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11 October 2011
The Toppermost of the Poppermost

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I like the fact that the banner will rotate silhouettes. It's really gonna make the site pop when new visitors stop by. Good luck Joe!

It's been quite some time since I mentioned this and we have a lot of new members, so I'll bring it up again here. If you guys plan on ordering anything through Amazon (George Harrison doc, books, music, Holiday gifts, whatever...), do so by linking from this site. When you do, The Beatles Bible recieves a small stipend. That money goes toward server fees, costs to upgrade the site, etc... 

I always link to Amazon from this site. It's just a way to say thanks to Joe and give back some of the enjoyment I get from this site.



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11 October 2011
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Mith - it's just the forum that uses tables. The rest of the site (which I built) is php and css.
Zig - thanks mate, that's much appreciated.
Sun King - not stressing at all. That's because I'm paying someone to redo it for me! Good idea about events etc. If anyone has videos for anything that's in the history section let me know the link and I'll add it if I can. One day I'll do all the key dates from 1970-2000, but that'll take a while longer...

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22 November 2012
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OK, this has been a *long* time coming, but the redesign is finally live (unless you're seeing a locally cached version).

The site now should work better on mobiles and tablets, with a slightly different banner and adverts depending on your screen size. That's the main change - the rest is largely cosmetic.

The relaunch has been... challenging. The friend I commissioned to do it last year did some work on it, then decided it was taking him too long and he needed to find a job. So he gave me the work-in-progress files to finish off. Anyone's who's ever tried to unpick someone else's computer code will know how troublesome it can be, and I didn't have time to really get it going for some time.

Anyway, I've been chipping away at it for a while, and this is the result. You may hate it. Please give it a chance, live with it for a bit. I've done enough site relaunches in my day job to know how attached some people get to old designs, and the normal reaction to change is a wish to revert back to the old one. It normally passes in a day or two.

You may notice that there's no changing banner - it's always the same four portraits. I haven't had time to redo them all. I may do at some point, or I might just stick with what I've got.

OK, over to you. If you don't like it, please suggest how I can make things better. I didn't change things just for fun - there's some reason for most things, but if you really hate something let me know.

23 November 2012
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OK, thanks Unknown. I haven't got an iPod or iPhone, so relied on an Android phone and iPad to do mobile testing. Will try to borrow an iOS device to see what the issue is.

I know the Simple Press people (who made the forum software) are working on a responsive theme, but I don't know when it'll be available. For those who don't know, responsive web design is where, instead of creating multiple versions of a site for desktop, tablet, phone, you make one which scales depending on which screen size the user has. That's what this redesign was all about.

If you're on a desktop machine you can see this in action. Scroll up to the top of the page, then resize your browser window so it becomes narrower. You'll see the banner changing when you get to tablet size, and again when you get to phone width. If you're on a page with a sidebar this will drop down below the rest of the content if the page becomes too narrow. There are three banner styles in all.

Part of the delay was because I couldn't get the thing working on Internet Explorer, which doesn't like media queries (the technical name for how a browser changes its style depending on the device). I had to do some head-scratching to find a workaround - I didn't want to relaunch with IE broken, as a lot of people still use that terrible browser (not necessarily through choice - plenty of workplaces are scared of Chrome, Opera, Safari or Firefox). Glad it worked out in the end, although there'll probably be a few snags here and there.

25 November 2012
Ed Sullivan Show
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27 November 2012
Funny Paper
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I did an Advanced search for "tabs", and it led me to this last page of "Getting Better" -- but there is no "tabs" here.  There is  "tables" and "tablets" -- but no "tabs".


The reason I searched for "tabs" (and "chords") was to make sure it hadn't been mentioned before (I also searched the Songs forum).


It would be neat if the Beatles Bible could provide a section for the chords/tabs to each song.  I realize that may be a gargantuan project, but it would still be neat to have one place for that.

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