A New Logged-In Home Page!

Greetings everybody,

As hinted by Mr. Abela in a blog comment he posted on 02/21/2009 ChristianBlog.Com has undergone a change to a new (logged in) "Home Page" that he has been working on.

This new home page is vastly quicker to load, much cleaner and easier to view all relative information, and is the next step forward in a new overall layout and design of ChristianBlog.Com!

The Changes:

Here are the changes:

(1) The page is much smaller in length (which means less scrolling) due to the removal of "blog previews". By removing the first part of the blog message we have been able to reduce the overall length of the home page by 400% - this means less scrolling down and down and down and down to get to the bottom of the page! Don't worry though, you can still view a preview of the blog text! Simply move your mouse over the Blog Titles and you should see a small window-type-area that displays with the normal blog introduction.

(2) Less unnecessary text and images. We have done away with repetitive avatar photographs. In fact, all avatars have now been removed from the home page. This has lead to an increase of ~1 second page-load-time. We have also removed blocks of text that were explaining things that were beyond obvious.

(3) "New Blogs" and "Updated Blogs". The old home page was confusing. We used it every day of our lives and even thought it was messed up.... so, we fixed it! We now have to ways of showing new and updated blog entries! First up is the "Recent Published Blog Entries" which displays all of the blog entries published since you last logged into the website (limited to a max of 50 blogs). Than we added a section called "Blog Entries With New Comments" which displays all of the blog entries with new comments since you last logged into the website (limited to a max of 50 blogs). These two new areas create a massively easier to understand and navigate home page!

(4) Our new "New Members Since You Last Visited" is vastly simplified and cleaned-up! Now with a quick glance you can view all of the new members of ChristianBlog.Com, where they live, their gender and their age!

(5) Our "prayer requests", "praise reports" and "open discussion" are almost identical as before. We just made very small cosmetic changes to help things stay consistent throughout the entire home page.

(6) Our "Members Who've Logged In Within The Last 24 Hours!" has undergone some serious reworking. In fact we had originally removed it all together, but those who were testing this new home page complained about it being gone... so, we brought it back!

(7) No more "user level icons" and "donator status icons". This is really only one honest way to put this: We were tired of looking at them. They were ugly. They distracted us. They caused the website page to look bad. And the list goes on. Yes, it was very nice to be able to quickly look and see what level a member was (free/premier/gold), but there has been a very large amount of community feedback (mostly negative) about the amount of chatter we've been chattering about, in regards to the issue of free/premier/gold members. So, those of you who want to complain about this feature being removed... take it up with those who have been yelling at us about giving those who support ChristianBlog.Com a nice way of recognizing them. For now, they are going to stay gone. In the next few days we will be updating every members profile page to show their members status (free/premier/gold) as a way of being able to recognize and identify peoples membership levels. (ps: within the "Members Who've Logged In Within The Last 24 Hours!" section of the home page... those names at the first part of the list in bold font... they are gold/premier members)

(8) Advertisement. Yes, ChristianBlog.Com now has blatant advertisement. The facts are simple: Most people do not feel like they should have to pay to have advanced features of websites and thus help out those websites to stay online. We understand this - to a degree. We understand that paying for website usage is not a "norm"... but we also understand that some website (such as ChristianBlog.Com) are a huge ministry and thus need financial assistance! As a result of lack of funds to keep ChristianBlog.Com operational - only ~0.1% of our members help support us - ChristianBlog.Com is being forced to find alternative means of cash flow. For us, at this time, that means advertisement. This is not a course of action we wanted to take, and have fought three years to try to make sure this day never came, but it is a course of action we have to take at this time. The owner of ChristianBlog.Com, Mr. Abela, said it best herein. ChristianBlog.Com has ran in the red (that means a negative cash flow... or... it is costing more to run the website than what the website brings in) for over three years, and Mr. Abela is no longer able to sustain a negative cash flow for the website. If this course of action (that being advertisement) is not able to reverse the negative cash flow within two Quarters (that would be 6 months) Mr. Abela may be forced to shut down the website. The present cashflow from Premier Membership is not even 1/50th of the monthly expenses of the website and donations are at an all time low. So, if you are able to become a Premier Member now would be the time! If you are able to donate, now would be the time! And if you are looking to advertise something... here is your chance! ChristianBlog.Com has over 2-million verified page views a month... that is a whole lot of eye-balls that would be viewing your product!

(9) Less "website statistics" on the right-side of the website. Previously we got a little overboard with the amount of statistics we were displaying. Ok, overboard might be putting it lightly. So, we have drastically scaled back the amount of totally-useless statistics that we were displaying -- and in the process saved 3-5 seconds of page-load-time!

(10) Gallery/Photograph removed. We are no longer showing the new gallery/photograph on the home page. There are three reasons for this: (1) Page load time. On busy days it would take well over 5 seconds to load the huge amount of new photographs that were uploaded. And, the idea behind this new home page is to get it to load as quickly as possible. (2) Privacy Rights. As part of the eventual migration to a system where you can only view content of those who you are a friend of, I figured this would be a good time to start pulling the most sensitive information out... and photographs are one of the most sensitive items we have here at ChristianBlog.Com, so it was a natural course of reason to pull them from the mass public view. (3) Abuse. When somebody does upload a photograph that is unacceptable, every member who logged into the website had to see it. By no longer showing the gallery uploads, we no longer have to worry about whether or not we are going to come face-to-face with a totally unacceptable photograph!

Public Feedback:

As always, we expect our members to have their own thoughts, comments and suggestions about changes here at ChristianBlog.Com!

This is one of the great things about the website! We really do listen to our members! Over 1/3 of all of the features of ChristianBlog.Com are features that have been suggested by members of ChristianBlog.Com!

So, we know that when we change something as drastic as our home page -- the #1 most popular page of our website -- folks are going to have their thoughts and complaints and praises!

Know that we are still going to listen to them, as always.

Thank you,
ChristianBlog.Com

@allforhim
Andrea Lynn @allforhim ·

OK, how do we know if a new pic has been uploaded? On our wall will it tell us if a friend has uploaded a new pic? I liked this feature of seeing the new pics. Just curious if there is anything that might kind of replace it?

Blessings!

Andrea

@kraftykatz
Marsha Tyler Ronquist @kraftykatz ·

One of the things I most enjoyed about ChristianBlog was the no advertisements.

But I also totally understand the cash flow problem.

It is sad that so many people seem to want everything to be free when in reality nothing here on earth is free.

Whatever changes the CB team decides is neccessary I will accept without compliant, even advertisements. :headbanger:

The genealogy site I visit are loaded with ads, so please do try to keep them at a minimum.

KraftyKatz
:coffee: drinking tea

@luckyone
Andrew Luckhaupt @luckyone ·

It looks mawalous!

@blessings2you
Kirk M @blessings2you ·

My heart is troubled and my spirit is not at peace. What I see happening should not be going on. There is no good reason why there should be a need for the owner of this site to devote the outlandish amount of time and money to keep this site going. One of the things that has deeply bothered me since joining this site is the meager number of people willing to give back for the benefits received here.

Because this is not an official church or ministry with the ability to provide tax benefits for giving, the whole idea of giving to this site is anathema to many. The unfortunate reality is that many people will not give to organizations or groups unless they get the tax benefit in return. They will PAY for privileges but not GIVE in appreciation of them.

For two years I operated a charity trying to find resources for hurricane and other disaster victims. Because, by choice, this charity was not an official 401c3 charity, there were no tax benefits for giving to it. Although people spoke highly of the effort and praised the good things being done; no one gave more than a few dollars because there was no tax break involved. I financed this charity until my money ran out and I continued to finance it through loans until the banks said "no more".

I have had to shut down the charity due to lack of giving. Sure, I could have spent the time and money to become a legitimate "not for profit" charity and perhaps might have lured someone with deep pockets to give a ton of money for the tax benefits. But I chose not to because I determined it would be unethical to do so.

I have no idea how much money I have contributed to this site by way of direct contributions, special donations and purchasing Premier memberships for a good number of people. I did not do this for the purpose of receiving my nice little gold star. I gave because this site has blessed me so much and giving back is supposed to be the way you show appreciation for someone or some group blessing you.

I will be the first to admit I did not have the means to give what I have here. But, honesty dictated that as I had freely received I needed to freely give. It pains me deeply that due to my medical bills I am unable to give back financially to this site at the moment. It pains me even more that so many people who have gotten blessed here still refuse to so much as become Premiere members let alone move up to the gold star status. It pains me yet more to hear that many people think down upon us who have given so much. Childish is what I call this, just plain childish.

The thought of this site having to be closed down sends chills down my spine. I know by firsthand experience what it is like to have to shut down an operation due to lack of funding. God forbid that would happen here. If I had any money, and I mean that literally, I would gladly send it to more fully support this site which I have witnessed change people's lives.

Here is the honest truth folks. This site, which is not an official church or ministry, has done more to bless, instruct, teach and help more people than many churches which receive weekly offerings that are probably fifty times what comes in here. This site has provided many of us the forum to write, share and discuss things that is not available anywhere else. What is so wrong in giving back to a place that provides the means to get blessed and to bless?

I write this in no official capacity since I have none. I serve on no boards on this site and my contributions and donations have bought me no special privileges or avenues of access. Let me say again that when someone or some group blesses you, the proper response should be to give back to that person or group in some way. This is how God set it up so that the blessings can keep flowing. All I can do is pray that more people become more willing give back to this site for all it has given to them.

@poodlelady
Sandy Brooks @poodlelady ·

Okay keep in mind I am a person that is fond of changes.

I do not like the new lay-out, but I will get used to it and I understand you guys are trying to improve the workability of the site.

I will miss the pictures being gone, although I must confess after they got moved to the bottom of the page I sometimes forgot to check them. Yes we occasionally got an unacceptable one but once we found the report button for pics I think that they were reported and removed as found necessary. I do realize photos slow things down. The draw back to this is you can now only look at friends pics and must go to there profile to do so.

As for the avatars -only a few people actually used a pic of themselves anyhow to they won't be missed by me.

I find the new logged in list very hard to look at because it's all run together, but I suppose that's a space thing.

I will miss the blogs preview because it was so easy to scan through the blog to see what it was about and determine if I wanted to continue reading it, but I will get used to the new way of doing this.

Advertising -well I really wish it hadn't come to that but with the amount of growth at CB in this past year and people not seeing the need to support CB- I guess I saw this coming.

Truth is -you have to do what you have to do to keep the site going. This old lady my not like the changes but she will adjust to them and move on cause this site has become a part of my life and I don't want to see it gone!

Thank you for your time and hard work All of you that make it possible for me to be here!

@kreynolds
K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

I think B2Y said it very well. I know the people in one of my groups here have said over and over again how much this site means to them. A lot of them are premier members and some of them have given above and beyond.

It is easy to say "I can't". It is easy to say "I can only give a little and that little won't make a difference." Today I challenged my group to be like the boy with the five loaves and two fish. I challenged them to open up their hands to God and say "All that I have is yours. What do you want from me?" Then offer it up to Him, even if it's not money (prayers work wonders you know), and ask God to multiply it! He'll do that you know, but you have to ask Him to do so.

Yes, so many of us are facing financial challenges but...God is not! The economy has absolutely no impact on God. I have to tell you that a few days ago, God had laid an amount on my heart. It wasn't a very big amount by any means but I felt I needed to make it a monthly goal. Well, God blessed my husband and I unexpectedly and I thought, I'll give half the amount and then perhaps I will have a bit more the following week and I can make my goal. Ironically I encountered a "technical problem" and it was paid twice. I realized that rather quickly and decided that it was a God-thing and I guessed I was gifting the whole amount right then.
I even got a message asking if I wanted the second one refunded. No, I figured God would take care of it and He did on Sunday. I was gifted by someone else with twice as much as what I gave.

We talk a lot about faith but it is not enough to talk about it, we need to live by it!

Like Poo said, change can be hard, especially for us "older folks" :wink:, however, I know how much many of us love CB and appreciate all the hard work that goes into it even if some of us can get a bit "difficult" at times.

K :princess:

@savedbyegrace
Linda Young @savedbyegrace ·

I like the cleaner and sleeker look to the home page but like Pooh, have trouble distinguishing where one section ends and the next begins. Due to old-eye syndrome, no doubt. I wonder if it's possible to make the titles of the section in a different color, or even color-code the name of the blog entry by category.
If that sounds dumb, I'm sorry. You can tell I'm clueless on how to set up a web page.

I suppose my big question is, am I sure I will at least see each new entry listed somewhere on the home page so that I can decide if I want to read it or not?

Yes, thank you so much for everything you do for this site.

:heart:
Gracie

@abelajohnb
John B. Abela @abelajohnb ·

Hello everybody,

Thank you to everybody that has taken the time to share your thoughts and comments.

I will try to address all the issues thus far brought up, and I will be quick and to the point in my comments.

[quote=kraftykatz]One of the things I most enjoyed about ChristianBlog was the no advertisements. But I also totally understand the cash flow problem. It is sad that so many people seem to want everything to be free when in reality nothing here on earth is free. Whatever changes the CB team decides is neccessary I will accept without compliant, even advertisements. The genealogy site I visit are loaded with ads, so please do try to keep them at a minimum. KraftyKatz drinking tea[/quote]

I too do not like having a website full of advertisements. However I do not like running a ministry that runs in the red. That is un Biblical and unacceptable to me. The amount of advertisements from here out will depend upon the amount of cash flow they bring in, the amount of [url=http://www.christianblog.com/membership/]Premier Members[/url] we have or do not have, and the amount of [url=http://www.christianblog.com/donate/]donations[/url] we receive. The more of the latter two, the lesser of the first.

[quote=luckyone]It looks mawalous![/quote]

Thanks and glad you like it!

[quote=blessings2you]My heart is troubled and my spirit is not at peace. What I see happening should not be going on. There is no good reason why there should be a need for the owner of this site to devote the outlandish amount of time and money to keep this site going. One of the things that has deeply bothered me since joining this site is the meager number of people willing to give back for the benefits received here.Because this is not an official church or ministry with the ability to provide tax benefits for giving, the whole idea of giving to this site is anathema to many. The unfortunate reality is that many people will not give to organizations or groups unless they get the tax benefit in return. They will PAY for privileges but not GIVE in appreciation of them. For two years I operated a charity trying to find resources for hurricane and other disaster victims. Because, by choice, this charity was not an official 401c3 charity, there were no tax benefits for giving to it. Although people spoke highly of the effort and praised the good things being done; no one gave more than a few dollars because there was no tax break involved. I financed this charity until my money ran out and I continued to finance it through loans until the banks said "no more".I have had to shut down the charity due to lack of giving. Sure, I could have spent the time and money to become a legitimate "not for profit" charity and perhaps might have lured someone with deep pockets to give a ton of money for the tax benefits. But I chose not to because I determined it would be unethical to do so.I have no idea how much money I have contributed to this site by way of direct contributions, special donations and purchasing Premier memberships for a good number of people. I did not do this for the purpose of receiving my nice little gold star. I gave because this site has blessed me so much and giving back is supposed to be the way you show appreciation for someone or some group blessing you. I will be the first to admit I did not have the means to give what I have here. But, honesty dictated that as I had freely received I needed to freely give. It pains me deeply that due to my medical bills I am unable to give back financially to this site at the moment. It pains me even more that so many people who have gotten blessed here still refuse to so much as become Premiere members let alone move up to the gold star status. It pains me yet more to hear that many people think down upon us who have given so much. Childish is what I call this, just plain childish. The thought of this site having to be closed down sends chills down my spine. I know by firsthand experience what it is like to have to shut down an operation due to lack of funding. God forbid that would happen here. If I had any money, and I mean that literally, I would gladly send it to more fully support this site which I have witnessed change people's lives.Here is the honest truth folks. This site, which is not an official church or ministry, has done more to bless, instruct, teach and help more people than many churches which receive weekly offerings that are probably fifty times what comes in here. This site has provided many of us the forum to write, share and discuss things that is not available anywhere else. What is so wrong in giving back to a place that provides the means to get blessed and to bless?I write this in no official capacity since I have none. I serve on no boards on this site and my contributions and donations have bought me no special privileges or avenues of access. Let me say again that when someone or some group blesses you, the proper response should be to give back to that person or group in some way. This is how God set it up so that the blessings can keep flowing. All I can do is pray that more people become more willing give back to this site for all it has given to them.[/quote]

Not much to say here other than to agree with you. I have been in the ministry for going on 15 years. I have seen way to much "taking for granted" and have resolved a pledge to myself to not continue to suffer this any further. While I love the fellowship that goes on here, and while I dearly appreciate those who do become Premier Members and those who donate... I cannot continue to operate a ministry of the Lord that is failing to supply my needs to continue to keep it operational. If that means finding alternative means of financial gain I will do what I have to. If that means I sell the website to get out from under it, I will do what I have to. If that means shutting it down to save further going in the whole, I will do what I have too. Some folks here understand all too well the struggles I have faced over the last three years to keep ChristianBlog.Com operational. Most of them are those who support the website. Sadly those folks are not enough folks to cover the expenses. Doing what I have to do at this point. I appreciate the comments blessings2you.

[quote=poodlelady]Okay keep in mind I am a person that is fond of changes.I do not like the new lay-out, but I will get used to it and I understand you guys are trying to improve the workability of the site.I will miss the pictures being gone, although I must confess after they got moved to the bottom of the page I sometimes forgot to check them. Yes we occasionally got an unacceptable one but once we found the report button for pics I think that they were reported and removed as found necessary. I do realize photos slow things down. The draw back to this is you can now only look at friends pics and must go to there profile to do so.As for the avatars -only a few people actually used a pic of themselves anyhow to they won't be missed by me.I find the new logged in list very hard to look at because it's all run together, but I suppose that's a space thing.I will miss the blogs preview because it was so easy to scan through the blog to see what it was about and determine if I wanted to continue reading it, but I will get used to the new way of doing this.Advertising -well I really wish it hadn't come to that but with the amount of growth at CB in this past year and people not seeing the need to support CB- I guess I saw this coming. Truth is -you have to do what you have to do to keep the site going. This old lady my not like the changes but she will adjust to them and move on cause this site has become a part of my life and I don't want to see it gone!Thank you for your time and hard work All of you that make it possible for me to be here![/quote]

In regards to the gallery being removed: I think an important thing to remember is that this change of the home page is one of the multitude of steps we are taking to provide a much greater level of Privacy Control. Part of this new [blog=christianblog/major-security-updates-coming-soon-to-christianblog/]Privacy Control[/blog] is a move away from "everybody sees everything" to a place where "only friends see friends" information. This is an important factor to keep in mind because ultimately while ChristianBlog.Com is a "community" we also have to protect the privacy rights of the individual, and most importantly the privacy rights of the individuals who are minors. It is my personal opinion that next to real names, phone numbers, and mailing addresses, "photographs" are one of the most important pieces of content when it comes to personal security. We must not forget that even though ChristianBlog.Com "feels safe" there is no guarantee that it will also be safe or that it even is safe at this exact point in time. When a member begins to upload photographs of themselves, their house, their car, their room, and so forth, that is opening up a major risk of self-protection. It is with this in mind that we have to consider the Privacy Rights of our members. I can think of no better way to protect the mass majority of our members from photograph predators, than by making it as hard as possible for them to gain access to individual photographs. Step One in that process is removing all uploaded photographs from the public view and forcing people to view peoples profile or to use your own "My Wall" to see when your friends upload new photographs to their gallery. The "My Wall" within our individual Profile pages really is to become the heart of information dissemination in the future. It is not fully operational yet, but we are working on it every week to bring it up to a fully operational level.

In regards to the blog previews being removed: I do understand what you are saying. I myself find that not having the ability to quickly see what a blog is about is frustrating. However, it is forcing me to actually go into every blog and take a look at it, if only for a second or to. I am confident that eventually this will lead to me spending more time reading blogs rather than just skimming their introduction/preview. I recall something I heard last week about how people judge what blogs they read based upon how many views it has had. That annoys the crap out of me. Seriously, how fair is that! If you ask me, forcing people to click into a blog to view what it is about is perhaps one of the best things we can do to break this hideous judgement of what blogs they should read or not read. Could it mean in less people reading more blogs because they do not want to take the time to click into every single blog entry? Yes. Absolutely. And I do realize that. However I would like to again remind everybody that we should not be judging what blogs we read based upon how many views or comments they have had. We should be reading the blogs of our friends (very easy to track from within your "My Wall" feature) and reading the blogs of new members to find potential new friends, and we should be reading blogs that have titles that speak to you. But to judge whether you are going to read a specific blog because of the first two sentences of the blog, or how many comments it has had, or even worse, how many views it has had... that's... well.. that's just wrong. [i](I am not speaking this directly at poodlelady but everybody in general who that might apply too.)[/i]

[quote=kreynolds]I think B2Y said it very well. I know the people in one of my groups here have said over and over again how much this site means to them. A lot of them are premier members and some of them have given above and beyond. It is easy to say "I can't". It is easy to say "I can only give a little and that little won't make a difference." Today I challenged my group to be like the boy with the five loaves and two fish. I challenged them to open up their hands to God and say "All that I have is yours. What do you want from me?" Then offer it up to Him, even if it's not money (prayers work wonders you know), and ask God to multiply it! He'll do that you know, but you have to ask Him to do so.Yes, so many of us are facing financial challenges but...God is not! The economy has absolutely no impact on God. I have to tell you that a few days ago, God had laid an amount on my heart. It wasn't a very big amount by any means but I felt I needed to make it a monthly goal. Well, God blessed my husband and I unexpectedly and I thought, I'll give half the amount and then perhaps I will have a bit more the following week and I can make my goal. Ironically I encountered a "technical problem" and it was paid twice. I realized that rather quickly and decided that it was a God-thing and I guessed I was gifting the whole amount right then.I even got a message asking if I wanted the second one refunded. No, I figured God would take care of it and He did on Sunday. I was gifted by someone else with twice as much as what I gave.We talk a lot about faith but it is not enough to talk about it, we need to live by it!Like Poo said, change can be hard, especially for us "older folks" , however, I know how much many of us love CB and appreciate all the hard work that goes into it even if some of us can get a bit "difficult" at times.K[/quote]

Thank you for your comments. They mean a great deal to me!

[quote=savedbyegrace]I like the cleaner and sleeker look to the home page but like Pooh, have trouble distinguishing where one section ends and the next begins. Due to old-eye syndrome, no doubt. I wonder if it's possible to make the titles of the section in a different color, or even color-code the name of the blog entry by category.If that sounds dumb, I'm sorry. You can tell I'm clueless on how to set up a web page.I suppose my big question is, am I sure I will at least see each new entry listed somewhere on the home page so that I can decide if I want to read it or not?Yes, thank you so much for everything you do for this site. Gracie[/quote]

I am not sure what we can do to "distinguishing where one section ends and the next begins" because the general design of the page has not changed. Things have been compacted a bit but the design itself (graphics, text, layout, etc) has not changed. I think the placement of the "advertisements" above and below the two sections for new/updated Blog Entries helps a great deal to case a break of sort between the blogs and the rest of the page. As much as I hate to say "lets throw more advertisements out onto the page", perhaps that would be a viable solution to help break things part into more obvious sections?

All of the newly published Blog Entries are listed under the "Recent Published Blog Entries" section, which is right below the "Featured Blogs" and the first advertisement. All of the Blog Entries with new comments added to them are listed under the "Blog Entries With New Comments" section, which is right below the "Recent Published Blog Entries" section and just above the second advertisement. So, somewhere within those two sections are going to be all of the blogs you are looking for.

Thank you everybody,
John B. Abela
Founder/Owner, ChristianBlog.Com

@angelita
·

hey,
Just wanted to say that everything looks good. I wish there was a way that I could donate or buy a membership here but I do not have the means to do so at the moment. So those of you that are critizing those who do not have the means to help this wonderful website please remember that you don't know every situation that is going on in that person's life. So instead of critizing, pray for them. I may not have the money to help but I can be a prayer warrior for this website. If I have to see the advertisements that is fine as long as I get to worship with such wonderful christians and maybe bless someone. This is the only place that I can feel safe. I have been blessed by this website so I hope that the people who can donate will and those of us who truely can't donate then they do what i am doing, Praying.
John, you are truely a blessing and you do what you need to do to the website, I pray for you and the team and may God's will be done.
Angelita

@blessings2you
Kirk M @blessings2you ·

Please forgive me if I sounded critical of anyone who cannot donate. That was not my intention. I understand there are situations where people honestly cannot give. My comments were directed in a general way and not specific to anyone's particular situation.

John, is there no longer a way to see "all the recent blogs" that used to be at the bottom of the home page? Perhaps I am missing something but there doesn't appear to be any way to see what has been written throughout the day and the previous day, or is it somewhere I didn't look?

Thanks,
B2Y

@blessings2you
Kirk M @blessings2you ·

Please disregard my question for I found it in faded print under the three newest blogs. Sorry for my bad eyes.
B2Y

@abelajohnb
John B. Abela @abelajohnb ·

@b2y,

Underneath the "Recent Published Blog Entries" section is a grey-text-link that says "view more recent blog entries".

If you click on that link you will be taken to a page of the website where almost all of the published blog entries are listed (and with blog preview text too). :wink:

If you would prefer to have that be the main page you view when you log into the website, you can go to "Account" at the top of the website, than click "Login Location Settings", and set the drop-down option to "most recent blog entries". Than anytime you log into the website you'll be taken straight to that page. Of course, you can also select the "Personal Profile" to be taken straight to your own profile page, if you are somebody who has come to love the new "Wall" feature and prefer to use it for keeping tabs on what your friends are doing.

Thank you,
John B. Abela
Founder/Owner, ChristianBlog.Com

@kraftykatz
Marsha Tyler Ronquist @kraftykatz ·

I noticed that when the my arrow goes over certain blogs, the first few lines are seen and can be read. This happens with the

Recent published blog enters
and
Blog enters with new comment.

It does not happen with the featured blogs or the CB news blogs.

Was anyone aware of this besides me?

KraftyKatz :coffee:

@blessings2you
Kirk M @blessings2you ·

[quote]If you would prefer to have that be the main page you view when you log into the website, you can go to "Account" at the top of the website, than click "Login Location Settings", and set the drop-down option to "most recent blog entries". Than anytime you log into the website you'll be taken straight to that page. [/quote]

I tried this and got the same home page as before. The option to go to "personal profile" worked fine, but not "most recent..."

I will try it again later.

B2Y

@kreynolds
K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

@angelita and any other member who may have felt criticized by my comment,

I'm very sorry you felt that I was being critical of those who are unable to donate. That was not my intent. Please note that if you read my comment carefully you will see that I said:
[quote]I challenged them to open up their hands to God and say "All that I have is yours. What do you want from me?" Then offer it up to Him, [b][i]even if it's not money (prayers work wonders you know)[/b][/i], and ask God to multiply it! He'll do that you know, but you have to ask Him to do so.[/quote]
I am not trying to suggest that people are unable to donate because they're not "praying" rather I was trying to suggest that even if someone is unable to currently do any type of financial donation at all they can still pray for this site. They can pray that things be done God's way. They can pray for the right advertisers, they can pray that God moves upon the hearts of those who can give and that they be obedient to God. They can pray blessings upon this site. I apologize if that was not made clear.

I shared my recent story not to criticize others but because I know that sometimes people may feel prompted to give but fear creeps in. I believe that when we hear the testimonies of others, that can often encourage us to go ahead and do what the Holy Spirit is already prompting us to do.

K :princess:

@abelajohnb
John B. Abela @abelajohnb ·

@b2y, that's because I'm an idiot... I think I fixed the issue. It should work now. Thanks.

@everybody, thanks for all the support your providing - technical support, moral support, financial support, and most importantly, the supporting of each other!

John

@luckyone
Andrew Luckhaupt @luckyone ·

All,

I have begun to fervently pray for finances to move for myself and others.

John,

Is there a way that we would be able to send a shout out to new comers, say on their first day w/o them becoming friends. I think receiving a shoutout would increase the duration of a persons stay and maybe become a paying member.

I am sorry that the numbers have been such a trial. I know you are doing what the Lord leads you to do.

I hope you are blessed as we are blessed here.

L1

@abelajohnb
John B. Abela @abelajohnb ·

Andrew Luckhaupt (@luckyone),

That has been a [url=http://www.christianblog.com/group/christianblog-feature-suggestions/#comment_5b9dbcefcc963391013e477df1f88d30]recent suggestion[/url] posted in the Feature Suggestion Group.

Unknown of any possibility of implementation at this time.

Keep an eye on the [url=http://www.christianblog.com/group/christianblog-feature-suggestions/]Feature Suggestions[/url] Group comments for possible updates.

Thanks,
John

@blessings2you
Kirk M @blessings2you ·

just a note to say the "total views" are missing on the "most recent blogs page".
B2Y

@bubbavela
Albert Bunyea @bubbavela ·

I just feel blessed to be here. I can't wait to contribute. Blessings to John for the wonderful group that has surrounded Him. This may not be a church in the eyes of some but no one can deny the presense of our Lord here.

Be A Blessing,
bubba

@savedbyegrace
Linda Young @savedbyegrace ·

Wait! Did we lose the "One Year Ago Today" ?? I loved it!

:heart:

@happytoberestored
Virginia Sills @happytoberestored ·

John,

As one who has watched the changes of the site and has been blessed by this site in an immeasurable way, I have to say that I support each and every change you feel necessary be made.

You are the leader of this ministry, and that is a heavy mantle to wear. It reminds me of the garments that the Levitical priests wore in those Old Testament days. Come on, that Ephod HAD to be heavy! :)

Personally, I like the sleek design and less intensive graphics. But, I'm a simple person.

Like Gracie, I would like to see the "One Year Ago Today" make a come back. I believe it encourages us to look upon the changes we've undergone and reflect upon God's Glory all the more.

BTW, I like not having the blog preview anymore. No more snap judgments for me.

Much Love In Christ,

Virginia

@poodlelady
Sandy Brooks @poodlelady ·

I never really thought about how many reviews a blog has or comments as judging how good the blog is. However I am guilty of reading the preview to determine if the blog is one I want to continue reading. Quit simply there are some blogs I just don't want to read and some blogers whose blogs I won't read simply to avoid an argument. Has nothing to do with who my "friends" are.
The new method of viewing the blog preview doesn't stay long enough to read more than one sentence unless you keep going over and over it which is aggravating!

YOU CAN PLEASE PART OF THE PEOPLE PART OF THE TIME AND SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME
BUT YOU CAN'T PLEASE ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME :)

I do understand you must do what is best for the whole of the community here.

@bimonics
Grant Withers @bimonics ·

[quote=abelajohnb]@b2y,Underneath the "Recent Published Blog Entries" section is a grey-text-link that says "view more recent blog entries".If you click on that link you will be taken to a page of the website where almost all of the published blog entries are listed (and with blog preview text too). If you would prefer to have that be the main page you view when you log into the website, you can go to "Account" at the top of the website, than click "Login Location Settings", and set the drop-down option to "most recent blog entries". Than anytime you log into the website you'll be taken straight to that page. Of course, you can also select the "Personal Profile" to be taken straight to your own profile page, if you are somebody who has come to love the new "Wall" feature and prefer to use it for keeping tabs on what your friends are doing.Thank you,John B. AbelaFounder/Owner, ChristianBlog.Com[/quote]

In my opinion this is where the real power is for personalizing a preference as to how to use the site. Once my preferred page is loaded then i am only one click away from other things, especially with all the options at the top of the page. Some real thought and time has been put into this site.

@abelajohnb
John B. Abela @abelajohnb ·

[b]@everybody,[/b]

I have done something I [u]really[/u] did not want to do... but the public outcry has been enough for warrant it.

I have now added the ability to configure a [i]limited amount[/i] of information that is displayed (or not displayed) on the home page.

[b]Available Options:[/b]

You can now show/not-show the following three pieces of information:

(1) Display Who's Logged In [i][ set to off by default ][/i]

(2) Display Gallery [i][ set to off by default ][/i]

(3) Display General Statistics (right-side of website - home page only) [i][ set to on by default ][/i]

[b]Option Settings:[/b]

You can enabled/disable each of these three settings by going to:

Account -> Home Page Settings

[b]Page Load Time Savings:[/b]

Here are the page-load-times I am getting:

All three enabled -- an additional ~3.6 seconds of load time

All three disabled -- a savings of ~3.6 seconds of load time

Displaying Only Logged-in members -- caused an additional ~1.16 seconds of load time

Displaying Only the Gallery -- caused an additional ~0.6 seconds of load time

Displaying Only the General Stats -- caused an additional ~1.4 seconds of load time

[b]Other Notes:[/b]

Note that if you do choose to enable any of these setting additional advertisements will be displayed.

The "blogs from a year ago" was something I added just to have a little fun, many months ago. It was never intended to be a long-term feature. I do not plan to bring it back.

At this time I have invested all of the time I am going to invest into the new home page. I have been able to bring the page-load-time (for me and many others) down from 6+ seconds to ~0.8/0.9 seconds. That is a savings of over 5-seconds. I was hoping to be able to decrease it to a total page load time of about 2-seconds, so I am very happy with the results. Any website page with the amount of information that is being displayed that the Home Page displays, that takes less than 1-second to load, is a huge success for any website. As a result, I am moving on to other issues that need my attention now. Thank you to everybody that provided comments, feedback and suggestions!

Thank you,

John B. Abela
Founder/Owner, ChristianBlog.Com

@mumbly
Shirley Hooper @mumbly ·

Hi John. I personally liked the "Members Who've Logged In Within The Last 24 Hours!" in list form, but I suppose it probably saves space to have it in the new format. I do think it is very difficult to breeze thru the new format, if one wants to check it in a hurry. However I would not wish to rock the boat over this issue, but is just my personal preference.

Well done, and congratulations to the team for all the latest innovative changes. Thankyou so much to you all.

@allforhim
Andrea Lynn @allforhim ·

Thanks John!

When I changed it to show logged in members it is dated for February 19, is there a glitch?

So glad for the new photos!

Keep up the good work.

Blessings!

Andrea

@kraftykatz
Marsha Tyler Ronquist @kraftykatz ·

I agree with Mums, it is different but not that hard to navigate and get use to.

My start up time when I log in is much less now then before. I never used a clock to time how long, but I know it is faster.

:clap: C-17°|F1°Thank you John.[/h1] :clap:

KraftyKatz :coffee:

@lexyb
Lexy Boy @lexyb ·

If you are a Christian, god is your provider.
However much you have be thankful, and he is control.
The lord is my provider. (See the psalms)

You do not have because you do not ask (see the new testament).

I saw this simpsons episode where bart and Lisa wanted to go to a special kids theme park.
They bugged their father repeatedly all day long.
Until they got the "Breakthrough" and their Daddy agreed to take them.

God wants to take you to your promised land.
He loves our prayers, and will provide for us abundantly.
If we have lack we need to be delivered from a spirit of poverty, and to get in prayer agreement with other saints for a breakthrough.

God Bless y'all

@poodlelady
Sandy Brooks @poodlelady ·

2 Lexy Jesus said -- the poor you will have with you always --- see the New Testament

Blessings

Do not include honorifics.
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