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Matt Fulger here saying Hi to all ;-)
« on: September 12, 2009, 06:51:57 PM »
Hi All!

My name is Matt Fulger and I've been online for 12 years now.

I've tried, tested, installed and attempted to use many, many
membership scripts over the years and the vast majority of
them are seriously lacking and/or full of bugs.

I don't personally own a copy of SMP but have had the opportunity
of installing and using the script for a partner of mine and found
the installation to be extremely simple. I haven't really done a whole
lot inside the admin panel as my partner adds most of the content
and whatnot, while I focus on the technical stuff, i.e. installing,
customizing, etc.

However, I do own what I guess is the free version (didn't know it
was a freebie), Simple Member Basic. When I first found this script
it was being offered through a membership site I belong to with
Master Resale Rights. I immediately took a look, installed and contacted
the membership site owner asking if he could sell me Private Label Rights
to the product. He checked his rights and found that he didn't have
the right to do so.

So I contacted Johnny Slater through the warrior forum and asked
him if there was anyway to get the PLR to that script. He reluctantly
opened up the PLR sale for me and I bought it straight away. Now,
the reason I wanted PLR to this awesome little script so bad is
because Johnny has documented the code so well, that even
someone with NO knowledge of PHP should be able to figure out
what functions are doing what, etc.

The code foundation of this script seems very solid. For once,
I had found a script that worked right straight out of the box with
the very first install and with NO PROBLEMS. I have since found a
couple of minor issues, but compared to the vast majority of scripts
with "rights", Simple Member Basic beats them all hands down.

I have source code rights to at least a dozen so-called membership
scripts and none of them was as simple to install and actually would
work straight away. Some install great and have an easy installer,
but the bugs start to rear their ugly heads as soon as you try to
actually use them. Many of them have weird, inconsistent bugs
that you only notice after launching your site.

I haven't yet launched a site using Simple Member, but I know
enough people who have, that I don't foresee a problem.

The code is documented so well, that any bugs I find should be
fairly simple to track down and fix and I'm not even a programmer.

Ok, aside from that I've done tons of editing, proofreading and
graphic design over the years and have helped product developers
find and fix bugs in their softwares as well as offer up tons of
feature requests.

I haven't come across a single software or script yet that I couldn't
come up with some awesome ideas that could be added to them.
In fact, I could think of a list of features for SMP right now if I felt
like it. But I'm choosing to save those ideas for myself as I plan on
completely upgrading the Simple Member Basic version. ;)

Though I'm not a fully fledged programmer, I have had no choice
but to learn a thing or two about PHP just to fix bugs in other
scripts I've used. Since Johnny did such a wonderful job documenting
SMB, I've been learning even more about how PHP works and what
code is doing what. So I'm confident I will be able to add features
to this script w/o too many issues.

Besides that, there's always programmers for hire if need be. :)
However, I'm hoping that with my current programming contacts
I shouldn't need to hire anyone (as I'm not in a big hurry) cuz they
are usually willing to point me in the right direction when I run into
problems.

Anyway, there's a little bit about myself for you all to digest. ;)

Peace & Prosperity,
Matt Fulger

P.S. I've completely customized my own version of Simple Member
Basic. You can take a look if you want: http://betatestingpro.com/sms/
« Last Edit: September 12, 2009, 07:07:41 PM by Matt Fulger »

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Re: Matt Fulger here saying Hi to all ;-)
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2009, 02:13:06 AM »
Hi Matt

Welcome on board buddy :)

David

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Re: Matt Fulger here saying Hi to all ;-)
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2009, 01:14:56 PM »
Thanks David. Happy to be here. Maybe I can learn something.

I was hoping to see a bit more activity in the Simple Member
Basic forums. Didn't there used to be loads of posts in the
original forum? Perhaps an email out to the Simple Member
Basic users letting them know about the forum would help
with user activity?

Although, I know you don't have to support that script anymore,
I think if enough users knew about it, we could help each other
out as Johnny had intended.

Just a thought.

Happy to be here either way. :)

Matt

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Re: Matt Fulger here saying Hi to all ;-)
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2009, 01:24:45 PM »
Hi Matt

I've only just created the board for the basic version as there was nothing. I'm sure there must be a lot of users as it's being sold by every Tom, Dick and Harry now :) Just thought this would be as good a place as any for them to help each other.

I believe the original forum was hijacked so Johny had to start again. It's a shame as I'm also sure there would have been a lot of useful stuff on there.

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Re: Matt Fulger here saying Hi to all ;-)
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2009, 02:07:41 PM »
The original forum had about 10,000 posts about SMP and SM Basic but someone hacked the server I was on and there was a virus all over the forum code. It wasn't worth taking weeks to weed through every file on the forum to clean it out so I ended up starting over with a fresh install.

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2009, 05:16:31 PM »
Hi again David,

Yeah, I knew the board was fairly new. Just thought I would suggest
sending out an email so that other users know about it.

Johnny,

That's right! Now that you mention it, I do remember you mentioning
that somewhere else before. I know the feeling as I had the SAME
thing happen to one of my phpBB forums. :(

I'm having fun customizing the script. I'm thinking about converting
all the tables to CSS. Any reasons you can think of why I shouldn't
do that? Have you tried before and found too many issues or did
you just use table designs as they are easier and quicker to code?

Just curious. Don't want to take on the task if you already tried and
found too many problems with browser compatability or something.

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Re: Matt Fulger here saying Hi to all ;-)
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2009, 05:26:53 PM »
I use tables because it's easier for beginners to wrap their heads around when trying to edit the templates. Most people can use a WYSIWYG editor and edit html with a little work, but it takes a while to learn CSS and learn what you can change and how to do it.

Templates written in CSS are more for advanced users and the script was designed to try to make things easy for beginners to deal with.

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Re: Matt Fulger here saying Hi to all ;-)
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2009, 06:02:19 PM »
Hi Johnny,

You have some great points. I think I will stick with tables for the
most part as I think you are right. I sometimes forget that CSS is
like a foreign language to most people. LOL

I may end up converting it to CSS for myself and offer my CSS
version to advanced users only. I've seen requests for CSS versions
of these types of scripts before but haven't seen any decent ones
doing it.

Thanks for explaining the reason you went with tables. Makes perfect
sense now that I think about it.