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The E Club, redefined

August 22, 2017

The E Club has evolved since its creation in 2009, but its design stayed more-or-less the same: a large banner (sometimes animated) at the top of the page, the menu and content below that, and the footer. That layout worked for the older versions of The E Club - the content didn't take up the whole width of the page since the site was only optimized for bigger screens, and there was lots of space to display images in the background and at the top of the page.

When The E Club 3.0 went live, The E Club was rebuilt from the ground up to be faster, simpler, more secure, and most notably, more responsive. The design of The E Club 2.0 was mostly intact, but it clashed with The E Club's new responsiveness in that the top bar banner wasn't well-optimized for larger displays (there was a bunch of whitespace around it), and there was a disconnect between the desktop and smartphone versions (the top bar banner wasn't shown on the smartphone version, and the content used the full width of smaller screens but not bigger ones). So over the last month, I've been working to create a brand-new experience that merges the best of mobile and desktop, utilizes the latest web technologies, and even adds some content-level improvements and refinements.

This is The E Club's biggest redesign in its eight-year history.

A rethought design

The E Club's new aesthetic is best represented by its redesigned homepage. The first thing you'll notice is the complete lack of clutter and complexity; only the welcome message that's been there since The E Club's creation, along with the Mario and Star Trek GIFs, is initially visible. No large top bar banner pushing some of it below the fold, and everything else - the menu, the search bar, even additional content - has been reorganized and puts the content first. And did I mention that The E Club has an all-new typeface?

That's right - after years of working to make Open Sans and Roboto the official fonts of The E Club Family, it's time for a change. The E Club's redesign incorporates a font called Lato, a unique contemporary of Open Sans and Roboto. With the new font also comes greater incorporation of its various font weights: bold for headings, regular for subheadings and body text, and light for contrast across the design. With one font instead of two, The E Club can become more expressive, more focused, and more intuitive than ever before.

Going back to the homepage, where did the rest of the content go? The intuitive next step after noticing the absence of content other than the welcome message is to scroll down, as you would on every previous version of The E Club. And that still works! The homepage utilizes a parallax effect to display the content in a whole new way, in the form of "cards", that scroll "over" the welcome message as if you weren't scrolling down the page at all. The oft-cluttered homepage of old has been dramatically simplified (and it looks cool), and yet the content is still essentially the same as before! This new design is also being utilized on the What's New page as well as on the E's Blog post permalinks (like this one's).

A lot around the content has changed, too. As The E Club Family's desktop and mobile versions have begun to merge into one, unified experience (The E Club+ being the prime example until now), the best of The E Club on mobile devices has come to the desktop as well: the content now takes up the full width of the page, the bulky top bar banner has been replaced with the mobile-style header bar, and the (redesigned) menu and search bar have been tucked away into the menu icon at the top left corner. But since there's much more usable space on larger screens, NavLogo has been moved from a link in the footer to a prominent spot on the right side of the header, so you can navigate The E Club Family in one click.

Dark Mode

The E Club+'s Dark Mode launched about a year ago, and ever since then a darker color scheme was being planned for The E Club - and now it's live. The E Club's new Dark Mode, inspired by that of The E Club+, makes it easier for people to view the content at night or in dark environments, and its almost all-black background makes it look stunning on many modern devices. It also introduces a new version of The E Club's logo designed for dark environments.

But The E Club's Dark Mode goes one step further than The E Club+'s - while on The E Club+ the page would reload when going into Dark Mode (and back), The E Club's doesn't, so you can switch between the two instantaneously. Just click on the moon icon in the header bar and try it for yourself.

A redefined experience

The E Club's redesign doesn't only go skin-deep; many of its pages and content are being rethought for an even better experience. The most prominent of these (so far) is the Videos page. When The E Club 3.0 went live last year, it became the archive for The E Club's monthly Mario music. Now, having been renamed Music, the page has been redesigned to better serve that purpose. The music (in the form of a video) now takes up the entire width of the screen, creating a sort of cover art display, and the list of months is now more compact and is at the bottom of the screen. It's a fully immersive design visually and auditorily.

The Photo Album hasn't seen much progress since The E Club 3.0 went live; it was a few thumbnails of photos from the original The E Club that couldn't be enlarged, a far cry from the original The E Club's Photo Album with full-size images and dedicated pages for each of them. Today, that all changes - the photos are larger now, and when you click on one, it shows up in its own overlay with a caption, sharing tools (each one technically has its own URL now), a fullscreen mode, and the ability to move/swipe between photos. Only four photos are online at the moment, but there are many more to come.


The E Club has always been rapidly changing, and that will continue for the foreseeable future. But today, The E Club takes another massive step closer towards a unified experience on all screens; modern first-party technologies (like how the Mario theme that plays when you click on the logo in the header bar now picks up where it left off when you go to another page); a professional and intuitive design; and all-new content. The reimagining of The E Club is just beginning.

An Update to E's Blog

May 13, 2017

Since The E Club's creation back in 2009, E's Blog has always been the source for updates around The E Club. The E Club World was also created in 2010 to provide updates from across The E Club Family as well as more miscellaneous topics. But when The E Club left Moogo in September 2010, a problem began to coalesce: The E Club 2.0's host, WebStarts, couldn't match the Moogo site's blog capabilities, so the E's Blog posts from the original Moogo site had to be moved to a static page separate from the new blog. Eventually, this became More Blog.

When The E Club 3.0 was created, I also had to integrate the posts from The E Club 2.0 into More Blog. Because that one page is six years' worth of posts, some accompanied by images and YouTube videos, More Blog is by far the most sluggish and inefficient page on The E Club 3.0; while other pages take around 1-3 seconds to load, More Blog tops 10 seconds, so content further down the page cannot be accessed right away while the page continues to load.

Luckily, E's Blog on The E Club 3.0 has the solution - it runs on WordPress, one of the most sophisticated blogging platforms on the web, so the old posts could be imported and dated back to when they were originally posted. And E's Blog supports pagination, so almost eight years' worth of posts will not all be on the same page. Today, I'm proud to announce the successful implementation of these solutions - all past E's Blog posts from the Moogo and WebStarts sites have been transferred here under the Archives category. So posts load faster, each post has its own page (with comments and tags), and E's Blog is unified for the first time since 2010 (More Blog will be gradually phased out over the next few days).

Enjoy the new and improved E's Blog!

Welcome to The E Club 3.0!

June 08, 2016

I am E, founder and CEO of The E Club Family, and this is my personal blog on The E Club! For information pertaining to The E Club Family as a whole as well as more Mario, Star Trek, and science information, check out The E Club World.

You are here at a very special time in The E Club's history; the site you are now on is the result of seven years of devotion to bringing the best Mario, Star Trek, and science information to the web in addition to incredible technological advancements. But before I get to that, here's how we got to today.

The E Club was originally founded on June 8, 2009 with a now-defunct website creator called Moogo; though it looked far different than it does today, that version of The E Club and today's version share the same purpose: being my personal site about Mario, Star Trek, and science. Over the next year or so, I continued to expand The E Club's content, even creating two additional sites - The E Club Lite and The E Club World - in the process to host even more content. The E Club Lite was also created with Moogo (it is on Weebly right now), and The E Club World has always been on Blogger (though its design has evolved since its creation).

But in September 2010, the unthinkable occurred: Moogo was going to shut down all of its free sites, The E Club and The E Club Lite among them, a month later (in order to give priority to their expensive premium packages). So I set out to move the content of the two affected sites; I moved The E Club to WebStarts on September 17 and The E Club Lite to Weebly not long after. (Today, I often refer to The E Club hosted on WebStarts as The E Club 2.0 as it was the second major update to the site, the first being its creation in 2009.)

As the years went on, so did The E Club's mission. New sites were being added to the growing chain now known as The E Club Family, bringing new innovations and content to the web such as Mario Flash games without annoying ads, revolutionary social networking, and more. But there was an underlying problem - as the rest of The E Club Family, led by The E Club+, began to sport new technological and aesthetic innovations, The E Club itself could not keep up. This was because WebStarts, The E Club 2.0's host, has a drag-and-drop editor rather than a text-based one, and it often rendered the advanced technologies I tried to implement unusable. Plus, it made applying new styles a tedious process.

For years, I was able to overlook this issue, since it was WebStarts that basically saved The E Club. But the list of issues with the service began to grow over time: prices went up while the features remained the same, and when they promised a "new editor" with new features such as a responsive design, I would have had to create a new website (rather than having the original upgraded) to access it. So in December 2015, I made the decision that would alter The E Club's history forever - with the new techniques I learned from developing the rest of The E Club Family, I could easily replicate what a drag-and-drop editor could do while having full control of the source code at the same time. I could finally release the shackles that WebStarts, who wanted to charge money for submitting sites to be indexed by Google (which can be easily done for free), had placed on The E Club. Thus, The E Club 3.0 was born.

The E Club 3.0 is the culmination of the past, present, and future of The E Club Family; it continues The E Club's mission that it had since June 8, 2009 with new, advanced technologies that only The E Club Family of the present could offer, and its framework (which implements new techniques such as PHP templating) allows it to be totally scalable for the future. So what's new? Check out Founder's Letter 2016 or the What's New page. But there are some other aspects that have changed or been created that I didn't cover in either, so here they are:

Incredible blog innovations

My blog here on The E Club has always been an integral part of the experience; I have written about updates on The E Club as well as various Mario and Star Trek news items not posted on The E Club World, which covers more The E Club Family-related information plus Mario and Star Trek things. When The E Club moved to WebStarts, I put the Moogo site's blog posts on a separate page and used WebStarts' blogging tool to continue E's Blog. But the tool was lacking in many important features - I couldn't insert links, videos, or really anything but basic text.

Now you can see that things are far different here on The E Club 3.0; instead of a glorified text editor like before, E's Blog now runs on WordPress! That's right: the most popular open-source platform on the web now powers what you're looking at right now. And I was able to seamlessly integrate it into the site, from the design to the incredible features such as search and archiving built in. Plus, I added The E Club 2.0's blog posts to More Blog and remastered them with functional links, images, and videos.

Backwards compatibility

You may not have noticed, but the URLs of The E Club's pages have changed since the site left WebStarts - they are simpler, and the underscores and the ".html" suffixes have been removed. The most poignant example of this change is the Quick Polls page: its URL on 2.0 was https://theeclub.info/mailinglist_and_quick_polls.html, but on 3.0 it has been simplified to just https://theeclub.info/polls. Quite the difference, isn't it?

But an issue quickly emerged with changing all of the page URLs: search engines and many pages across The E Club Family still link to the old pages. This would cause a huge accessibility problem, so I'm happy to announce that The E Club 3.0 is backwards-compatible with its predecessor. How? Try clicking on the old link to the Quick Polls page above.

Event Calendar, reimagined

The E Club's Event Calendar hasn't changed at all design-wise since I first put it on the Moogo site; due to technical reasons, I could not style it to match the rest of The E Club. Today, that has changed. The Calendar now features a custom design to match the look and feel of The E Club, so it looks better than ever.

Featured Mario Music Repository

The Mario music on The E Club's homepage has been there since the original site, but there was an issue: the music changed every month, but due to technical limitations I was never able to publicly archive past selections (it would've required a lot of space). The E Club 3.0 not only introduces that long-awaited repository but also repurposes another great feature, the Videos page. Thanks to a bit of JavaScript, I was able to restructure the page so that it could host both the repository and the Super Mario Galaxy soundtracks from the 2.0 version while using as few resources and being as efficient as possible.

In honor of this, we'll be featuring some old favorites from The E Club's past along with new selections; this month, it's Mario Kart DS' Waluigi Pinball theme, and next month it's Super Mario Galaxy's Bowser Battle theme. There's a lot more to come, so stay tuned!

Sleeker search

With the introduction of Smart Search, The E Club brought about a new dimension of searching - the menu automatically shows only the pages that match your search as you're typing it. But what you would see upon hitting the Enter key wasn't so cutting-edge; the search results page was a true page of The E Club 3.0 (like ClubIt! Designer), but the design of the results hadn't been updated in years. Today, I'm pleased to say that the search results have finally been redesigned; they now accommodate all of the latest design techniques and sport an innovative edge-to-edge design. Search is now an innovation in its own right, before and after hitting Enter.

ClubIt! Designer 2.0

The ClubIt! Designer on The E Club 2.0 was a JavaScript-powered tool I created so that people could easily put ClubIt! Buttons on their sites. However, it had to be hosted separately from the rest of The E Club's pages since WebStarts would otherwise make the code malfunction. Now that such a technological hurdle has been overcome, ClubIt! Designer is now a true page of The E Club - and it's been streamlined to be even faster and more efficient than before. In addition, The E Club Share has been phased out so that ClubIt! is the primary sharing platform of The E Club.


It's an exciting time for The E Club. With blazing-fast loading times, advanced new technologies, and all kinds of incredible new features, The E Club 3.0 really is the true flagship of The E Club Family. And you can expect even more great things to come in the near future - the possibilities are limitless. So click on the top bar banner, have a look around, and enjoy the greatest version of The E Club in its seven-year history.

Introducing The E Club's New Logo!

June 13, 2015

I am incredibly proud to introduce The E Club's brand new logo to the world! It can be seen in place of the old one on the top bar banner, at the bottom of the homepage, and as the new favicon.

I designed it to be the modernization of the old logo from The E Club's inception in 2009 - circular instead of rectangular, with one thin, multicolored "E" instead of "The E Club" in blocky, shape-based lettering. Creating a beautiful contrast to the black background, the vivid colors from the original logo as well as a deep but bright blue create an abstraction that makes the new logo so simple yet so much more at the same time.

The new logo will continue to roll out over the next few weeks, but for now, make sure to look for it across The E Club Family!

the e club logo

The E Club's 6th Anniversary

June 08, 2015

Six years ago, I created The E Club to share the best Mario, Star Trek, and science information. Now, having entered more fields like social networking and online arcade gaming while still staying true to its original purpose, I couldn't be more proud of where The E Club has come.

But it doesn't stop here. This year is Mario's 30th anniversary, and next year is Star Trek's 50th, so great new stuff is on the way!

The E Club's Other Domain Name!

August 01, 2014

On September 17, 2010, when this site was created, The E Club registered its first domain name, theeclub.info. This made it easier to access The E Club and allowed us to make the majority of The E Club Family Websites subdomains of it. Now, we've made The E Club even more accessible by giving it a second domain name (with no subdomains though): theeclub.tk.

The .tk top level domain (TLD) comes from the small, South Pacific island of Tokelau, and we picked it because it provides free domain names and theeclub.tk is two letters shorter than theeclub.info, allowing for increased accessibility. We partnered with site host IM Creator to host the new site (due to technical issues we couldn't redirect it here), which uses an iframe of The E Club to create an almost exact duplicate of the site.

We hope you enjoy theeclub.tk along with the rest of The E Club Family! NOTE: theeclub.tk has been phased out.

The E Club's 5th Anniversary

June 08, 2014

Today's the day! The E Club is now half a decade old. Though the original site is long gone, its mission lives on through the fourteen websites now known as The E Club Family: to provide great information about Mario, Star Trek, and science. The E Club Family has also disrupted many other areas as well, such as social networking and sharing, online gaming and shopping, video sharing, various technologies, and so much more.

The E Club Family has come so far in the last five years, and I'm proud to say this will always continue on. Even as it expands into even more new areas, The E Club Family will forever be a great resource for Mario, Star Trek, and science.

The E Club's Blog

May 18, 2014

Even though The E Club World is The E Club Family's official and more active blog, I still use this blog as a means of sharing updates and events on The E Club itself. This page also had blog posts from the original The E Club, but they have been moved to the "More Blog" and "Even More Blog" pages here on The E Club.

This change is because the old blog posts contain a lot of slow-loading content such as Flash banners, YouTube videos, etc., which in turn slowed down the loading of this page. Visitors also couldn't see the old blog posts until they scrolled down to the end of these blog posts, which could cause confusion. Now, this blog has its own page, and the old blog is still on the site but in its own pages.

Enjoy this update!

The E Club's New Look

August 28, 2013

The E Club was long overdue for a new look. Now, it's got one. I have redesigned everything on The E Club (except for the main menu) so that the site looks seamless and even more awesome than before.

In this redesign, The E Club Ad Creator (a page with a form to create ads, not The E Club Advertising), PrintMedia, the ENews subscription box on what is now the Quick Polls page, The E Shop (not the two sites, just the page on The E Club), and more were phased out to simplify and beautify the experience.

I hope you enjoy the new look.

A new way to search at The E Club

November 25, 2012

Throughout almost all of The E Club's history, The E Club itself almost always had a search functionality that allowed users to search The E Club and later The E Club Family. It started out as FreeFind, and The E Club later switched to Google Custom Search, which The E Club Family still uses today.

When The E Club moved to WebStarts, the Custom Search engine was still there, but there was one problem that the original The E Club didn't have: The Custom Search boxes were in different places on each page. This probably caused much confusion.

Today, I am pleased to say there's a new way to search at The E Club - on most of the pages (except the home page and this page), there are Custom Search boxes above the main menu of The E Club, just below the banner at the top of the page. We are also still tweaking the search engine so that it can reach its full potential as the official search engine of The E Club Family.

Make sure to look around The E Club and see the new search boxes!

The E Club (.info)'s Second Anniversary

September 17, 2012

I am very happy to say that The E Club's domain name, theeclub.info, is celebrating its second anniversary. The E Club's domain name led to and is still leading to many years of The E Club prosperity. This prosperity includes, obviously, the registration of the domain name, making it The E Club's, and, thanks to the domain's records (such as A and CNAME), all except two of The E Club Family Websites are now subdomains of The E Club. Plus, The E Club even got our own URL shortener, s.theeclub.info.

When theeclub.info was established with WebStarts, The E Club was in a crisis. Moogo, The E Club's original host, was going to shut The E Club down along with all of its other Free websites (for no explained reason) in about a month. (Moogo is also going to close down all of its paid websites at the end of September 2012.) The E Club had tons of content, so all of it had to be transferred in a small amount of time. This also applied to The E Club Lite and Wii Like Games (a video game review site I created with member J) since they were going to be shut down as well.

After the transfer of content (I moved The E Club's content here, The E Club Lite's to Weebly, and Wii Like Games to Blogger), I saw the enormous potential of WebStarts' powerful drag-and-drop editor. I improved all three new sites, focusing a lot on The E Club, whose domain had been recently registered.

Between then and now, many new CSS styles were implemented into the sites. When the three sites were in a good-enough condition, I started to create more websites, and that established The E Club Family. Many of them later became subdomains of The E Club, and some branched out to more areas than just content, such as revolutionary social networking (The E Club Social and The E Club+), arcade gaming (The E Club Arcade), and much more. Taking advantage of The E Club Family's unity, I began redesigning them, using advanced HTML and CSS. Now, The E Club Family is doing better than ever, thanks to theeclub.info.

I hope to oversee many more prosperous years of The E Club Family, and as the old saying goes, "Go on today!"

The E Club's Project

March 09, 2012

The E Club Family Websites are changing. A while ago, The E Club became more unified, with every page having the same background image, and all of its content on the background of The E Club Green, as I like to call it. Plus, as a remembrance of theeclub.moogo.com, I inverted the text and background color, making the text as close to the dark blue of the old The E Club as I could, and made the background image a shade of green, similar to the color the old The E Club used for its regular text, or body. Also, back in September 2011, I redid The E Club Social Beta and made it The E Club+, eventually making the URL of The E Club+ a subdomain of The E Club, plus.theeclub.info, strangely exactly 6 months after it was created.

I've also done many other redesigns to The E Club Family Websites in the distant past and recently. These redesigns, as The E Club World states, are part of a big project to improve The E Club Family technologically, and to enhance their designs and make them united.

I started this project with a couple minor redesigns and changes, including shaving a minute off The E Club's loading time and using CSS to enhance The E Club's design. I moved on to The E Club Lite and The E Club Ad Server, making both of them subdomains of The E Club and making them look alike. I then went to The E Club World and The E Club Arcade, where I simplified and debugged The E Club World and its design, while adding new games to and redesigning The E Club Arcade. I did some work improving The E Club Wiki. Next, I did a lot of work on the other websites, such as MeTube and The E Shop. Recently, I worked on The E Club Forums. Now, I am working on The E Club+. Thanks to some strange twist of luck, The E Club+'s partner, Wall.fm, allowed it to have a custom subdomain of The E Club, plus.theeclub.info. Thanks to Google, I managed to pull off some cool effects with hovering over and clicking on text input areas, making the border dark blue when clicked on. I also modified the current buttons (thanks for that too, Google), and added new ones that used enhanced CSS3 to look professional. The E Club is also optimized to work on mobile devices and tablets, especially the iPad.

The point of this project, which I'm now calling Project Redesign, is to provide visitors and members of The E Club Family Websites a simple and united experience. Instead of grabbing any technology I could lay my hands on (like I used to), I take what I need for The E Club's success. Uniting almost all of The E Club Family Websites under the domain of theeclub.info can allow visitors and members to think of The E Club Family Websites as one "The E Club" instead of "The E Club Family Websites under about 10 different subdomains." We also think that simplicity is one of the keys to great websites, so I am discontinuing some of The E Club's projects and products (such as Search-O-Matic and the Mario Arcade on this site) to create a non-complex and unified experience for everyone.

I am still working on the redesigns on The E Club Family Websites (mostly on The E Club+), and I hope you enjoy them!

The E Club Family Websites' Updates

September 04, 2011

Lots of good things are at The E Club Family Websites! Many of The E Club Family Websites are located at subdomains of The E Club, including The E Club Lite, The E Club World, and The E Club Arcade. We've also created s.theeclub.info, a URL shortening system inside of bitly. The E Club's top bar banner and Events Calendar are improved.

One of our biggest updates is the birth of The E Club Social (social.theeclub.info) and The E Club Social Beta (theeclubsocial.wall.fm). Since I think Google trying to compete with Facebook, looking almost identical to each other, is wrong, I decided to see if I could play a big role in the social web. The E Club Social was created with Forumotion.com on July 2, 2011, and The E Club Social Beta was created with Wall.fm on August 27.

Plus, Moogo, The E Club's old creator, is shutting down in September 2012. The E Club moving to WebStarts was certainly good news.

The E Club Blog Feed is here!

January 23, 2011

Lots of blogs have feeds, like the old The E Club did. The E Club used Feedburner, and even put some AdSense for Feeds ads in the mix. Ever since then, I have always wanted another Feedburner Feed, but this time, it was harder since The E Club's Blog was not set in XML Format. So, I used the URL of the feed WebStarts provided from those orange buttons, and it worked. Now, you can subscribe to The E Club's Feedburner Feed!

The E Club on Twitter

December 04, 2010

Now that The E Club is on Facebook, why not do more? On December 3, 2010, The E Club joined Twitter, @TheEClubInfo (https://twitter.com/TheEClubInfo). The Twitter gadget is installed in this blog! Look under the Facebook widget.

The E Club on Facebook

November 25, 2010

The E Club has joined Facebook on November 24, 2010! The E Club already has THREE followers (even though I'm not a follower of the page since I don't have a personal Facebook profile, I am still The E Club's biggest fan), and some updates written by yours truly...me. So, what are you waiting for? Become a fan of The E Club using the box to the right of these new entries!

Also, you can go to https://facebook.com/TheEClubOfficial (The E Club's Facebook page) and click "Like".

The E Club Advertising has Improved (Again)!

November 16, 2010

The E Club Advertising is a very new program, where advertisers can advertise on The E Club, or advertise other websites on their sites. Now, it's time to take another step in The E Club Advertising's development.

I work to make the advertising world on The E Club more safe than some other barely-known advertising networks. (Definitely not you, Google AdSense). So, now, ads are taken to the next step, with the help of The E Club Ad Server (http://www.theeclubadserver.weebly.com, no longer exists). Now, The E Club Ads are being redirected to a page on The E Club Ad Server which tells users where they are going. Then, they get redirected to the landing page automatically in five seconds.

The E Club Priority Advertising: Simple, Easy, and Cheap Ads!

September 13, 2010

Before I start this post, I need to ask you two simple questions:

Are you in need of a simple and effective advertising program?

If you said "Yes," answer this one:

Is Google AdWords too expensive for you?

If you said "Yes" to this one, you have come to the right place. Here's your solution:

THE E CLUB PRIORITY ADVERTISING: AWESOME ADS, LOW PRICES.

The E Club Priority Advertising is an advertising program by The E Club that is sure to increase your site's visits.* What about the cost? The budget is just right for anyone. You need to pay only a flat fee of 10 of your existing The E Club Credits. That's it, no fine print in this deal. Here's how it works:

Click on this link to go to the Ad Submitting Form. Fill out the required information, and I will review your application as soon as possible.

A ClubPub is a system in which you type in a memorable "username" for your ad account. I will e-mail you every once in a while, asking if your experience was satisfactory. E-mails get sent out by ClubPub IDs.

The E Club Universal Sign-in Box Beta - The New Generation of Sign-in Technology!

September 11, 2010

I haven't been writing that much about Mario, Star Trek, or science on this blog lately. Instead, I wrote about new technologies on The E Club. It doesn't mean that The E Club dropped the Mario, Star Trek, and science stuff and replaced them with technology, it means that you will have a better experience here at The E Club. This is another one of those entries, this time, being the greatest achievement in technologies on The E Club. A Universal Sign-in Box! This box was improved and tested a few minutes earlier in the Test Labs, a members-only page, basing the box on the Google sign-in box, and a code I found in Yahoo! Answers. I just "blended" a little bit of the Google box code, and all of the Yahoo! Answers code, to create...

THE E CLUB'S UNIVERSAL SIGN-IN BOX BETA!

This box was designed to be based on a Google sign-in box, with a green background, dots in place of password letters, and even a "Remember me on this computer" checkbox! The only difference is, though, if you make a mistake in your username/password, trying to sign into Gmail, it tells you there was an error. On The E Club, there is no right or wrong. Type in any username and password from any website you are part of, and it signs you in, unlike Janrain Engage, the former sign-in system, where you can only pick a few accounts to have in your sign-in box. That's why this box is UNIVERSAL. You can sign into any account, at any time. This product will be available for purchase at the E-Store.

How to get the Most out of The E Club's Custom Search

September 05, 2010

On The E Club, things can be hard to find due to its many pages. The E Club's Custom Search can help you navagate this complex, but how does a regular visitor become an expert with searching The E Club? Click on the link below, which leads to part 2 of this entry, and you shall find out.

First of all, you need to type in a search query into the search bar, which is located in the homepage, below the introduction. Search with it, and you will be lead to the search results page. This is the layout of the search results:

  • On the top and bottom of the search results, there are "Ads by Google." These ads, as stated in the content block with the search bar, are connected with The E Club's Google AdSense account. Also, if you have an AdSense and a Custom Search account, just click on the "Make Money" link in the custom search editing page, and follow the instructions there. It's another chance to optimize your Google Ads, which means, more revenue!
  • In between the ads, there are the search results. They also have labels, which, if you click on them, the results become more specific. There are tons of search results, so be sure that you know what you are looking for!
  • Below the set of ads on the top of the search results, there are some words. For example, a search on Mario would have the following text below the ads on the top of the search results:

Results 1 - 10 for mario with Safesearch on. (1.02 seconds)

This means that the search results page that you are on has the results 1-10 on it, the query is "mario," and I put in a little HTML code that enabled Google Safesearch, for better results. In parenthesis, it tells you that the search results were loaded in 1.02 seconds. The time that the results load depend on the speed of your browser. Now, let's compare the text above with text from regular Google:

About 187,000,000 results (0.21 seconds)

It looks very similar because the Custom Search's result text was the older version of Google's text! Now, Google has made its results more compact.

  • Below the set of ads on the bottom of the search results, there are numbers that have links. Just like ordinary Google, these numbers lead to more search results.
  • Also, there are green boxes with information about The E Club and The E Club Lite in them. These are NOT ads, but Subscribed Links, for Google searches and Custom Search.

The E Club on Wii's Internet Channel!

August 28, 2010

The Wii Shop Channel on the Nintendo Wii provides a variety of old games (including SM64!), free channels, and fun, new games. The channels are free, and they include the Nintendo Channel, the Photo Channel 1.1, a Mii channel, Everybody Votes Channel, and the Internet Channel. I have just downloaded the Internet Channel, the Opera (browser)-powered browser that you can use through the Wii. I looked at that version of The E Club, even though it didn't look very good on the Wii, everything still worked! Learn more here.

The E Club's Official Examination

August 27, 2010

Welcome back to my blog! As you may have seen, there was a little defect in the last entry, where some of the text was hidden because of the content blocks. Thanks to shrinking a YouTube video from the Bowser's Inside Story review, everything's back to normal here.

The real meaning of this entry, though, is that there won't be that many new additions to The E Club for a while, because I am inspecting every single page of this site (Whoa! Lots of pages!), to ensure quality and perfection. It will take a long time, to re-validate some YouTube videos, update texts from last year, linking to now non-existent pages, and lots more. For now, enjoy all of this other stuff!

The E Club for Search!

August 16, 2010

As we all know, Google is the most popular search engine, and the search engine with lots of queries, but now, as you may have seen in the toolbar, there's a customized web search. A few days after installation of the toolbar, "The E Club Customized Web Search" is added to your browser's little search box on the top right corner of the screen. This was tested only in Mozilla Firefox, but it may work in other browsers. Also, the search engine has a home page, where you can search the web, images, Conduit Apps (for other Conduit toolbars), video, weather, news, Google Groups, news, and shopping. The coolest thing about the search engine is that, when you type in a search query in the box, click on "More," and then "The E Club Search!," you are taken to The E Club's Custom Search page, where your search results on The E Club come up! This is the same for The E Club Lite.

Do you want to use the search engine? Click here!

The E Club World From Blogger: Stay Connected

June 02, 2010

As you know, The E Club's 1-year anniversary is coming up this month on the 8th. Not only will there be celebrations, but yesterday, as a belated birthday treat, The E Club's explorative branches went on to Blogger, a Google website where you can create your own blogs. On June 1, 2010, The E Club World Blog came out. It makes a real-world connection to the amazing worlds of Mario, Star Trek, and Science. Below is a model of "The E Club's Family Tree:"


The E Club!

The E Club Lite!    |    "Wii" Like Games*    |    The E Club World Blog


Don't understand the visual? Here's what it really means:

  • The E Club is at the top of the tree, meaning it started it all.
  • The E Club Lite came next in line, being a "Division of The E Club."
  • "Wii" Like Games is after The E Club Lite, but there's an asterisk after it due to the fact that I half own it with a fellow member, J.
  • Finally, and most recently, The E Club World Blog came out, being different from the rest of the tree, because it's the only site, a "Blog Site" to be exact, that wasn't created with Moogo.

Are you interested in The E Club World? Join the fun at https://world.theeclub.info!

Yahoo! Search is Next

May 16, 2010

Now that we have both Ask.com search technology and Google search technology on The E Club, Yahoo! Search has arrived! All of these search bars from different companies are on The E Club so you don't have to go to a million different websites to search one thing. You can get the codes for the search bars at the E-Store! The E Club is, after all, the Mario, Star Trek, and SCIENCE (INCLUDING TECHNOLOGIES) Website. Here are the Yahoo! Search bars:


Yahoo! Web Search Bar:


Just like both of the Google Search bars in "Custom Search 2?," the above Yahoo! Search bar enables you to search the web, but this one allows you to search both the web and The E Club!

Search the web    Search The E Club!

Ask.com - Our Newest Search Engine

May 15, 2010

The E Club is going through this "search bar revolution" right now. It is going towards new company search engines like Yahoo! and Ask.com, and maybe more of Google, so there is now an Ask.com Search bar on The E Club (below)! (Note: The results are on Ask.com, not on The E Club.)

Custom Search 2?

May 09, 2010

There's a SECOND Custom Search on The E Club? Well, not exactly. I just found a code for a Google-powered search engine where you can surf the web and The E Club. Here it is: (no longer exists)


As you can see, it is powered by Google. I've seen this engine and Custom Search on websites all over, now. Next, I need to try this new thing out! P.S. You can hardly read the words next to the bullets, right? Well, the first word is "Web," so you can search all of the internet, and the second says "http://theeclub.info," so you can search The E Club.

The only difference with this search engine, CSII, as I call it, and Custom Search is that the results aren't on The E Club. Here is the link to the website I got this from: www.digitalpoint.com.

NEW FINDS FOR THIS SEARCH ENGINE: Search engines similar to this are given to Google AdSense users (including The E Club) where Google can display targeted ads, and when someone searches something, ads are displayed, and when they're clicked on, you get revenue. See the search box and some ads here.


I have finally found out what this is for - MONEY! It is a search version of Google AdSense, called AdSense for Search, where ads pop up in search results, and when the user clicks on the ads, the owner of the search engine gets money. I have also tried AdSense for Search.

The "Snack" Technologies

May 08, 2010

As you can see by the NEW Top Bar image, The E Club has switched to a convenient new service called SnackTools. With this, The E Club now has a cool Top Bar image and a photo slideshow on the front page.

SnackTools has three beta divisions - BannerSnack, the free Flash banner maker; PhotoSnack, the free photo slideshow maker; and PodSnack, the free Flash playlist maker. The E Club only uses BannerSnack and PhotoSnack. PhotoSnack was used by The E Club just today.

Go on snacktools.com for details of all beta products.

New: The E Club's Mario Arcade!

April 15, 2010

NEW: IF YOU WANT FUN GAMES, CHECK OUT THE NEW MARIO ARCADE!

Now that The E Club is very known, all it needed was a cool, Mario-themed arcade. Now, you can now access the new Mario Arcade! You can play lots of Mario games that are approved by me, and you can share them on sites like Facebook and Twitter!

The point of The E Club's Mario Arcade is for you to be entertained with almost no ads, especially inappropriate ads or popups. No viruses or scams are in these games, making it safe for computers of any type and people of all ages. Mario fans, ENJOY!

*The E Club is not responsible for any defective or "broken" games. All games are legally uploaded to The E Club by HTML embedding from www.dailyfreegames.com. All rights reserved. © 2010 The E Club, The E Club Lite, and The E Club's Mario Arcade Division. Also Copyright to Arcade Cabin, Invalid Mob, and respective owners.

New: The E Club's E-Store!

March 05, 2010

New: If you want to help The E Club and The E Club Lite and purchase some cool stuff at the same time, now's your chance with The E Club's new E-Store! You can purchase FREE stuff in a few steps!

  1. Go to the second content block on the right of the regular text, and click on the link that says "Read More" next to a product and a segment of the description of the product.
  2. Read the description of the product, and if you like it, press "Add to Shopping Cart" below the picture and the description of the product, or, if there's a drop-down list of options next to that button and you want a product in a different color, style, etc., click on the arrow and find the option you are looking for. Then press Add to Shopping Cart.
  3. After that, the description of the item is still there, but this time, it says "Price: $0.00," and it confirms your order. Then press "Proceed to Checkout." It is a link to the checkout "receipt."
  4. Then, the next screen shows you your "receipt." You can change the quantity of the ordered product by changing the number below the "Amount" column. If you suddenly changed your mind, you can press the "Delete" link to cancel your order. If you still want it, press the "Buy Products" button below the "receipt."
  5. (Last step) You get directed to a form where you fill out your personal information. (The information only gets sent to E, so you don't need to worry about eavesdropping third party companies or anything that's a scam.) The fields with *s next to them are required. You don't need to fill out your phone number or any additional information. Press "Place the Order" and then you're done!** An e-mail notification will notify E when you order the product, and an e-mail will be sent to you also.

**When you place the order, The E Club will give you 5 The E Club Credits, The E Club's new, special "currency" that is used when you order a product. If you get 100 of The E Club Credits, you will win cool things like a membership here on The E Club, (and The E Club Lite also) and lots more! Each customer's amount of The E Club Credits are posted below the list of products. Enjoy this cool new addition!

The E Club's Google Technologies

February 06, 2010

Thanks to Google and some searches, The E Club and its partner website, The E Club Lite, have some useful technology on them. The E Club Lite has Google Maps on it, Google Translate, and a Google Search bar, all thanks to Google. On here, there are Google Translate bars on it, and Google Search bars. With Google Maps, you can look for some place where you know where it is, but you don't know where to go. With Google Translate, you can translate The E Club and The E Club Lite into different languages. With the Google Search bars, you can search anything you want, right on The E Club and The E Club Lite!

The E Club's YouTube Video Specials!

December 11, 2009

If you've been looking around The E Club, you probably noticed that there are lots of YouTube videos. They contain information about Mario or Star Trek. There is also one on the front page for the Featured Music Video. They are all from Mario games, except for the Unification Special here on the Blog, and most of the screens have link versions somewhere on The E Club. At the end of each video, there is a list of related videos. Click on one to watch it on the screen. Go back to the original or look for more videos. Below is a video of the Mario game Super Mario 64. Enjoy!

Also, most videos except for this one will be changed every month. After you watched a video, there are pictures of related videos below the regular screen. Click on one of them and the screen will change its video into the one you picked. To go back to the main video, just press the back button, (usually on the top left part of the computer screen) click on it, then you can see the video.

--UPDATE FOR MAY 2010:--

Instead of using the video's URL to embed the video into The E Club, YouTube supplies The E Club with a customized embedded code, which doesn't show related videos, and has a green border around it. The E Club Lite is the same, but the video border is orange.


Super Mario 64: Bowser in the Sky (Final Battle)

The E Club is Mobile!

November 25, 2009

Hey, visitors! Are you on some long vacation and you are bored? Well, you can have about *HALF THE FUN* from The E Club if you type in: www.theeclub.moogo.com on a Blackberry Phone or an iPod Touch! All of the tabs will be available, but things like the photo album block and the Mario Flash Games won't be available. Enjoy The E Club's Mobile Service!

--News for this mobile service on May 1, 2010:-- E's source of technology backups for The E Club, The E Club Technology Developmental Service, (TECTDS) courtesy of Moogo, the creator of The E Club, has given both The E Club and The E Club Lite a special technology implanted in them that will make The E Club and The E Club Lite's quality on mobile phones, excluding the iPod, which already makes the quality show, so go on now! See the difference!

*This service is provided by The E Club Mobile Co., a division of The E Club.*