Ark Directory Website

Wed, May 9, 2018 12:09 AM | 4 Development - Infrastructure Submitted by Jorma Rodieck
Estimated Work Hours
1200 USD

Create a website that would serve as a directory hub of all things Ark. The website would have a number of categories (Social, Development, Delegates/Voting, Vidoes, etc..) and each category would have links to various Ark web pages (forums, youtube videos, websites, etc). The idea came from Jarunik's post on Slack this morning and his creation of https://www.reddit.com/r/ArkDir/ . The website would utilize Wordpress so it would be responsive, easy to maintain and update, and allow others to collaborate if interested.



Register domain name
- Done. I registered http://arkdir.com The domain ArkDirectory.com is also available but I went with arkdir.com as it is shortly. Happy to register ArkDirectory.com as well if folks think that would be better.

Set up Wordpress hosting.
- Done. I have a hosting account at Dreamhost.com where I can host the site at no additional cost to me.

Determine which Wordpress theme to use.
- Looking at themes that would be applicable for this type of site. I will choose a free theme, or a paid theme costing under $40.

Cost-benefit analysis

Would provide a central resource to keep track of various Ark sites. I personally currently use Bookmarks for this, but it seems a website would allow old and new Arkies to have easier access to various resources.



1) Create full list of sites that would be linked to the Ark Directory. Jarunik has started this process with https://www.reddit.com/r/ArkDir/

2) Stub out basic site.

3) Add all links / about info / contact info / etc...

4) Work on polishing site so it looks clean and professional


1) Review site with others to see if anything is missing or incorrect

Launch Plan

1) Publish site and announce via social channels

Support & Maintenance

I would set up the site to have automatic Wordpress updates for security concerns. I would also set up automated backups so it could be restored if ever needed. With the basic website structure in place it would be easy to add/remove links in the future as needed.

Additional Information

Community Feedback

I brought up the idea on #general slack and it had a positive reception.


I have created a lot of sites in the past and am familiar with Wordpress. It seems like it would be a good thing for the Ark community. I also manage the Ark Roadmap Progress Tracking site at http://Ark.dog

I am open to suggestions from the ACF and Ark community for things that they would like to see on the site.



There have been no votes for approval yet.


There have been 3 votes for rejection by faustbrian, reconnico, goldenpepe.
faustbrian Wed, May 9, 2018 3:13 AM

We already have ark-awesome and this sounds more like it should be a github repository.

reconnico Wed, May 9, 2018 7:45 AM

We already have some awesome-ark github repos (e.g. https://github.com/Guppster/awesome-ark).

I don't think we need a website for this right now.

goldenpepe Thu, May 10, 2018 3:00 PM

There already exists something like this. See: ArkAwesome

Leave a Comment


Dev Wordpress Hater
Wed, May 9, 2018 12:24 PM

Do you know that a lot of developers hate wordpress? It's really only the right thing to use for blog and news websites. Will you be the one keeping the site updated? 1200 USD is excessive for what is basically just putting a wordpress template online and slapping some ARK logos on it. If I'm completely honest I wouldn't even dare asking any money for that. Just my 2 cents.

Ark Directory Lover
Wed, Jul 4, 2018 2:44 PM

Now that ArkDirectory.com is live anyway, I like it a lot more than Awesome-Ark and it has more stuff and a better look than A-A. I think Awesome-Ark is perfect for devs but clearly can coexist with AD after seeing the resources offered and user experience of both. There appears to be a lot more work put in other than a template and logo slappings as DWH mentioned. I am glad the proposal submitter made it anyway.

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