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AZPunk.com 2.0 User Guide Overview

Nice site guys, now how the hell do I use it?

TPStank • Tuesday, March 31, 2009 • 11:44 PM

Updated 2/22/10

The new AZPunk will be an ever-growing engine of sweet-ass web stuff. We built it so we can easily include new tools and gadgets as we go long. Over the next couple of months, we'll be integrating features like RSS feeds, amped-up profile pages, and unique communication tools to name just a few. We're excited about some of the new thing's we'll be including later on, but we're pretty sure you're gonna dig what we've got in store for you already. Here's a list of the features you'll run across in the new site, and a sneak peek at some of the new stuff that will be coming up in the next couple of months.

Welcome back, now sign up!

With a complete rebuilding of the website, we also needed a redux of the database, which means the old AZPunk, along with your old usernames have gone the way of the Dodo. But isn't a fresh start a good thing? We think so. Get over to the Registration page, and sign up with your new AZPunk profile. Make sure to choose a username that lets you sleep at night, because its yours for good. Nochangees, sorry.

Browser compatibility

Being that AZPunk is a continuous work in progress, there are still some bugs that we're trying to work out. AZPunk is best viewed at either a 1280x768 or 1024x768 screen resolution using Mozilla FireFox, but the site generally works in IE 8 (although IE7 is a little buggy, and IE 6 doesn't seem to work at all yet), Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari. If you are still using IE on a Mac, however, we are not responsible for the madness that may ensue following server connection. We suggest you really should rethink your entire innernets strategy.

New super-radtacular geeky shit

The innernets have grown up a lot since we started working on AZPunk back in 2001. Since then, geeks around the world have joined forces and worked together to create the awesome capabilities Web 2.0 have to offer. Things like the ability to streamline information straight to you, to working in more user-friendly interactivity has made fun time on the innerwebs a lot more fun. So much of the cool things we've put into this new site are things that we always wanted, but never really had the resources to use. Now we do, and now we can operate AZPunk the way we always intended to with more speed, more interactivity, and most importantly, a quicker and easier way for you to get the information that you're looking for, because after all, that's really what this website is all about. Here are some of the really cool new features AZPunk has to offer:

New AZPunk Tools & Features

"Beta" tab

At the very top right of the site, you'll see a little tab that says "Beta". Click that for links to download the best browsers that have absolutely nothing to do with Microsoft. This area is just a reminder to you guys that the new version of AZPunk is a work-in-progress, and we'll constantly be adding new tools and features to to make your stay more cozy and fluffy.

AZPunk Announcements

When we have any kind of announcement or information we want you to know about, we'll be tossing up in this section at the top of the home page. This way, we can separate important website information from the rest of the info you're trying to get to.

"Featured Stuff" slider

This little 4-part slider is a quick reference to some of the important features of AZPunk we want you to check out. It's mainly directed towards newcomers, but a little reminder never hurt anybody, did it?

Footer promotions

The footer of the site now holds more of the super important stuff you need to know, like some really important show info, and some ideas on how to help AZPunk.com *wink wink*. This footer area can almost act as another website, and we'll be adding more promotional material as the site grows. If you're interested in advertising in this super-slick footer area, shoot us an email and we'll talk.

Collapsible panels

Thanks to the awesome functionality jQuery has to offer, we've been able to integrate a lot more user interactivity throughout the site. One of the more cooler interactive features is the ability to open and close certain panels. Every title bar with a little (x) or (-) on the right side is a collapsible panel you can click to open and close.

User News

This little promotional tool allows you to publish a link to somewhere in the world wide innernets that you want your fellow AZPunkers to check out. This is a quick little shout box that will also be integrated into your soon-to-be-amped-up profile page (when we can get around to that). We don't want to give away too many of the scientific details yet, you'll just have to stick around and see what we come up with.

See a bullshit post? Flag it!

Remember when you had to wait for an admin to approve your your show postings and band submissions in order for it to show up? We've tossed that theory, and moved the approval process back to you. If you see a bullshit post, or some incorrect info, hit the flag icon and let us know. We can then go back and fix it. This way, you get your postings instantly, and we don't get bugged with approvals every 5 minutes. :)

Easy Navigation

AZPunk now has 2 easy ways to navigate around the site. At the top header, you can use the horizontal drop-down navigation bar. If you're busy reading stuff further down the page, you can open and close the side vertical navigation bar. It saves on having to scroll all the way back up to get to where you need to go.

This week's shows

Our little pride and joy, the "Today's Shows" section that grew up in a old, rickety frame that sat it the bottom of the old site is now all grown up and, oh, how age had done him well. On the right side panel, our "Today's Shows" list has now grown into our "Weekly Shows" listing. Gone be the days of being stuck inside a frame, the weekly shows listing is now on every page and includes every show listing for the next 7 days. With an easy display of today's show listings, and a little calendar to boot, now you can plan your entire week with just a quick glance to the right.

Embed your shows

Now, when you post a show on our calendar, the info is automatically generated into the HTML or UBB code you need to post on message boards, myspace, or your website. The post is linked back to the event’s detail page on AZPunk.com. No more having to type the same thing over and over. Just click the button, copy the code, and paste your show information anywhere you want!

Share everything

All of AZPunk's show and article postings can be shared with all of the cool social networking websites with one click. Any time you see the share everything on AZPunk.com Share This icon, you can send that posting out to Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, or about any of the other gazillions social websites you waste most of the day on.

Date & Time

Now you'll always know!

Edit: erm.. time's not working in IE. We'll find a better clock later.

Stylin'

Because we know how much many of you LOVED the sex appeal of our original black, yellow and red color scheme, we thought you might like some alternate styles to fit your sick little schizoid moods. Of course we had to start off with a new version of the old color scheme, but there are plenty of other color themes for you to choose from. From the top nav bar, you can choose which theme you want to use. The new skinning ability means that we will be adding more themes to the list as time goes on. Hell, if you think you got what it takes to create your own style for AZPunk to consider, who knows, we might even have an option for you to create your own AZPunk skin later on down the line.

Support our Advertisers

We've integrated Google ads into the new site, because we here at AZPunk love Google and thinks the personalized advertising info it can supply to you can be helpful at times. We also have several banners placed throughout the structure of the site, and will be adding more as time goes by. Please visit our advertisers and help support local businesses and events. If you're interested in advertising with AZPunk, check out our rates in our Advertising section.

Flyer Image Popups

Within our shows listings, bans can now input flyer URLs for their show flyers to be displayed in the show's listing for you to check out. On the surface, they'll come up as thumbnails, but with just a click, bam! A local flyer presentation! Try it out! Click on the flyer thumbnail anywhere you see one!

Upcoming AZPunk Tools & Features

Profile Pages

We're in the works of creating amped-up profile pages for our members. From here, users will be able to post profile pictures, manage friends lists, and display their recent User News posts. This feature is still in the works, but we hope to have profile pages up and running within the coming months.

Friends Lists

You will be able to add friends to your profile to easily stay in touch with them.

Who's Online

Just like the old AZPunk, there will be a quick, scrolling list of other members online. Get in touch with all your fellow onliners, or just check out their profiles.

Search AZPunk

The old version of the site was seriously lacking in the ability to search for info fast. With the new site, that won't be a problem anymore. Our internal search engine will scan the entire site for what you're looking for, and separate it by section for maximum information consumption.

RSS feeds

In the coming months, we will have RSS feeds streamlining information directly to you for just about all of the information that gets passed through the site. Need to find out who's playing where tonight? There's a feed for that. Want to get our whole venue list on your phone? There's a feed for that. Want to have random posts from our members emailed to you? Yea, there will even a feed for that. Make sure to check out our RSS Feeds page and hook everything up. If you don't know what the hell I'm talking about, and think that an RSS feed is some sort of weird space man hoopla, you're right.

Mobile AZPunk

Don't try to view AZPunk on your mobile phone, because it's most likely not going to work. We plan on creating a mobile-friendly website where you'll be able to access everything you need from your mobile device.

Rate everything

If you see something you like, give it a good rating. If not, give it a bad one. Just about everything is ratable. Bands, shows, articles, and more are all ratable just by clicking the star amount next to it.

Submit Articles, Editorials & Reviews

To get you more involved with the guts of the website, as well as keeping the rest of us informed with what's happening in the punk underground, registered members will be able to submit articles for a chance to be published on the website for things like music and show reviews, to editorials and news.

Member Comments

Soon, members will be able to comment on all of the articles, reviews and editorials that get published on AZPunk.

Local Resources

Soon, we will have a much more organized resource section that the old site had to offer. We plan on stocking this section with all kinds of useful links from design templates for albums, to local instrument repair stations. You will be able to help too by submitting your own links.

Polls

We'll have a poll feature so we can gather what you guys think about certain aspects of the website and local punk rock culture.

Message Board

Just like it was the very first time we launched the original AZPunk, we don't have a message board, and we're still working on the logistics for that. In the meantime, there are 4 great local punk culture message boards that we highly endorse.

AZPunk Comps on iTunes

Right now you can buy the AZPunk comps on shopazpunk.com, but we're working on getting the digital files up on itunes so you can easily download the album instantly!

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