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To start with, I had some trouble with the last review for Showcase Presents: The Phantom Stranger – it wasn’t showing up right in the feed and was missing on the site for a few hours.

Sorry about that – it had to do with the problems I was messing with below. It’s fixed now.

I modified a plugin to allow me to paste links from within the site into my posts without it creating relative links (you know, like /../ in the link structure) which was driving me nutty. So that should speed up my posting a little bit.

I added a couple menu items in the backend for drafts and scheduled posts right from the dropdown, but only the other administrators (not you) can see it, so don’t worry about it.

I added a “top” anchor to certain templates on the site, which will allow me to put “back to top” links in blog posts as needed.

I changed the review layout to include creator information and top and “jump to verdict” links. Then I spent a significant amount of time converting the old reviews to this layout. I’m not sure if I can do a better system, since the code is hard-coded in each one to make sure they work in the feed. Honestly, I should probably learn how to make category specific feed layouts so I don’t have to do this (And just use custom fields like we do for the book entries), but I haven’t had time to look into it.

I wrote out all the code for the review template and put it in a txt file, to make doing each review faster since I don’t have to type it out again (dur). I need a better solution (some kind of txt snippet or canned code insert thing in wordpress) but haven’t found one yet.

Finally, I made the “Review” links on the reading order listings bold. Each review takes a lot of work, and I want that to stand out! It’s the place to go for extensive info on whatever book is there and should include some nice quality scans made just for this site. So we should be proud of them.

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  1. avatar TheEnd wrote on at November 11, 2010 8:54 am:

    Hey Ian, I don’t know if it’s just me, but whenever I try and look at the Self Contained Books it comes up with only one listing for some Preacher book and nothing else.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 11th, 2010 at 10:33 am:

    It’s not just you. They were taken down a couple months ago, I think, haha. I really need to change the header to the under construction one and put up a note there.

    I’ve still got the books that were up there in my offline database, but I’m also sorting in a few thousand more, and need to make it so I can put in an infinite amount more as I try to expand the database to contain everything I might want to put in it.

    So they’ll go back up some indeterminate time after Marvel.

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  2. avatar TheEnd wrote on at November 11, 2010 11:07 am:

    Ok, I just wanted to make sure you were aware of it.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 11th, 2010 at 3:37 pm:

    absolutely. thank you!

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