Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Website and Facebook changes

Having somewhat neglected the website for the last few months, I've started working on bringing it back up to date and adding some new social features.

A lot of the features on the site use features from other websites and I've changed the navigation bar at the top of the pages to reflect these changes including:

  • Removing the Photos and Videos links which previously showed content from YouTube and Flickr within the site. The videos and images are all still available by visiting my pages on those sites directly.
  • Removing the links to my MySpace page (more below), Bebo, Reverbnation and Indiestore. I now rarely use Bebo or Reverbnation and although they are updated automatically with status updates, these are the same as you will find on Twitter at twitter.com/dayvedean. Indiestore no longer exists.
  • Adding Twitter to the options - despite using it for years, for some reason I didn't previously have a link to Twitter on the navigation bar.

I've also started to integrate some more social features from Facebook including a 'Like' button on the song pages for Octagon. I'm hoping to expand on this more and to make the navigation on the site more about the albums and songs rather than repeating the same information in the shop, lyrics and discography pages. I'm also starting to make use of HTML5 audio on the site which means that you will be able to listen on a wider variety of devices including mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. Watch this space... And let me know if there's any changes you would like to see on the site! Either send an email to mailinglist@dayve.co.uk or leave a comment on the Facebook page.

While I'm freshening things up, I'm also going to be making some changes to the Facebook page at facebook.com/dayvedean out of necessity as much as anything else as I will be switching over to the new profile soon. It's now possible to include web content on the page so I'm hoping you will be able to access a lot of the content from the main site without having to leave Facebook. Again, any suggestions welcome.

Finally, I've removed the main link to MySpace from the website. Although I still have a profile over there at myspace.com/dayvedean there have been some major changes taking place on their site which has resulted in my page appearing to be broken! Although I've made changes to clean it up, they don't appear to be taking any effect. So feel free to pop over there and have a look but it seemed to make sense to remove the link at least for the time being.

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