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  1. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Hm, well, thanks for visiting nippoten. The things one learns by randomly posting to a thread.

    I removed "characters" from the menu, as well as "archives", "recent posts" and "tags" from the sidebar. Should I remove my sidebar link to the full episode lists? Seems like Tartra either couldn't find them, or they added to the confusion; I'd forgotten I put them in at the top. And does anyone else out there use the "recent comments" widget? That thing never updates for months at a time anyway (though it did yesterday, hi Tartra). I guess I'll leave them there temporarily... thanks for feedback.

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  2. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Wait for meeee! :(

    So @mathtans, here's my mobile experience, taking into account that I'm by and large a lazy moron.

    Head to http://mathtans.wordpress.com/
    See a list of all posts.
    Think, "Oh, okay. Just gotta find the landing page."
    Click 'Menu', and in the drop-down menu, click 'Home'.
    See a list of all posts.
    Think, "Oh, I must not've clicked it."
    Repeat this twice.
    Realize, "Oh, the landing page is the archive! Ohhhhh. Okay."
    Go to 'Story Catalogue'.
    Go to 'Awareness Index'.
    Click on the clickable picture that says 'Time & Tied'.
    Recieve a bigger picture that says 'Time & Tied'.
    Click back, then click 'Timely Discovery'.
    Read.

    I want to compare this to the user experience I made for that lazy, moron self on my site:

    Head to the http://theotherkindofroommate.com/
    Click 'Double Dipping'.
    Think, 'Yep, that's the story I came here to read'.
    Click 'here'.
    Read.

    And even that's two clicks and one thought process too many.

    Your actual serial listing? Peachy keen, 'cause it goes right to the first post without any muss or fuss. But again, the second I click off that path and hit 'Index', I get a bunch of links that are not the index, scroll, scroll, scroll, oh there it is. :P

    So just to be clear, my deal was NOT about yanking things from the menu. Characters and tags - that's all perfectly fine! They were in their own space. My problem was that it takes a teeny bit too long to find the page I want, and then when I do find the page, it takes too long to find the specific info I'm after on it.

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.
  3. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Tartra: I didn't think your problem was too many items (that was nippoten). But the piece at the sidebar top that says "First Time Here?" with a link to the index is obviously NOT doing it's job if you didn't notice it, and so might as well be scrapped. Also, apparently "Home" should have it's own static page?? Alright, not something I'd considered. (I suppose when I never fail to miss an update, there's no point having the latest update be the first thing anyone sees on the site... people can follow the Twitter link...)

    So why did you click the "Awareness" index, rather than simply clicking the "Part 1" link directly below? ... IIIt's because the Part 1 link isn't directly below on a phone, isn't it. It displays the right justified thumbnail image below instead, huh? A thumbnail that you thought linked out somewhere useful. Well, that explains how I got a record 30 page views yesterday.

    Tip to everyone: Y'know what's ten times more important than never missing a weekly update after more than two years and 175 posts? Being able to have a "Pretty Wordpress Site" on multiple platforms, seriously. Those of you who have friends who read your stuff, make sure to get their opinions. ^_^;

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  4. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @mathtans - Did you just make a couple of tweaks to the site? Because everything got way easier to navigate. Heres's where I'm at (with a bit of effort put in to pretend like I'm brand new):

    Head to http://mathtans.wordpress.com/
    Click 'Awareness'.
    Scroll, scroll, scroll.
    Click 'Part 1'.
    Read.

    Honestly, your landing page makes having that 'Awareness' link redundant, because it's just going to take me to another page where I'd have to scroll to get the same list of chapters/parts/arcs. My two cents - literally just a suggestion if you feel like catering to the laziest of us - is that you can move that or emphasize it as a big page to tell you more about the story (links to characters, story summaries, art, WFG and TWF links - all the bonuses) instead of what it seems to be now, which is a repeat of the archive I already get when I click 'Home'. As a reader, it'd give me one unique page dedicated to the archive (i.e., your easy-to-find landing page), and one entirely separate experience offering more to explore about T&T.

    Hot damn, mathtans. That site's looking spiffy. :)

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.
  5. Dary (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    That Time and Tied index is just confusing. Is Book One Part One actually the beginning? Because there's a whole other index before that, under "Awareness", which itself is comprised of numbered parts...

  6. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Yeah, so, I made some tweaks. I made the Catalogue page into the Home page itself (I always knew how to do it, just didn't think I needed to). And I removed that shiny "Awareness" link, or rather shuttled it under the picture so that the first link seen is (I hope) "PART 1". Since from there, in theory, navigation is easy.

    @Dary: The deal is, each book has it's own index (with, as Tartra points out, links to all the bonuses, reader warnings, etc), versus the Catalogue page (now the Home page), which is purely story-driven and ergo merely has one-sentence summaries for anyone trying to remember where they left off. So yeah, the "Awareness" index is the exact same index as the catalogue, but it will only take you up to Part 24. Part 25 starts a new book (with more emphasis on Julie) and has it's own "Escalation" index. I've now shuttled those indexes underneath the pictures too. I'm hesitant to remove them entirely since each individual part includes a link to INDEX which is literally that page. (Well, four pages, four books.)

    Here's the funny piece, for those of you who've read this far in the thread. This single webpage in the WFG forums (page 2 of this topic) has 25 referrals to my site today -- for 5 unique people. Given at least one other click once there, that makes today the single most popular day for page views (we're pushing 90), beaten only by June 28th (the day after my guest post at "Legion of Nothing") even though today is one of the lowest for viewers, and no one got past Part 2. (Well, okay, Tartra jumped in later - hi there! Glad I'm getting spiffy!) I believe that's the very definition of "outlier". I do try to make people laugh. ^.^

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  7. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I've been sneaking my way through your site for a bit, mathtans. :) Slowly but surely!

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.
  8. nippoten (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Absolutely, if you have a good looking site, sometimes it's more fun to comb through than actually reading the story :P

    Certainly makes you want to come back.

  9. alex5927 (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    For free Wordpress sites, pretty much what everyone else says: find one you like that fits your story, and use that. For my current serial, I used one that looks somewhat newspaper-y, since it's supposed to be written by an aspiring investigative journalist. Wildbow uses free Wordpress and then modifies it with the extremely basic options they have to make it work, or at least, did for Worm and Pact. You just kind of have to find a nice-looking one and then use the barebones features they have to change it a little bit.

  10. justinwenger4 (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Is there some kind of online guide for customizing wordpress?

    Eidolonbound:http://royalroadl.com/fiction/11557
  11. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 2 years ago

    That depends on what you mean. If you're meaning Wordpress.com and their templates, they do have documentation there. If you're meaning self-hosted Wordpress, you'll want to go to Wordpress.org where they have resources for developers (programmers). That said, there are Wordpress development blogs all over, but they're mostly for graphic designers and programmers.

  12. ChrysKelly (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Sanctioned is self hosted (and I know a lot of people say "I can't self host because I can't justify the expense on a hobby," but I have to wonder how much people spend on other hobbies? I mean, I allocate myself a budget of £10 a month plus my £7 for KU for reading, and I tend to get the cheapest ebooks I can, because I'd rather have 5 or 10 new books each month, as opposed to one). 10 new books is like a whole fortnight of reading material.

    Anyway, when I signed up to my host, I got a free domain name. The site itself (the hosting) costs me £2.99 a month. I expect that if my site sees massive growth, I might have to go to a more expensive platform, but hopefully at that point I might be earning something on Patreon.

    I have another site I also pay £2.99 a month for, but it has nothing to do with serials.

    I have a further two serials currently running on free wordpress sites. I'm not entirely happy with the fact that every site looks different. I think they should all be the same, to have some branding. I'll be working on branding soon.

    Anyway, one thing I did on Sanctioned, and have continued on my other sites, is that I have absolutely no side bars. No menus. No widgets. If you come to my sites, you're there to read a story, and I make that process as simple as possible by having nothing there except story.

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