Blog Improvements, Any Ideas?Written by Mark Sanborn: Mar 26, 2008
Well, over the past few days I have implemented new features and made many modifications to this blog. Below are the following changes and impovements that I thought may interest you. I also want to hear your thoughts on the current changes and future improvements to the blog.
WordPress Update. Upgraded blog to newest version of WordPress.
Site Search. Changed the site search feature back to WordPress. I had originally used Google site search and I had found that it hadn’t added much value while taking vistitors into a third party unfamiliar site. One alternative I had tried was Google’s CSE (Custom Search Engine). This allows you to have the search results embedded into your site; however, due to the layout of the site the results were bunched together and it displayed too much white space near the bottom.
Comments. Added code to make author comments stand out from regular comments.
Random Page. Using a nifty little plugin there are now links at the bottom of each post that will take you to a random article.
Code in Posts. I added a much better system for displaying code in posts. It includes line numbers and color syntax.
Text Color. The text color throughout the entire site is now a slightly darker shade of grey for readability.
Donate. By request I added a page for people that would like to contribute to this site by donating.
Advertising. After many months the advertising on the sidebar has only recieved a handful of clicks so I changed it from a text ad to an image ad. If this advertisement continues to provide minimal results I will consider removing it entirely.
Trackback Toggleing. After reading this article, I decied I am going to implent a link to hide/show trackbacks in comments to minimize on the space they take up and the distraction they make on the discussion that takes place.
404. I am going to create a more informational 404 page. So my readers may find lost posts that they were looking or mis typed/linked urls.
New Comment Notification. I am considering implementing a way for readers to be notified when there are new comments in a post they themselves have commented on. This my be via email or RSS feed.
Since this site is for you, the readers. I want to know what you think. Please write in with suggestions for things you love, things you want removed or anything else you can think of. I value your comments and suggestions and would love to hear them. So, please let me know what else I can do to make the site better for you.
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