Live Brum Monday (24th May)
It’s Monday so it’s Live Brum day. Following on from last week’s work I had intended to finish up some new WordPress widgets available for you to play with. Unfortunately I got distracted and they’re not ready yet. Soon, I promise. I did, however, get a bunch of other stuff done. Details below.
The header is now full-width in your browser. Unless you have quite a big screen this should make little difference to your life. With my big screen I find it slightly more pleasing and that’s a good enough reason. Let me know if you disagree.
Venue information is now open by default. Previously it was hidden behind a ‘more info link’. i.e. http://livebrum.co.uk/venues/hare-and-hounds. For further explanation see the two before and after screenshots below.
More images everywhere
I have been thinking about images. We have tons of great images on Live Brum and, to date, I’ve been using them with real moderation and care. Not any more. As an experiment I’m throwing up a load more preview images all over the site.
The downside of this is that the pages are a bit ‘heavier’ to load and the detailed listings start a bit lower down the page. If these are things that matter to you and you don’t like all this image nonsense then please tell me. Otherwise they’ll probably stay.
In particular, I’ve added a boatload of new images to the home page (12 actually). There’s no fancy algorithm for what get’s featured – it’s just the next 12 events coming up that have images. That’s all.
You do know that you can look up what’s on any particular day just by changing the URL don’t you? i.e. if you type http://livebrum.co.uk/2010/05/31 you will see all events on that day. The format is simply http://livebrum.co.uk/yyyy/mm/dd if that helps.
And you do know that you can subscribe to a feed of all events on that day don’t you? So if your birthday (for instance) is on 23rd September then subscribe now. As events get added for that date your feed will update automatically.
You can subscribe in two ways. Firstly click the orange icon thingy on a particular page or just add .rss to your link. i.e. 2010/09/23.rss
Add to Google Calendar
While I was doing that I rethought the whole venue section of an event a little bit. I’ve changed the colour and underlined the venue link to make it more visible as I think people were missing it.
I’ve opened up the performances bit if there are less than 5 performances. If you click on one of them then you get an .ics file which can go into things like iCal and other calendar software. That feature has always been there but I’m not sure if I ever mentioned it.
Oh and the times on your calendar files are right now. Cough.
Below another before and after comparison
Please do submit your feedback. I only got one request last week and if you don’t tell me what you want then I have no way of knowing what is important to you. As you have seen, you only have to ask.
At some point soon I will add a bunch of things from my todo list so you can vote them up or down and help me decide the priority of developments. You may have to bear with me though. I am insanely busy and next Monday is a bank holiday. I will probably take that day off and return to Live Brum with renewed vigour on Monday 7th June.