Two Important Everything Dulcimer Changes

Two Important Everything Dulcimer Changes

Postby administrator » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:23 am

1. I've incorporated a custom Ad free Google search at the top of every EverythingDulcimer.com page. This is a site wide search which means you'll be searching the forum, archives, all articles, groups, photo's, wall comments, etc. Those of you who are familiar with advanced Google search operands will find they now work within Everything Dulcimer searches.

One of the coolest things about this new search is that it gives you the results on the page from which you do the search, rather than taking you to another page. If the results render what you were looking for, you can click and be taken the referring link. If not, just click the x next to the search bar and you'll close the page and be right back where you started.

2. Our new Network Specialist has begun the process of migrating EverythingDulcimer.com to a new, very secure server. He hasn't told me when the exact switchover will happen, but I'll keep you posted during the transition.

The website format will not change, we'll just be in a much safer environment and have a true industry expert keeping an eye on site optimization and safety. I'm excited about what this means for the future of Everything Dulcimer and hoping we'll all see an immediate performance improvement. If you'd like to participate in an unscientific test with me, please get a timer handy and perform this experiment: while in the discussion forum, simply click the Home menu item and record as accurately as possible how long it takes to load the page. write down this number and then we can all check it again after the site has been moved.

I am of course hoping we'll have no downtime during this transition, but 50 years on this planet tells me things don't always work out as planned. I'll keep you posted. - Dan Landrum.
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Re: Two Important Everything Dulcimer Changes

Postby ronzuckerman » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:51 am

Dan,

I'm using IE8 and Windows 7, and I cannot click the "Google Custom Search" when I am in one of the forum web pages. I think it has something to do with the "<<-----Try the new Everything Dulcimer total site search" text. None of the other pages have this. If I double click the search box, this text is highlighted instead of the search box.

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Re: Two Important Everything Dulcimer Changes

Postby Dan Landrum » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:02 am

Ron,

Thanks for letting me know. I just removed the "<<-----Try the new Everything Dulcimer total site search" text and centered the search box. Did that correct the problem?
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Re: Two Important Everything Dulcimer Changes

Postby ronzuckerman » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:16 pm

Dan,

Yes, it fixes the problem, but now the search area if the whole width of window. Not a big deal, but it does look different than the other pages. On other pages, the search box looks like this:

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<div id="cse" style="width: 500px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px;">Loading</div>


On the discussion page, it looks like this:

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<div id="cse" style="display: block;
    margin-left: auto;
    margin-right: autowidth: 600px; margin-top:10px; margin-bottom: -30px;">Loading</div>


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Re: Two Important Everything Dulcimer Changes

Postby Dan Landrum » Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:01 pm

Ron,

It has to do with the fact that the forum is really a completely different website that we've made to look and feel integrated to the content management portion of Everything Dulcimer. The overriding CSS for the forum page is harder to understand because it is dynamically modified by a slew of php files. I should be able to create a single custom overriding style sheet for the forum, but haven't been able to make it work so far. I chose to just center the search box on the forum as a compromise. I haven't given up yet, but don't have the answer yet either. The differences in inline CSS you see there are my attempts to get it to work. The same code doesn't produce the same results in the different pages. Any suggestions?
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