Site updates: Jan 2017
By James Cridland - posted 4 January, 2017
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The latest updates to media.info.
- Some tweaks to descriptions on the front page, more clearly separating media.info "features" from "news".
- A small bugfix for radio directory pages, restoring a missing space in the title.
- A bugfix for jobs pages, ensuring that the logo is in significantly better quality on mobile devices.
- New functionality in late 2015, but undocumented, includes shifting all "people" pages to be in Google AMP, which should lead to faster loading. In particular, this includes a new design for the "infoblock" data, which is a little more Google SEO friendly and contains larger text. Some other pages are also now in Google AMP format.
- Directory Instagram entries (for media titles) are now editable/deletable, and are correctly updating. They're set to update every week.
- Instagram stats per title
- A redesign of part of the main directory pages, to let the information breathe and leave more space for more information in future.
- "Compare" links are now from the main directory pages, leading directly to the stats pages for each social media type. Unavailable, currently, for YouTube.
- The little graphical icons now no longer show on mobile, since they were mostly forcing a linebreak.
- Some behind-the-scenes work to speed up database response has resulted in a much faster main index page.
- Corrected groupings for Australian geographical and local telephone numbers
- In a (relatively major) bit of code, you can now group stations by "group tags". This allows you to, for example, tag every radio station that Global runs out of Leicester Square as group:globallondon, and then set someone as a broadcast engineer for just those stations. This should make it significantly easier to cope with networked radio personalities, local newspaper clusters, and other elements.
- Corrected groupings, again, for Australian geographical numbers. Sigh.
- On a mobile device, when linking to third-party news stories, if the story has been published using AMP we'll automatically link to the AMP version (and, where relevant, prefetch it beforehand). The Guardian is one of those publishers supporting AMP. (All media.info articles are published in AMP, as are discussion pages, job pages and people pages.) This is new functionality from CloudFlare, our CDN partner.
- We changed database engine just now - from MySQL to Amazon Aurora. Theoretically it should make no difference, other than a faster website. Practically there may be some horrid bugs which we don't know about yet.
- Images on people pages now come at the top of the page on mobile, and now have alt text like they really ought to have had
- target=_blank links are now also rel=noopener for better performance and security
- After a suggestion by a user, you can now make your media.info/daily a media.info/weekly instead, if you want, and get an email every Sunday with the week's news. To change to a weekly mail, just hit the 'my settings' link at the bottom of any email - no password needed.
- Added dns-prefetch headers which may slightly speed up navigation through the site.
- Some significant additions to our job service. Posters can now opt for a "pro" job listing, which includes highlighting specific roles and removing all third-party ad banners from their job listing.
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