Lately, I've been wondering how we could improve the portal of PC. One year ago, no one used it. It was quite understandable actually, as people mostly visited PC for its forums. This is why I decided to add ergonomic links to RayTunes and RayWiki (the first one now generates almost 20% of the global traffic of PC in terms of bandwidth), to implement the bottom line and to develop a customisable RSS feed which displays the last messages posted in the forums. There's also a link to the PC news RSS feed, but it's a bit useless as we have no information about the future Rayman games.
Now, more and more people use the portal, and some of them even use it as a homepage. I was asked to add a link back to the portal in the forums, which clearly indicates the potential of our main page. However, we're still far from the optimal yield! It is extremely important to catch people's attention, and to put forward new features so that more people become regular users of the greatest Rayman community.
Now, the challenge is up to us. I've already considered several ideas, and I'm gonna post them in the list below. I absolutely need your opinion about them all, but I also need you to come up with other ideas (Rayman-related or not), even if you think it's impossible. Once we have chosen what to add, we will have to decide where and how to display them on the portal, so that we use as much space as we can without making the page look overcrowded. I count on you all!
- Google AdSense: displays Rayman-related ads which could prove useful for members
- eBay Partners: displays Rayman-related eBay auctions
Note: Both may yield money and perhaps help PC organise real competitions with nice prizes
- RayTunes Player: displays a Flash player to listen to Rayman music
Note: The music would stop as soon as you leave the portal though
- RayWiki Featured Article: displays a summary of a RayWiki article with a link to the full page (see Wikipedia's main page)
- Personal Space: displays whatever you want (links to the pages you often visit, custom pictures, etc.), just use BBCode
Note: It would be user-specific and would not appear if you are not logged in
- Calendar: displays a small calendar with events submitted by users (and validated by moderators )
- Picture of the day: displays a new Rayman picture each day
Note: It may be linked to the RayGallery project, if someone wanted to resuscitate it
- Affiliates list: displays a list of websites affiliated to PC
- Rayman 3 Hall of Fame: displays the top ten best Rayman 3 players with a link to the full list
Note: We need to create our own HoF first
- Forum Hall of Fame: displays the top ten members in terms of posts, Tings, boon score, etc.
- Lights On: displays information about a certain event on the community
- Embedded videos: displays a video from YouTube or Dailymotion