The front page now has an “Articles from the archive” section, which gives you three random articles from our back-catalogue of 240-odd articles. Commenting is still open on old articles, so do feel free to chip in on something old even if there hasn’t been any discussion on it for years.
When I’m posting from somewhere with a decent broadband speed (ie at work) it’s pretty fast, I’d say. It takes a while when I’m at home, due to the pathetic phone network BT have saddled us with in our village, and a lack of will on the part of virgin or anyone else to cable us. So I’d say the servers themselves were pretty good.
– BuddyPress updated to latest version, you now see icons in the activity stream. Woo!
– Right hand navigation tidied up with a “quick links” box at the top with links to the main parts of the site.
– Facebook box on right hand size made less irritating and nice logos with links to other social media guff put in
– Sticky welcome post on front page
Eagle-eyed readers will notice the sticky welcome post on front page has a sub-title – this week it’s “laughing to hide the tears”. I fancy I might change it from time to time, so if you’d like to suggest a sub-title let me know here!
Aha, I was wondering where all the tabs had gone. I find when I’ve logged to the ‘forums’ page, often the time of the last posting is say 59 seconds ago or something, but if I go to that posting in fact it was 20 minutes or 2 hours.
I have found the site less easy to use than others, which make sense very quickly.
@lizz – the time thing being wonky is a “feature” (or “bug” as we like to call them) in Buddypress, so there’s not much I can do about it I’m afraid.
I agree – I think the Forums and Activity features aren’t entirely user-friendly; but I’m stuck with Buddypress as it was, frankly, the best of a bad lot which fitted my criteria for blog / forum integration. There is better forum software out there (older readers will recall the forums used to be completely separate from the blog and were accessed through a sub-domain and which used some different forum software) , but it just doesn’t mesh so well with the blog. I guess we just have to take the rough with the smooth.
Personal opinion : don’t like the gradient – just seems to darken the whole page.
Professional opinion : blue text on grey background (subtitle) is not a combination I would use on a web site Blue text is dodgy due to poor reception by the eye anyway (especially my knackered ones!) but when used on grey it’s not terribly readable.
Didn’t you get the memo about not being allowed to express personal opinions on here?
There was a dark gradient there before (black at the top to navy blue below), so this one’s actually a bit lighter. TBH, I’m not really that keen on the look and feel of any of the site, but I don’t have the mad design skillz to improve it that much.
If you fancy re-doing the banner yourself to something you would like to see, then it needs to be 1250×125 pixels in size and the font is “London Between” which you can get from dafont.com.
The memo was in blue text so I couldn’t read it I wonder if the green used on the “Reply Posted” and other notifications would work ….. I’ve got some serious astronomy to do tonight but if I get 10 minutes I’ll see if anything springs to mind
Ooh, I’d love to offer to help if only I was a talented web designer. In my opinion the banner that mentions rotting toes (nice) should be in orange (i.e. the same orange that shows times since recent activity) or white. It would stand out a lot better, unless you don’t want it to stand out :o)
@claire – I kind of wanted the sub-title to be more subtle than the main title. It is, after all, a sub-title. I might play around with it a touch more as it does all look a little goth. @lizz – the sub-title is designed to put off anyone without a sense of humour.
As co-writer of this thing I suppose I should care about all of this but I’m afraid my anorak is in the wash so I won’t be able to join the pixel/banner/theme/colourblind/ipad geekfest. If I was to summon up every ounce of effort and force myself to have an opinion, I’d say that I like the new banner thing less than the old one but I’d struggle to say why.
I wanted to use a new and more distinct font – which we could also use on the forthcoming video blog titles. So I redid the header and the colours too while I was at it. (As an aside, I’m really into fonts now, having read “Just My Type” (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-My-Type-About-Fonts/dp/1846683017) – a book all about fonts – over Christmas).
@Stephen Loser is a bit strong. I’d have settled for the fact that you’re all a bit special. The husband is a fully fledged geek so I am experienced in these matters. I know you no longer have real anoraks, but I’m convinced you all have virtual anoraks that you put on at times like this. I’ve seen it happen too many times
It’s a slippery slope into geekdom when you start bandying around phrases like ‘I read a book about fonts over Christmas’. And think that a remark such as ‘I’m really into fonts now’ can pass as an aside.
Although, actually, I have to admit… I LOVE browsing font sites. I often download something special for the weekend. Or a particular project. In fact I have a regular weekly update by email of new, spectacular, bright, crazy, cool or smoooooooth fonts.
I hate the Gill Sans font. (It has bad memories for me). I must get hold of this book, it sounds interesting…(Being a geek just means you know more about the subject in question (fonts? Banners?) than the person calling you a geek .)
@stephen has found a minor glitch in my logging sheet (cheers Stephen!) – It only affects the graph of the bolusing on the 8th day. I’ve sent a new version to @Tim to upload, (for those who know how to use excel quite well it’s straight forward to correct, for those who dont, just use the new version when it arrives )
(If anyone finds any other problems, let me know – I tried to find all of the them (its mainly to do with where the graphs are taking their data from), but there’s always one that sneaks through…)
@Tim – is there any possibility you can allow editing of one’s own posts on the main blog? Not essential I know, but despite my best proof reading efforts the occasional typo slips through, it’s embarrassing!
All good. Can I add http://www.bdec-e-learning.com/ that I was directed towards by @Alison for a quick carb counting guide? Just completed the course and whilst I’m sure it’s nowhere near as good as the the full-on DAFNE it’s a start.
Also for the manufacturers I’d add http://www.accu-chek.co.uk/gb/ as I like their meters and you can quickly ask online for replacement batteries and books etc – just don’t expect them to be too quick in delivery.
In other news, I was looking through the stats today and loads of our traffic comes from search engine searches for terms like “king charles spaniel, king charles cavalier, cavalier king charles spaniel” and “Woof!” (http://www.shootuporputup.co.uk/2010/07/woof/) is one of our most popular articles.
More people come to Shoot Up by searching for dogs than diabetes. This is so depressing I don’t even know where to begin!
That would be handy. My head is currently in the sand about the HbA1c changes – after using the old way for practically my entire life, I feel like a pensioner who’s suddenly been told they have to measure things in centimeters and kilograms!
Blog latest: just a small technical tweak so that member profile pages don’t get indexed on search engines. This should protect you from stalkers and Internet wierdos. There are more than enough already on Shoot Up ;-b
Blog latest: another minor tweak – the section with the user pictures on right hand side now displays the top twelve contributors in terms of comments on blog posts in the last 30 days (excluding me and Alison). It used to display the last 15 logged-in users. Thought it might make a change.
Thank heavens for that – there’s 320-odd posts in that thread now!
In terms of greasy hands, your wish is my command – I’ve added a “About you & your diabetes” text box to the profiles, so you can fill in a bit more detail. You can edit your profile by clicking on your name in the top right corner > Profile tab > Edit profile > Fill in new box.
I’ve added an “Off topic” section to the forums – for discussion of things non-diabetic, for example what I’m planning to read on my holidays. We’ll see if anyone uses it and will maintain / delete it as required!
Upgraded blog to latest major release of BuddyPress – which might give us some new features to play with. Chief amongst these is the ability to use the search box in the top right to search the forums *and* blogs posts from the same place. Hurrah!
Updated the theme to latest theme – will fix the header soon.
If anyone cares, we’ve just turned down yet another offer for advertising on the site. Aside from the stripykat advert on the bottom right, we’ve always had a strict no advertising policy. Even ads from reputable pharma companies. This is because I hate blogs covered in ads and I presume you do too.
If you’re interested, Alison and I share the hosting costs for the site between us. They’re pretty modest and so we’re not prevented from running our second yachts, etc.
More updates on the site – a new look (which is pretty similar to the old look, but just tweaked a bit). There’s also a new front page – which is designed to allow quick access to everything that’s on the site – both the forums and the blog in one place. Hopefully you’ll hate it and yearn for the old format again.
Is it? I’ve had another user on Twitter saying it’s worse to look at on a mobile device! I haven’t actually looked at it on mine – that would imply some sort of design process, rather than just making it up on the fly
@ckoei – that’s a feature not a bug – the feeds on the front page are cached to save them having to be reloaded every time someone visits – thus saving wear and tear on the server.
I guessed that most people come and have a look at the site at most once a day or so or every couple of days, so it should give most people an overview of what’s going on. The activity tab is – as always – the place for your latest Shoot Up fix!
In other news, I’m working on tweaking the front page so that it updates more quickly. You have to wait a day or so for the latest posts, etc., to appear, which isn’t ideal. If any readers are experts on incorporating feeds into WordPress pages, then please do get in touch
There’s a new front page – I would like to say this was a planned change. However, a plugin update destroyed my old front page and *cough* I didn’t have a backup because I’m an idiot. So a new page was rapidly rebuilt from scratch. D’oh!