Hi everyone! As old-timers on this site may have noticed, the format, style, template, page, etc. for marketmanila.com has NEVER changed since the start of this blog some 5 years ago. I had a techy friend design this site for me (he customized a wordpress template) and I learned how to write posts and that was that. I have NO IDEA how to make any changes at all to the site, but finally, after nearly 5 years, I think we are going to revisit and upgrade some of the features if it is possible within the constraints of the wordpress template. Hopefully, I will be meeting up with my techy consultant tomorrow, and I just wanted to get your feedback on some of the things that might make the site better… I don’t think we will be able to do everything people suggest, but will cherry pick the more realistic and doable ideas from a system, cost, stylistic and aesthetic perspective.
Some readers have complained about the search function (it’s easier to use google) which is bogged down with so many posts in the archives. Others have asked for a forum of sorts, but controlling that or keeping it within bounds is an administrative nightmare. Others have asked that the identifying name for a commenter should be followed with their home city, so that readers can easily understand where they are coming from… Still others want updated and broader indexes of old posts. Some want youtube inserts of how to make a particular recipe (egads, bandwidth, bandwidth!), or god forbid, a rabid rant :) Should we show random old posts on the sidebar so people can more easily check out posts from the archives? Is the site too clean, too uncluttered? Is the poll function boring? Are there features on other food blogs you frequent that might make sense for marketmanila? If you are having problems with RSS feeds, twitter, etc. let me know now. I would really appreciate your comments and inputs, and will try and pick some things that we can implement in the weeks ahead. A huge thank you in advance for any comments and suggestions you may have. Salamat!