A lot of talk has been about my rather poor website, and the GUI for SmallWall. Well, both are similar, and could even be about the same.
What I need are mockups and static web pages. Yes, m0n0wall is php, but it needs the static web code underneath it to generate the pages. If you are interested in working on the web page, and the GUI, it is easier than you think.
So, who is interested, and what would you need to start?
Lee the site you made it's not poor it's just that .. you didn't had enough time which is understandable. I'm good with Web designing and all but if anyone else is also joining me in for Web Designing or giving any input to go ahead with the site then please let me know .... For starters all I'll need is to know what type of website is needed ? Or if you have any references like how you want your site to look like ?
Why not just buy a pre-designed bootstrap based themed webpage? If you do a search you can find some very nice ones that we can use as a base. From the base design we can easily expand it from there. Can buy a good one for just $20.
I've messed around with redesigning the webgui using html5, Jquery, mixed with php. The problem I have is that I'm not visually creative and have only little knowledge of those languages. I learned as I created..
Upon reviewing some of the php code I did run into areas that could benefit from newer coding practices to improve responsiveness. I'm willing to contribute where I can.
Ok so I guess this could be our first question ? Whether to buy a theme template or just make one ? I have experience in web-designing a lot and as well as Php so i can help out with the coding in that.
If we are deciding on making our template and going ahead with that then my next question is.
What type of site are we making ? Is it going to be dynamic or static ?
The website is all static pages with css. It really does not need active content, and being static has both cost and security advantages. And the look and feel for the website could be ported over to the firewall php pages easily, if we get a website that we like. I am sure that development of one will feed the other.
Does that make any sense, or did I just confuse everyone?
As for the suggestion of purchasing a template... Often you do not really own it when you do, and if we port it to the firewall they may come knocking later. I want to make sure we have the rights to anything we use... But if you have suggestions, or better yet code samples, bring them out! I would love to see what you have!
Ok I get the idea of what exactly you are looking for. And it's very nice that to have a similar type of UI for both the Firewall and it's Website.
And regarding the template I don't think we will need it for now. I can start with something now and will keep you posted Lee. And 'adzps' will you be helping me out in this as well. Lee will you be coding too for the site ?
Yes? But... Right now I am focused on setting up the developer framework. On the side I am also looking at the update and signing code. You know how m0n0wall checks for new firmware? Well, that has to change, as well as the initial signing code.
But as you have some code, I can roll it out to the website, or make some test images on SmallWall.
So the field is wide open. Just submit early and often so we are all on the same page. Also, look at the "Facts" page on the website. Form has to follow function, and the code has to be light. (Both server side and client side) Lastly, clean code is a must. Troubleshoot code you did not write is hard, and if it is spaghetti auto-generated code, it is much worse.
If it would help to have a different section in the forum, (UI Mock-ups and Samples?) let me know.
As for the website its refreshingly devoid of Web 2.0 garbage. Click, click and the latest image is downloaded and ready to install.
This trendy "single page site" crap that has poor information density and brings any browser and computer to it's knees KILLS ME! I have actually left several websites I used to use a lot because they have become so cumbersome!