Friday, July 25, 2008

Steady Improvements

A recent change broke the new user registration form for a short period of time. Fortunately a user was kind enough to alert us to the problem and I was able to fix it quickly.

Here are the latest site improvements:
  • more consistent layout in My Account area
  • more helpful notes in the Ad Details page during the Ad Placement process
  • revisions to the Ad Placement process that improve and normalize formatting of title and price
  • filters that prevent ALL CAPS ad titles and descriptions (these are unfair to other courteous typers)
  • drop-down menus to keep Length and Year fields more consistent
  • simplified Brass Bell Printed Ad Preview coming soon...

All these changes are being made in preparation for improvements to the printed version of the Trading Dock. We hope the site continues to grow and feed into the print publication, which may soon be produced separately from the Brass Bell magazine.

Friday, July 18, 2008

More Ad Placement Fixes

I've been going deeper into the Ad Placement process, making improvements and fixes as I go. These improvements are harder to notice but still essential - such as, once you have passed step 3 (Upload Photos), you can return to step 3 and upload more photos that you may have forgotten. This action was broken such that photos you added after the fact would not show up in the ad, but it is now fixed.

Other improvements include general look and feel clean-up, better handling of existing line breaks in ad descriptions, etc.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ad Placement Process Updates

I have updated the ad placement process so that line breaks and hyperlinks are now preserved in the ad description. I have a feeling that this has been a sorely-missed feature - especially for ads with multiple items for sale, for links to external photo galleries, and things like that.

I have also been doing under-the-hood tuning that won't be immediately obvious, but should make the listing process a little smoother. For example, it has been the case that when you go back and forth between ad placement steps, old information will show up, forcing you to refresh the page to see your latest edits. This issue should be fixed now, so if you notice it cropping up again, please let us know.