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The (unofficial!) phpWebSite awards 2006
updated by rck, 2007-01-02

What can be more thrilling than a nice and fair competition? A competition of skilled webmasters and webmistresses, gifted and proven masters of phpWebSite? Well, I could think of a couple of things. Anyway, here's the plan.

There are three categories: Commercial, Non-Commercial and Creative. Commercial and Non-Commercial sites should be an obvious distinction. But what about the creative ones? This category is for "most creative phpWebSite use" and requires the participating sites to have either a self-made theme or at least one self-made module.

Update: We have a winner! The Femme Fatales got the most votes and thus won the phpWebSite awards 2006. Congratulations!

The Winner

The Femmes Fatales Supergroup won the phpWebSite Awards 2006 with more than 35 % of the votes. While the site had a very good start, the other sites gained votes quickly until the very end of the poll. But why was that site more successful than the others?

Like NeinAffeNein, The Femmes Fatales used a fixed layout. But without the animated gifs. Pure and elegant, limited to pink, black and dark shades of gray while retaining readability with a white, rather smallish font.

Looking at the content

The Femmes Fatales Supergroup is about an online game called "City of Heroes". It specializes on high-level, female characters that have their home site there. Apparently, characters in the City of Heroes go up to Level 50, that would explain the list called The Femme 50's. Other than similar sites, the femme fatales focus on good graphics, a tasteful layout and actual content.

For example, there's a couple of Fan Fictions available, that extend the story line of the City of Heroes with backgrounds. Also, if you scroll down on the start page a bit, you'll discover the Femme Fatales 2006 swimsuit calendar, every page showing two of the Femmes Fatales.

Good and Bad

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Personally, I like the layout and the colours a lot. It's original, it fits the content (femmes) and it is easy to read. Also, the phpWebSite feature set is used to a big extent here without being too "in your face". You can see the calendar, polls, documents, photoalbums, menus (including the menu sitemap feature), and a list of links. Also, every main category has a different header-image, while still being layout and style compilant.

Which brings us to the bad. Why is the forum not phpWebSite based? The actual forum doesn't look that much different than the Forums, feature-wise. I also find the menu structure confusing. As soon as you click on something, for example "Fan Fiction", the menu structure changes completely.

That said, The Femme Fatales site is definitely a winner. Congratulations!

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  • The Acceptance speech

    Posted on 2007-01-02 14:07:48 By alipuk[1]

    Hello is this thing on…. [taps mic]

    Ah well what can I say, the competition was entered to give us feedback on what we have done with the site from people outside the City Of Heroes community and truthfully we never expected to win.

    The comments on the site have opened our eyes to a few things that are wrong with it, but all in all its nearly there.

    Thank you must go out to Pyra who put the theme together, and to our major contributors who help fill the site with content, Knightingale, Krissie, Proximity, and all the other Femmes who have contributed with screenshots and posed for pictures.

    Finally I would like to thank for putting these awards up for us to participate in, and all the people who voted for us. Thank you

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