Secret Project part 2: The Live Beta

Here it is, the betaWhen last I left you, I had secured hosting for my little secret project, and I had created a wireframe for it.  I settled on a technology, a content management solution, and had a really rough business model in mind.  Well late last night I launched the beta version of the site.

Presenting: Comic Lift, the user generated comic book news website.

Comic Lift is a website where comic fans can submit and Lift stories they think are noteworthy.  Good stories will get promoted to the front page, and stories that are “Lifted” by other users will get priority.

Please visit the site, create an account, and start promoting some comic related stories!

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How I switched to WordPress

The WordPress 2.3 interfaceI’m still working my way through a ton of small issues with my new site, but I’m really happy with what I’ve got so far, and where I am right now compared to where the site was a couple of weeks ago. At this point I’m done with the small fiddles and I’m actually creating content in WordPress quite happily!

It’s taken me the better part of a month to get to where I am right now. I’ve imported nearly eight years of content from two separate publishing tools, creating and modifying categories and content types over from the previous systems. I’m also in the process of importing nearly 600 comments from the past three years (via the old HeadsDown Chronicology powered blog).

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Revolutionary resolutions

Last year I made some resolutions (like I do every year) in my post “Time for some resolutions”. Last year there were 7 including one ridiculously easy one, and a couple of really nebulous ones.

#1: Move
#2: Eliminate unecessary things
#3: Only pursue projects that make money
#4: Learn to say no
#5: Get a doctor. Go to doctor. Look after your health.
#6: Go away.
#7: Be better

How’d I do?

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Four Brands…one product

Ryan has convinced me of the need for multiple brands to sell our tool. We’ve already figured out the inline hockey market (hockeyupdater), we’ve started on the comic book market (comicbookwebs), we’re working on the writer’s market (writersquill), and we’ll finish it off with a general retailer tool (retailupdating). HeadsDown will still be the main … Read more

Comics N More launched

Comics N More launched HeadsDown’s newest website, Comics N launched on Thursday. The guys who run it are still getting their heads around how the tool works, but they’re coming along. We’ll be doing some more tweaking on the tool to make it add line breaks when a user hits enter, but it’s really … Read more

We moved servers again

We moved servers again Due to some serious problems with our previous host, we had to move to another one. What does this mean for you, the user? Probably nothing. For us it means we’ll actually get e-mails from folks, and that’s a good thing.

Producing RSS Feeds

Producing RSS Feeds Just something real quick for me (not everything’s for other folks you know). Producing RSS feeds, the how’s, why’s, and where fores. I’m getting closer to being finished HeadsDown for now, and I’ve still got to finish up the Templates for Ryan, but things are coming along. Slowly, but surely. The site … Read more

Lots of good stuff

Lots of good stuff Man, there’s a lot of good stuff going on right now. On the HeadsDown front, Ryan and I have done some amazing things with the HeadsDown League Managment tool. We’ve built a nice little app that allows an end user to update their website from start to finish. Right now we’re … Read more

It’s time for a change

For something like two years has said “Change is coming”…what a load of CRAPOLA! It’s finally true though. I’m going to go through in the next three months and re-design all three of my major sites. HeadsDown is going to get the first overhaul, I’m going to plug in a content management solution (HeadLines), … Read more

HeadsDown, TSN, and more

My how time flies. It’s almost time to re-register HeadsDown, and considering that I did almost as much with it in 2001 as I did in 1998 (the year I first registered it), what a waste. Other than this site, and my e-mail accounts, HeadsDown could have died and nobody would have been the wiser. … Read more