As promised back in August, I’ve made a few updates and additions to the site, and I was pleasantly surprised at how (relatively) easy the changes were to make! This is how I spent a sizable chunk of my Labor Day weekend – that’s how much I love you all.
Opencart, the software that NewMusicShelf runs on, was updated recently to 1.4.9, so I took the plunge and updated the core files. The new version fixes some of the annoying little bugs in the version that I’d previously been using. The search feature in the old version was buggy and weird, and tags, although technically supported, were essentially a joke. A nice surprise in the new version is the inclusion of cute little “+” buttons near the title of every work that allow you to add scores to your shoppping cart from any page.
I had two different tag cloud modules to choose from and opted for the simpler one. I liked the tag cloud based on “Joomulus“, but found it ultimately too distracting from the rest of the site, though I’m willing to reconsider if there’s a great enough hue and cry in favor of the schmancier cloud. As with the Featured Score and Composer modules, I tweaked the tag cloud to draw 25 random tags from the database so that you always get a fresh cross-section of the site.
Podcasts are still in the works.