The E Club (.info)’s Second Anniversary

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

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

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!

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 Facebook

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)!

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!

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!

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

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 110 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.