gduncan411.channel9.club and in user menu at channel9.club
ps - i found a site that does what i need
i was looking for a forum and tried lefora.com - and when you sign up - they have a widget that actually says :
"name available - please wait - creating subdomain - finished"
and they give you the forum name whatever.lefora.com
*i did a test of forum for channel9.club (on startbar www.channel9.club)
but i used zetaforums instead
edit - strike that - i used forumotion.com (free no ads)
anyway - it is fun charles and larry checked it out /signed up - plus some 9ers
i have half succeeded in my original goal of drawing attention to the fact this site hasnt changed in YEARS
we are not slashdot - we are devo!
edit - all of above somewhat assumes - that if MS - not me - launched channel9.club - with free sites and cool url - that more people would have signed up
that would be true - correct?
...of course in a perfect world - MS would use channel9.club
they would use the gist of this idea - but not use wordpress
(the gist is just give fans and devs there own site at channel9.club - like a mini linkedin but with no sales guys!!! - and its open and extensible - and its a real hosted site - with 2 cool urls:
channel9.club/yourname (internal - added to menu at mother site)
they would load the same custom - verified MS - site for each new user install
it would come with all kinds of links to things built in - that channel 9 and msdn users love - and go to each day - and it would do it correctly without iframes
plus ability to add your own - iframe-ish - additions/sites (customizable)
really it would just be a place to say - hey i like ms i work on phone stuff - and i like ms - i make icons etc
it would give channel 9 members / users, - the daily ones and the - from a far ones - (all the same really) a reason to believe C9 was not a concept by long gone employees - but a vision - or the START to a vision - that many of us have kept alive - to this very day
i hope MS asks me for channel9.club. i hope they plan to use it to show commitment to its long time and new fans
they can have it free
in the meantime - ya its wordpress and iframes :)
hey! wordpress actually does rock
edit: so did you all miss my long convoluted rambling posts? im hoping so!
edit 2 - if i had actual DB access and help i could re-make this site in 2 days to be responsive - ...yip wordpress :P
edit 3 - im using it cause its free to give away! yip wp :)
just a quick tip:
the free WP template im loading for your user sites doesnt even really use pages
it is really simple to edit
just go to dashboard / appearance / onenote
the whole rolling frontdoor - and its sections can all be changed modified there
of course you can add regular pages of your own like normal - but that main frontdoor page has all its settings and content in one place - dashboard / appearance / onenote
thanks larry - got your email and your set up larrylarsen.channel9.club
and in the menu at channel9.club
ps - im going to work on my jamie.channel9.club wordpress site soon... i think this idea will make more sense if people actually work on their free sites - add stuff about themselves etc.