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PostPosted: Mon, 17. Jun 13, 17:12    Post subject: X1TP XDownloads4 - Website back online, still updating though. Reply with quote Print


Stats started 17/06/13 23:00

>> Go to XDOWNLOADS3 <<
>>XDownloads4 on facebook<<


I've decided to create a new topic for XDownloads3 as most of the guides and links are out of date now.

XDownloads was designed to be a mod database for EGOSOFT games, its database contains 2.7GB worth of files which is actually 1307 downloads. It covers EGOSOFTs 6 games:
  • X: Beyond The Frontier & X: Tension
  • X2: The Threat
  • X3: The Reunion
  • X3: Terran Conflict
  • X3: Albion Prelude
  • X: Rebirth


Comparison Picture between XDownloads 3 and XDownloads ULD:
Click Here

Most of the files were actually uploaded by myself which took a long time, this was to make XDownloads popular so that mod authors would start uploading their files. We have about 8 regular uploaders at the moment, but I hope to get more.

XDownloads ULD was getting on average of 4000 unique visitors a month. Also it got 60,000 impressions and 3500 clicks on google search from May 18th 2013 to June 17th 2013.

Features:
  • 800mb max upload, please contact me if you want to upload bigger.
  • BBcode box on download detail pages so you can easily copy the download link and button to your forum topic.
  • Max speed downloading, download files as fast as your connection.
  • Quick.
  • Should be easy to read.


BACKUPS
Microsoft mirror: http://d.docs.live.net/e72f879570ff993e/XDownloads3/jdownloads


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History of XDownloads

In July 2009 I started a project called XDownloads, it was a very basic website built on Joomla! 1.5 with the component jdownloads. It got a few views but no feedback, uploads so I forgot about it.

In March 2010, MarcusXL uploaded one of his mods to the website which I left and posted in the forum topic, I then remembered I started the project. But by then the website had a quite a bit of SPAM uploads and was well out of date. So I started updating the website.

In September 2010 I released the XDownloads in its new home as x1tp's main website, it brought together 4 of my projects:
  • XDownloads
  • X3TC PUI (now removed)
  • XSearch (Now XSearch 2)
  • XGallery (Now removed as the software is too old)

Now I had the base of a good website, I started building on it. From my experience with the old xdownloads website, people don't just come along and upload their mods to and old site. So I decieded to go through EGOSOFT's Scripts, library and mod list for x3tc and started uploading everones mods, this made the website grow in popularity due to the work I put in and the size and usefulness of it. But this took a lot of time as I went around asking peoples permission to upload thier mods and then I edited each mod item with screenshots and descriptions.

XDownloads2 now known XDownloads ULD.


In Aprill 2011 I gave up editing the description,... ect on each download as it was taking to long. So I just working on backing up as many mods as I can.
I also worked on a new 'link to' bbcode generator for the website which apears undeneath each download in the download details page.

In September 2011 I introduced the edit facility for your downloads, this was very popular as you had more control over your downloads and keeping them upto date.
I also introduced a new login system (community builder), which proved usefull as you can see your mods you uploaded in your profile. This means you can easily keep track of them.

In October 2011 the website out grow the template I was using so I started work on a new one, at this time there were 1090 files available to download.

In December 2011 after being too busy to work on the website for a month I came back and published the new template I was working on. It was a completely different theme altogether from the previous one as it was white. But it was quick good looking, all I had to do is integrate it better. Its still being worked until October 2012 when nexus mods was interested in integrating my site.

In October 2012 http://nexusmods.com/ contacted me wanting to integrate XDownloads ULD to their website, after some discussions we attempted it. They actually created a conflicts system which tells the user if the mod conflicts with another but that's as far as they got.

In June 2013 I started work on XDownloads3 due to XDownloads ULD not functioning properly and being WAY out of date. XDownloads3 in now built on Joomla3 and still jdownloads, due to how new joomla3 is we have lost some features for now. But the website is much quicker and a bit more stable.

In October 2014 I upgraded the website, updated any downloads and created a new template/style. Now XDownloads 3.2

In November 2015 I had to do a complete wipe and rebuild due to an attack on the website.


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Usefull links


Code:

Month | Unique visitors | Number of visits | Pages Hits | Bandwidth
Jun 2013   4,222   5,904   64,452   137,823   5.02 GB
Jul 2013   6,915   11,700   164,146   283,681   10.49 GB
Aug 2013   7,238   11,812   148,122   276,578   6.27 GB
Sep 2013   6,260   12,011   270,085   436,031   10.56 GB
Oct 2013   7,432   11,623   152,213   351,809   15.73 GB
Nov 2013   11,711   18,287   307,901   705,076   20.42 GB
Dec 2013   6,966   11,850   181,410   466,692   15.39 GB
Jan 2014   6,635   10,951   185,131   416,721   15.87 GB
Feb 2014   5,173   8,936   100,731   264,610   8.42 GB
Mar 2014   4,015   6,632   83,494   172,728   9.20 GB
Apr 2014   5,543   8,838   124,792   249,318   14.83 GB
May 2014   5,345   8,551   127,888   261,283   11.66 GB
Jun 2014   5,803   9,720   113,111   251,598   12.58 GB
Jul 2014   7,251   12,258   108,947   228,266   14.05 GB
Aug 2014   7,527   12,657   117,604   236,308   10.70 GB
Sep 2014   6,755   11,172   115,493   238,083   14.41 GB
Oct 2014   7,042   11,092   111,821   286,048   10.61 GB
Nov 2014  5,676        10,788      73,559      199,929    11.21 GB
Dec 2014  7,602        12,673      85,902      200,639    11.85 GB
Jan 2015   6,439        11,171      55,519     192,112     9.93 GB
Feb 2015  5,511         8,837       44,541      155,848    11.75 GB
Mar 2015  7,482        12,374      66,002      210,008   111.83 GB



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Added a search box which uses google search engine. Searching is still not very good but it can be helped if users use the Meta descriptions and Meta Keywords box when editing their download to produce better search results.

I'm looking into getting a automatic meta generator.


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So do I keep your link listed as is for now?
Or do I remove "Temporary".


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Remove Temporary Smile


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Done. Smile


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I've coded something to help with searching by using the file title in the meta description.


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More work done:
  • better searching, added download title to meta keywords.
  • Have to generate a manual site map due to my existing site map generator being incompatible with Joomla3 at the moment.
  • Joined Project Honey Pot
  • Added Disallow: /index.php/summary/ and Disallow: /index.php/finish/ to robots.txt to try and avoid them increasing download counters.



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Wow, Project Honey Pot sounds terrific! Finally; a serious weapon against spammers.

Are you aware that some existing links to old x1tp files are currently broken? There have been several reports in the past week on this forum.


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DrBullwinkle wrote:
Are you aware that some existing links to old x1tp files are currently broken? There have been several reports in the past week on this forum.


Links from x1tp.com/root to xdownloads seem fine, are you talking about old links to xdownloads on the forum?

Could you give me an example?

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Yes.

For example, check the recent posts about:
    FDN
    Kha'ak Invasions
    X3: Terran Conflict Performance Upgrade Index (X3TC PUI)



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Thanks, I think it should be fixed now. Created a custom redirect.

EDIT: i've also moved some images over to XDownloads3 so that they still work on here.

EDIT2: I've also activated cloudflare to see if it works with XDownloads3. I did try it with XDownloads ULD but didn't have much success.


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PostPosted: Thu, 20. Jun 13, 23:35    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

The new website is looking fantastic, and it is running silky smooth as well.

One question though, when you are logged in, how can you see a list of all your uploaded files. I looked in my user profile and it wasn't there.


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Unfortunately that feature I have to wait for, I had to rely on a third party script that hasn't been updated yet.

I will try to create something. Sorry.


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