01 Aug 2004 15:23:50 +0100
What has been happening in 2002?
Well it may have seemed quiet, and that some how I had forgotten the site, but there has been a few things happening behind the scenes, more about the doghouse and not the site.
- Gay Cities - Added Cites page this allows you to look at the doghouse adverts at the larger cities since there are some 478 cities listed on the site some selectivity has to take place. If you feel that we have left an obvious one out then please let me know.
- LONDON City Adverts This is a listing of all the members that are in the greater London metropolitan area, in general where every you can get to by Metro Tube
- New York City Metropolitan Area This is a listing of all the members that are in the NYC Metropolitan area, in general where every you can get to by Metro Tube and to include phone codes of 201,212 and 718.
- Toronto (Metropolitan and all other parts) City Adverts This is a listing of all the members that are in the Toronto metropolitan area, in general to include phone codes of 416 and 905.
- Texas Cities. This is a listing of all the Cities in Texas. Seems Austin is quite some hot bed!
- Dutch Adverts - This language specific page for those located in a Dutch speaking area or have that as their preferred language.
- Annonces Francophones - This language specific page for those located in a French speaking area or have that as their preferred language.
- German Adverts [30 Dec 02] - This language specific page for those located in a German speaking area or have that as their preferred language. The page titles have the publication date in them so that you know before it has loaded when it was published.
Have not done Spanish yet as there seems to be little interest from the Spanish/Latin community. Either English is no problem or Dog-play is not their thing.
- Navigational enhancements have been applied to the site, but are still ongoing and the depth has been deferred - programs have been written to optimise the file sizes for both the authored and generated content on the site.
- Automatic Page Translation - this allows many different automated translations to be made of the doghouse. However it is a machine not a human so it will give you only a basic understanding.
- Content Mapping - The Navigation of the site has had its problems. Essentially where do you put stuff that is so similar. Some parts of the site have a very deep navigational depth other quite shallow, this has been addressed.
- Cognitive Mapping - Navigational enhancements have been applied to the site, but are still ongoing and the depth has been deferred as part of another component of the changes at the doghouse.
- Web Site automation - A lot of this has been happening, but you would not see much evidence of it. The Doghouse started out on a small scale, designed for a small scale oh how times change.
- Version two of the site requires very specific hosting requirements which can be met at a price.
The Doghouse is not a commercial company, you don't pay for any of this content and yet site hits are ever increasing. The Doghouse consistently takes the high ground in the search engines and its content is recognised as best of breed (excuse the pun), so its worth investing in.
I don't really like having the site littered with adverts preferring them to be more relevant to you the readers rather than ramming things down your throat. To this end there are many revenue models that can be explored to allow the doghouse to deliver more and last longer. One option is to translate the many emails of praise I get for the site into donations. The snag with paypal is the commission, if the amount is less that $5 you don't see much of it.
- More on Total control / Breath Control / More on Toilet Training - Well much of the content has been updated, where to start?
- Cross platform compatibility - I get emails saying that a page does not display, and they are not one of the 90% using MSIE, but more than that what of laptops, AOL webTV and the Palm Pilots. It is one thing not to get the website that I see, but another to get nothing. You
- Usability - More effort has gone into non-written communication, and to sort out consistency. Still lots to do.
- Accessibility - Some say that the writing on the page is too small, yet the site has been following the the best practise guidelines from many of the leading practitioners for the visually impaired and those having English as a foreign language. There are still more changes on the way. If the writing is too small then try pressing the 'control' key on your keyboard and using the wheel on your mouse and see the presentation change.