December 10, 2016

A Note About Site Formatting

by Scott Benson
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This is what happens when I don’t have concrete plans for Saturday.

I thought I ought to mention that with these idle hands I’ve messed a bit with the formatting of the site this morning. Instead of posting each new entry in its entireity, I thought we’d begin using the ‘Read more’ tag on each post, after a brief introductory paragraph or two. As I’m sure you know already, all you have to do is hit the ‘Read more’ link to find the rest of the latest entry.

See what I mean?

Posting the entire entry sometimes had the unintended effect of pushing still-new posts down the page and sometimes out of sight. You might miss something, and that we don’t want. Now, a quick scroll down the page will reveal all the recent posts.

If you’ve got any thoughts on this, or any other formatting issue, leave me a Comment or send me an e-mail (links, as always, are in the above header).

If not, carry on, and thanks as always for your patronage.

Comments

  1. Chris Warner says:

    Scott – Wait, what happened? Where’s the rest of the story? What’s going ON?!?

    Just kidding. Good formatting idea: easier to browse this way. Nice work.

  2. I don’t like this formatting because it means for 3 stories I have to load 6 pages instead of quickly just scrolling down. Who doesn’t take the time to scroll down for things they haven’t read? This seems like a fix for a problem that didn’t exist.

  3. Agree with Steve – if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.

  4. Steve, Lance, thanks for the input. I’m not married to anything, but this has been suggested to me a number of times over the past couple of years. I did want to try it out before we got into the regular season, when I’ll be reluctant to make any changes.

    But I will say that what works best for the readers, especially regular ones, is what’s most important to me, and its what will carry the day. Hopefully we can hear from some more folks to see if they agree with your points.

    If they do, I’ll gladly switch back to the whole post approach. Right now, I want to leave it as is to give this angle a chance.

    As regular readers know, we try to post every day during the regular season. With some new writers and new features this year, I want to make sure their stuff is up front for as long as possible, so that people get a chance to know them and their stuff.

    Sometimes I do tend to go on at length, like the other day when I started what was supposed to be a short piece on the running backs only to end up writing at length about the whole roster. Truth is, the way the software works, a long column like that can push a two or three day old post clear off the page, and when it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. Our site data would back me up on that.

    Anyway, thanks guys. I take the input seriously and it will be part of my decision-making on this.

  5. Looky Lou says:

    ….I don’t have a problem with it….

  6. Hmm. Ok, how about this? I couldn’t find examples of this but I’ve know I’ve seen it done before. You could keep the headline/part of story formatting with the “click to continue story” button, but instead of it taking you to a completely new page, the information would have already been loaded when you first loaded the main page and the button simply reveals it. That has the best of both worlds, keeping the headings short but with no new load times for clicking the button for the complete stories. Seems to solve both problems right?

  7. Steve, thanks, I’ll try to figure out if/how we can do this with our software.

  8. A lot of the fantasy sports sites do what Steve is suggesting. They’ll have player news that is preloaded but doesn’t reveal until you click the player name. I think cbs.sportsline is one of them.

  9. Looks good to me either way but as a Pocket PC (PPC) user it would be MUCH easier to scroll just a paragraph or two per story than scrolling forever to only over scroll and miss the next story’s headline all together. On the flip side it takes a little bit to load pages sometimes on a PPC device depending on the signal strength and how graphics intensive a page is so the extra click could get a little annoying. I think the best of both worlds is Steve’s suggestion if your software can do it. Either way PLEASE keep it in a format that mobile users can see!! Thanks, keep up the GREAT work, and can’t wait to see the new features and writers!!

    !!!! LET’S GO PATS !!!!

    Dave

  10. Dave –

    Have you tried using the mobile version of the site at http://m.patriotsdaily.com/?

    Give it a try if you haven’t…

  11. Bruce,

    I have NOT tried that mobile version of the site but it’s now bookmarked on my device and I’ll test it out later today. Most times though the ‘mobile’ versions are quicker to load BUT lack some of the content and ‘feel’ of a site and some even have limited content (ESPN comes to mind for all those reasons). Thanks much for the heads up though and I’ll let you know what I think!

    Dave

  12. Bruce,

    Thanks MUCH for the mobile site. Works like a champ!!

    One thing I noticed while on a PC though is when you click the link to see more it does this weird albeit cool stretch and shrink thing that reveals the hidden text. Problem is then I kind of loose my place because it also seems to scroll it back up to the top of the article and it takes a few to find where to begin with the newly revealed text. Still only mildly annoying when the content is exceptional as it always is here!!

    Dave

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