I've noticed the website has recieved a marked increase in traffic, post-Anthrocon, despite doing practically no advertising at the convention. To all you new readers: I hope you're enjoying the site! I plan to do more advertising at upcoming conventions with the hope of increasing readership further. To facilitate this, a few issues have to be taken care of. Read more to see what my plans for the next three months include.
First off is the code itself. PHPNuke is a really neat piece of software in that it can power this entire site without me having to learn serious PHP and MySQL coding. Flayrah currently runs version 4.4, modified slightly to suit my needs. There are, however, a number of annoying bugs (many of you have written me about password problems, lately, and I haven't been able to find a solution), and the site is often awkward to manage and use.
I seem to have a couple of options. PHPNuke 5.0 is out, and I could upgrade the codebase to that version, in the hope that some of these bugs have been repaired. Just today, I discovered a code fork of the PHPNuke project, entitled PostNuke. I'll be doing some research to see if I can migrate Flayrah to this codebase, as it sounds more stable. Expect this migration to happen sometime in the month of September--my August weekends are booked full, at the moment, and I haven't had a lot of evening time during the week to devote to the site.
Along with the code migration will probably include an overhaul of the 'look' of the website. If anyone out there has some inkling of graphic web design (I have very little), and is willing to help, let me know. We'll talk.
I'm still working on trascribing an interview with Jeff Eddy of SofaWolf Press. Look for that in the next few weeks. It's a good one, I think.
Some of the Flayrah.com team will be present at Mephit FurMeet at the end of this month, including possibly myself. Look for us around the con, or at the Midwest FurFest table. The first batch of promotional material should be floating around, as well.
I'm very interested to hear what readers think of the site. Do we publish too many general animal tidbits? Not enough? Should we concentrate more on SF material? Should we add some new catagories of news? And if so, what should we add? Do we suck or rock?