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Ideas for making my Homepage more exciting


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30 July 2009 at 1:46am Community Member, 34 Posts

Hi All,

I have created a site that uses the Event Calendar. Each event has a thumbnail image associated with it, and this thumbnail image is then enlarged and displayed on the homepage as up-coming events.

(excuse the untidy look at the moment)

What I would like to do is make these Event images on the Homepage a little more dynamic, more exciting and rotate between all the up-coming events, either with simple code, or some kind of flash integration.

Does anyone have any ideas on what I could do, and how I could do it.

This is my code setup at the moment:


function HomeEvent()
return DataObject::get_one("CalendarEvent");

<div id="HomeTopState">
<% control HomeEvent.Image %>
<li><img src="$URL" alt=""/></li>
<% end_control %>

Anything at all, I'm in need of inspiration.



30 July 2009 at 9:21am Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

If you want to rotate imagery / text have alook at the awesome jquery cycle plugin -


30 July 2009 at 11:33pm Community Member, 34 Posts

Thanks, Looks great!
I'm gonna try implement it today. So no doubt i'll have further questions


I accidently created two of the same post.... Can some one delete my other one pls?


31 July 2009 at 12:46am Community Member, 34 Posts

I opted to use the jQuery Slideshow Plugin, just because I thought it might be the easiest to get working. I have incorporated the test files into my Homepage to see if it worked.

I can't seem to get it working though, the images are not rotating, merely tiling over one another.

I've included this code in my files:

Homepage.php - Javascript requirements

   function init() {
[ - The Script for the slideshow, and the slideshow HTML

   <script type="text/javascript">
      $(document).ready(function() {
            timeout: 2000,
            type: 'random',
            pauselink: 'pause1',
            pausecallback: function(self){
            playcallback: function(self){
            timeout: 2000,
            type: 'sequence',
            pauselink: 'pause2'


<div id="slideshow">
   <a href="1"><img src="/../../../assets/darksideofthemoon.jpg" alt="" /></a>
   <a href="2"><img src="/../../../assets/absolution.jpg" alt="" /></a>
   <a href="3"><img src="/../../../assets/acertaintrigger.jpg" alt="" /></a>
   <a href="4"><img src="/../../../assets/liberationtransmission.jpg" alt="" /></a>
   <a href="5"><img src="/../../../assets/americanidiot.jpg" alt="" /></a>


I'm still a little clueless when it come to using Javascript with Silverstripe. Am I doing this right? If not, can anyone show me the exact way to implement this?



31 July 2009 at 1:13am 4085 Posts

The biggest thing challenging your website right now as I see it is not a lack of sizzle, but an effective color scheme. There's way too much contrast. It looks like your background color is #000 which is as black as black gets. I would knock it back to something in the charcoal or matte grey range. Remember the difference between projected and reflected light. If you were to take a photograph of a black piece of paper and eyedrop it in Photoshop, you'd probably get a color close to #858585 or so. Nowhere near #000, and that's because black as reflected light is much easier on the eyes than black as projected light on your computer screen. Black on a computer screen is the blackest of black and rarely works well unless a lot of care is put into reducing the contrast. Your fonts are way into the #fff range, too, so it's just painful on the eyes.


31 July 2009 at 2:00am (Last edited: 3 August 2009 5:20am), Community Member, 34 Posts

and any ideas on my Javascript anybody please???