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#1 User is offline   Philip Koury 

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:53 AM

MotoBabble - The Automotive Social Network

MotoBabble (motobabble.com) is an automotive social network powered by Yii. We began building the site roughly a year ago and just released our first public beta on 03/15/12.

The concept connects users with vehicles instead of other users necessarily. Each user can connect their "owner profile" to the vehicles they own, have previously owned, or hope to own in the future. Here is my profile: motobabble.com/phil

The vehicles a user owns, or previously owned, have vehicle profiles that contain basic details, modification information, and photos albums (more options coming in the future). Users are able to follow vehicles they are interested in for updates in their feed.

On a more advanced level, users are able to tag modifications they've made in uploaded photos of their vehicles, as well as adding previous modifications with Install / Removal Dates to track the progress of their setups.

Right now we're targeting more toward the enthusiast market but plan to build the site into a utility that is useful for all. MB also has a various other features that will begin to expand over the next year.

  • Private Messages between users
  • Friend / Follow features for owner profiles
  • A hand-built forum / Q&A system
  • Search
  • Vehicle browser (currently under development)
  • Events (coming soon)

Yii's MVC structure has helped to keep us very organized as we continue to build and add new features. We also use HTML5 history saves in conjunction with ajax page calls cutting down loading times and making MB a fully ajax'ed web site. We've made extensive use of CActiveRecord to make our database calls and entries very painless and simple, as well as the theming scheme to provide an easy versioning system for updates, whether it be sitewide or only for specific users.

Our current development schedule has us making various updates to the site every month to improve and introduce new features. Feel free to check it out and leave some comments. :)
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:14 PM

cant one view the web app before sign in?
secondly i found an error when i tried this

http://motobabble.co...arch/all/toyota

please try fix that.
nice work
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#3 User is offline   Philip Koury 

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 01:36 PM

Thanks.

We fixed the verbiage on the search page. It wasn't actually an "error" but search is a feature that is restricted to registered users.

Currently, the app requires a user to be logged in to use. In a coming update we will have a link on the home page to our Vehicle Browser allowing users to see vehicles on the site.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:39 PM

Very nice job Philip. I love the design, Twitter's Boostrap I guess but with a little something. I registered of course out of curiosity, but who knows!

It's a really nice showcase for Yii imho.

Keep up the good job.
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#5 User is offline   Philip Koury 

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:05 AM

View Postbennouna, on 16 April 2012 - 03:39 PM, said:

Very nice job Philip. I love the design, Twitter's Boostrap I guess but with a little something. I registered of course out of curiosity, but who knows!

It's a really nice showcase for Yii imho.

Keep up the good job.


Thanks!

We wanted to really focus on simplicity and uniformity across the site. Hope you like it.
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#6 User is offline   Philip Koury 

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 10:25 PM

I've gotten some messages from many of you and just wanted to say that we appreciate the interest and more importantly all of the fantastic suggestions and support from the Yii community members.

We've implemented a basic vehicle browser available from the home page now for guests to browse. In our live environment it's not responding quite as fast as it was in development so we'll have an update out in a few days to try and address some performance issues with it.

Thanks again everyone!
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#7 User is offline   Philip Koury 

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 08:55 AM

We've made quite a few updates over the last month or two. Working on a mobile application now.

It's great to see so many of you join the site and give feedback. Thanks Yii Community!
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:14 AM

did you use twitter bootstrap nice work thu
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:01 AM

Hey Phill, very nice work. Would you like to share more details with us? Did you use any of the available extensions for the social network part or you coded it from scratch?
I'm also curious about how many connections you can handle at the moment, and any other consideration can help those who are willing to create a similar project.
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