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A lot of you guys have been asking about this, and I finally got it working. It doesn’t look super pretty yet, but it’s there!

I use a lot of stuff in the backend and up until now it probably would never have made any sense to anyone except for me – this is the first step in making it a little more user friendly.

So, this is one big update made up of a lot of little updates.

First of all, there’s an in-page login form now on the upper right.

This one should be pretty self explanatory. When you log in, it also shows you links to your profile and the page to add information to the database. That’s right!

Second, the backend, login, registration, and forgot your password pages all fit the site design now.

I’m not a designer, but at least we’ve got consistency! You can see that there are a couple selectable themes on your profile page, too, but right now only the orange one works for everyone. I’m open to a LOT of feedback on this one. Very very quick job on it, focusing mainly on keeping things working versus looking pretty.

The NEW CONTENT page is open to users now!

You can submit reviews or books to be added to the database. Everything might be a little confusing at first, but there’s a big ol’ Pre-Publish reminder to the right of the post box that should help you on your way a little bit. We’ll be tweaking this a lot in the upcoming months, I’m sure, until it’s as easy as possible to use while still being able to contain a lot of information.

You don’t HAVE to add books to the database or submit reviews – it just seemed like a lot of you wanted to. Now you can! Make sure that your profile page is filled out first with any information you want site viewers to see when they click on your name – I want everyone to be able to get credit for their hard work.

We are currently only seeking new books in the DC Universe list (to help me catch any I might have missed) and the Self Contained list (to help populate the Creator tag lists. All the other books have to be added in specific orders, and the main orders aren’t set yet, so we don’t need help to fill in gaps there.  Self Contained is going to be huge, and sorted alphabetically, so those can be added any time.)


All this new good stuff and LESS ads? Well, I didn’t like the way the adsense ads look, so their off every page except for the Google Search page. That’s the only way we can get that feature for free, and believe me, we can’t afford it. Having it, though, takes a lot of load off the server by keeping the search queries to google’s cached crawl data. In any case, there will probably be some news about how upcoming sponsorship and affiliate stuff will work on this site, but I’m only looking for things that will help the user experience, not distract from it. Adsense wasn’t really working there.

Alright, so that’s everything in this update. Not too much detail on the stuff, but go explore – you can’t break anything (at least you really really really shouldn’t be able to) so go ahead and make a draft of a post or something. Feel free to tinker around and let me know what you think (and what needs to be done better!)

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  1. Marc wrote on at June 14, 2010 11:49 am:

    This is awesome! I’m a little confused, though…I tried clicking “Add to Database” and filling out the information for Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 (I haven’t submitted it yet), and I couldn’t figure out how to add creator credits or add it to the self-contained list. I also wasn’t sure what the “End Date” line was supposed to be for. Just let me know and I’ll get that submitted ASAP so we can figure out if it works!


    Marc replied on June 14th, 2010 at 12:09 pm:

    Never mind, I found what I was looking for in the bottom right corner of the page. I submitted the database entry for review, so let me know if it turned out all right.


    Ian replied on June 14th, 2010 at 2:56 pm:

    Awesome, Marc!

    yeah, I’m sorry that it’s a little spread out and confusing right now. I really need to write a complete guide on how to use it.

    Basically, each set of tags has its own little widget. You can drag these around to fit your working style (and it will save their placement!) but I haven’t found a way to set them by default. You can also collapse them and put the ones you aren’t going to use on the bottom right or something (there’s one to call custom fields within the post, for example, I never use it but I haven’t been able to disable it on everyone’s stuff yet.)

    End Date is the final date of the book, used for sorting chronologically. It’s just a way of formatting the date that the system can read and sort by easily. Basically, if your issue dates are June 2008 – January 2009, the final End Date would be 2009.01 (for the first month!)

    I’ll go check out the book now!


    Ian replied on June 14th, 2010 at 3:15 pm:

    Looks great, Marc! I added in a cover and the name of the editor of the monthly series (I like to give them a nod) and I think it’s all set.


    I still need to make it so it displays the name of the user who submitted the book to the database, but it will soon.


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