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Site updates for 9/18: 17 down, 79 to go

Posted by schlange on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Click for Large VersionSince the new design has launched we've been hard at work here dialing it in, improving page layouts, and fixing bugs. Although we did a lot of testing before we took the new design live, with a site as large as the Hangout (and a team as small as ours) it's just about impossible to test everything before launch.

Speaking of our team, here's a picture I took just a few minutes ago. (One bug I just realized we haven't fixed is the web-based photo editor that would let me rotate this pic! Guess we'd better get on that...) That's me in the foreground, with Sloan peaking his head out and Jorge (the guy doing most of the heavy lifting in terms of coding) on the far left.

So we thank you, patient pickers, for helping to test the new site and letting us know here when you come across something that needs fixing.

I thought you all would be interested in a log of site changes... I'll try to post an update every day or two for a little while. Here's most of what we've done since Friday:

  1. Fixed login bug that was forcing everyone to log in twice (how annoying was that?)
  2. Fixed issue from where main navigation column was showing on top of the page content before automatically being hidden.
  3. Fixed likes not incrementing properly on music and videos. (Please note, no likes were lost in the making of this bug fix.)
  4. Change "Browse" to "Classifieds" in main nav under "Marketplace"
  5. Improved the automatic cropping of pictures for the featured classified ads scroller on homepage and classifieds homepage. Also reduced the number of ads randomly loaded into that scroller to 40 to improve load times.
  6. Continued to tweak the site colors to strike a balance between readability and style. Made it easier on our end to tweak the colors of more site elements.
  7. Modified “Last Post” column on forum pages to read ike  “3 days ago by schlange”... and fixing it so clicking it takes you to the last post in the thread.
  8. Hid the last post info on pinned topics, since it’s not useful in that context.
  9. Change “Logout” to “Log Out” in gear menu (because little things matter).
  10. Added links to forum archives on the forum page. This lets search engines spider these topics, and allows members to access them as well.
  11. Improved layout of forum sponsor ads.
  12. Fixed fuzzy image issue on Classifieds ad list layout on mobile
  13. Force ALL pages to use https (SSL encryption) for improved security and better search engine rankings.
  14. Added link to see full forum post history for a member (bottom of "Activity" tab on member homepage)
  15. Minor homepage layout changes to improve readability and overall page appearance.
  16. Change “Photo not available” avatar image to just be a generic silhouette.
  17. Fixed overly wide right-hand column bug in Internet Explorer 11 and some versions of Firefox.

We've got 79 items left on the "To Do" list... most of them small tasks like tweaking a page layout, streamlining a particular process, or cleaning up some code.

In addition I've got a list of about 20 new features (or upgrades to existing features) which we'll be working on once we get most or all of the minor fixes taken care of.

Again, thanks everyone for your patience as we roll out this major update and dial it in. I've had a lot of positive PMs from members who see the importance of this update, and that's been very encouraging. If you have any feedback or find a bug, please post it to this forum topic.

Have a great day!

7 comments on “Site updates for 9/18: 17 down, 79 to go”

dbrooks Says:
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @9:38:46 AM

Eric, I deeply appreciate the dedicated work that you and your team do to keep the Banjo hangout running smoothly. The redesign has asked us to adapt to change - not always an easy task, but the site feels more and more natural every day. Thanks.

Texasbanjo Says:
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @11:20:11 AM

I had no idea there would be so much work to a new site. Sounds like you and your crew are working overtime trying to get everything set up the way you want it.

Thank you and your group for working so hard for us. I'm sure it's very much appreciated by all.

Meles_Meles Says:
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @7:28:10 PM

It would be nice (and convenient) to have the 'next page' button back again...

schlange Says:
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @8:32:47 PM

Meles: which Next Page button are you referring to? It's there in the forums, if the topic has enough pages...

Meles_Meles Says:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @7:45:31 PM

When I hit an 'activity' subject in my home page, and my last posting for that activity was on page N, there is no 'next button, and I find my posting on (out of sequence) on page N+1, if subsequent postings have passed a page break.

phdm Says:
Friday, September 22, 2017 @11:40:17 PM


Any idea when you might have the groups links up and running? Thanks for all your hard work in getting this update up and running.

Peter McKee

schlange Says:
Friday, September 22, 2017 @11:54:08 PM

I'd say in the next two weeks, Peter! That's the biggest project on our "short list."

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