Archive for May, 2008

Putting Together The Pieces

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Sorry for not updating this blog too often, but we have been working hard behind the scenes on some new Literotica stuff. Better that I’m working than posting, I guess. :-)

Today’s new feature isn’t a huge one, but we think it’s a good one. We have added a new block to the right side of some stories, above the “Similar Stories” block. The new block is called “Also In This Series“. You can probably guess what it’s for by the name, but I’ll explain it anyways, just to be annoying.

There are many many authors on Literotica who submit stories or novels in parts, as they write them. So, they will submit chapter 1, then two weeks later chapter 2, then two years later chapter 105, etc. One issue with this has been that the Literotica site didn’t tell readers when there were other chapters – either before or after the one they are reading. But all of that has changed, starting today!

Literotica will now scan all stories by each author and try to determine if each story is part of an ongoing series. If the story is part of a series, then the “Also In This Series” block will appear on all stories in that series, showing a link to all other stories in that same series. Here is an example of a story that is part of a long series. If you scroll down and look on the right side of the page, you will see the links to other stories in the same series.

We hope that this small new feature will be very helpful to readers when navigating the site. We also hope that it will help authors to get more readers following their longer ongoing works. We have more ideas to improve and expand the feature in the future. One obvious future improvement is to show “series” works together on each author’s submissions page. More on that, and other planned improvements, later. For now, please let us know if you find any bugs with the feature or if you have suggestions for improving it.

Take care and thanks for reading — and writing! :-)

Favorites Portal Design Updated

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

We have launched a new version of the Literotica Favorites Portal.

The new design matches up more closely with the rest of the Literotica site. We’ve also moved the stories to the left side of the page and the authors to the right side of the page and made a few other minor changes.

Some recent projects, like the new Literotica Tags portal and Search, are intended to improve the functions of the page/feature. In this case, with the Favorites Portal, the changes are more about making it look like a part of Literotica.com. There are so many different pages and features on the site, each designed at various times over the last 10 years. One of our goals for 2008 is to try to bring everything together to give the site more of a unified look and feel. In theory, the site should be easier to use if all of the pages are similar. We’ll see! :-)

As always, please let me know your thoughts on the changes and more updates coming soon.