I also need some testers. If I can get some programming help, then the testing will be Friday afternoon, Monday at the latest. Testers will be emailed a link to the test server, and will be asked to take a peek, critique, and participate in a comment thread or two with other users so I can analyze performance, etc.
I’ve had to rebuild the site from virgin theme files, and have fixed and tweaked many things along the way. This is why the test is so important – it’s too easy for me to make a change and not notice side effects on other parts of the site, but a bunch of experienced users should help ensure that such side-effects are managed and don’t negatively affect things. It’s also important to get feedback on the new comment system, so there are really two areas of testing – the site/appearance, and comments.
Major Issues Fixed
- The page controls at the bottom of the site
- Long HTML links
- Site spacing/columns/cut-off ad
- Numerous tweaks to the theme
- Reduced lots of complications in styling, reducing load on your browser/device
- Prepped for cache/CDN/minify steps coming soon.
- Documented all tweaks and changes to theme files so that when future theme updates hit, these tweaks can be applied immediately. Ie., styles and custom functionality won’t get blown away when the next theme update comes out.
Note the first: fixing #1 required many hours hours of painstaking work rebuilding everything from virgin theme files so that #8 is useful and complete for me or anyone else in the future.
Note the second: I am still reviewing the lists I have of complaints/requests, and I expect to incorporate some of them before/right after the new stuff goes live, so don’t lose hope if you don’t see your issue mentioned here!
So, that all said, if you can help as either a programmer or a tester, please email me [email protected]. If you’re offering to help as a programmer, please include a phone number as I’ll call you immediately! :) I will likely respond from an email address from the getmechamot.com domain, so add that to your whitelist so you don’t miss my emails!
Testers, you will receive an email from me tomorrow (or later, when the server is ready for testing) with the test server link and my phone number for questions. So far, I have Watergirl and JRinWV, and need at least 5 more.
I will also include a link to a brief Survey to get your feedback on the site. It’s much easier to have your responses in an organized fashion, so I thought this would promote that. I will of course take emails, etc., but I hope that the survey is sufficient for 95% of feedback on the test server.
Well, that’s about it for me. I will be in and out of this thread, responding to comments as I can, but I won’t be here full-time. Thanks to all for your patience and goodwill.