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5thirtyone.com weekend updates

After much deliberation, I decided to take a few minutes out of the weekend to clean-up shop here on 5thirtyone.com. I have always known that my WordPress database was a little on the high side considering how few posts I had thrown up over the past year or so.

I decided it was time to start pruning away some of the excess fat that was building up – namely, redundant comments on MySpace related posts. For some reason, readers who visit the site in search of MySpace related tutorials find it difficult to read through comments before posting their own questions. I don’t blame them. With the tutorials averaging 300+ comments, who wants to read through all that? After moving content from posts to pages, setting-up some good permanent redirects, and deleting the originals, I shaved a whopping 16MB off my WordPress database.

I’ve applied the knife to a few other posts in hopes of minimizing the outside chatter which I felt was unproductive or of little help.

Where do we go for discussions or help?

But Derek, you removed comments. You’re asking for redundant questions via email. It’s realistic to expect a flood of new emails finding their way to my inbox. No real worries as I have the necessary filters in place to thwart such an onslaught. In order to ensure that no one is left in the dark as far as locating the new posts, I’ve enabled Dan Cameron’s Search Everything plugin.

I can understand how readers might feel a little trapped with some posts & comments disappearing. For that reason, I’ve opened a bbPress powered Discussion forumdo I need to say "use it?" This will be an interesting experimental project. We all know the web is littered with options as far as WordPress themes are concerned, but how many people feel confident locating something for bbPress? With that said, consider the sharp default bbPress theme, created by Mr. Avalonstar, history as soon as I get a litte more confident with the workings of WordPress’ sister software.

Leverage the knowledge of fellow readers and the forums may transform into a worthwhile resource. That, or I’ll just play in the forums by myself. Get used to "broke" – I see no point in testing bbPress themes locally.

Final site wide updates

The final updates to hit 5thirtyone.com this weekend went into the creation of a skeleton for public downloads known as The Basket, a revised archive called the Basement, a 404 mirroring the Basement, focused re-categorization of posts, and a sponsorship area for endorsing your own. I’m actually re-considering (I know what I said last time) the use of Adsense again to cover hosting costs, in a tasteful manner [of course]. I’m still on the fence. Small advertisement experiments will drop into the site on various pages. Feel free to share your thoughts.

Discuss - 12 Comments

  1. Derek says:

    No added JS for comments. I’m trying to optimize the load time for the site which was one of the reason for trimming the database and a few pages code down.

  2. Keep us informed on how that bbPress integration and theme design goes. I’ve got a project in the oven and I’ve been considering rolling out a forum myself.

  3. BTW, I just noticed that my comment loaded without the page refreshing. Are you using a Javascript library for added functionality?

  4. Derek says:

    The alignment might be a browser cache issue as I was making changes live. Refresh a few times as I’ve just cleared wp-cache so that alignment issue should be gone.

  5. Derek says:

    A matching something is in the todo list. Far more elements that need styling so it may take a weekend or two.

  6. Sam says:

    Nice job cutting shaving down on the database. I don’t mind the advertisements, however above the advertisement (right-aligned) I see the word Advertisement one line up (center-aligned of the entire page), I think it looks a little awkward.

  7. Glenn Wolsey says:

    Nice job Derek, the blog keeps getting better and better with all these small minor changes. I like the new discussion board, a matching theme would be much appreciated on your next free weekend.

  8. Glenn Wolsey says:

    Great! Really looking forward to it, however I know how busy you are so take your time.

  9. Jack says:

    I’ve been wanting to try bbPress out for quite a while now, but I have no real reason to implement it anywhere. Please tell us how it goes and what you like/dislike about it!

    I think adding the ads was a good idea. Any site personally run that gets high traffic should have ads, just for the sake of the person running it!

  10. Joshua says:

    On the topic of forums Derek, what motivated you to choose bbPress over other “light” bulletin board systems such as PunBB?

  11. Derek says:

    I’m a great fan of WordPress. It would only be natural for me to experiment with bbPress. I see far too many other forums running the alternatives.

  12. Looks great Derek, I am looking forward to seeing how you develop the boards.