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Old 04-16-2009, 08:10 PM
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Folks,

Unless something breaks before I can get it posted, I'm through with the coding and scripting. The last two files were written this morning: A better (meaning simplified) "Newest Arrival" page, which is the first page a visitor will actually see; and a "force the download" script which tells the client browser not to try and open a download, but just to save it in a folder somewhere on your computer.

One nav-bar link was removed -- the Blogsite tab -- and the link itself was moved to a list of "Our Favorite Links"...

A suggestion to include "thumbnail" images along with the catalog grids is being looked at. If I can get a "hovering blob" to work with the PHP being used, I might be able to incorporate something in the NEXT REVISION. It's not a bad idea, I'm simply freezing the code as-is in terms of new additions. My workload with this website still remains manually entering just under 700 model designs into the database, along with resizing nearly 700 JPGs, and transferring model data into nearly 700 PHP data files. As of this post, I already have 51 models entered. You get the idea...
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Old 04-18-2009, 12:04 AM
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More progress, finishing up a couple of untidy last-minute items.
  1. Primary visitor counter -- The website has to feed your browser a cookie with a one-hour lifetime for this feature to work properly. I want to count unique visits to the website, not just every time someone clicks on the index page (the big logo in the upper left links to the main index page). If someone comes to the site with no cookie, then they are counted and the big number on the left of the green bar is incremented by 1. The cookie prevents them from being logged in again for at least one hour.
  2. Model Page Visitor Counter -- Different story here. Visits to these pages are counted each time they're visited, no matter how close the visits are. This number is displayed in the grid to show visitors how often that design is looked at.
  3. Downloads Counter -- Yet another animal. I count each time a download is made from the model pages, and this number is used to determine which designs are the most popular. This number is closer to being an accurate indicator of popularity, since someone who downloads the plan file is giving more consideration to building it than someone who doesn't download it.
  4. Models currently in the database -- 65. I'm going to attempt to get 35 loaded up on Saturday, which would give me the first 100.

It's getting scary now: Everything seems to be working...
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