February 02, 2006

BB improvements

A new version of Blogbuilder was released this afternoon with a few improvements that hopefully everyone will like…

  • As you may have noticed, the home page now displays one of 9 random styles when you go to it (designed by Hannah)
  • The auto-tagging feature has been improved to be more specific about which entries it tags, and you can now delete or edit auto-tags on entries. If you have an entry that was accidentally tagged twice, you can now delete one (or both) of them – and this won't happen in future.
  • External trackbacks now work again
  • There's been a few more improvements to the "insert an image" popup dialog on the create an entry page
  • The latest discussions algorithm has been improved to hopefully keep the front page updating more often with new topics – thanks to Colin for some help with the equations involved

Any feedback or comments are always welcome

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  1. And a big thanks to Hannah for the designs!

    02 Feb 2006, 17:26

  2. The red one has a scary starey person – I like it!

    02 Feb 2006, 17:32

  3. There is more than one red one…which I'm not complaining about!

    It's surprising what a little change of colour makes to the homepage. Very refreshing.

    02 Feb 2006, 18:02

  4. Nice.

    02 Feb 2006, 19:09

  5. Got an external trackback about gang banging.
    Don't know if anyone wants to keep an eye out for more of the same.

    02 Feb 2006, 22:21

  6. Mathew Mannion

    Forward me the email notification, Helen

    02 Feb 2006, 22:27

  7. Funky colours! :D

    02 Feb 2006, 23:04


    That was actually my word for word reaction upon loading the blogs homepage! Its kinda cool :)

    03 Feb 2006, 00:48

  9. I'm afraid that, yet again, the front page has been designed by someone with a huge monitor. On a monitor at 1024×768, with the browser window less than full-screen this is what you see:

    Note particularly the cut-off list of blogbuilder news, and the horrible overlaying text of "whatever.promote.publish"

    The new colourschemes look great, but this cut off problem really spoils it.



    03 Feb 2006, 08:58

  10. Mathew Mannion

    Fullscreen on 1024×768 is perfectly fine though – I don't think it's unacceptable in this day and age to expect a user to fullscreen their browser to be honest.

    03 Feb 2006, 09:09

  11. I don't think it's unacceptable in this day and age to expect a user to fullscreen their browser to be honest.

    I think we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one. I almost never fullscreen a browser on a text-based website because once a block of text becomes wider rather than longer it becomes much harder to read – the lines don't scan well. This is why newspapers use a columnar layout; the same principles apply online.

    Find me a major website that demands a pixel-width greater than 800?

    03 Feb 2006, 09:25

  12. Mathew Mannion


    03 Feb 2006, 09:29

  13. I've got a load of trackbacks as well – here and here

    Is there a way of getting rid of them without choosing to not show the trackbacks on those two entries?

    03 Feb 2006, 09:34

  14. OK, so that's 875. tbh i was thinking more of a news/information site with text on it, rather than a shop front.

    03 Feb 2006, 09:34

  15. Mathew Mannion

    No, there isn't, just delete the trackbacks immediately, my guess is that Kieran or John have something up their sleeve today, maybe to reverse what I fixed :)

    03 Feb 2006, 09:38

  16. Mathew Mannion

    And Max, how about CNN.com

    03 Feb 2006, 09:40

  17. Mat; ok -fair enough. On a window the size of CNN.com, I still have the rhs cut off (and "ersude.promote.publish"). It just seems like such a waste on blogbuilder because the rest of the screen scales nicely down to 800, it's just some of the images at the top and the blogbuilder news that doesn't. It's not like you're using the enforced width below that.

    03 Feb 2006, 09:43

  18. I've just deleted all of the trackback spam and disabled all external trackbacks for the time being.

    03 Feb 2006, 09:53

  19. Thank you!

    03 Feb 2006, 10:09

  20. Thanks from me too! I've been getting lots of trackbacks as well so it's much appreciated.

    03 Feb 2006, 10:39

  21. I had designed the original one to be work properly at 800×600. It's generally accepted around the various design-oriented sites that we're nearing the time to use 1024×768 as an acceptable minimum but it's not that time yet. Statistically 90% of designers use at least 1024×768 (actual window size, not necessarily monitor design), the stats for casual users tends to be a bit lower.

    I also have to say, the new colour schemes look unbalanced and (without at least some tweaking) ill-considered.

    03 Feb 2006, 13:11

  22. Karen Mortimer

    Love the new designs – they look great! The whole homepage is now looking much more dynamic and lively – well done Kieran, Matt and Hannah.

    In my opinion the colour schemes don't unbalanced at all, neither do I think they are ill-considered. Hannah is a very experienced and well qualified graphic designer and I don't think she would ever put together a design that she didn't think was balanced.

    However design is subjective, I particularly like the green version, but other people may not!

    03 Feb 2006, 14:01

  23. Mathew Mannion

    I have a couple of things that I'd change, mainly very minor changes like the colour of the text in the utility bar on some of the darker designs (the black-on-crimson and so forth doesn't read all that well) but I do like the designs, I think they look excellent.

    03 Feb 2006, 14:08

  24. Slightly off point, but I'd like to be able to edit your own posts on blogs, so to amend spelling mitsakes.

    03 Feb 2006, 14:36

  25. Nice! I didn't realise the variation of colour schemes would occur on each visit (randomly, of course). Very up to the minute.

    07 Feb 2006, 10:09

  26. Just a note…

    The original front page now looks really weird. The face is to the left of the text (opposite to every other new design) and the text is smaller.

    08 Feb 2006, 11:04

  27. Just a quick observation. When someone who has not logged in leaves a comment, they appear to not count in the "number of people" figure. Thus you can get a strange situation where it says something like "2 comments by 0 or more people", which sounds a bit odd. It seems reasonable, to me at least, to assume that more than 0 people left those comments.

    08 Feb 2006, 15:34

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