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Major Upgrade: Wider pages, Videos, Larger Pictures

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 2635 days ago 1272 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve managed to finish some important upgrades today. Here they are in a list:

  • wider pages – majority of the site visitors are already using 1024×768 or higher resolution so it is a good time to introduce wider pages. Content area now supports embedded images up to 640px wide – that’s the exact same width that photo sharing sites like Photobucket are recommending for the web use in their resizing options. As a result 640px wide pictures hosted on these sites are no longer cut out on the right side – example.
  • dedicated ads panel – the increase in width allowed me to introduce the dedicated ads panel on the right side. It is designed for the common vertical banners and skyscrapers allowing us to find more advertisers. My goal was to add more ad zones that are not cluttering the content area yet are clearly visible and valuable to potential advertisers. Thanks to this panel I was able to remove the ads that were appearing right above the page title and replace them with the cute “highlights” strip that provides nice graphical shortcuts to the important LumberJocks site sections – currently woodworking store, apparel store and summer awards.
  • larger project and workshop pictures – I’ve increased the size of the project and workshop pictures to 900×700 (before it was 750×500 max). So new pictures you upload will be larger and crisper after enlarging.
  • videos – I’m planning to implement more robust videos’ handling in the future but thanks to Scott's discussion we now have brilliant temporary solution. I’ve added new link to the top menu bar titled Videos. Once clicked it will show you the list of all blog entries that contain tag ‘video’. So don’t forget to tag your blog entries containing videos properly (I’ve added handy link above the tags field on the blog entry form that will add this tag automatically for you).
  • enhanced comments – each comment now displays richer author info on the left.

This was busy weekend so I hope you will enjoy these upgrades ;)

-- Martin, http://lumberjocks.com | My Facebook: http://profile.to/msojka



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2635 days ago

S-W-W-W-E-E-E-T
oh yah…

it looks awesome and the advertising is easy to find but it doesn’t detract from the discussions. The advertisers will love it as will we, I’m sure!!

Well done, again, Martin… well done!!

Your brain must be ready for a holiday.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Martin Sojka

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#2 posted 2635 days ago

thanks Debbie.. and holiday?? umm. let me book the next flight to Cuba lol

-- Martin, http://lumberjocks.com | My Facebook: http://profile.to/msojka

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2635 days ago

C…..a
hmm just flip that “b” to a “d” .. and it sure is looking like CanaDA

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Tony

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#4 posted 2635 days ago

Thanks again for your efforts Martin – This sureley has to be one of the best if not the best woodworking site on the internet – it certainly is the most friendly, without a doubt

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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PanamaJack

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#5 posted 2635 days ago

You’re lookin’ good today LumberJocks!!!!

Thanks to you Martin.

Tony this ONE is the best, the others try to copy us.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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john

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#6 posted 2635 days ago

Nice work once again Martin
It,s no wonder this site is growing so fast.
I would also like to say i have never seen someone like yourself put so much time ,effort and work into a site.
Congrats to you Martin for all your hard work.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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WayneC

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#7 posted 2635 days ago

Thanks Martin. Great enhancements.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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gizmodyne

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#8 posted 2635 days ago

Looks great Martin… Can you add projects with videos to that page as well?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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mot

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#9 posted 2635 days ago

Hard with a 1280×1024 screen resolution in Firefoxx. I don’t see the same problem in IE. Any comments from the Mac guys/gals. I think this is probably just my problem. Old eyes/small font. LOL…I may have to upgrade to a 16:9 instead of 4:3 monitor. To fit the entire page into something that doesn’t have to side scroll, the font is pretty tiny. shrug It is what it is. Thanks for the work Martin. This engine is working is proving to be great!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 2635 days ago

Giz.. you mean the video page? I think you just have to TAG the project with “video” and it will appear there.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Martin Sojka

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#11 posted 2635 days ago

Nope.. projects are not displayed on the Videos page. Right now it’s tough to combine projects and blog entries together on one listing (I mean in the code). It can be done through the additional navigation or something similar.

I’m thinking about the Videos section as our own extension to the blogging. Blogging + video = vlogging.. so the videos page just lists all of the vlog entries here (and the number is growing almost each day).

Projects are different type of beast from the blog entries so I personally would not mix them together on the Videos page.. but any opinions are welcome ;)

-- Martin, http://lumberjocks.com | My Facebook: http://profile.to/msojka

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mot

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#12 posted 2635 days ago

Martin, it would mean changing the way each of us thinks and then setting up your site to accomodate that. Impossible. Some add video to blog, some to comments, some to posts, some to projects, with a few in shop tours. Your current implementation is pretty blood good as it tosses all the videos together, no matter where the user decided to put them. The only compliance issue is the video tag. Bravo!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Karson

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#13 posted 2635 days ago

Martin I like the new look

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 2635 days ago

just getting this straight—- the videos connected to the link at the top are only for “Vlogging” and not to project videos or forum videos or anywhere else someone might place a video.

So if we want our video connected to the video link we have to set up a blog or add to a blog (making sure the blog is TAGGED video).

My brain hurts lol

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Bill

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#15 posted 2635 days ago

Wow, I take one day off from Lumberjocks, and the site changes! A nice improvement Martin. Keep up the good work.

I see we are almost to that 1000 mark of Lumberjocks. We will probably be celebrating by mid week.

Congratulations and thanks Martin.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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