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.
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.