Sonnet

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  1. Not sure why I didn't create a thread here in the first place- web design is EXACTLY what I'm doing. At any rate, I'm going to use this thread for updates and feedback about the VHL merch store website only. Other feedback about the contents of the merch store should go in the other thread. You can view the custom merch store front end at https://shopvhl.netlify.com. Anyway, let's get to the meat of it. I've made a few changes to how the site will function, because I came to realize that manually inserting every new design into the site would be a nightmare to maintain as time passed. Instead, I streamlined a solution: the custom front end will only display the available designs per team, and clicking one of these designs will open all of the available merch with that design in another tab (hosted on the Spreadshirt platform). From there, you'll be able to filter and narrow things down as necessary. This saves me the hassle of accounting for every product that we have to offer on our own front-end; now the site will only need to be updated if new designs are added. As of right now, the designs for every team are accounted for, so navigation to every team should work as intended. Play around with it and let me know what you think, I'll be watching this thread carefully. The site still isn't finished, I still know that I have the following to do: Update the banner to something more fitting Add content to the home page to make it look more like an actual home page. This will probably host updates about the site itself, previews/ads for certain designs, etc. Definitely open to ideas about what we could host there. Mobile/varying screen size implementation. This always comes last for me because it's easy to port things over to mobile once I know it's all working. Saves me the trouble of having to bugfix for two different platforms at the same time. Well, that's all for now I suppose. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!
  2. Houston Bulls Press Conference Week ending 4/12 Answer the following 6 questions for 2 capped TPE: 1) Competition is tightening up at the bottom of the standings. Where do you think we'll rank when all the dust settles? 2) We've seen some stellar breakout performances by Gregg Stallion and Michael Hall, what do you think contributes most to this? 3) In just a few short weeks, we've gone from drinking our sorrows away to drinking to celebrate our victories. What's the difference between happy drinking and sad drinking to you? 4) Every one of our players is eligible to be drafted into the VHL at the end of this season. Which team would you like to be selected by? 5) Both leagues are still going strong through the COVID-19 pandemic and not a single player has contracted the virus. Why do you think this is? 6) What are some of your hobbies, aside from being a professional hockey player, of course.
  3. Welcome to the league, @Turner! I'm Sonnet, General Manager of the Houston Bulls organization. While other teams may be looking to compete for a cup this year, Houston is entering a short rebuilding phase while we look to make a championship push in a later season. However, this doesn't mean the Bulls don't have anything unique to offer. As an experienced GM and former Executive of the Year winner, my goal is to get you into an environment where playing time isn't an issue, and where personal instruction/guidance is the top priority. In addition, Houston is known for having an active locker room with plenty of traditions- including jersey numbers, a team vote for the official goal song, a ring of honor for outstanding members of the team, and more! Our team communicates primarily through the use of a Discord server, where Bulls both new and old gather to talk shop and help each other out. At any time, either I or another member of the Houston faithful am on to help you learn the ropes and build your player into the best version of himself they can be! The Houston Bulls are prepared to offer you a spot on the first forward line, the most bang for your buck in the VHLM! To accept our offer, simply quote this post and say "Accepted!" If you have any questions, feel free to ask! We're certainly looking forward to making you the newest member of The Herd!
  4. Swap this to lighter-- stands out more. GMs definitely need to be a different color, especially VHLM ones, because they stand out for new players to notice and gravitate toward. I'm also not entirely against this idea; team pride is something that's pathetically nonexistent in the VHL. Little changes like adding discord role colors would definitely be for the better, so long as we can actually manage them accurately. Trying to apply proper roles to literally 23 teams worth of players (that continue to change every season) is a major pain in the ass- who's job is that going to be? Discord mods? GMs? It's a lot of tedious work and upkeep just for the sake of boosting little Johnny's ego because he doesn't have a white name.
  5. Welcome to the league, @roy! I'm Sonnet, General Manager of the Houston Bulls organization. While other teams may be looking to compete for a cup this year, Houston is entering a short rebuilding phase while we look to make a championship push in a later season. However, this doesn't mean the Bulls don't have anything unique to offer. As an experienced GM and former Executive of the Year winner, my goal is to get you into an environment where playing time isn't an issue, and where personal instruction/guidance is the top priority. In addition, Houston is known for having an active locker room with plenty of traditions- including jersey numbers, a team vote for the official goal song, a ring of honor for outstanding members of the team, and more! Our team communicates primarily through the use of a Discord server, where Bulls both new and old gather to talk shop and help each other out. At any time, either I or another member of the Houston faithful am on to help you learn the ropes and build your player into the best version of himself they can be! The Houston Bulls are prepared to offer you a spot on the first forward line, the most bang for your buck in the VHLM! To accept our offer, simply quote this post and say "Accepted!" If you have any questions, feel free to ask! We're certainly looking forward to making you the newest member of The Herd!
  6. Welcome to the league, @PF14! I'm Sonnet, General Manager of the Houston Bulls organization. While other teams may be looking to compete for a cup this year, Houston is entering a short rebuilding phase while we look to make a championship push in a later season. However, this doesn't mean the Bulls don't have anything unique to offer. As an experienced GM and former Executive of the Year winner, my goal is to get you into an environment where playing time isn't an issue, and where personal instruction/guidance is the top priority. In addition, Houston is known for having an active locker room with plenty of traditions- including jersey numbers, a team vote for the official goal song, a ring of honor for outstanding members of the team, and more! Our team communicates primarily through the use of a Discord server, where Bulls both new and old gather to talk shop and help each other out. At any time, either I or another member of the Houston faithful am on to help you learn the ropes and build your player into the best version of himself they can be! The Houston Bulls are prepared to offer you a spot on the first forward line, the most bang for your buck in the VHLM! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! We're certainly looking forward to making you the newest member of The Herd!
  7. As usual, I will always, ALWAYS advocate that no word marks show up in the main logo/on the jerseys. It ends up looking cheesy to me if an emblem can't stand on its own. That being said, I absolutely LOVE this logo.Miles ahead of the current one, legitimately can't believe this got rejected.
  8. Welcome to the league, @Bunnyhop100! I'm Sonnet, General Manager of the Houston Bulls organization. While other teams may be looking to compete for a cup this year, Houston is entering a short rebuilding phase while we look to make a championship push in a later season. However, this doesn't mean the Bulls don't have anything unique to offer. As an experienced GM and former Executive of the Year winner, my goal is to get you into an environment where playing time isn't an issue, and where personal instruction/guidance is the top priority. In addition, Houston is known for having an active locker room with plenty of traditions- including jersey numbers, a team vote for the official goal song, a ring of honor for outstanding members of the team, and more! Our team communicates primarily through the use of a Discord server, where Bulls both new and old gather to talk shop and help each other out. At any time, either I or another member of the Houston faithful am on to help you learn the ropes and build your player into the best version of himself they can be! The Houston Bulls are prepared to offer you a spot on the second defensive pairing, with opportunity to move up if you stay active and committed! To accept this offer, simply quote this post and say "Accepted!" If you have any questions, feel free to ask! We're certainly looking forward to making you the newest member of The Herd!
  9. Welcome back to the VHLM, @Infernal! I'm Sonnet, General Manager of the Houston Bulls organization. While other teams may be looking to compete for a cup this year, Houston is entering a short rebuilding phase while we look to make a championship push in a later season. However, this doesn't mean the Bulls don't have anything unique to offer. As an experienced GM and former Executive of the Year winner, my goal is to get you into an environment where playing time isn't an issue, and where personal instruction/guidance is the top priority. In addition, Houston is known for having an active locker room with plenty of traditions- including jersey numbers, a team vote for the official goal song, a ring of honor for outstanding members of the team, and more! Our team communicates primarily through the use of a Discord server, where Bulls both new and old gather to talk shop and help each other out. At any time, either I or another member of the Houston faithful am on to help you learn the ropes and build your player into the best version of himself they can be! The Houston Bulls are prepared to offer you a spot on the first forward line, the most bang for your buck in the VHLM! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! We're certainly looking forward to making you the newest member of The Herd!
  10. Perfect! I'll get to work on adding the other teams and making it more mobile-friendly, now that everything's in place. Thanks for your help and suggestion! You would be right- that falls under the same category as mobile support. Now that I know all of the functionality is good, I can pretty it up to make sure that every screen size gets a proper display.
  11. Yeah, I'm aware mobile is a mess atm. Usually adding mobile compatibility is my last step, once I know all of the functionality is working fine. Then I can get it all done in one fell swoop rather than having to go back and forth. Houston is also currently the only team with designs/merch for the same reason- once one team is working completely as intended, it's easy to then port it over to every other team.
  12. Added a few things, changes are currently live at https://shopvhl.netlify.com. Added a working "Back" button for smooth navigation Added an option to filter based on product type How's something like this? @gorlab
  13. Welcome to the league, @iAreRaindrop! I'm Sonnet, General Manager of the Houston Bulls organization. While other teams may be looking to compete for a cup this year, Houston is entering a short rebuilding phase while we look to make a championship push in a later season. However, this doesn't mean the Bulls don't have anything unique to offer. As an experienced GM and former Executive of the Year winner, my goal is to get you into an environment where playing time isn't an issue, and where personal instruction/guidance is the top priority. In addition, Houston is known for having an active locker room with plenty of traditions- including jersey numbers, a team vote for the official goal song, a ring of honor for outstanding members of the team, and more! Our team communicates primarily through the use of a Discord server, where Bulls both new and old gather to talk shop and help each other out. At any time, either I or another member of the Houston faithful am on to help you learn the ropes and build your player into the best version of himself they can be! The Houston Bulls are prepared to offer you a spot on the second/third forward line, depending on your activity/level of earning. To accept our offer, simply quote this post and say "Accepted!" If you have any questions, feel free to ask! We're certainly looking forward to making you the newest member of The Herd!
  14. I was going to quote individual parts but honestly I love everything about this article ...I also have no further comment about any of the news or allegations presented
  15. Houston Bulls Press Conference Week ending 4/5 Answer the following 6 questions for 2 capped TPE: 1) We got a win! What was the mood on the ice when the final seconds of that game ticked away? 2) Poremba @CrlineDijohn14 has been standing on his head for us, pulling a number of close games into a shootout. How do you plan on repaying him? 3) Speaking of the shootout, we have yet to actually win one. What moves do you think we need to pull to find the back of the net? 4) It's been rumored that Houston is drinking quite a bit in response to their position in the standings. Has this been an effective way to cope? 5) Ken Fury @KenFury seems to have uncovered something sinister within the Bulls organization. What do you think it could be? 6) VHLM all-star Roadkill Steve @solas joins the team this week, what do you hope he'll provide for us going forward?
  16. @CrlineDijohn14 is actually nuts
  17. Welcome to the league, @skinnychinese! I'm Sonnet, General Manager of the Houston Bulls organization. While other teams may be looking to compete for a cup this year, Houston is entering a short rebuilding phase while we look to make a championship push in a later season. However, this doesn't mean the Bulls don't have anything unique to offer. As an experienced GM and former Executive of the Year winner, my goal is to get you into an environment where playing time isn't an issue, and where personal instruction/guidance is the top priority. In addition, Houston is known for having an active locker room with plenty of traditions- including jersey numbers, a team vote for the official goal song, a ring of honor for outstanding members of the team, and more! Our team communicates primarily through the use of a Discord server, where Bulls both new and old gather to talk shop and help each other out. At any time, either I or another member of the Houston faithful am on to help you learn the ropes and build your player into the best version of himself they can be! The Houston Bulls are prepared to offer you a spot on the first/second forward line, depending on your activity/level of earning. To accept our offer, simply quote this post and say "Accepted!" If you have any questions, feel free to ask! We're certainly looking forward to making you the newest member of The Herd!
  18. Welcome to the league, @Hops! I'm Sonnet, General Manager of the Houston Bulls organization. While other teams may be looking to compete for a cup this year, Houston is entering a short rebuilding phase while we look to make a championship push in a later season. However, this doesn't mean the Bulls don't have anything unique to offer. As an experienced GM and former Executive of the Year winner, my goal is to get you into an environment where playing time isn't an issue, and where personal instruction/guidance is the top priority. In addition, Houston is known for having an active locker room with plenty of traditions- including jersey numbers, a team vote for the official goal song, a ring of honor for outstanding members of the team, and more! Our team communicates primarily through the use of a Discord server, where Bulls both new and old gather to talk shop and help each other out. At any time, either I or another member of the Houston faithful am on to help you learn the ropes and build your player into the best version of himself they can be! The Houston Bulls are prepared to offer you a spot on the first/second forward line, depending on your activity/level of earning. To accept our offer, simply quote this post and say "Accepted!" If you have any questions, feel free to ask! We're certainly looking forward to making you the newest member of The Herd!
  19. That's a good point, actually; I'd kind of forgotten about those searches. You're definitely right, but I don't have quite the amount of freedom to make a totally dynamic search system. It's sort of a hard thing to explain, but the TL;DR version is that my current setup only allows for static web pages; every possible thing this site displays is hard-coded. This is because the hosting platform I'm using is completely free, but only allows you to upload static websites. Super convenient, but not being able to make a dynamic website is a major drawback. I could DEFINITELY make it possible to search every possible way, but I would need to up the scale of this project quite a bit. I'd need to pay for both site and database hosting, which isn't in the plans at the moment. However, I think I have an idea to make something work without having to up the scale. Would you be okay if you had to sort by team first, and then had the option to narrow it down? So say, for example, you clicked the Houston logo, selected a design, and were shown all of that design's products. Now you have a few checkboxes that displayed some of those tags: "Men," "Women," "Accessories," etc. at the top of the screen to further narrow things down. You wouldn't be able to search a general "Women" tag to see every women's t-shirt in the store, but you would be able to find a design you like and then further narrow things down once you're there. The former would require a more complex setup, but the latter can definitely be done with a few tricks. This was fantastic feedback by the way- exactly the sort of stuff I was looking for. You've definitely given me something to think about tonight, thank you! (Added aside about the banner, I was thinking about asking @Motzaburger if he'd like to collab to make a proper VHL store banner 👀)
  20. I'm working on a new front end for the merch store. Wanna give feedback? Check here: 

     

  21. So the website interface for the merch shop is disgusting. Navigating it is far from intuitive, unless you really feel like scrolling through every design to find the style, or even team you want. Because I haven't put enough work into it already I guess, I'm setting up a front end that looks nicer and navigates more intuitively than Spreadshirt's. Since this is a project for the VHL, I would love to get your feedback on it while I'm still working out the kinks. You can visit the most recent push of the project at https://shopvhl.netlify.com. As of right now, the only team with working navigation is Houston as a proof-of-concept. By clicking the Houston logo at the top of the screen, you can get a gist of how the finished product is going to look. I'd love your guys' feedback as I go about creating this, I'll take any comments into consideration as I continue setting everything up. I'm already well aware of the following: I have working code for a proper "back" button to exit a design, but return to a team. I was just too lazy to style and place the button tonight. Mobile/lower resolution monitors are a complete mess. Adapting the design to fit these conditions is easy though, and is usually my last step once I know that all of the functionality works as intended. This will look good in time, but for now it's at the bottom of the priority list. The banner will be replace. Rin is a placeholder to signify that this is, indeed, a test environment. Not every available product is displayed under Houston's Primary Logo. Spreadshirt is currently out of the missing products, so I can't generate a working link to them. Other than that, feel free to comment here with any questions or comments that you might have!
  22. We're doing everything we can here in Houston to keep morale high. And I do mean everything. We're lucky we don't play in Vegas...