Hey kids. Did I scare you?
I've been itching to do this since forever, or at least since October when I began my tinkering. You might have noticed that the theme, that is skin, that's the look of Adland didn't change this spring even though I was in the habit of changing skins at least once or twice a year (more in the earlier years, back in 1996 Adland re-skinned 7 times). Heck, I even had seven usuable skins to choose from for logged in users at one point so that everyone could pick a look they fancied. So why didn't I change the skin this year? I was tired of the tabled look and rather angry with the limitation posed due to the CMS that helped build the site. Sure we hade all sorts of fun fancy stuff, like RSS feeds for every users rated favorites, commens and posts, RSS feeds for every posts comments, RSS feeds for the commercials only or the ad gossip only. We really had RSS feeds for everything, and up the wazoo having aquired the habit of RSS back in 2000 we turned heavy addict fast. We also had the usual blog suspects like trackback, "previous - next" navigation, and topics and freetagging tags that each adgrunt could contribute to as they saw fit. But as with anything that constantly grows, Adland outgrew its CMS system. Once we were a basic HTML collection that grew to a manual .php goo, then added a database when PHPNuke came along, moved over to Mutant 6.4 Postnuke, upgraded that a few times and now we are a Drupal site.
So we've switched over to a fresh new system, that we hope can allow us to grow even bigger. This would not have been possible without the help from Code Guru cip who pushed me past the last and final hurdle today as my wits had run out of steam on the last leg.
Now, with the move a few things need to find new homes within the new system, which might make it look like i'm posting like a mad hatter, had they actually posted to blogs instead of made hats, but really I'm just adding stuff that had drowned in the archive. Lots of tweaks will be happening here this week, all to make things easier for you and your eyes. Until later, have fun looking around the new shiny Adland 4.0 (yeah, we had to say that. numbers make everything sound cooler dontchaknow).
Many features are in the works and some content is being restuffed, so don't panic if you don't see your favorite things around right now - but by all means pipe up if you have any ideas or suggestions or wishes because they are my commend and while I'm at it, I will tweak the way you like. Ya dig?
I'll be back once in a while to point at new stuff I've made as we go along and move on up.