I'm developing a full-fledged website to support my game. Including all kinds of views from login/registration, leaderboards, chat, etc. Basically, the game itself is just a component on a page.
I would prefer to integrate deeply the game into the overall webpage. By this I mean, to have the login and all the details listed before handled by a proper web framework and have Construct to run only the game (it's a board game, like chess). How would you integrate such a setup with a Construct3 game?
I'm working on a browser based game using Construct as the engine. Yea, I know that sounds strange but it's true. I've created full fledged php sites that do what you're looking to do, handle registrations, logins, email validation, session tracking, etc. I thought long and hard about this before making this decision but, here's what I chose and why:
The website will handle any forums, or discussions, things of this nature. Things that aren't linked to the game. The only thing specifically game-related it will handle is email verification (click the link in your e-mail). That page will be pure HTML.
Construct is going to handle the login and even the account creation. All of that is going to be handled by passing the events to a collection of php scripts via Ajax with JSON responses coming back to the client. By doing this, I'm first ensuring that any login attempt comes from the game itself (Ajax does this nicely with CORS.) I'm also guaranteeing that any account creation comes from the game itself. Unless someone seriously hacks the C3 code, this means I won't need captcha's to make sure they're human.
Plus, now that I've figured out this plugin:
I can use html elements to generate the login screen and still have sprites flying around, making for a much more enticing login.
And with this plugin:
I can actually see how the stylesheet looks without having to upload the game to the server.
PLUS: I've used the html plugin above to load a nice html vertical menu into the client that passes clicks to the C3 engine. 1 element on the layout handling 8 buttons in an unordered list with CSS handling all the cool stuff like mouse-over events and colors. Creating that same menu in construct and trying to keep all the buttons where I wanted them would have taken hours and dozens of events.
So, while I could do my game the way you plan, I've looked at the advantages and disadvantages of both and I see no reason now not to put the HTML inside the client and reduce the server load to just handling php data manipulation.
And you just gave me a great idea thinking about your decision. Since I can now use real HTML5 inside the game, I can generate news and events in HTML and have those passed to the game as well and even have sprites flying around them if I choose.