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!
I had written back in February about how I had had problems with the new WordPress block editor, Gutenberg, and about how I overcame these problems by changing all my content to “Custom HTML” blocks, with “More” blocks as required. I have now gone back through the 425 posts that make up the Mercheum Blog and made better use of some of the other block types available by default.Continue reading →
Tomorrow is my birthday, but today I am giving you, my readers, a present!Continue reading →
The first twelve exhibit pages have been redone using Gutenberg blocks, and their printouts have been redone as PDFs. This includes the four Richie Rich Old Timer cars by Larami, the Dimensions for Children figures, the turquoise variant of the Harvey snapback hat and the first guest post to the Harvey Mercheum, the Richie Rich Video Set by JA-RU. I think they are coming out great. Please take a moment to go revisit where it all began!
With all the work I have been putting into hand crafting PDF downloads for exhibit printouts, the solid white dividers I was using in my binders were starting to look a little plain. I found these Avery Print-On Dividers that work with both laser and inkjet printers and decided to give them a try. I used the template that Avery provides and the results were amazing!Continue reading →