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Be an Elbows Fan on Facebook
We recently launched an Elbows fan page on Facebook. You can chat with other Elbows users and get updates on new features. Check it out here.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been making silent updates to Elbows. Here are some of the more important enhancements and, as usual, if you have any suggestions, please let us know.
We’ve implemented the full-text search engine, Sphinx to replace our previous MySQL full-text search. This has lead to much faster searches and also the ability to sort results by relevance rather than by date.
Elbows started in late April of 2005, but due to performance issues, we were forced to archive a good chunk of posts. Thanks to some creative database changes and the addition of the new search engine, we were able to restore the complete archives back into the site.
This is something that people have been requesting for quite a while. The current artist pages are ‘/artist/artist-name/’. Simply append ‘feed’ to that in order to get artist feeds. Eg: http://elbo.ws/artist/radiohead/feed/ .
When you perform a search on the site, you’ll see an option in the middle bar to view video results for that search string. Eg: http://elbo.ws/videos/?q=radiohead
We were getting sort of tired of trying to make out those tiny 72×72 images that we’re been using for the posts, so we’ve switched to a smarter format that will show images in their original aspect with a height up to 125 pixels. Check it out and you’ll see what we’re saying.
Elbows Redesign Launched
The redesign includes an expanded Hot Artists section that includes a thumbnail from a random post as well as some teaser text to draw readers to the artist’s page or to the blog featured. The Hot Videos section allows visitors to view top videos embedded into the middle bar.
The search functions have been consolidated to allow visitors a single screen which includes search results from posts, artists, mp3s, and blogs.
The redesign has been taking up quite a bit of our time. Now that it’s finished, we can focus on adding new and interesting features throughout the site.
If you have any questions or requests, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.