Content

Site update

Jeconais posted on Sunday 5th February 2012 9:17am

So, finally, a few months later than expected, we have the long-promised code updates.

While every effort has been made to bug test this, there are probably some still floating around.  Alas, I don't have the resources I do at work to run full tests for all browsers.

The new site is very javascript heavy, but has worked fine on a 7 yr old computer (running Chrome), so it should be fast enough for everyone.  So, what's changed?

  • Login with Facebook/Google.  If nothing else, this stops people from needing emails that are (currently) dodgy.  I don't store any of these details, I just match your email address with one in the site.  If no match is found, then it offers you a chance to either create a new account, or reclaim your original account.
  • Improved story lists - you can now filter, or even do a basic search for stories.  I'd have liked to put in a full text search as well, but don't have the server resources to do so.
  • Improved story uploading for Site owners - Finally switched to a DOM based parsing system (From the regex based one) that appears to be a LOT more robust
  • Changed the translation system to be far more comprehensive.
  • Complete visual refresh 
  • Improved Font Size/Style, CSS and page width settings.  These are now available on all story pages
  • Updated the user pages (to see all a users reviews) to be more useful
  • FINALLY - fixed the problem with .mobi files, and Kindles.  New versions are being uploaded at the moment.
  • Allowed better html customisation on reviews/comments
  • Fixed the bugs showing chapters (On mine) before they were officially released.  This has been a long standing bug, that was discovered in December.  When I found the bugs, I delayed the release of the stories until i could fix it, but finding this meant re-tooling parts of the site, that just delayed everything.  I will be releasing the chapters "officially" for the few who didn't find them before hand shortly.

There are more, but I can't think of them right now.  What started as a quick hack to integrate Facebook/Google quickly grew out of control, and a lot of ideas were tried, then removed.

As always, IE support lags behind Chrome/Firefox/Safari - however, it looks like IE10 will support the URL pushState objects, bringing them into line with the other major browsers.  I've also dropped support from IE7, 8 is acceptable, just - but if you are stuck on Windows XP, it would be better to use a more up to date browser, if only for stability and security.

If you do find anything wrong/weird - please contact me.

2 comments

comments

Athenia posted a comment on Tuesday 7th February 2012 3:09am

I noticed that yesterday, under Account, there was a display option (though I couldn't get it to work), but it isn't there now. Is there a way to view the homepage using the original style (Author Boxes with their lastest update) or can we only view by story update now?

Eugene Jacobson posted a comment on Sunday 5th February 2012 10:51pm

Does this mean if we don't have Facebook we will be kicked out?

Jeconais replied:

Not at all - it's just an extra login.

Log in using your account with us

Log in/create an account using

Create account

Fields marked with * are mandatory.

%raw(lang-user-errorUsername)

The selected email address is already in use. Please try another.

The selected email address is already in use. Please try another.

Retrieve your password

Simply enter your email address in below, and we will send you an email with a NEW password in it. Once you have logged in, you will be able to change your password to something a little easier to remember.