I mentioned in one of the posts about the history of the Harvey Mercheum website about how I looked to the websites I was already visiting for inspiration. One trend I have noticed recently is the addition of some sort of “tip jar” functionality. I hate popups, and refuse to “monetize” the Harvey Mercheum website, but these links seem unobtrusive. I did some research, and decided to set up an account with Buy Me A Coffee. If you like what I am doing, and would like to show your support, you may use this link to do so. I have also added a button to the right navigation bar under “Support the Mercheum”. Thank you!
Sorry for not posting last weekend. I am very fortunate, in that I am still employed, and my employer gave me the equipment I need to work from home. The trick is, now that I am spending forty hours a week sitting in my chair, staring at my monitor, I really don’t want to spend my free time doing more of the same, even if it is for my projects not work. It took me about a week to get used to working from home, hopefully I will find a work/life balance that allows me to enjoy working on the Harvey Mercheum website again.Continue reading →
Oh my goodness, between working from home and staying indoors, I have gotten so disoriented, I almost forgot that today is the six year anniversary of the Harvey Mercheum! 28 new exhibits were posted during the sixth year of operation, which is a great number! Not only that, but 20 of the 28 were guest exhibits! Unbelievable! Thank you so much everyone who contributed this past year.Continue reading →
It’s funny, it was just over a month ago that I manually updated PHP from 7.1 to 7.2. SiteGround has just jumped their managed PHP version from 7.1 to 7.3, skipping 7.2 entirely. I switched back to managed PHP and got the 7.3 update, and it seems to be working. If you experience any problems, please leave a comment below, or use the Contact the Curator form.
I have received confirmation that the server move that happened while I was away was part of SiteGround’s move to Google Cloud. That’s right, the Harvey Mercheum website is now hosted on Google Cloud servers! Long-time readers of the Mercheum Blog know that I am a fan of Google’s offerings, but for more information on why I am excited by this move in particular, read SiteGround’s blog post:
In addition to his Fun Ideas blog, pop culture historian Mark Arnold has a website devoted to Harvey Comics & Cartoons, including pages devoted to some of the Harvey characters. I have mentioned before how I try to make the Harvey Mercheum website archive pages useful, yet somehow neglected to link to these pages. Apologies Mark! I have now corrected that oversight, please try the “Browse Collection By” “Characters” navigation to see the new links on the character archive pages.
Second technical change for the new year! The recent release of PHP version 7.4 reminded me that I had not checked PHP on the Harvey Mercheum website since March of 2017. I found that SiteGround was updating PHP for me, but their current recommended version is 7.1, which just reached end of life. After placing several support tickets and receiving updates to several plugins, I have now manually updated the website to version 7.2. If you experience any problems, please leave a comment below, or use the Contact the Curator form.
Earlier this month, I read this post about accessibility testing:
Step five makes the point of not conveying information with color alone, and goes on to cite hyperlinks as an example. Hyperlinks should be underlined to easily differentiate them from normal text. I realized that the Harvey Mercheum website was just using color to indicate a hyperlink, and decided to implement underlines. After some experimentation, I decided to only do this for the “content area” of the pages, in other words not the menus, sidebars or footer.
Once I decided upon the underlines and was already working with the website’s Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), I wanted a clearer way to indicate whether the hyperlink was internal or external. I mentioned early last year about how I checked to make sure all internal links open in the same tab, and external links open in a new tab. I read this post on wpmudev:
Then, rather than worry about licensing an icon, I found this way to create one on the fly as a Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG):Contact the Curator form to let me know!