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Website changes!

Postby Adam Black on Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:03 am

Well, I've finally worked up the courage to fiddle with the default template for the comic.

If all goes well, you'll see the changes on Saturday, 15 August 2009. If the page looks like a complete fuckin' mess, don't panic! I'll revert it to what it was before page 19 goes live on Monday.

Keep your fingers crossed! :lol:
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Re: Website changes!

Postby Braidboy on Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:19 am

Lookin' good, man! Transition complete!
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Re: Website changes!

Postby Adam Black on Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:10 pm

Oh, man, I didn't even notice!

The first/prev/next/latest buttons still aren't working right, though. I had those set to show up directly above and below the comic page itself, and they're not doing that at all. I also had a set of menu links below the new Locus header that isn't showing up.

Argh! :evil:
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Re: Website changes!

Postby Adam Black on Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:47 am

Well, now it's about 90% what I set it up to look like. That bottom set of nav buttons is still in the wrong spot, though.

Guess I need to fiddle with it some more.
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Re: Website changes!

Postby Primitive Screwhead on Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:10 am

Almost there. :)
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Re: Website changes!

Postby Adam Black on Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:53 am

If by "almost there" you mean "almost ready to say FUCK IT and move Locus to her own domain" then you are indeed correct, Sir! :lol:
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Re: Website changes!

Postby Primitive Screwhead on Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:26 am

Adam Black wrote:If by "almost there" you mean "almost ready to say FUCK IT and move Locus to her own domain" then you are indeed correct, Sir! :lol:



I think you're on to something...

Couldn't you do both?
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Re: Website changes!

Postby Adam Black on Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:44 am

Contractually speaking, it's suggested that I keep Locus on KS for at least 2 years. However, the lack of genuine customization (and lack of support) makes me wonder how much I really need to honor that at this point.

Now, I could move Locus to her own site and keep her technically on KS, but there's a monthly fee associated with that, and that's not something I can justify adding to my monthly budget right now. Locus needs to be more self-sufficient before I can do that with a clear conscience.

The other option is to pull her off KS altogether, which is pretty tempting...until I check out my pagehits and realize that a very large percentage of them come from KS newsbox ads. As I'm gaining about 11K new readers a month (steadily), that's not something I wanna do at the moment. It would be like hamstringing a runner just as she's on her way to winning a gold medal or something.

So, it's complicated. :lol:

At the moment, my plan is: "tweak the KS template as much as I'm able, and hope to God I don't lose readers because the template's fucked and makes the page look like shit". :okthen:
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Re: Website changes!

Postby Primitive Screwhead on Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:16 pm

Adam Black wrote:At the moment, my plan is: "tweak the KS template as much as I'm able, and hope to God I don't lose readers because the template's fucked and makes the page look like shit". :okthen:


THAT'S THE SPIRIT! :lol:
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Re: Website changes!

Postby Adam Black on Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:40 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Website changes!

Postby Melvar on Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:14 pm

As a reader-only, what does this template look like? What exactly do you have to work with, and what requirements must the site fulfil?
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Re: Website changes!

Postby Adam Black on Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:34 pm

Odd...I thought I'd posted this already. Oh well. Here you go:

There are two templates, actually, and I'm completely clueless as to which one is the one the KS server looks at when it creates a page. I've asked, but never gotten a reply about it. The frustrating thing about KS is that I'm supposed to already know how their server works, I guess. Hell, when I got started, they didn't even tell me where on the server I was supposed to upload the comics. I had two or three choices, and had to ask which choice was the right one. It's a little strange.

The first template is called "indextemplate.html", and looks like this:
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<html>

<head>

<title>Adam Black's LOCUS</title>


<meta name="description" content="LOCUS by Adam Black">
<META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="Adam Black, Locus, comic, boobs, blood, bad language">


<link rel="SHORTCUT ICON" href="http://locus.keenspot.com/favicon.ico">


<body bgcolor="#000000" bgcolor="#000000" text="#FFFFFF" link="RED" vlink="#999999" alink="#FF00FF" topmargin="0" leftmargin="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0">

</head>

<div align="center"><center>

***advertisement***

<table>
      <tr>
        <td align="top" width="750" align="top">

<center>

<a href="http://locus.keenspot.com"><img src="http://locus.keenspot.com/images/header-locus.gif" border=0></a>
<br><a href="http://www.monstersandnekkidladies.com/locus/about.htm">ABOUT</a> | <a href="http://www.monstersandnekkidladies.com/locus/toc.htm">TABLE OF CONTENTS</a> | <a href="http://www.monstersandnekkidladies.com/locus/characters.htm">CAST</a> | <a href="http://www.indyplanet.com/catalog/index.php?osCsid=8d9a1ae330fe2bc17578d87ea7f50f62&cPath=37&sort=&filter_id=858">LOCUS IN PRINT</a> | <a href="http://forums.keenspot.com/viewforum.php?f=129">FORUM</a> | <a href="http://monstersandnekkidladies.blogspot.com/">BLOG</a><br>
<br>***first_day*** ***previous_day*** ***next_day*** ***last_day***<br>
***todays_comics***<br>
***first_day*** ***previous_day*** ***next_day*** ***last_day***</font>
<br>***todays_caption***<br>



<table border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1">
      <tr>

      <td>

***adcube***

</td>

      <td>


<script type='text/javascript'><!--//<![CDATA[
   var m3_u = (location.protocol=='https:'?'https://keenmercial.com/openads/www/delivery/ajs.php':'http://keenmercial.com/openads/www/delivery/ajs.php');
   var m3_r = Math.floor(Math.random()*99999999999);
   if (!document.MAX_used) document.MAX_used = ',';
   document.write ("<scr"+"ipt type='text/javascript' src='"+m3_u);
   document.write ("?zoneid=9");
   document.write ('&amp;cb=' + m3_r);
   if (document.MAX_used != ',') document.write ("&amp;exclude=" + document.MAX_used);
   document.write ("&amp;loc=" + escape(window.location));
   if (document.referrer) document.write ("&amp;referer=" + escape(document.referrer));
   if (document.context) document.write ("&context=" + escape(document.context));
   if (document.mmm_fo) document.write ("&amp;mmm_fo=1");
   document.write ("'><\/scr"+"ipt>");
//]]>--></script><noscript><a href='http://keenmercial.com/openads/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a4cdf974&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE' target='_blank'><img src='http://keenmercial.com/openads/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=9&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a4cdf974' border='0' alt='' /></a></noscript>


</td>

    </tr>

    </table>




<td width="165" align="center" valign="top" bgcolor="#000000"><div align="center">


<BR>
<center>

***skyscraper_ad***

<P>

***keenspot_news***


<P>

<div id="eXTReMe"><a href="http://extremetracking.com/open?login=locuscom">
<img src="http://t1.extreme-dm.com/i.gif" style="border: 0;"
height="38" width="41" id="EXim" alt="eXTReMe Tracker" /></a>
<script type="text/javascript"><!--
var EXlogin='locuscom' // Login
var EXvsrv='s11' // VServer
EXs=screen;EXw=EXs.width;navigator.appName!="Netscape"?
EXb=EXs.colorDepth:EXb=EXs.pixelDepth;
navigator.javaEnabled()==1?EXjv="y":EXjv="n";
EXd=document;EXw?"":EXw="na";EXb?"":EXb="na";
EXd.write("<img src=http://e2.extreme-dm.com",
"/"+EXvsrv+".g?login="+EXlogin+"&amp;",
"jv="+EXjv+"&amp;j=y&amp;srw="+EXw+"&amp;srb="+EXb+"&amp;",
"l="+escape(EXd.referrer)+" height=1 width=1>");//-->
</script><noscript><div id="neXTReMe"><img height="1" width="1" alt=""
src="http://e2.extreme-dm.com/s11.g?login=locuscom&amp;j=n&amp;jv=n" />
</div></noscript></div>



</center>

                </td>
 

        </center></div></td>
    </tr>
</table>


</center></div>


</body>
</html>


The second, "dailytemplate.html" is almost identical:

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<html>

<head>

<title>Adam Black's LOCUS</title>


<meta name="description" content="LOCUS by Adam Black">
<META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="Adam Black, Locus, comic, boobs, blood, bad language">


<link rel="SHORTCUT ICON" href="http://locus.keenspot.com/favicon.ico">


<body bgcolor="#000000" bgcolor="#000000" text="#FFFFFF" link="RED" vlink="#999999" alink="#FF00FF" topmargin="0" leftmargin="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0">

</head>

<div align="center"><center>

***advertisement***

<table>
      <tr>
        <td align="top" width="750" align="top">

<center>

<a href="http://locus.keenspot.com"><img src="http://locus.keenspot.com/images/header-locus.gif" border=0></a>
<br><a href="http://www.monstersandnekkidladies.com/locus/about.htm">ABOUT</a> | <a href="http://www.monstersandnekkidladies.com/locus/toc.htm">TABLE OF CONTENTS</a> | <a href="http://www.monstersandnekkidladies.com/locus/characters.htm">CAST</a> | <a href="http://www.indyplanet.com/catalog/index.php?osCsid=8d9a1ae330fe2bc17578d87ea7f50f62&cPath=37&sort=&filter_id=858">LOCUS IN PRINT</a> | <a href="http://forums.keenspot.com/viewforum.php?f=129">FORUM</a> | <a href="http://monstersandnekkidladies.blogspot.com/">BLOG</a><br>
<br>***first_day*** ***previous_day*** ***next_day*** ***last_day***<br>
***todays_comics***<br>
***first_day*** ***previous_day*** ***next_day*** ***last_day***</font>
<br>***todays_caption***<br>
</td>


<table border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1">
      <tr>

      <td>

***adcube***

</td>

      <td>


<script type='text/javascript'><!--//<![CDATA[
   var m3_u = (location.protocol=='https:'?'https://keenmercial.com/openads/www/delivery/ajs.php':'http://keenmercial.com/openads/www/delivery/ajs.php');
   var m3_r = Math.floor(Math.random()*99999999999);
   if (!document.MAX_used) document.MAX_used = ',';
   document.write ("<scr"+"ipt type='text/javascript' src='"+m3_u);
   document.write ("?zoneid=9");
   document.write ('&amp;cb=' + m3_r);
   if (document.MAX_used != ',') document.write ("&amp;exclude=" + document.MAX_used);
   document.write ("&amp;loc=" + escape(window.location));
   if (document.referrer) document.write ("&amp;referer=" + escape(document.referrer));
   if (document.context) document.write ("&context=" + escape(document.context));
   if (document.mmm_fo) document.write ("&amp;mmm_fo=1");
   document.write ("'><\/scr"+"ipt>");
//]]>--></script><noscript><a href='http://keenmercial.com/openads/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a4cdf974&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE' target='_blank'><img src='http://keenmercial.com/openads/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=9&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a4cdf974' border='0' alt='' /></a></noscript>


</td>

    </tr>

    </table>




<td width="165" align="center" valign="top" bgcolor="#000000"><div align="center">


<BR>
<center>

***skyscraper_ad***

<P>

***keenspot_news***


<P>

<div id="eXTReMe"><a href="http://extremetracking.com/open?login=locuscom">
<img src="http://t1.extreme-dm.com/i.gif" style="border: 0;"
height="38" width="41" id="EXim" alt="eXTReMe Tracker" /></a>
<script type="text/javascript"><!--
var EXlogin='locuscom' // Login
var EXvsrv='s11' // VServer
EXs=screen;EXw=EXs.width;navigator.appName!="Netscape"?
EXb=EXs.colorDepth:EXb=EXs.pixelDepth;
navigator.javaEnabled()==1?EXjv="y":EXjv="n";
EXd=document;EXw?"":EXw="na";EXb?"":EXb="na";
EXd.write("<img src=http://e2.extreme-dm.com",
"/"+EXvsrv+".g?login="+EXlogin+"&amp;",
"jv="+EXjv+"&amp;j=y&amp;srw="+EXw+"&amp;srb="+EXb+"&amp;",
"l="+escape(EXd.referrer)+" height=1 width=1>");//-->
</script><noscript><div id="neXTReMe"><img height="1" width="1" alt=""
src="http://e2.extreme-dm.com/s11.g?login=locuscom&amp;j=n&amp;jv=n" />
</div></noscript></div>



</center>

                </td>
 

        </center></div></td>
    </tr>
</table>


</center></div>


</body>
</html>


Those variables surrounded by three asterisks on either side are placeholders where the KS server puts things in automatically, like ads, banners, blah blah blah. "***todays_comic*** is where the actual comic page goes, "***todays_caption***" is where I type in everything from "PAGE XX" on down--I even put the Donation button in there. To tell you the truth, that's where I do most of the tweaking for this page, because it's really the only place where the tweaks don't get broken.

For the most part, it looks like a very simple (but messy) table layout, but you can see where I put the bottom set of nav buttons between the comic page and the text which comes under it, yet the server keeps putting the nav buttons under the text.

For the life of me, I can't figure out why. And (of course) requests for help have been, so far, ignored.

I think that what I really should do is add some <td> tags in there and seperate the nav buttons from the comic page from the text with some more table cells, but it's one of those things I need to really sit down and think about before I do it, because (frankly) I'm scared to death of fucking up the page. I'm supposed to be able to trigger changes in the page at any time of the day, but that update-at-will system hasn't worked for six or seven months now. It only does it once a day, automatically, so I'm a little wary about changing something and have it stay broken for 24 hours.

Frumious and I (read as: 99.9% Frumious, 0.01% me saying, "Wow!" :lol: )whipped together a real purty ComicPress site earlier this year, but it's not something I can put on the KS servers. If I pull Locus off KS, that's the route I'm gonna go. For sure.
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