Design a Website, built around an Indie Game.
Build a website, from scratch, to present an independently-developed video game to an audience. This should be a template that can be featured around a specific niche, or not. It can be as generic or specific as you like, however it should contain placeholders for some general information. (Independently-developed game means a game that was designed by one person, or a small team. This does NOT include games created by corporate entities.)
->Search Bar (Does NOT need to work)
->Media/Gallery (Should feature demo images/videos)
->Download Link(s), or Play Now Link(s) (Can redirect to nothingness)
->Forum Link(s) (Can redirect to nothingness again)
->Twitter Tweets (Can have example tweets)
->Facebook Page (No actual page, just the fake link to a page)
->Twitter Tag (No actual tag, just the fake @TagName)
->Terms and Conditions (Basically, Rules)
->Link to Youtube Page (Again, fake link)
->RSS Feed (This should feature some demo content)
->Language Changer (This should be another demo language changer)
->Featured image/video on splash-page (Can be a demo image or video)
->No Templates may be used, this includes ANY premade HTML or CSS templates.
->The only pre-made CSS they may be used are fonts from the Google-Fonts API.
->You may replace the placeholders with real content, however you may NOT use a starting point.
->You must have all of the placeholders or real content for the placeholders in your template.
All entry’s are required to be submitted by 16 March 2013, at 10:00 PM UTC.
All entry’s should be submitted to me in PM with a link to the site. If you cannot host the site yourself, simply send me a .zip, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2 or .rar of the site, and I will upload it to my own host. Any entries not submitted in a PM will not be graded.
->One (1) year of free hosting with five MySQL databases and full FTP access to your site. (Hosted on a subdomain of your choice, featuring a root domain of either evbpc.com, mavraengine.com, or glaciate.net.)
->Six (6) months of free hosting with five MySQL databases and full FTP access to your site. (Hosted on a subdomain of your choice, featuring a root domain of either evbpc.com, mavraengine.com, or glaciate.net.)
->Three (3) months of free hosting with five MySQL databases and full FTP access to your site. (Hosted on a subdomain of your choice, featuring a root domain of either evbpc.com, mavraengine.com, or glaciate.net.)
Judging will commence in four (4) categories:
->Compatibility: The website will need to work properly in Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10, Firefox 17, Google Chrome Latest, and Opera 12.12.
->Visual Appeal: The website will be judged on how aesthetically pleasing it is to the user.
->Accessibility: The website will be judged on how accessible it is to mobile devices, and tablet devices. It will also need to have ALT tags defined for any HTML images.
->Specification: The website will need to be fully valid in the version of HTML or XHTML and CSS that you select. Valid versions are HTML 4.01, HTML 5, XHTML 1.0, XHTML 1.1, and XHTML Basic 1.1. You can select any of the sub-sets. (Strict, Transitional or Frameset) You should select a valid Doctype from http://www.w3.org/QA…d-dtd-list.html to complete the validity. This also includes any necessary Meta Tages to pass W3C validation.
If you have any questions, please contact me by either posting here, or sending me a PM.
Edit: Jowd has agreed to offer a third option into the domain pool, glaciate.net.
Edit 2: Side note: I will be using http://nibbler.silktide.com/ and other similar tools to get a feel for the basics of how well you designed your site, so the higher points you get there the better off your starting points will be. I will MAINLY be using Meta-Tags, Media-Types, Feeds, Headings, Links, Images and Code-Quality from that particular tool. So the better those categories are, the better you start at.
DrSean: Donation to prize fund.