New publishing system
As of November 2002 Global FlyFisher has some brand new features. Learn what they are and how to use them.
By Martin Joergensen
Global FlyFisher is an old web site. The main stock of the pages are plain HTML-documents, which we have edited manually during our many years in the trade.
I have tried to trace our first article, but have failed finding the oldest and untouched piece. |
A few of our pages date back to the stone age of the Internet. Try this one by partner Bob Petti before he became a partner or this piece on night fishing in Denmark unchanged since it appeared on my site Fishing Denmark. The first one is from 1994, the second from mid 1995.
A quick local file count yields the following result
The files occupy a total of 676 megabytes on my local disk, while the server disk utility reports that we use about 320 megabytes of server space.
These numbers only express the number of physical files. As we make more and more automated scripts, one file can actually produce many pages. One file can show a picture in a large version for anay thumbprint in an article, and such a file can produce as many individual pages as there are pictures to the article.
The result? We are totally at loss about the actual number of pages on the site, but close to 4,000 is not a bad guess.
Lately it has become worse and worse to update the site and keep all the pages in sync. Older pages have had a tendency to be lost in the system. If one of us did not get the link included in an update, the page would literally be lost in the huge pile of old pages on the site. And even worse… no links to a page means that it is lost to the search engines too, and hence will not be found… ever.
We have long planned on adding some kind of automation to the system. This would aide us in maintaining the site and give you a lot better chances of finding what you want.
Now we have done it!
What you getMain page and section front pages that always show the latest relevant articles
A site map for you to see all section front pages and article entry pages. A few article sub pages are in the map too, but only where it is relevant
Archives for all sections, meaning that older articles will no longer disappear out of sight - yours and, sometimes, ours. These pages can be sorted by date and by article title
A keyword section that allows you to browse pages by subject rather than by section
What we didCreated a database that contains information about all pages -- abstract, dates, thumbprint, colors and other things
Freed ourselves of the huge task of adding all new articles manually to all the relevant front pages, shifting the content of the page and letting the oldest article sift out - and sometimes into oblivion.
Added publishing dates to articles, allowing us to better control when articles are due to be published
Added keywords to the articles, thus indexing them in an extra dimension apart from the section categories
The real revolution
The really new thing - apart from pages that reflect actual content - is the keyword system. The keywords allow you to gather articles across sections about a specific subject or in a specific context.
A good example is all pages relevant to the subject "fly lines", which might hide in both the Fish Better and the Reviews section -- not to mention older articles in the Staff section. Another example might be articles relevant to pike fishing which will consist of fly patterns, Fish Better, reports, Gallery entries and maybe the odd review.
Such articles were impossible to find before, but are now accessible through the keywords page, where you can choose one or more keywords and combine your own page of articles about your subject(s) only.
Do this by clicking a single keyword link on the keyword page, or check more than one word and select whether to search for all words (AND them) or search for any word (with OR).
Now remains for us to publish new articles, and the upcoming winter you will probably see a lot more articles than you have the last year or so. Job changes, family growth and much more has taken our time, and kept us from writing as much as we wanted on GFF.
That is going to change now!
PS: If you want to read about some of the little technical things we do here on GFF, try Martin's web site The Third Mover.