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A few blog update request

Travel Forums System Talk A few blog update request

1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

I love you guys, you know that right?

There, I said something nice, so now I can complain...

Not complaints, really, requests for additional blog functionality.

1) I like that now I can have links. It would be very cool if there was the ability to put JPG or HTML links in the links area (and perhaps in the blog text itself as well).

Not too toot my own horn or anything, but this cool site called has chosen to feature my blog on their site. I'm quite proud of it, really. Anyway, I notice that other blogs featured on the site have a cool image that says "Featured on TravelBlogs" with a picture of a star. I sure wish I could do that...

2) Categories - Ability to put multiple categories against a blog, and add new categories. I'd still keep the country separate (for ease of navigating to it from the country areas).

3) Open links in new window. Could there be an option when adding a link to have it open in a new window as opposed to the existing window?

Cheers, guys.

Did I mention how much you make my world go around?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Man, whoever runs that site must be insane :)

Let me see, currently the image thing is obviously not possible in the side bar, but it's always been possible within the blog text (not sure if that was obvious or not?). It doesn't really tie in with our ideas around those links, but now that you mention it I don't know why it shouldn't be added.

Categories were my main pet peeve as well when I was working on this. There needs to be some way to add one's own categories I think. This is higher priority in my mind than the images on links, but it's also quite a lot more work.

When talking about the links opening in a different window, do you mean the ones within the blog text or the ones on the right? To be honest, we've kind of stopped doing the whole 'open in a new window' thing because more and more people find it annoying rather than beneficial. In web development terms it's kind of like forcing the user's computer to do something without the user giving you that permission and it's frowned on by cool developers like ourselves of course (seeing as a user can easily open any link in a new window or tab using right click or keyboard controls).

Unfortunately, the changes are not going to happen any time soon as another big update is sucking up pretty much all our time right now :(

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am

When talking about the links opening in a different window, do you mean the ones within the blog text or the ones on the right?

I meant the ones in the text. If it's taboo, that's cool. Personally, I like to have links open in a new window when I am reading text, as I can still keep my place in the original text. If 99.99% of the rest of the world hates it, I will defer to them.


4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Well, I don't know if 99.99% of the people hate it, but for developers it's been a discussion point for years because so many believe it overrides what the user can expect. It's probably one of those areas where developers also get carried away because for most of them it's customary to hit the ctrl button when clicking on a link if they want it to open in a different window or tab. But that of course doesn't mean it's expected by users, just that a lot of developers believe it should be done this way (a few years ago when tabbed browsing wasn't so popular, it was still used a lot though). I don't really mind too much either way actually but Peter might feel stronger about this (Sander would probably have more info on this as well).... if we did it, it would have to be done for all links though, not that it can be set for links individually.

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5899 posts) 9y

Hey Greg, I've added in an option to use an image for the link. I'll PM you the correct image to use for ;)

Categories will have to wait till a more serious update - but I agree it is certainly something that needs tackling.

Links opening in new windows.. what Sam said. I used to prefer the opening in new windows mode of operating, but I've really grown quite accustomed to "command" clicking (in Mac - not sure about PC equivalent), which loads the link in a separate tab. I just like the control and considering the "open in a new window" feature is not part of the current html standards, I'd rather avoid it. :) But I totally can see why you might want it though - I remember having this discussion with Sander a couple of years back and at the time I was more on your side of the fence. I guess I was converted.