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TGTAP is 9 years old today! So what's next?


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#1 Chris

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 04:27 PM

9 years ago today I started a website from my bedroom and got about 100 people to see it in the first month. Still going strong to this day, the same website now gets 1 million visitors a month. We've come a long way...

So, happy birthday to The GTA Place!

Now you may be wondering what's next for TGTAP. Aside from forum upgrades not a lot has changed around here recently. Granted, some things haven't needed to change, but I'm well aware of things that do need to be improved upon.

The first and most obvious change that will come a long very shortly is a new layout for the homepage. Not completely new, more of a re-imagining of the current layout with some added features and better structure.
Next up will be the content on the website, we'll be both improving the existing content as well as adding much needed new stuff. We'll also be giving more exposure to these forums to get more people joining and posting here.
The downloads database will also receive a large update at some point, making it much easier for mod creators to manage their mods. There will also be improvements to the front-end making it a better experience for those just looking for mods to download - again, the forums will be suggested go-to place for questions etc.
The forums will no doubt be on the receiving end of some changes too. Some new moderators will be looked at, among other things.

I've been a bit vague on what exactly is changing. Mostly because I'm currently busy working on said changes! But if you are curious, feel free to ask me anything. Just so you know, the new layout really is going to appear very shortly, some time this week or next for sure :)

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 04:43 PM

Happy Birthday TGTAP :)

@Chris wheres the party? Wheres the cake? Wheres the ladies? lol :)

#3 Chris

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 04:48 PM

All in my bedroom, where else? :D

EDIT: Actually, someone (Evo?) will probably photoshop a cake or something for us. I remember this happening in previous years.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 05:51 PM

some added features and better structure.

improving the existing content as well as adding much needed new stuff.

improvements to the front-end making it a better experience

The forums will no doubt be on the receiving end of some changes too


That is most definitely the single most vague post I have ever seen :P

Pretty sure that's some sort of record.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:08 PM

Happy birthday TheGTAPlace and thanks Chris for all the work and success of course :)

@Gerard: More the times the word "features" is said... more exciting it sounds :innocent:

Edited by Spider-Vice, 29 November 2011 - 07:09 PM.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:13 PM

Happy birthday and congratulations on a great job.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:45 PM

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@Chris wheres the party? Wheres the cake? Wheres the ladies? lol :)

After-party in Chris's pants for everyone who couldn't make it to the before the after-party party.



All in my bedroom, where else? :D

EDIT: Actually, someone (Evo?) will probably photoshop a cake or something for us. I remember this happening in previous years.

Gah, you wise magnificent bastard.

Edited by EvoLuTioN, 29 November 2011 - 07:50 PM.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 09:00 PM

Shit... can't wait for next year lol.
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#9 Chris

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 09:46 PM

Once I fix the award system, I'm giving you an award for your epic cake making skills Evo!

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 11:45 PM

Decided to move your lazy-ass for once and fix everything that's remaining I see :P Now don't sit on it again.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 04:52 AM

Haha evo brought the cake, Chris has the ladies that means theres gonna be a party at Gerards home. lol :D

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 08:12 PM

Happy 9th Birthday TGTAP. Hope it remains for many more years to come, would hate to see it go.
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#13 Spaz The Great

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:08 PM


some added features and better structure.

improving the existing content as well as adding much needed new stuff.

improvements to the front-end making it a better experience

The forums will no doubt be on the receiving end of some changes too


That is most definitely the single most vague post I have ever seen :P

Pretty sure that's some sort of record.


Naaaah, not around here. I think we've had posts like, "So, we're going to fix shit, and improve shit, yo. We're getting rid of spammers, too..... Eventually....."

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#14 Sherman

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 01:24 AM

Happy birthday, here is to another 9 years going strong :D BTW Evo always makes awesome cakes. Photoshop delicasy.

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 01:24 AM

All in my bedroom, where else? :D

EDIT: Actually, someone (Evo?) will probably photoshop a cake or something for us. I remember this happening in previous years.

Congrats Chris for keeping this up in last 9 years. Great start. The journey from a fansite till what it is today. I would like to volunteer to be an area mod if you think me able enought. And hey decorate your house not bedroom.

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 03:51 PM

Once I fix the award system, I'm giving you an award for your epic cake making skills Evo!

Ayeee..!

Seriously though, cheers to you and everyone associated with tgtap for creating and being an awesome community.

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 01:41 AM

Only just seen the last 3 days of this thread. I fuckin lol'd at Evo's cake, those Photoshop skills haven't evaded you I see :P

Also, grats to Chris for sticking with it, the next step will be 10 years - a feckin' decade... :P

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 10:23 PM

Just one more year and this place will have been on the net for almost a decade. That's one hell of an achievement.

Also, where am I on that cake? :(
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:32 PM

Hope it remains for many more years to come, would hate to see it go.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:47 PM

I'd like to see at least 15+ years more.




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