Website Update Archive

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Website Update - Top 10 Page List for November 2012

Top 10 ListNovember's over, so it's time to look at the server logs again and see what pages on this site were most popular. There were no huge surprises. The top four spots remained unchaged from last month. I wonder how long the AutoCAD page will continue to beat out the Autogyro page. One page made the list that had only made it once before about three years ago, the blog entry, Texas Board of Education - Bad Results for Science Standards. Two of my personal favorites just missed making the list, Factoids Debunked & Verified and Ray Comfort - Still Ignorant on Evolution.

Here were the top 10 most popular pages on this site last month.

Top 10 for November 2012

  1. Blog - Running AutoCAD R14 in XP Pro 64
  2. Autogyro History & Theory
  3. Blog - A Skeptical Look at MBT Shoes
  4. Blog - Origin of Arabic Numerals - Was It Really for Counting Angles?
  5. Blog - Response to an Editorial by Ken Huber
  6. Factoids Debunked & Verified, Part II
  7. Blog - Creation Museum/2nd Law of Thermodynamics
  8. Blog - Email Debunking - Tips on Pumping Gas
  9. Programming
  10. Blog - Texas Board of Education - Bad Results for Science Standards

Friday, November 16, 2012

Website Facelift Completed

Face LiftWay back in July of last year, I announced a Website Facelift. I've mentioned my progress a few more times in Website Update - Top 10 Page List for June 2012, Hawaii Photos & Video, Website Facelift Update, Website Update - Top 10 Page List for September 2012, and Website Update - Top 10 Page List for October 2012. Anyway, more than a year after starting on that project, I believe I'm done. By the time I cleaned up old and outdated pages, there were around 230 pages in my root directory to update. Since I create an html page for each of the photos in my Photos section, that was another 625 html files. And for my Aircraft Image Archive, not only do I create a separate html page for each picture, I create a separate one for each of the different ways the pictures are listed. So that was another 974 html files. Thankfully, I wrote a Visual Basic program to automatically generate those image pages, but it still took some work to get the inputs to the program correct.

I'm glad I'm done. If you want to compare, check out the old site on the Way Back Machine. Personally, I think the site looks better now. It definitely shows up better on my iPhone than the old site did. I hope future visitors appreciate the new look.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Website Update - Top 10 Page List for October 2012

Top 10 ListAnother month down, another chance to look at the server logs. There were a couple surprises this time around. The blog entry, Running AutoCAD R14 in XP Pro 64 made the top spot for the first time. And another blog entry, Is It Weird to Use 'Dear' in Formal Letters? made its first appearance on the list.

In reference to my ongoing website facelift, I'm nearly done. The only pages left are my Aviation Image Archive. Those take a little while to do, though. They're just as involved as my photo pages, so it's slow going.

Anyway, here were the top 10 most popular pages on this site last month.

Top 10 for October 2012

  1. Blog - Running AutoCAD R14 in XP Pro 64
  2. Autogyro History & Theory
  3. Blog - A Skeptical Look at MBT Shoes
  4. Blog - Origin of Arabic Numerals - Was It Really for Counting Angles?
  5. Factoids Debunked & Verified
  6. Factoids Debunked & Verified, Part II
  7. Blog - Response to an Editorial by Ken Huber
  8. Blog - Is It Weird to Use 'Dear' in Formal Letters?
  9. Blog - Email Debunking - Tips on Pumping Gas
  10. Programming

Monday, October 1, 2012

Website Update - Top 10 Page List for September 2012

Top 10 ListSeptember has come and gone, so it's once again time to look at the server logs and make my top 10 list. There was a bit of a surprise. An old blog entry of mine from back in 2006, which was actually a reposting of an essay from the static portion of my site that was originally published in August of 2005, has surged in popularity. The entry is, Retroactive Soapbox Entry- Fed Up with U.S. Public, Part II. It's a rather long rant about religious fundamentalism and mystical thinking, and even includes a mention of the con-artist Kevin Trudeau. It's not bad, but I don't know why it's become so popular so suddenly. It will be interesting to see if it stays popular through October. Other than that, there weren't any big surprises.

I just mentioned the ongoing website facelift last week, but I'll mention it again here. Actually, I do have a correction. I went through the old root directory and removed all of the copies, old files, and other html pages that I am not going to update, and the total in the old root is now down to 226 html files (I'd said 317 before). I'm up to 142 pages updated to the new format (plus photo pages), so I'm more than halfway there.

Anyway, here were the top 10 most popular pages on this site last month.

Top 10 for September 2012

  1. Blog - Retroactive Soapbox Entry- Fed Up with U.S. Public, Part II
  2. Autogyro History & Theory
  3. Blog - A Skeptical Look at MBT Shoes
  4. Blog - Origin of Arabic Numerals - Was It Really for Counting Angles?
  5. Factoids Debunked & Verified, Part II
  6. Factoids Debunked & Verified
  7. Blog - Response to an Editorial by Ken Huber
  8. Blog - The 2010 Texas Republican Platform
  9. Blog - Casio EX-F1 - First Impression of the High Speed Video
  10. Programming

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Website Facelift Update

Face LiftBack in July of last year, I announced a Website Facelift. I'd decided that my static pages were looking a little old fashioned, and that a fresh look was in order. I said that the updates would be completed as time permits, and didn't make any promises on how soon it would all be done, but I got off to a lot slower start than I'd expected. Anyway, I'm now making some decent progress. There are 317 html files in my backup root folder of the website. Some of those may be copies or other files that aren't being used, but that's a decent estimate of the size of the static portion of the site. As of this post, I've updated 107 html files to the new format in the root directory. And a good chunk of those were my photo pages, which took more time to update because of the way I do it (I use a VB program I wrote to automatically generate code given an input list of pictures, but I changed the format of those pages fairly extensively, so I had to update the VB code and the picture lists. That code also generates an html page for each picture itself, so in reality I've updated 608 html files in addition to the ones in the root). I also made sure that each photo page had a slideshow, which not all of them had, before.

So, I'll continue with the updates until all the pages on the static portion of the site have been completed. I still make no promises on the time frame, but hopefully it'll all be done in less than a year.

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