I’ve been holding out on sharing some of what’s coming in the future for Tophour, but I feel compelled, if not forced (hang on for why) to spill a few of the beans here. There is a new Tophour in the works for 2005. It’s not merely the redesign that I’ve hinted about (and that seems to be an annual event) but some pretty substantial changes in the way the site is run.
There will be a redesign. In fact, as long as there’s a site, there’ll be a redesign every January. That’s mainly because Toppy is the home page on my browser and I get sick of looking at the thing after 12 months.
What is new, however, is that I’ve decided to farm out the design. As much as I love forging HTML, where I want the site to go is beyond my skills.
Also, I simply lack the time. As many of you are aware, I switched jobs this year and while it seems inconceivable that being an APD/MD is more consuming of my resources than being a PD, it is in fact the case. Also, as I’ve hinted at, my wife Heather (heretofore only known as Mrs. Tophour) is currently kicking the living piss out of breast cancer, but it’s a process that takes considerable time. Although this goes without saying, I’ll say it anyway: tending to my bride is more important than redesigning Tophour.
Okay, so what of the site?
Glad you asked.
First, we’ll be going to a blog based interface, not unlike what Friend O’ Toppy Lance Venta has done with the Format Change Archive. After all, the site’s always been something of an “audio blog” and now it’ll simply be official. Or something. It’ll be easier to update and won’t require Dreamweaver or a text editor when we want to make changes. There is a downside, and one I’ve been trying to avoid: it means the end of the market pages as they’ve been since the launch. They’re ungodly time-consuming, and quite frankly, I’m tired of pissy e-mails from people who are upset because I haven’t changed a station’s call letters on the market page. Instead, The New Tophour will utilize the Andromeda technology that’s been running the updates as of late. It reads the file information directly from MP3 file, which means we simply have to dump the ID files on the site and it updates itself. I’ve been toying with ways to keep the market information but as yet haven’t found a good way.
To quote David Gates, “goodbye doesn’t mean forever.”
Sanding It Down For Paint And Powdercoat
Why, yes, I do in fact have an unnatural fascination with American Chopper. Why do you ask?
You may notice that there’s some stuff missing from the site, including a great majority of the audio. As I mentioned earlier, the Andromeda software that will power the audio section of The New Tophour sucks the station info, dates and contributor info directly from the MP3 files. The vast majority of the files on the site don’t have that info on the MP3s, and I won’t have them on the site until they do…but they will return.
After all, to quote David Gates…wait, I did that bit already. You get the point.
Friends, I appreciate all the love you’ve shown this site. This is only the beginning. I look forward to your joining me on the trip. Please feel free to e-mail me with questions or comments.
Oh, yeah, another thing…there’s more audio from Illinois coming this weekend. You think there’s gonna be more today after writing this pile? I scoff.