Monthly Archives: October 2015

  • Dropping ad dependency

    As you probably know, Allpar runs ads to generate revenue so I can work on it (and have a nice fast server) instead of doing endless surveys and flying around the country doing consulting gigs. There have been complaints about the ads for years, and I agree and would like to have fewer of them. As you may remember, some years ago, we had a single banner per page, and it was enough. But ad rates have fallen, ad-blockers have gotten more popular, and we’ve had to overdo it to keep the doors open. So what do you think we should do? Run constant Wikipedia-style “please please donate” campaigns, keeping in mind that they are huge and can do it that way? Work…

  • Driving the 200

    Here’s the digest. The full treatment is at allpar. The Chrysler 200 was pretty much “all new” for 2015, though it shares dimensions with the Dart and components with, well, other cars. What’s funny about our 200S is that, in white, it looked a lot better than the dark red 200C we’d driven. I think it’s the color, not the relatively minor trim changes. Integration is the name of the styling game, inside and out, and they did a good job of tying things together, compared with other cars.   I didn’t think much of Sport mode, though I can see its uses on rare occasions. It keeps the engine revving higher, shifts faster, and optionally shuts off the stability control,…

  • No CAPTCHA on Allpar Forums

    I have removed the CAPTCHA verification system from the Allpar forums for these reasons: It didn’t stop spammers. It did stop legitimate users. It also was invisible if you had an ad-blocker. This explains a lot of complaints from frustrated people. And now if you have an ad-blocker you can register more easily and then sign up for an account upgrade (see above) to help support Allpar!

  • Fixing the Allpar news again

    Allpar’s news area is a tricky section for mobile. I don’t read it on my phone, so problems can appear without my realizing it, for various reasons. This time I had to spend a decent amount of time troubleshooting why it was once again not working properly for cellphone users. Eventually, I discovered that one line of code had disappeared somehow (my fault, probably) and that Google’s responsive ad code appeared to be throwing things off. I restored my own nutty responsive ad code and that line, and all is well. I also realized I still had the allparnews.com banner. Oops. Dang it, that’s on the main version too. I’ll replace that by the time you read this!

  • Fewer ads on Allpar as experiments end

    I’ve dropped one ad provider on Allpar and cut ads from another in half. The ads that appeared in the margins on very large monitors are gone. They did not provide enough money to compensate for the added “weight” in page scripts. The in-image ads are now showing up randomly 50% of the time, because they are such a nuisance. There are still ads under review. Allpar’s expenses have not changed, but ad revenue is falling. Ideally we would have a single site sponsor or perhaps a small number of sponsors but that would require an ad salesman and we don’t have one of those, unless you are an ad salesman who wants the job. Ads pay all of Allpar’s expenses,…

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