CT – Update


9. Have enabled email notification and email subscription.

Should we enabled threaded comments here? Or is that too much?


Thanks for all the previous responses, we have tried to listen as much as possible.

Ill go through point by point so if you want to make any comment it’s a bit easier.

  1. CT is back online. Its hosted on Amazon and has a LetsEncrypt SSL as suggested by some here.
  2. I have added a minimal blog-style theme
  3. Read More ONLY appears if the blog post is longer than 500 characters, most will be readable from the homepage
  4. Comment counts are displayed below the title so you can see where the action is
  5. Comments are made via the wordpress comment system (the same as here) and not moderated
  6. Comments are able to be threaded
  7. There is a CT cookie which will allow your browser to remember your comment info WITHOUT an account
  8. We have some google ads on the pages at the moment they are rather large as GoogleAdsense is yet to propagate properly and will become smaller once its worked itself out.


Just want to test everything before we start writing content again.



25 thoughts on “CT – Update”

  1. 1. Is there an RSS feed available still?
    2. Reading the blog posts on the home page is really hard as they’ve lost all formatting/new lines etc. You at least need to get paragraphs working properly so it doesn’t all just flow together
    3. You probably want to remove the bitnami banner/details page from the bottom write – the page says instructions are here https://docs.bitnami.com/aws/how-to/bitnami-remove-banner/

  2. Working for me, loading very fast.

    Considered as a blog, it’s working great. But perhaps you’ve stripped it back a little too much — doesn’t look anything like a newspaper now (assuming you still want that).

    Maybe have a few more listings in the ‘Latest Comments’ section?

  3. Nice. Loads really fast.

    Suggestions related to your points:
    2. There’s too much white space on the sides (at least on mobile).
    3. If you’re going for the newspaper look, don’t have full articles on the home page; just title and subtitle.
    6. Don’t have threaded comments. They just descend into shouting matches.

  4. – yayy! it works!
    – The quoted text from other places is still in much too large a font
    – not it out tried properly yet

    (Back in Texas)

  5. @Andrew M October 24, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    1 – not tried
    2 & 3 – Agree, concur, yes

    @Bloke in Kent October 24, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Gravatar – blocked here

  6. In the process of moving DNS permanently to the new server, the site may not load properly while the DNS propagates

  7. However, last time we did a proper newspaper style theme everyone complained there was too much javascript

    You’re never going to please everyone.

    The current site works much better on mobile than the old one, and it loads far faster on every browser too.

  8. Bloke in North Dorset

    You need to put some logic in to the “read more” decision. Just setting it 500 words is annoying when there’s just over 500. It needs to be something like “if > 600 set to 500”.

  9. @Richard October 24, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    JS Off – I see Loading

    No javascript required on spectator.co.uk

    ..or DM, Express…

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