully im the only one that will ever work with my code haha. Its taken me nearly a total of 12 hours just to write the markup of the simplest design I have ever done and im still not finished. I use to be able to markup and style in just a couple hours. Feel like im learning disabled or something.

 ;D  ;D  ;D - I know the feeling. It's been some time since I've done any templating with CSS as well, the last one I did was making significant modifications to a WordPress template (for a client's WP site) about 20 months ago.

While sNews is an *older* PHP/MySQL site engine, it's the CSS and HTML used for your template that will govern how well the template displays in browsers, including Google Chrome. Keep your HTML and CSS compliant and you should be fine.

 45 
 on: September 08, 2014, 04:02:05 AM 
Started by Saulis - Last post by Keyrocks
Thank you Doug,
It seems nothing is happening with this amazing CMS (sNews) anymore, are there any plans for future versions?

You're welcome. Nothing new has emerged since the last updates were made to 1.7.1. There were plans to develop a new 2.0 version, starting with fresh code (from scratch) but nothing has materialized as yet .... mainly because those of us who've (voluntarily) stayed with the project have all become busier with other projects. But anyone is free to bring something forward - anytime.  :)

and is this snews1.7MM confirmed by you guys to be stable and usable in production?

I haven't gone through it and I don't think anyone else has either, but it is based on sNews 1.7. You could to a file-search to see of the patches made to the last updated version of 1.7.1 have been made to the MM version and, if there are any missing, you could add them in.

and I am also interested to take a look at the code for sNews 1.7MU, do you know where I can find it?

Here's a copy of sNews 1.7MU - the package originally made available by HA100.

 46 
 on: September 08, 2014, 03:55:29 AM 
Started by Brian - Last post by Brian
Well I decided to utilize sNews and have been working all day dusting off what HTML and CSS I could remember and I have to say it took me 4 hours just to remember how to do a header and my CSS is about as sloppy as sloppy could ever imagine but thankfully im the only one that will ever work with my code haha. Its taken me nearly a total of 12 hours just to write the markup of the simplest design I have ever done and im still not finished. I use to be able to markup and style in just a couple hours. Feel like im learning disabled or something.

 47 
 on: September 06, 2014, 02:16:16 PM 
Started by Saulis - Last post by abbevalle
and I am also interested to take a look at the code for sNews 1.7MU, do you know where I can find it?

 48 
 on: September 06, 2014, 02:06:10 PM 
Started by Saulis - Last post by abbevalle
Thank you Doug,

It seems nothing is happening with this amazing CMS (sNews) anymore, are there any plans for future versions?

and is this snews1.7MM confirmed by you guys to be stable and usable in production?

Thank you so much

 49 
 on: September 06, 2014, 08:01:39 AM 
Started by Brian - Last post by Brian
Thanks for the reply. My heart is set on using sNews in some fashion. I was shocked to see that Matts web site was still up and had his mods still listed so I am thinking I can make sNews work for the blog side and since I know html I can do the pages without needing a fancy editor built in.. On the other hand I re discovered Get Simple CMS that has some blog plugins available without using a database so I am working on deciding which route I want to take. sNews just has that simplicity ive always loved but just have the mixed feeling about using a script that hasnt seen an update since Google Chrome was released. Of all CMS's I was really hoping sNews would be one that would continue development, everything seems to be ancient anymore and so many abandoned projects all over the place. I have learned over the years to never give another public positive review though because every application or piece of software I have given praise to somehow gets abandoned or discarded within a couple months of me saying its good. (sarcasm)

 50 
 on: September 05, 2014, 03:00:48 PM 
Started by Brian - Last post by Keyrocks
Is this software even still relevant and functional by todays standards or would I be better off jumping on to the sack of wordpress's millions of followers?

The answer to that ..... it all depends on what you need or want for a website administration system.
For myself, I still use sNews for my own websites. If I have a client who wants a WordPress site, I'll prepare and template one for the client.

Over the years, I've found WordPress consumes more server-side resources that sNews does. This isn't a big deal for smaller sites with a small number of pages, articles and low visitor traffic, but it does with high visitor traffic, and long pages that visitors refresh often ... if bandwidth consumption becomes an issue. In general, I've found sNews uses less bandwidth to display content than W-P does.

The main up-side with W-P is that it has millions of users, and thousands of plug-ins that have been developed by contributors. One of down-side, though, is that plug-ins (mini-apps) are not always compatible with each other. In some cases, plug-in conflicts (depending on what's been installed & enabled) are serious enough that one plug-in makes another completely dysfunctional (due to database query complications). On one website, I've seen this problem so bad the host server timed out regularly because it wasn't able to process all of the database queries within a reasonable amount of time.

Best advice - use what you're comfortable with.

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