LittleBigSites was basically a web ring for LittleBigPlanet official and fan sites. I originally built this in 2011 based on the website LittleBigFans made by Tom Kiss The objective of this site is to provide LittleBigPlanet community members with a place to view all the LittleBigPlanet official and fan sites on offer.
The site was originally all hard coded from scratch and didn’t use any kind of CMS software. That however proved to be insufficient as to add new sites I would have to manually code them in. This was a pain and meant I never got round to adding new sites. So after about a year (Of procrastinating) I got round to moving the whole site over to WordPress and redesigned the whole site.
Each site was submitted as a post and displayed on the index page with just the thumb image to provide a visual list of all the sites available. The post display was also randomized on each refresh of the page to ensure that no one site was favored over another. Clicking on the thumb images took you to the full post which displayed a box containing the sites image, a 1 to 5 star rating feature, social buttons to share the post, a link to the site and tags to describe the site. Below that was a short description of the site telling the user what the site is about, providing links to any of the sites social accounts, etc.
Using WordPress’s clever and flexible system the box on each post was coded into the single page and pulled the thumb image, the tags assigned to the post and the site link from a custom field. Meaning all I had to do when posting a new site was, upload the site image, assign the tags, enter a custom field and write a short description. Proving to be much more sufficient then how the site was set up before.
The site was split up into 4 pages. Fan: Displaying a category of all the fan sites submitted. Official: Displaying a category of all the official sites submitted. Website Submission: Where users could submit any LittleBigPlanet site to be posted and About: Containing a full description of what the site was all about. Each page had different color links, titles and sidebars using WordPress’s conditional tags.
Like everything to do with the LittleBigPlanet game, interest died down and I eventually took it offline rather then renewing the domain name.