Monthly Archives: December 2015

  • Yes, yet more new menus

    This is a completely different script — one which I did not write myself. It is, needless to say, better! I am happy that the script has pretty light weight, though it has more code than I would normally use, to allow for many contingencies and much flexibility. I hope to get a search form in there, too. It might replace the links to other Allpar-related sites (now fixed, by the way). I also fixed the problem on the home page where our subscribers/sponsors would see ads, oops! I will be tweaking the site-wide menus over time and will see if I can finally get them to work with the forums. They are not yet in the news section, but…

  • Allpar’s holiday break

    Allpar is generally updated every day, including, if there’s news, weekends. This isn’t a big deal for a CNN-or-AOL-size organization, but for a smaller operation, it’s a bit harder. We have generally found that viewership plummets between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and as a result, we’re going to skip our usual features update — adding or updating three of our “permanent” articles. The news will continue, but don’t expect anything on December 25 and January 1. Not saying we won’t do it, but it doesn’t seem likely. We usually reboot the server on Christmas Day, but now that takes a minute so you’re not likely to notice it.

  • Menus and more
    menus

    Okay, I give up. Allpar is back to conventional dropdown menus. Someday I might re-explore the concept of the easy AJAX two-level dropdowns I used for a while, but people don’t like something about them. I did fiddle with the appearance of the menus, making them a bit more modern. I also got rid of the Allpar headers and replaced them with a tiny Allpar icon in the menu, which, if you let it drop down, shows some key sites. I didn’t use the little yellow arrows this time, on the assumption that people know what dropdown menus are. If you access Allpar via mobile, you’ll still see the old single buttons, they seem easier on phones. Other housekeeping tasks included dropping one…

  • Menus Phase I-a, continued

    The alteration of the Allpar headers/menus has continued, with the news section now getting the treatment, including removal of the banner, inclusion of an “allpar icon” by the menu, and use of the global menus instead of unique ones. I also modified the old mobile menus so that now you have a choice of a small number of buttons for key areas _or_ the two-step drop-down menus that few people like, but which give the maximum number of choices. I might bring those to the desktop pages, too, where they actually work better. Say goodbye to the old logos. I will be re-using the passing-lane-stripe motif soon.

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