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[Mark:] Site Update Complete

Most of this site update was behind-the-scenes stuff. There were also a couple of minor additions and subtractions. Of the additions, I’ve started adding links to other comics on our Links page. We hadn’t before, as this is a kid-safe site, and many of the comics we read contain questionable content. Gunnerkrigg Court — of which some of you are already familiar — is the first to meet both criteria (good and kid-safe). Of subtractions, I’ve turned off one of the voting buttons, as it looks like Buzzcomix might be down for the count this time.

Next month, I’ll get started on the Winterside version of the site.

[Mark] Store Now Open

We’ve received our test products from Zazzle, and they’re good enough that our store is now officially open. We’ve got a print, a mug, a card, and some t-shirts. Keep in mind that Zazzle is an on-demand service, so we do take requests. If you don’t see something you’d like, let one of us know, and we’ll see about adding it.

Also, a shout out to Laura Chapple, a.k.a. Ironychan (who draws, among other things, Get Medieval). I mentioned Autumnside in her comments, and she was cool enough to leave them there.

(It was an innocent aside about the challenges of running a webcomic, not deliberate spamming, just so y’all know. It’s just that she’d have been perfectly within her rights to get rid of the posts.)

[Mark] Site Tweaks

I’ve gone and re-written the Blog Publication Control yet again. This means that you should see this post (and the rest of the Autumnside Blog) underneath the comic — even if you’re running Netscape, or viewing the page from a PSP. It might even fix the problem we’ve been seeing with the Webcomic List‘s crawler, if we’re lucky.

[Mark] Webhosting Burps

I’d like to apologize for the slowness on the website the last couple of days. For whatever reason, it’s been grinding badly during the middle of the day — Dreamhost has been made aware of the situation, so hopefully it’ll get resolved soon.

(Mark:) When you want something done right …

So I wrote my own syndication control for the web site, which means that we’re finally rid of Feed Sweep and its oddly interpreted characters. The proverbial straw that forced the change (and over our Anniversary weekend!) was the sudden addition of new ad content. While the new ad was for Feed Sweep itself, it hinted at the possibility that unapproved content could reach the site through a third party control.

So it had to go.

I’ve successfully tested the new control on IE6, Firefox, and Safari. It should work for Opera, Netscape, and later versions of IE, but I haven’t tested against them. If you have problems, e-mail me through my link in the footer — though I’m not sure what I could do to fix a Netscape bug.

I mention Netscape because we’ve got at least one reader using it! As a web master type, I’m required to make fun of them now, but my heart’s not in it because I just discovered that I can’t use Firefox 3 on my G3 iBook.

(Mark:) Reader Habits

I don’t know if y’all will find this interesting or not, but I do. We didn’t run any ads last week, so our reader base was pretty stable. It looks like we’ve currently got 150 regular readers:

  • 30 of you are reading by RSS (so probably aren’t seeing this post),
  • 40 are visiting the site on Tuesday and Thursday (when we update),
  • 40 are visiting the site on Tuesday and Monday (and reading the previous Thursday’s),
  • 40 of you are only visiting the site on Monday, and catching up on the previous week’s strips, and
  • nobody is commenting on any of the news posts.

(Mark:) Welcome Back!

Well, not exactly. It’s not like most of you have gone anywhere.

However, it still needs to be said:

Welcome to Version 2 of the Autumnside web site!

So now we’re cooking with gas, free and clear to navigate, and any other happy cliché you can think of.