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Christian Wheel
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Posted: 5th Jan 2018 17:35
Curious if anyone knows what CMS they're using for TheGameCreators.com. It's darn fast and I love the look of the site. Obviously that would be a theme but still. Anyone know?
MikeHart
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Posted: 5th Jan 2018 21:08
Definitely not Wordpress. My guess is handcoded with the help of some frameworks like Bootstrap.
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Seppuku Arts
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Posted: 6th Jan 2018 14:54
From what I understand it's all in home. I know Richard Davey wrote the forum originally and The Next is adding and tweaking things as forums modernise. The rest of the site I would imagine is the same. I guess the advantage of doing it yourself versus a CMS, you can make it less bloated.
Phaelax
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Posted: 7th Jan 2018 00:18
Pretty sure it's all in-house, just like the forum.
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Ortu
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Posted: 7th Jan 2018 04:37
Self made, best made. That's why we're all here right?
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Christian Wheel
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Posted: 7th Jan 2018 16:24
Thanks guys.
The Next
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Posted: 23rd Jan 2018 08:13
I am surprised we haven’t had anyone ask yet, usually someone is interested in digging around and finding out more about things work, I know I always am.

All the TGC sites are custom written using Laravel as the framework, this is done mostly because the sites have some requirements that couldn’t be fulfilled, at least well, by WordPress or other CMS. But also Laravel offers a very fast and secure platform to start any development and by pulling in dependencies you can get almost any feature you need.

The forums used to be custom written in PHP by Richard as mentioned above, without any framework. However they were very outdated and written before even PHP5 was a thing. Over the last few years have been also migrated to Laravel to take advantage of its features.

I am here always updating things to make them run smoother and faster.

As for the themes used they are all custom but we always start with Bootstrap 3 as a starting point.

Any other questions let me know.
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Seppuku Arts
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Posted: 24th Jan 2018 00:37
I've never seen Laravel before, but it seems cool. If I ever found myself looking to get into PHP, it would be something I'd checkout. I am currently using Express, as I use JS a lot, I've stuck to something that uses JS.

To the OP: I think if you're willing to put in a bit of coding effort, I think many frameworks help streamline things so much they make a good alternative to a CMS, especially as CMS's carry a lot of bloat and is where you're likely finding the speed difference. Then add that many frameworks offer scaffolding options (like Yeoman), which makes the process quicker/easier as they generate code for you. I personally prefer to learn from the ground up and not rely on scaffolding as I prefer to understand why stuff works when I make it, rather than make it work and then later learn why. And bootstrap is wonderful, without any design or CSS skills your site is clean and looking great, and it is extremely useful and flexible if you do have said skills.
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Posted: 6th Feb 2018 17:44
We use Laravel at my current company, too, and I feel that it has too much overhead. If I were to learn a PHP framework from scratch nowadays I'd check out CodeIgniter. There's no messing around with Apache required, and you just unzip into a directory and go from there. It's pretty powerful!
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Phaelax
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Posted: 7th Feb 2018 12:40
I think most frameworks have too much overhead. Heck, even jquery adds a lot for what minimal features most people use it for.
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The Next
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Posted: 8th Feb 2018 11:40
If used in the right situations frameworks have their place, Laravel is very well optimized for the number of features it provides. If you are not going to make use of them then you are probably better with something a bit more lightweight, but the TGC sites (not necessarily bits you can see) do make use of most of them so in this case it was the best tool for the job.

CodeIgniter looks interesting from the little i have seen I may dive a bit deeper when I have the time.

As for jQuery it was great a few years ago when you had to deal with large variations in the way the browsers treated JavaScript, however this is greatly improving and frameworks such as jQuery are not really needed in the vast number of cases.
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Posted: 10th Mar 2018 17:02
That being said, jQuery was sure a godsend when it was released. It blew my mind!
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