On Friday, I wrote an integration between the xbomber website and facebook.
The problem was that I was putting lots of stuff on facebook; often about updates to the site, but that was not being reflected on the site's front page.
So, anyone visiting the site could well think that it was getting no updates.
I tried embedding a feed into front page but that was limited to 500px width and you had to create a public page and share everything to there. (you can embed feeds from individual facebook users).
I tried the 'default' way of embedding individual updates using iframes but when you tried to increase the width, the content scaled out so that the height was no longer sufficient and your content got cropped.
You had to input some arbirary height figure to make it work each time.
I made it so that the xbomber.co.uk news script outputs divs with the relevant parameters and pulls the unique facebook article IDs (FBID) from xbomber.co.uk's news database.
All I do to embed a facebook article is to create a news item on xbomber.co.uk, put the FBID into there and it does the rest.
This way, you see the full articles on the website (actually bigger you can see them on facebook).
You can page through the articles within the xbomber.co.uk website and have them mixed in with any updates that were created on the site itself.
You can also display them individually within the website.
At around the same time, there have been some other recent changes:
- News navigation has been improved somewhat.
- The site new includes images with uppercase extensions in the filenames, when creating random preview images
- Help documentation for the game is being improved.
- Appearance of the Version History has been been improved with graphics from the game.
- The pages detailing the original 2003 X-Bomber game and Star Fleet Arcade have been re-done and new screenshots have been added to the latter:
http://www.xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Game%20Me ... 20Projects
- As always, there are all manner of new additions to the Star Fleet section; especially under Fan Work and Merchandise.
- The Space Above and Beyond page has been updated to include a (rather extensive) summary of the descriptions that were present in the previous gallery software:
http://www.xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Other/Coo ... d%20Beyond
- My pet project; the Zentrix area has been expanded with lots of screenshots of the French DVD extras, which contain some interesting images:
http://www.xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Other/TV% ... %20Zentrix
- Thanks to the fix that Krystal Hosting were able to help me with last week, my photoshop images here now display correctly:
Dream big and bold and daring.