Monday, December 31, 2007

GripFAQ.com Expansion

Over the past two days I spent quite a bit of time doing search engine optimization on GripFAQ.com. The short of it is I added two functions, one to give each image a click through for its own page, and another to give each entry its own page.  This gives the site around 200 key word laden pages. I think it also adds some nice usability features.

Sunday afternoon I spent several hours taking pictures and videos for the site as well. Once I get those processed almost all the entries should have their own pictures. I think I have around 2 dozen videos to go up, but I am not sure of the best way to present them.  Embedded youtube panels coupled with download links is the best I've come up with so far, but I'd prefer to be hosting all the content. I am leaning towards putting all the videos in a single section under the top nav, opposed to peppering them throughout the page.

Otherwise I've got some other good stuff in mind:

1. Dynamically resizing pictures from my source files upon page loads, instead of using pre-sized pictures. I think this will give my a lot of flexibility with the layout.

2. Finish the C# conversion on the admin side.

3. Enhance the admin tool to manage the site sections via a webpage instead of the database.

4. Convert the whole site to the .NET 2.0 framework.

5. Today's changes introduced a number of opportunities for code refactoring that will require expansion of my C# and SQL skills. I had to balance getting it done at all with getting it done right, but am looking forward to tweaking over time.

6. Fix the page layout upon printing to paper so that it looks like on the screen. I am having a heck of a time getting things to flow together smoothly. Once this item and the dynamic picture resizing is done, I am much closer to a print version of the site (book).

7. Eventually the look and feel need to be revised by a professional graphic designer

8. The writing has considerable room for improvement. On going content revisions are needed.

9. The pictures have considerable room for improvement. Eventually sessions with a professional photographer are needed. Ad revenue will have to pick up for this one though.

10. As always, more content needs to be added.

11. My blog needs a header and style sheet that aligns with the GripFAQ.com header and style sheet. I am not sure how feasible this is give the options provided by Go Daddy.

There is certainly no shortage of work, good thing I enjoy it.


Oh, and my training - well, I plan to resume normal workouts Wednesday morning at the latest. Tuesday seems unlikely with new years eve and all, but Wednesday I will be ready to go.