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Created on: 11/19/08 10:49 PM Views: 1695 Replies: 11
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Just out of curiousity, Brad - what's your class site and what's it look like these days? I assume you're still the administrator, or do you share those duties now? Do you find yourself playing with all the widgets and thingy-ma-bobs we all talk about, too?!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 11:02 PM - Response #1

Thanks for asking Kimmy. Smile

Oddly enough, I have never been a Site Administrator. When asked to create a site for my own class, I was asked to create it for a Classmate (Amy) who would be running it.

In fact that's probably a good thing, because had I just been setting it up myself, I would never have created the tools to allow Amy to run the site herself.

Well, long story short, because I had created the tools to give Amy control over our class' site, it was relatively easy to turn on more class sites when I started getting requests from my Classmates' spouses. So I started happily turning on all of these sites, not thinking much about it really, when one day it occurred to me that if I added a setup wizard to the process that people could do all of this stuff themselves without having to call me every time somebody wanted a site...

So, I added the site creation wizard and the rest is history really. The thing just started going crazy and now a couple hundred thousand Classmates are in the system and we don't even promote this thing other than a couple nominal Google ads. 9 out of 10 Administrators who build sites every day are coming from word of mouth.

So that's the story... Where will this go next? Who knows -- can't wait to find out. Smile


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Edited 11/19/08 11:04 PM
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 11:24 PM - Response #2

Thanks for sharing!

I'm no computer wiz for sure, and can't wait to play with all the plug-ins and add-ons everyone talks about. I've been SO engrossed with planning our reunion (next weekend) that I haven't had much time to play on the site. I will after it's all said and done and can't wait to add our slideshow (to be built this weekend - geez! Talk about under the gun!) and the reunion photos.

Thanks again for a great site and very 'user' friendly. I'm sure you don't hear that nearly often enough as you should... and I'm sure it never gets old!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 12:38 AM - Response #3

Brad,

Is your site at http://www.classcreator.com/Agate-CO-Agate-JrSr-2005/?

I remember seeing your name in the classmate profiles section. Is this just a sample website (where you can show the patriotic page)? I remember seeing a picture under your profile of someone and Hillary Clinton. There was also a YouTube video of a trip to Jamaica (I assumed it was you and your wife). Your profile on this website is now protected.


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Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 2:17 AM - Response #4

Heh, too funny. You know I really didn't think anybody would find/get to that site, but you guys are good, I tell ya. Smile

That "Your High School" site you got into is just my test site where I sometimes work on things, test things, sometimes even paste in code that you guys are having trouble with so I'm working on it on a test site instead of live on your own site.

In any case, I'm glad you pointed that out, because it's probably better nobody be in there but me. So I just put a password on it.

And no, I've never been to Jamaica before, nor has my wife. We'd be most happy to go, however. Smile


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Edited 11/20/08 2:18 AM
Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 8:42 AM - Response #5

On that website there is a sample "First Time Visitors" template. If you password protect the website, that template will not be available. I used that website as the model for my "First Time Visitors" page.

Also, that website is pointed to in the forums as an example of the "Patriotic Page" that shows a patriotic background and has sample code that can be copy/pasted into the "In Memory" page to have a flag background. If you password protect this page, it will not be available - even if it is linked to in the forums.

You didn't answer if that was you in the picture that I saw with Hillary Clinton.

Anyway, if you are password protecting your test site, you should still have a place that can be the SAMPLE site where these items (patriotic background & "First Time Visitors" template, the picture of Hillary doesn't matter to me) can be posted. This SAMPLE website should also be posted in the FAQ document.


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Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 9:16 AM - Response #6

Brad,

Thought you might be interested in where I found out about Classcreator.

I get a newsletter from PC Pitstop. They offer pc tips, trends and special offers..

In one of them was a tip about building your own school reunion web site.

http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2008/08/20/august-2008-newsletter-2/

That was my lucky day.. Thanks, Lynda

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Edited 11/20/08 9:17 AM
Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 12:55 PM - Response #7

Thanks Kyle, good point, I did link those two pages to the forums so I unpassword protected them. Someday we're gunna have to make you forum moderator. Smile

Is that me with Hillary Clinton? As a matter of fact it is. But I should probably point out that just a couple days later I had photos taken of myself with Barack Obama and John McCain. I happened to be in a small town in Iowa last year where all 3 major candidates were coming through, so I went and met them all.


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Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 2:22 PM - Response #8

So, how do we get to them? Your "laboratory" pages, where possible, might be wonderful inspiration for those of us who aren't so inspired. Thanks.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 3:56 PM - Response #9

Ellen Reddick wrote:

So, how do we get to them? Your "laboratory" pages, where possible, might be wonderful inspiration for those of us who aren't so inspired. Thanks.

First time visitors : http://www.classcreator.com/Agate-CO-Agate-JrSr-2005/class_custom2.cfm

Patriotic Website: http://www.classcreator.com/Agate-CO-Agate-JrSr-2005/class_custom7.cfm


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Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 5:26 PM - Response #10

Thanks!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 1:13 AM - Response #11

I wish I had found the site before we hired an event planner for our upcoming reunion. This site could have provided us the tools we were missing... mostly a private place to reunite with the classmates and plan the reunion.

I can't say this enough, thank you for making this available to us.

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