SOLO - Music Website Template - with deeplinking


Update 10.02.2010

  • Added ppecial characters support.
  • Added a small image viewer in the gallery module. (previously only fullscreen images).
  • Add ability to recognise ”@user” syntax to the Twitter reader and link to user’s Twitter page.
  • Fullscreen button is now accessible from Events and Discography modules.
  • Corrected blurred text throughout the template.
  • Added ability to change track item text “Buy On Itunes” from the xml.
  • Reorganised download package so there those wishing to edit the fla files will not experience any export errors.
  • Twitter reader will no longer show & hide if moving from consecutive modules where it is not required.
  • New xml setting to hide the Twitter reader in other modules.
  • The close button in the Events / News article modal reader window, has been relocated to be more visible.
  • Several other items / colors are now customisable through xml file.
  • Fixed a bug in the preloader.
  • Several other minor bugs were fixed.

Update 10.12.2009

  • Fixed a bug with the copyright/disclaimer box which was not auto-resizing to fit the content.
  • Option included to permenantly hide the Twtter Reader.
  • Inserted the missing AS3 class folder causing a lot of export errors. (if you’re not going to export the files -no need to worry!)
  • Included an additional step by step Twitter reader setup checklist.

Note – if you have downloaded this template before these dates above, you should download the package again.









Designed with a musician in mind, but due to the extensive built in flexibility, this template is equally suitable for any artist/creative individual. Featuring 3 levels of deep-linking, url error management, playlist creator, interavtive tour map and integrated twitter reader.

General Features:

  • Full deep linking support. A link can be created to any piece of content.
  • Advanced URL Error management. Auto correction of in sub items (back to parent) – while error in main module urls, loads custom 404 Module.
  • Back/Forward browser’s buttons support.
  • Modules may be used multiple times. Use the same swf file and specify different xml content file.
  • Mouse wheel support. Text areas and News/Events carousel.
  • Xml driven menu – Any Module may be selected as the homepage module. (via xml) Menu buttons can also open external URLs .
  • Many XML settings to change color scheme and appearance of items.

Main:

  • Logo image and X & Y position specified in xml.
  • Menu may be customised in xml. X & Y position of menu, number of items in each column, spacing of columns, spacing of rows, colors.
  • Third party swf modules may be loaded into this template but due to the deeplinking they will need to conform to a few structural requirements. Details can be found in the help documentation.
  • Background Image list specified in xml, random image or only 1 may be loaded. Aspect ratio of image remains intect.
  • Backgroung color may be used if no image is requried.
  • Pattern swatch may be specified in the xml and then applied to the background photo or color.

Deeplinking:

  • Fully deeplinked. Some modules contain 3 levels of deeplinking.
  • Deeplinking titles and site title chosen in the xml file.
  • Links are auto formatted to be SEO friendly.

Error Module:

  • Template contains url error management. If a link is not found the deeplinking eror management defaults back to the next available level in the specified link.
  • If there is an error in the root module url then a custom 404 error module is loaded. This module contains an image and text descripotion and a link to redirect the user.
  • This module can be completely customised in the xml.
  • To view this module, in the preview, manually remove several characters from the module name in the browser address bar and press return key. When the template cannot located the specified module, the error module is loaded. Try it out!!

Mp3:

  • Default site tracks are specified in xml. Autoplay and starting volume options available.
  • Scroll enabled playlist where users can view and edit the track list.
  • Mp3 player automatically alerts the user to add tracks to the playlist, after each default track finishes playing.
  • A user may click this alert to open the discography module.
  • The text and link from this alert may be specified in the xml.
  • This alert no longer appears once the user has added a track to the site playlist.
  • Auto scrolling of long song titles and Album thumbnails loaded from xml.

Twitter Reader:

  • Loads in your latest twitter status using a PHP proxy set up.
  • Insert your Twitter ID into the xml file.
  • Code searched twitter status for url’s and styles accordingly. Links launched in new tab/window.
  • Date of status update autoformatted for aestethic reasons.
  • Cookies used to store the status update to avoid too many calls to the twitter api.(100 per/hour limit)

Discography:

  • Display the tracks and artwork from your albums.
  • Allow users to add any tracks from your included albums into the playlist available site wide.
  • Include direct links to the songs purchase sites – iTunes or other pages.
  • Alternatively allow users to download the tracks instead of purchasing them.
  • All tracks have the option of not allowing them to be played/purchased/download. Buttons become deactivated.
  • Album description areas with Buy Now button.
  • Slideshow of album artwork. Many images may be included in each album. Each image may be given a tag line.
  • All these options plus the slideshow delay and tween easing options are available in xml.

Gallery:

  • Loads fullscreen images and flv video.
  • Category browser supports multiple pages of thumbnails.
  • Category thumbnails interact with rollover position of mouse pointer.
  • Jpeg preview of next previous item.
  • Optional download functionality of image sets.
  • Optional “Tweet It” fuunction, where a user can tweet about what they are viewing. The button takes them user to the twitter.com site and automatically inserts the information (contained in the xml) into the tweet status update area, leaving the user only to press “update”.
  • Video fullscreen functionality. Background color and opacity editable via xml.
  • Each category, image/video is fully deeplinked and error managed.

Features/Slide show:

  • Images and swf files supported.
  • Animated captions, title and boby.
  • Images may act as links, either to internal site content or external links.
  • Carousel or fade-in fade-out image transition mode available.
  • Autodelay option available, which decides the slide delay ased on the number of words in the captions.
  • All content and settings available in xml.

News & Events:

  • Items, thumbs and summary and category defined in xml.
  • Option to link the item to an interactive location on the world map.
  • Map pixel reference grid is included in the package to aid in placement of location points.
  • Map is loaded from xml & may be replaced with a more specific map or image.
  • Items/locations may open a larger article in a reader or may open ecternal link.
  • Reader contains optional image, external links, and auto scroll of content.
  • Height of the reader is defined in the xml (for target audience screen resolution) and if content outgrow this size, scrolling appears.
  • Articles, items and categories are fully deeplinked and error managed.

Text Module:

  • Reader contains optional image, external links, and auto scroll of content.
  • Height of the reader is defined in the xml (for target audience screen resolution) and if content outgrow this size, scrolling appears.
  • Articles, items and categories are fully deeplinked and error managed.
  • Social media profile links appear in bottom right of screen.
  • Icons, titles and link destinations are easily editable in xml.

Contact:

  • Contact Form with thank you email.Checks all fields and validates email address. Thank-you email editable in the php file.
  • Optional CV/Bio download link.
  • Social media profile links appear in bottom right of screen.
  • Icons, titles and link destinations are easily editable in xml.

Notes:

  • You will need a PHP compatible server for the Twitter & Contact Modules.
  • Twitter also requires a crossdomain xml file (included)
  • Photos thanks to www.photos8.com
  • Videos Deep & Eclipse thanks to Generator over at VideoHive
  • Thanks to ActiveDen user unchartedrealms for the great title track – “This Is Life”
  • Includes Photoshop CS3 templates for preparation of each image size used in this website.
  • A clear and concise help file is included which walks you through the xml files describing each customisation option.
  • Code is well commented.
  • This is an AS3 file.

For customisations of this file, feel free to contact me through the form on my ActiveDen profile page.

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