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CKA Site Improvements (Winter 2013)

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Canadaka @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:07 am

Over the winter I hope to do a bunch of work on CKA in some spare time to update the design a bit, fix some bugs and make some improvements.

I was a bit surprised to see how much mobile traffic the site gets. In the last month 30% of visitors were on a mobile phone or tablet. So I want to make the site a bit more friendly for mobile devices.

First change is the main-site layout is more fluid, all pages can stretch and shrink based on the screensize. This also allows more horizontal room to fit a larger header banner ad.

Photos in the gallery are also much larger on a widescreen now. I added keyboard navigation to the gallery as well, you can press LEFT or RIGHT to goto the next photos. http://www.canadaka.net/pic-9028.html

The whole news section needs a lot of fixes. And i'm going to archive a lot of the sections of the site that aren't used anymore.

   



Canadaka @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:05 am

there is nothing more horrifying than looking at 10 year old code 8O

   



PostFactum @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:15 am

Personally I never change things that work good and satisfy my needs enought. But if you decided, CKA is your "child", do it, I think it will be interesting.

   



Canadaka @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:51 am

PostFactum PostFactum:
Personally I never change things that work good and satisfy my needs enought. But if you decided, CKA is your "child", do it, I think it will be interesting.


There won't be any drastic changes, I'm mostly happy with the overall layout and look. The forum layout won't change much. Just a lot of cleaning stuff up, making it look a bit more modern and more mobile compatible.

There are also plenty of bugs that have crept up over the years that need fixing.

Just finished cleaning up the donations page
new: http://www.canadaka.net/donations
old: http://www.canadaka.net/modules.php?nam ... s&file=old

Entire history of donations: http://www.canadaka.net/modules.php?nam ... le=history

   



DrCaleb @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:04 am

I waited 30 seconds on the main page for the rest to load. Thought I was on dialup for some of that time. ;)

Canadaka Canadaka:
there is nothing more horrifying than looking at 10 year old code 8O


Oh, yes sir there is! Looking at code written by successive waves of summer students who were employed 3 months out of the year for 10 years.

And never the same one twice. In FoxPro!

   



Regina @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:27 am

The home page isn't fitting on my screen anymore. The right side block overlaps the left and takes up nearly half the screen. Not that big of a deal but it takes away my edit and delete capabilities of the news stories. This just happened within the last day.

   



Canadaka @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:55 am

Regina Regina:
The home page isn't fitting on my screen anymore. The right side block overlaps the left and takes up nearly half the screen. Not that big of a deal but it takes away my edit and delete capabilities of the news stories. This just happened within the last day.


This doesn't sound right, if anything it should fit better.
What browser?
What resolution screen?

have you tried holding CTRL down and pressing the browsers REFRESH button. Maybe your CSS file is cached.

   



Regina @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:02 am

The Ctrl refresh didn't work. Using IE with a 1024 X 768 resolution.

   



Regina @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:04 am

Looks normal on my iPad though. [huh]

   



BartSimpson @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:28 am

Canadaka Canadaka:
there is nothing more horrifying than looking at 10 year old code 8O


I feel your pain. I'm currently involved in a project to migrate a 1984 mainframe to Windows Server 2012r2 with a web interface. The problem is that the coding is some odd-ball proprietary code that smells like Unix and we've only got about 16% of it figured out so far.

My fall-back position on this is to just start over with a new platform and skip trying to update from 1984. Naturally, the We've never done it this way before! crowd is throwing a fit over that idea.

   



Regina @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:34 am

Here's a screen shot of what it looks like now.

   



DrCaleb @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:50 am

Just as an aside - DON'T click that green "Download" button. Never run untrusted .exe files, and only .exe files your mom created can be trusted.

   



PostFactum @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:55 am

Regina Regina:
Here's a screen shot of what it looks like now.

Oh Gosh, Internet Explorer!!!!! Image

   



Zipperfish @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:00 am

DrCaleb DrCaleb:
Just as an aside - DON'T click that green "Download" button. Never run untrusted .exe files, and only .exe files your mom created can be trusted.


Nonsense. I wouldn't trust that woman as far as I can throw her.

The best thing you can do is zip suspect exe files because that magically makesa all the problems go away.

   



Zipperfish @ Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:01 am

Hey Trev--can you reset my rep points to zero. It's no fun sitting on a thousand. It's either that or I start being deliberately offenisve until I get "disliked" back down to zero. ha ha ha

   



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