This article summarises the progress for two web sites:
The live site – www.nawg.co.uk
The site that is currently in use and being improved according to the evolutionary changeover strategy.
The test site – test.nawg.co.uk
A more experimental site, where we're trying out new things.
Changes – Live Site
Note that details of live site releases can be found in the release history document.
|Date||Changes||Description & Notes|
Changes to the "internal links" and "navigation" areas:
As a side-effect, the rather amateur-looking clip art images have now gone.
|25-Jul-2017||Structure||Category names made less terse, so more descriptive.|
|24-Jul-2017||Content & Structure||
Made some changes to competition related articles and taxonomy:
Further organisational work on advertising related content:
|29-Nov-2016||Content||All of the competition winning entries are now stored as separate text files. This is to discourage accidental editing of other people's work.|
|28-Sep-2016||Content||Reorganised The Write Path articles, so that prices, availability and ordering information have been factored out into separate source files.|
Reorganised some of the taxonomy:
The way sets of articles and sets of responses are displayed has been changed. This was done to improve clarity. The new behaviour is given below.
Sets of Articles
Sets of Responses
With the old behaviour, multiple articles were displayed in full (for sets of up to 4 items). Users may not have scrolled down and realised there were more than one, especially with long articles. With excerpts, it is easier to see that there are more to follow.
Removed the following deprecated email relays:
|05-Jul-2016||Content||Renamed some competition results articles: "NAWG Year" as "Members Year".|
Renamed some categories:
Based on a review over the use of pingbacks, the following was done:
|19-Apr-2016||Content||Replaced the existing membership application form with a revised one.|
|25-Mar-2016||Content||Replaced the existing membership application form with a new one that includes Gift Aid options for individual members.|
|01-Mar-2016||Structure||Flattened the publications category and adjusted some articles, so that The Write Path now lives in a new anthology category.|
The official NAWG address is now stored in a text file. This will make things easier to alter on the website, should this address ever change. To include the address in an article, do not paste it in, but use the following code instead:
|25-Sep-2015||Side Bar & Content||
Reorganised the competitions area:
|07-Apr-2015||Content||Updated the competitions area, which had become out-of-date.|
|25-Mar-2015||Comments||Disabled comments for all pages except the "contact us" one. Posts remain unchanged.|
|20-Mar-2015||Layout||Added a "supporting Get Creative, BBC Arts" advert to the side bar.|
|10-Mar-2015||Content||Spruced up the contact us page, including adding a list of the official e-mail addresses.|
Removed all attachments from the database. Attachments are not currently used for media, for a number of reasons, including:
Perhaps a later version of WordPress will change things, but for the time being, attachments are of no particular use, given we have direct FTP access for media uploads.
structure has been changed to:
Despite many arguments in favour of "pretty" URLs, there is one major flaw in most of the permalink options: they are not permanent.
I could write a whole article on why, but here's a summary of the reasons:
In short, the only aspect about an article that is permanent,
is its unique identifier – the
|06-Mar-2015||Display & Content||
The Writing Groups Directory has been overhauled. In particular:
|15-Jan-2015||Front Page||Replaced the "supported by our patrons" panel with a "special membership offer" one.|
The images for the site have been filed in a rather haphazard manner, including the following issues:
Work is now underway to tidy this up, using the following principles:
Further work on the Link magazine area:
The writers' group news area had been reorganised.
What used to be a very long and unwieldy document, is now a new category where writer's groups can get articles and adverts put up.
The page itself has had a makeover and now includes details of how to advertise on the site and in Link magazine, in addition to listing the groups' news articles.
The open competitions area has been reorganised.
The Link area has been tidied up.
The books area has been reorganised. This will save a great deal of searching and scrolling.
As there are now quite a lot more articles, the number displayed per page (when not viewing in single article mode) has been increased from 10 to 20.
Re-organised the panels on the front page:
Added links to other sites, including connections to social media.
The site map area is no longer displayed.
Further rearrangements associated with phasing out the site map area:
The "site map" area is redundant, since the information it contains is repeated elsewhere. For this reason, it is being phased out. Accordingly, the positions of some of the information panels is changing, starting with:
|12-Aug-2014||Deployment||Release 2.6.0 of the live site was deployed.|
|27-May-2014||Deployment||Release 2.5.0 of the live site was deployed.|
|06-May-2014||Deployment||Release 2.4.5 of the live site was deployed.|
|16-Apr-2014||Deployment||Release 2.4.4 of the live site was deployed.|
|04-Apr-2014||Deployment||Release 2.4.3 of the live site was deployed.|
|31-Mar-2014||Deployment||Release 2.4.2 of the live site was deployed.|
We decided to adopt the evolutionary changeover deployment strategy. See the deployment strategy document for more details.
Release 2.4.1 of the live site was deployed. This was a technical upgrade in preparation for later changes. No significant visual nor functional changes were applied.
↑ Changes – Test Site
|Date||Changes||Description & Notes|
|02-Mar-2015||Location||The testing site has now returned to it's normal place: test.nawg.co.uk.|
|29-Jan-2015||Location||As part of the re-hosting task, the test site has been temporarily relocated to: test.nawg.net.|
|01-Sep-2014||Layout||The positions of many of the display panels and widgets has been rearranged. This is to provide a preview of the way the live site will look when the "site map" area has been phased out. The site map has been deemed redundant, since the information it contains is duplicated elsewhere on the site.|
Went back to having separate databases for the two sites. This is so that different display themes can be used on each site, something not possible with a shared database.
We will endeavour to synchronise them on a weekly basis.
|05-Apr-2014||Database Shared||The test site and the live site now share the same database.|
|21-Feb-2014||Comments||Comments now displayed with each article, though the submit/reply form is still to be developed.|
|19-Feb-2014||Tags||Incorporated WordPress tags into the theme. Tags can provide relationships between articles across different categories.|
|17-Feb-2014||Layout & Display||
A feature whereby long lists of articles* can be displayed in a compact, tabular form. This will make locating an article of interest an easier process.
* Long lists can be generated when, for example, popular categories are selected.
Data from the live site were imported to this test site. Some notable points to observe:
|13-Feb-2014||Structure||A first attempt at a new hierarchical content structure. See the Site Structure page for details.|
|10-Feb-2014||Framework||A rough operating framework was developed — a WordPress theme with an absolute bare minimum feature set. Just enough to do some simple display of the main components.|
|Posted by:||Kevin Machin||Date:||September 27, 2014 11:02 am|
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