The Site: A Progress Report

This incarnation of Wordout was launched November 1st, and it’s been quite a job to get the things into it that I wanted. Here’s an update on where I am with it.

I really wanted that translation widget to work. As it turned out, the problem was that there was a maximum file size for the translation. Showing more than 2 articles per page returned the white screen I was seeing. Well, I had always wanted to have only 2 or 3 posts per page anyway, but the theme I had chosen didn’t have a built-in function for doing this and providing a “Previous Page” link. I could limit the number, but then you’d have been stuck here. The drop down menu for the Archives always seemed to leave out some entries and trapped you there.

It was a problem. I think I really stopped understanding programming languages with DOS 6.2, and this php was kicking me around. I couldn’t find any little widgets that would do what I needed, and I was forced to actually learn a little bit of scripting for myself. It worked, and I was able to write the tiny script that presents you with the option to go back and forth between pages. With that, the problem of navigation was solved, and by fiat, so was the problem of the translations. Except, the Hebrew and Japanese still do not work reliably. And the drop down menu still displays yhe choices in English, instead of the native language. I’m not sure if these are things I can fix, or if the problem is with the service. Like it says above, I’m working on it.

I was also able to create a working Archives page. You’ll see it listed in the menu at the top of the page. So now you can look at a list of all the titles published on Wordout. Or you can look at everything in a particular category. Even though it works now, I will probably be going in there and changing the way it looks, when I get the time.

Over to the right, you see a cloud of cities. I just thought you might like to see who else is reading Wordout. Same goes for the MyBlogLog visitors you’ll see below in the sidebar. If you like reading blogs, or you’re ever looking for information on just about any subject, click a MyBlogLog link and search for it. There are some real experts listed there, and the info is almost always free.

I’ve been watching the statistics on monitors closely. A great many of you are viewing Wordout in a 1024 width. The majority, by about 1.5 to 1, are using a 1280 width. Wordout was originally put together on a 32″ Visio widescreen, using a resolution width of 1280. I will probably leave it that way, unless I get negative feedback.

Well, there you have it. I plan to add a little area somewhere around here with little games you can play, simple things like the jigsaw puzzle you see below. That will come when I can get it done. This time of year, my workload increases, and I am still trying to recover from this flu. But look for it before the end of the year.

If you can think of anything you’d like to have on Wordout, or have a question you need answered, or a subject you want me to write on, or whatever reason you come up with on your own, drop me line. Just click on the Contact button up above.

I am Jon, and I’d like to know what you think.