|Posted by Norman Black on October 11, 2009 at 9:34 PM|
Hello, and sorry about the lack of updates (again). Sorry there's no new comic this week, but instead there’s something that a lot of you have been asking for.
I've been getting a lot of requests to somehow fix the comics archive pages because everything is so slow, it's hard to navigate, and it doesn't work very well. Here are some excuses:
It's slow - This is because this site is using a free account, and thus I'm only allowed 500mb of bandwidth a month. The site is getting at least 100 hits a day, and with all the pages being downloaded, and the large files of the comics, it runs out really quickly. Even today, the 11th of the month, I've used almost 2 gigs of bandwidth out of my allotted 500 mb (there's the problem).
It's hard to navigate - Unfortunately I'm limited by the webhost to using their photo gallery tools for that kind of thing, and there are very few options for customization. Unfortunately there isn't much I can do about that.
It doesn't work very well - Yes.
So here's the solution for all this, and why I haven't posted any new comics. This: http://aconcernedrip-off.webs.com/pages/archive_index.shtml
I wanted to make it familiar and easy to navigate, so I modeled it after the Concerned site's comic index pages. It's using the same type of layout (with the addition of a sidebar) so you will have the first, previous, index, next, and last buttons on the top and bottom of the pictures, along with the familiar Hide/Show Notes button at the bottom for the commentary on each comic.
Because I don't know much coding, there won't be a comments section at the bottom of each page anymore, but I did add a link to the bottom that will take you to the corresponding page in the old comic’s archive where you can post your comments.
The pages should also download much faster now because instead of linking to the comics hosted here, the comics are being hosted on an Image shack account, and then linked here. The best part is that Image shack gives each individual picture 300 mb of bandwidth each hour so there shouldn't be any more waits for the comics to load.
There are also no advertisements there either, so you won't be bombarded with lame ads for crap you don't need, or that incredibly annoying interactive talking thing.
The new archive is formatted to work on a 1280x1024 sized monitor (just because I couldn’t think of anyone who still uses that resolution) so it will be wider than other websites. I apologize to anyone who is still using 1024x768 or lower resolution, and can't view the new archive fully (get with the times!).
I've also added a e-mail link to the sidebar so if you have any problems with the new setup like dead links, or the formatting is broken somewhere you can go ahead and let me know what's wrong, and where it's located. Everything passed the W3 validatior so it should work. I've tried the site out in IE (32&64 bit), Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari, but only the latest versions. If you're using an older version of those browsers, or a different one altogether and it doesn't work, let me know and I'll try to fix it.
Anyway, let me know what you think of the new archive and layout in the comments section!