Below is a list of current features that are planned and how they will work.
It is very brief at the moment and acts as a guideline to be expanded on. Each new major feature will have its own forum post which will go in to great detail with screen shots!
Built in forum
The site will have a forum built in that allows users to post threads in many forums.
Basic forum functions will include; Posting, Liking, Reporting of posts, Karma system.
Currently not sure if I will build this from scratch or if I will use this current forum as a base, this can be decided later on, would want to make sure the forums are enjoyable to use and feel like its part of the site.
Advanced news system
Ditch the way retros normally display news, show all news items on a page with clear thumbnails, titles, authors and comment count.
Would also be an idea to have a category system so news articles can easily be grouped together. User comments would also allow users to talk about news as well as allowing users to like a news article should they wish.
Prestigious users system
Much like leaderboards this will list the top users based on their points which they gain throughout the site and indicate who the most active users are.
Would also show users based on their 'richness' and as well show users based on their forum messages count.
It is the aim that this system would be competitive and fun to try to get onto and when users are the top user for a category they receive rewards and achievements others won't have.
Have basic information displayed here such as their avatar, name, motto, last online, points, credits, diamonds and if they are a vip/staff member or not.
Would also display users rooms and groups as well as having a guestbox feature that users can post in. On homes users would also be able to display their site rewards and view their stats.
Obviously we aim that there will be no issues on the site or client but when issues do happen we want users to be able to contact staff quickly and keep track of an issue. The help center will ensure that all issues are tracked and users get help asap.
This system will be available to banned users and users who are having trouble connecting to the client. It can be used to troubleshoot and provide the best support possible.
Account settings that actually work! Allow users to decide if they would like to be able to accept friend requests, if they want to appear online, if they want a notification when mentioned using (@) and if they would like to receive emails from staff.
Also users would have to confirm their email address, and be able to change password, manage their friends and set up a pin code for added security of their account.
All retros staff pages are boring. We want something that is clean and good to look at. Divide staff by rank. Show avatar, name, title, badge, online indicator and when hovering over show a description of the users job.
Adding CSS animation will make using this page more appealing and enjoyable for users.
This means that clicking the 'enter hotel' button will not open in a new tab or new window. It will open 'over' the site. This is exactly how habbo does it. It allows users to switch between client and the main site and stay connected when doing so.
This would be a shop page like no other. Users will be able to purchase VIP here and extra currency if they want. They will be able to see their purchases from this page as well as being able to view rare values and enter the lottery to receive new awards.