A couple of changes on the site to note. First, we’ve upgraded to Movable Type version 3.2. The biggest impact should be coping with comment and trackback spam. This should not be very visible to users, as we have been policing it diligently, but it will be less effort now for us to stay on top of this.

The other change is in the home page. With more photos on the site, I noticed that loading times for the home page were very long. I have made a modification so that only the first few posts show the full post. The remainder show an excerpt (which won’t have graphics) and a link to the full post.

We’re also playing with a new metrics package, Measure Map which we were invited to alpha test. It’s letting us get more texture on how people are using the site than Site Meter does. I especially like being able to see what search queries folks use to find us.

As always, we welcome your feedback on how the site is working for you.

3 responses to “Housekeeping”

  1. My one comment would be…

    The “Portland Transport” banner above posts– it would be nice if you could click on this and go back to the front page. It makes it much easier for site visitors to get back to the front page after reading an item. Not everyone sees the small “Main” link above the post’s text.

    Other than that, the changes sound good.

  2. Chris,

    Just want you to know how much i like the opportunity to throw ideas out there. Despite it being my job to jabber, it is actually rare that I get a chance to lay out an argument and to play with ideas. Usually I am chairing meetings which is not conducive to this. I think it is a great service that you are providing. Thanks.


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