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By | Saturday, April 17, 2010 | 12:38 pm | 0 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

I added TPB Publisher and Publication Dates custom fields. They have also been added to the single book page template, so they will show up on any book with that information entered.

Eventually all of them.

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By | Saturday, April 17, 2010 | 5:00 am | 0 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

A lot of the new theme functions are now working properly, making it much easier for me to find, edit, tag, and categorize posts. Not a huge amount of visible improvements on the user end, but I did add a lot of tags and categories while testing, so there is some increased value from the last few hours.

I also made a list of upcoming (hopefully) features:

  • Drop Shadow Roll-over on Cover Thumbnails
  • Hotsearch to find an item in timeline without leaving page
  • Search-All box that reads all metadata/custom fields
  • Highlight search results on search and filter pages
  • Custom category designs and backgrounds for the list views
  • Getting the custom category page display orders working for the alternative reading orders
  • news/update blog/feed/email list
  • export to printable checklist feature
  • next/previous book links on individual book pages
  • (possibly, if I like how it comes out) Static, quick-loading homepage with options, example book, and tag cloud (since the entire timeline loads very slow… but I kinda like having it be the first thing, since it’s the most important.)
  • adding custom taxonomies to the filter search
  • list by series (Elseworlds, Showcase Presents, Chronicles, etc – the taxonomies are there, just need to put this in the sidebar and take those out of the character tags
  • list/search by creator (author, artist, letterer, etc)
  • quick edit/inline editing (this is mainly for me, so I can work on getting the content in faster)
  • import my excel files of vertigo and wildstorm books… and much later my ultimate marvel and buffyverse timelines, after all the DC is totally functional
  • User-Submitted Tagging
  • Chat/mini-forum
  • TPB Publisher and publication date
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By | Saturday, April 17, 2010 | 1:09 am | 1 Comment | Blog > Database Updates

New domain! Though you probably have noticed this if you are reading this message… but the site is now proudly available at www.tradereadingorder.com!

If you haven’t noticed, the name is pretty general and hints at non-dc usages in the pipeline.

I’m going to continue tweaking the theme, functions, and plugins and I’m hoping in the next few days I will be basically done with architecture and can focus on content. Everything important to organize your books along the basic reading order is already in, but I need to add a lot more content before the other reading orders will start to work. Plus content makes everything look full, pretty, and satisfying. That means next week I’ll be focused on covers, tags, and info!

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By | Friday, April 16, 2010 | 9:30 pm | 0 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

Did a bunch of work in the backend to make my life easier (my wp admin search now works on the meta data (all my custom stuff) instead of just wimpily on the title and stuff… so I can batch edit posts quicker.) Then to test that out I tagged all the vertigo universe books currently in site (I have more, all the universe relevant ones, anyway, all ready to be uploaded. I’ll do that after I’ve got it so they don’t display in the main DC timeline… only a few of them belong there. After they break off, they sort of have their own playground, though there are sometimes cameos both ways. I included important mainstream dc imprint releases in that vertigo page.

Likewise, organized the couple wildstorm books.

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By | Friday, April 16, 2010 | 12:59 pm | 0 Comments | Blog > Database Updates

Added custom taxonomies for “Creator” (example: Jack Kirby) and “Series” (Example: “Greatest Stories Ever Told“). Tags are now used for Characters (Example: “Superman” or “Deadman“) and Categories for Lists (Example: “Post-Crisis“).

Although books have been categorized into the Split Crisis Reading Order and Chronological lists, the custom formatting that will allow those reading orders to work is not implemented yet, so for now they will still show in the recommended reading order.

Decided to eat a bowl of cereal.

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