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17 April 2010
2.21pm
McLerristarr
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Joe, is there anyway you could change how the search tool works? It searches for the word in the "Random lyrics" and "On this day" sections in the side-bar thing, and it's irrelevant to the article. Also, it doesn't search through the comments at the bottom of the page, which could be useful (it would also make it possible to search for any comments by a particular user).

It's not much of a problem – I know you have a lot to do already – but if you get chance (and it's possible), it would be great!

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17 April 2010
4.27pm
Joe
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That's a good point. The search results are what Google indexes from the site, and includes a snapshot of all words on a page. What I need to do is exclude the sidebar and footer from appearing in the results, but I'm not sure how to scope it. The only way I know is to do it on a link-by-link basis, but that's not practical.

I've done a bit of Googling to find out whether it can be done (I'm sure it can) but couldn't find the answer. If anyone happens to stumble across this page and knows, please let me know.

Comments do get indexed, although more recent ones might not have been picked up by Google's spider. If you search for the text of a more recent one it should appear in the results page.

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In other site developments, I've reworked the design a little, creating a single-column sidebar, adding a random gallery preview, and slimming down the info in the footer. It should mean the site loads slightly faster as there's less stuff in there. Not having two columns in the sidebar means things like the line-wrap in the random lyrics won't be an issue.

You won't see the sidebar in this forum, as it uses a different template, but it's on the rest of the site.

While I'm here, I've added a list of the Most Popular posts to the footer. Can anyone think of a Beatles-related heading for this?

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17 April 2010
8.41pm
skye
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17 April 2010
9.44pm
Joe
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Hmm, not sure about that. I think it wouldn't be too clear what the list was about. Maybe I'll leave it as it is.

EDIT: Hamburg provided the answer. Top Ten Club it is.

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18 April 2010
2.43am
skye
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That works. brian-epstein The new layout looks nice.

 

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20 April 2010
1.57pm
Joe
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New feature added to pages: related articles. This is automated, and creates links to the five most relevant pages to the one you're on. So, if you're reading about Love Me Do, for example, you should see links to the recording session, release date, PS I Love You etc. Give it a go. The list of links appears below the main article.

It's an automated service so sometimes it throws out peculiar results. It also appears on every page bar the forum, and probably needn't be everywhere (eg the Contact and Privacy pages). I'll see if I can limit it to just appear in certain sections, though that's a templating issue I don't have time to get into right now.

The idea here is to keep people browsing the site, and to show how much information there is scattered around. This site has a bounce rate of over 50%, meaning more than half the visitors look at just one page before leaving (often something to do with Two Virgins). However, this is offset by the fact that on average people spend 4-7 minutes on the site looking at four pages in each visit, suggesting those that do stick around are clearly reading quite a bit. Anything I can do to raise this is probably a good thing.

Apologies for those who aren't interested in these site change updates. I'm doing them for my own reference as much as anything else, so I have a record of when things were added.

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22 April 2010
11.43am
skye
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I think I'll leave this here:

Do you have stats on how everything else is doing too?

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22 April 2010
1.51pm
Joe
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Ooh, that's interesting. Thanks – I'd not seen those outtakes before. When I get a chance I'll convert them to smileys. It's nice to see Ringo do more than frown.

Any more AHDN pics, please post them here.

Yes, I have full stats on how the site's doing, but I'd prefer not to share them in detail here. Traffic grows month-on-month, though, and pretty much doubled in September (when the remasters came out) and didn't go down again afterwards. Lately it's levelled off a little, but hopefully with the Lennon celebrations later in the year they'll go up even more.

Most visitors come from the US, by far. If you're interested, here's the top 10 country breakdown for the last month, according to Google Analytics.

Pages per visit Average time on site % who are new visitors Bounce rate
1.
United States
4.01 00:05:26 61.04% 53.84%
2.
United Kingdom
3.79 00:05:18 64.53% 61.09%
3.
Canada
4.37 00:05:39 59.62% 50.59%
4.
Australia
4.68 00:06:16 58.35% 50.15%
5.
Germany
3.85 00:04:59 62.57% 49.64%
6.
Brazil
2.84 00:04:22 60.14% 59.32%
7.
Mexico
3.71 00:04:37 67.51% 62.35%
8.
Russia
4.57 00:40:12 37.82% 55.52%
9.
Argentina
4.73 00:06:27 68.13% 55.31%
10.
Poland
5.79 00:05:30 41.12% 31.88%

In many ways I'm glad that the percentage of new visitors is so high, as that means the site's growing. Still, I'd prefer to spend more time making new content than analysing the log files, as that's the main way visitor numbers will grow.

Not sure about the Russian figures – I seem to get more returning visitors, who are spending a massive amount of time on the site. Either there are a lot of passionate Russians who can't get enough of The Beatles (in the English language), or they're something to do with the .ru spam comments I get.

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22 April 2010
2.38pm
Joe
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I've added a little Facebook 'like this' thumbs-up button to pages (though not on this forum). If you like something on the site, feel free to tell your Facebook friends! The link is in the "Share this page" section in the sidebar. a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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24 April 2010
3.29pm
McLerristarr
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Joe, I've noticed recently that when navigating through the forum, at the top of the page a strange code appears. At the moment it says:

&& parseInt(navigator.appVersion) == 6 ) { top.location.replace(location.href); } else { top.location = location.href; } } //]]>

It never used to do that. Any ideas why? Or is it just me?

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24 April 2010
6.07pm
Joe
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Can't say I've ever seen that. Does it appear just in the forum?

That code seems to be something to do with a browser detect, but I'm not sure why it's appearing. I'll keep an eye out for it and see if I can find a fix.

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27 April 2010
2.19pm
McLerristarr
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It doesn't seem to do it every time but it is doing it again now.

tscape' && parseInt(navigator.appVersion) == 6 ) { top.location.replace(location.href); } else { top.location = location.href; } } //]]>

Yeah, it only happens in the forum. It started happening after you changed the layout of the site, but you didn't change the forum so I guess that's just a coincidence. It doesn't bother me, it's just weird, and weird that I can copy/paste it as if it's normal text.

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27 April 2010
4.01pm
Joe
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If anyone else sees this message, can they let me know here? I need to know how widespread it is.

Which browser are you using? I tend to just use Firefox or Safari, and rarely check things in Internet Explorer (though I did this morning and found something broken; I hate coding for IE).

Incidentally, if anyone's wondering who the new moderator Ellie is, it's my wife. I've given her the keys to the site in case I meet a sticky end. Her interest in The Beatles isn't quite at the same level as mine, so it's unlikely she'll post here, but you never know…

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27 April 2010
11.14pm
Alissa
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No such thing on Safari… everything's a'okay here! a-hard-days-night-john-3

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!
28 April 2010
12.26am
McLerristarr
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Alissa said:

No such thing on Safari… everything's a'okay here! a-hard-days-night-john-3


 

I use Safari.

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29 April 2010
11.45am
skye
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I think we shoud change the site's look to this. (But with more sparkles!)

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29 April 2010
1.00pm
Joe
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My eyes! a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

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2 May 2010
6.07am
skye
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Does anyone why it would do this when I go to make a post? It's fine after I refresh the browser. I have Firefox 3.6.3 if that helps.

502 Bad Gateway
nginx/0.6.32

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2 May 2010
12.45pm
MrBig
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skye said:

Does anyone why it would do this when I go to make a post?


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2 May 2010
1.28pm
McLerristarr
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skye said:

Does anyone why it would do this when I go to make a post? It's fine after I refresh the browser. I have Firefox 3.6.3 if that helps.

502 Bad Gateway

nginx/0.6.32


 

I'm not sure what Mr Big was trying to say, but I get that Bad Gateway message a lot, however, never with posting. Perhaps it's to do with your new Moderator status. george-martin

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