Web creation diary
In this section, I want to detail my experience of getting a web site up and
running, with updates as and when necessary. I am not sure where this is all
heading, but maybe it will help me focus on where and how I want my site to
July 18 2002 : Went online with Calrissian.com , hosted by hostdepot.com,
domain name via network solutions.
August 21 2002 : Moved site, rehosted with phpwebhosting.com, in order to have a
php/sql web forum.
Jan 23'rd 2003
It has been months since i even remembered i made this page ;) -
i've had other many more important pages to develop you see.
Anyway, things have developed a lot since the site went live in July
Web visitors are continuing to increase, an average of around 23 a day
from all over the world. Hey, 23 a day may sound lousy, but its
higher than zero - as it was in July 2002 ;)
I Still lack significant content to web visitors in all my sections,
although the number of articles is starting to accumulate - finally.
Via Web visitor stats i have been altering and updating certain
content. In particular, there is a big demand for pages on Jade
goody and 'coolermaster cases'.
I am hoping that by March i will have a 1000 unique 'visiters' per
month - although of course, some of my visitors are those little
search engine robots that roam the web cataloguing sites.
I'm happy with how things have progressed in this first haft year.
Considering i didnt know jack about any of it 6months ago, i have my
site now registered with yahoo and dozens of other listings.
March 1'st 2003
Web stats for feb, 1506 visitors- hey, i'm starting to pick up in
the numbers finally :) Currently the core pages are still not being
viewed as i would hope. Although some of my worldviews are actually
still slim, but at least the site is reasonably stable now. I seem
to add maybe 3-6 new articals each month, give it another year, and
that will start to look quite significant i think.
How many 'real' people can i be expecting to visit my site by the
end of this year ? I guess if the trend continues, then maybe i will
have a stable 3000 visitors a month by end summer, and maybe as high
as 3500-5000 a month by end 2003. Naturally, a chunk of those
numbers will be robots, so, i gotta be realistic whenever i review
the web stats. Even so, the thought that i might be having a
thousand unique people visiting and looking through my site each
month, would be something of a success in my view.
July 3'rd 2003
Visitors for June stood at 7692. This is partly due to my writings
on Digitalspy.co.uk- for which i have recently been booted (damn
them). Of the 7000+ visits, almost 4000 were for the page 'secret
yahoo emoticons'. Its one of my 'flag pages'- its a very popular
search term, people visit the page, and then a few tend to end up
browsing my site. Flag pages - as i call them, can be useful in
getting a site listed with search engines, and in getting people to
initially get interested in your website.
am very happy with how things have progressed lately. Maybe i can
hit 10,000 a month by end 2003 ? That would be just wild, although i
need to add some more content. I still have yet to publish my
political section, which will really boost the site up a notch,
although that will have to wait until end. August.
Technically speaking, i have just come to grips with customising
forum templates, and am about to install my first onsite chat room.
It should help to build something in the way of a community. In the
coming months, i hope to learn some basics about implementing some
kind of 'news reporter' uploading system. If i'm to ever run a
decent sight, with a lot of content i'm going to need some form of
program to manage my envisioned team of writers.
Now that i am out of DS, visitor numbers will probably drop off
somewhat, although the overall trend is somewhat still upward. All
in all, i am very pleased.
My sites 1'st Anniversary
looms, a year ago i didnt even know how to upload a blank webpage, i
think i can be somewhat proud of how i've progressed.
August 1'st 2003
Site now has a customised chat room installed - am surprised at how
dead easy that was to install - would highly recommend Jpilot chat
software to any small website.
Despite losing the links via DS, the site has actually grown further
in July. Almost hitting 10,000 distinct visits, with 22k page views,
and 460k hits.
Visits now up to 9771 (of which 3k were for flag page Yahoo
emoticons). 2 gig of bandwidth used up - due primarily to audio
clips and new forum members.
Note, looks as though
10,000 unique visits will equate to around 2gig of BW, so i've until
around 25-30k visitors until i will need to upgrade my webhosting
Reporter software ? I really want to have installed some kind of
reporter program, so that people can upload to their own columns etc
- this would allow a massive amount of daily content to be added.
Hmm, a lot of reading to do though.
Have been reading around a lot about how sites explode in terms of
visits - primarily a result of being linked to via a major site. BBC
has done that with one talkbigbrother.com for example - and helped
that jump from a 100visits a day to many thousands a day - although
this is naturally placing a burden on that site.
*As things are, i can't possibly see getting much higher than 15,000
visits monthly pre.04. I've yet to make any attempt at advertising
May 20'th 2004
After a long period of doing jack' with the site... its BB time of
year, and i'm in the mood to get some things done. The reporter
(CMS) program is now working - using Postnuke.
Am now an affiliate for DWHS, hopefully that might be profitable -
will the 15+ flag pages work ?
Visits are steady at a 'mere' 125-150 a day, not that i've been
trying to get more people to the site. The forum is pretty much
ticking over, barely.
So, how will BB5 affect visits ? Just last week, someone posted a
'hotlink' to the BB3 argument clip, which sucked up 0.5 gig in 2
days. Hmm, we'll see.
Page Last updated :
* If you have any queries on anything here, i would be happy to