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Simple Machines PHP board design/enhancement/customization

This project was awarded to fritzroy15 for $110 USD.

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Simple Machines PHP board designer

Background:
I am running a 700-plus member, 2-year-old message board using PHP-based Simple Machines (SMF - see [url removed, login to view] ). A number of improvements are needed in the design and functionality. I'm looking for someone with proven experience using this software to take on this project and finish it promptly with regular (at least once every two days) communication.

SMF is a flexible, template-based software that allows ample customization.


Requirements:

Board design
1. Create a design consistent with the color scheme and typefaces of the soon to be merged site (info to be provided after bid is accepted)
2. Present AT LEAST 3 sample designs to me on your local server, or on a subdomain of my server
3. Work with me to create an acceptable design until completion

Icons
1. Add an enhanced set of icons and create a clickable imagemap for easier and faster input (quicker load time) than now, so they can be input into messages on the boards. These will be based on the icons of a popular Japanese mobile phone company (all are listed on pp. 1-6 here - [url removed, login to view] - you may be able to find them in a more usable format elsewhere), and I may also request a few futher native SMF emoticons be added.
2. Present sample design to me on your local server, or on a subdomain of my server
3. Work with me to create an acceptable design


Payment:
25% upon completion of satisfactory design
75% upon completion of visual aspects and rollout on current boards (after one week of usage)
*No money will be paid up front or placed in escrow until there is evidence that the work has begun.

BEFORE YOU BID:
*Be sure you are aware of and accept the terms of payment.
*Be sure you can prove experience with the SMF message board software.

UNACCEPTABLE BIDS:
*Bids that are above the provided budget.
*Bids that include NO questions to me regarding some aspect of the project.
*Bids that show no sign of your having read the description.
*Bids that make no reference to SMF software.
*Bids that are just a list of your sites.

FUTURE WORK:
If you do a good job on this, there will be further Web design and board customization work available.

Happy bidding and I look forward to working with you on this fun project!

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