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ClubBase success and season review 
27th-May-2007 09:06 am

During the past week, the ClubBase pages have together received twice as many page views as Structure of The Pyramid page, the most popular page on the site. In fact the Clubs and Leagues pages have together produced 38% of the site's page views this week.

Listening to the build-up to the League play-offs taking place today and tomorrow, it seems an appropriate time to take a look back at the last season, and the changes it brought to the site. After I came home from a trip to Scotland, in the summer I started work on ClubBase. My life was time rich (unusually), and I was able to make good progress. Createing the LeagueMap brought many technical challenges, as I got to grips with JavaScript, XML, VBScript and ASP. At one point, caching issues meant I had to create a new page every time I made a change to my code, which proved tedious. After getting diverted updating the Sectioned Structure pages (which need updating again), I managed to launch the LeagueMap with all desired features present. The have since been some minor changes to the backend, to allow for when leagues are removed from the site, and to automatically produce the drop-down lists used selecting the division(s). The LeagueMap has been a popular and useful addition to the site

In November, I installed the guest-book provided by my hosting company. I was dismayed to discover that the creator thought that the plural of comment was comment's. This error took far too much effort to eliminate, and I still haven't heard back from the guest-book's creators. (For other users of phpBook: the relevant word is at line 18 of english.php in the languages folder). The guest-book also experienced major spamming issues, which was a surprise, given it was recommended by my hosting company. After staring at unfamiliar PHP for some time, I managed to eliminate the more common types of spam posts. There are still some spam posts, but analysis of the server's web statistics reveal my measures have blocked the vast majority. The Ground Grading page was also added in November, and has proved a quiet success for something that was really just created out of personal curiosity. (Though that is arguably true of the entire site). 2006 proved to be a record year in terms of visitor statistics.

The New Year saw me switch to this LiveJournal for news and updates. Posting has take place (roughly) when I've done work on the site. Possibly one coudl analyise this to see if there is any pattern to when I work on the site, but I would prefere to use my time more productively. Leagues continued to be added to the ClubBase during January and Febuary, and eventually went public at end of March. (There was a link to ClubBase on a more obscure page prior to it becoming "public", in order to allow search engines to index the page).

In the middle of March, the Pyramid Poster went on sale. The invetsment required was fairly large, but I am very happy with the quality of the product. Sales were less than hoped for, but have been ticking over nicely. April was a slower month, but I did narrow dowm the list of leagues with unconfirmed status to just ten. Four of those were uncontactable, and six failed to reply to my email. (Given these emails generally require a one line reply, the lack of reply is asource of great annoyance). Finally, May saw me move house, with obvious disruptive effects to my internet life.

That was the past - what of the furture? As mentioned in the previous post, I have to check every club to see which league and division (if any) it is playing in for the new season. There's also the small matter of over 4,000 clubs that need to be added to the database. I also want to overhaul and update the League Ratings. Aside from including the last two seasons, I want to make it easier for me to produce them. (It currently uses a convuluted Excel file - I may end up cretaing a dedictaed applet to do the job instead). The League Ratings will also appear on the Division Details page. Finally, I want to the ratings to produce predictions for the FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase.

That rounds off my 2006-07 season review. I shall end by wishing you a happy summer.

 

 

 

Comments 
29th-May-2007 10:41 pm (UTC) - Thanks
Just leaving a note of thanks for all the work you've done on the website. I, too, remember James M. Ross' web page for the pyramid, and moved on to Tony Kempster and Richard Rundle's contributions on the topic, but your work is also very much appreciated.

I do have a question, though.

You mention above that the Sectioned Structure pages need updating, and was just wondering if you had set a time-line yet for when that would be complete.

Lastly, are there any murmurs about the FA reorganizing the pyramid even further down than they've done thus far?

Thanks again.
30th-May-2007 11:47 am (UTC) - Re: Thanks
Thanks for you kind words :-) IN answer to your question, I hope to get the Section pages up to date for the start of the new season. I haven't heard anything about proposed re-organisation below level 8, except an intention to reduce the number of level 9 divisions from 14 to 12.
27th-Nov-2007 06:10 pm (UTC) - East End Park
Anonymous
I notice you have East End Park on your site but you don't have details of our website. Our web Address is www.eep.webeden.co.uk.

Cheers

Sean Tunnicliffe
East End Park WMC FC
13th-May-2008 05:48 am (UTC) - Регистрация доменов в зоне RU по 115 рублей за год
Anonymous
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подробности на сайте - www.rusureg.ru, icq - 575225
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