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Qwaider Planet: Face-lift and new features

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Monday, March 10, 2008 7:09:35 PM
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    Rated 4.7/5 stars (114 votes cast)

    Your favorite blog aggregator has been updating for the past couple of weeks, and I'm glad to say, it's all done now. Starting with a vibrant new look, a new logo with fantastic new features exclusive to Qwaider Planet. Here's how to take advantage of that..

    Qwaider Planet

    New features:

    • NEW: Color coded links, (previously visited articles show in a different color)
    • Faster, more accurate search. (RSS feed as output is still available, you can subscribe to your favorite search word. For example "Women's rights" or "honor killings" and stay in touch with these search topics anytime they are mentioned)
    • Faster article collection from users.
    • NEW: Registered users are now allowed to rate everyone's articles, casting their votes to one or many articles all at the same time. Click HERE to register, or HERE to log in
      (If you're not logged in, you can view the ratings but you can't cast your vote)
    • NEW: Now the full list of all the blogs on  Qwaider planet is on the first page for easy access

    Hope you continue to enjoy the new look, and the new features

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    • #1
    • kinzi
    • Windows Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 3/10/2008 7:48:22 PM
    oh, I see you have a post about it now! I REALLY like it.
    • #2
    • KJ
    • Linux OS Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 3/10/2008 7:57:50 PM
    Qwaider, I am thoroughly impressed! It is things like these that make me not regret being a computer science major! Thanks for the ego boost.
    • #3
    • Dave
    • Apple Mac Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 3/10/2008 8:25:01 PM
    I love the new header image.
    • #4
    • KJ
    • Linux OS Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 3/10/2008 8:40:37 PM
    I'd just like to mention that the voting is not visible in Linux
    • #5
    • KJ
    • Windows Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 3/10/2008 8:56:55 PM
    Ah I would have to register first, lemme go back to Linux and try
    I just LOVE the new header and logo, they are amazing ;)
    Qwaider, can you please add this new logo as a link to Qwaider Planet too? i would love to add it on my blog as button (since everything there is blue now.. did you check it sa7ee7???) :)
    i must say, amazing effort my friend, allah ya3teek alf 3afeh ya rab! :)
    very nice new look .... I love the header, the colors r very calm

    ya3teekom el 3afyeeh
    Qwaider, how about notice about added blogs for registered users, maybe even deleted blogs, and while we're at it, what happened to CSS ? :(
    Good job.
    Kinzi
    Thank you Kinzi for your continued support. I'm glad you like it

    KJ
    You deserve more than that. I'm happy I could help

    Dave
    I'm so excited that you liked it. I trust your awesome taste :)

    KJ#2
    KJ, it's not visible for anyone who's not registered. They can only "view" for example. If you go to this post on QP, you will see the stars, but you will not be able to add any until you register.

    KJ#3
    Yes, you only need to register to rate the posts, but you will still be able to view other people's ratings

    Notice, there's a 15 minutes delay between the actual rating time, and the time it is reflected on the rating. It's there for scalability, but I'm considering reducing that to 1 minute.

    Maioush
    Thank you for your continuous support. I didn't know people would be interested in the logo that much. I will add it to the list
    Yes, I saw the new look on your blog and it's fantastic! I like the minimalistic ice blue clean look

    Simsim
    I'm glad you like it. This is a testimony that I will treasure :)

    Hani
    You don't waste time typing huh? Too many questions in those two lines
    Alright
    Re the Notice
    It would be very annoying for people to keep getting announcements from the admin. I never liked it personally. So I wouldn't want to do to others what I didn't enjoy. Besides, it's Qwaider Planet's policy to never bother you! Unless it's really worth it.
    CSS suffered a little bit after a death in the family. Then a number of very severe threats caused her to withdraw. In addition to her preparations to visit some refugee camps in Jordan so she had to lay low.
    I would love to see her get back to blogging, but I don't know if she will.

    She's still lurking though :)
    I like the banner... it's great idea.. u design it??
    • #12
    • Hala
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 3/10/2008 10:04:11 PM
    I love the new look, great job.

    However, there are some invalid links (Deleted blogs) so you need to check that. I can help point some out :)

    I also liked it when the post opened in a new page instead of in the same page, but I think it is something I can deal with.

    Thank you for all your time and effort you put into this, it really is appreciated.
    I like the header...vey nice :)

    I just want to suggest something if possible..."indentation"

    when I read the planet I feel like the lines are running away from the left side of the screen. :)

    Thanks.
    Well you always answer, so we take advantage of you :D

    I almost never saw Qwaider planet directly since I subscribed to the RSS feed until garfan was grumpy about the changes, and then when I switched to Firefox 3 beta, my RSS plugin dies so now I visit daily !

    Taj Mahal, Ka3ba, Dome of the rock, Pyramids, Arc De Triomphe, some white thing in sydney, and I don't know the rest ?!!!
    • #15
    • nido
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 3/10/2008 10:09:57 PM
    soooo impressive!! really!
    Amazing job Qwaider:D I'm sooo happy I'm a member of your planet :)
    Thank you Thank you :) i love the blue clean look too ::shy:: (3ala asas) :)
    thanks for adding the logo on advance :)
    The new header looks superb and I really liked having the blogs on the first page !

    Qwaider planet looks cool and modern :D
    Awesome !!

    Thanks  for all the effort you are putting into this :)
    U rock big times :D
    It looks great, and the new features are really helpful. About the logo, I think it would be nice if we can put it as a link on our blogs, it will look good. Thank you for the effort, it's really appreciated.
    • #19
    • tala
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 3/11/2008 12:51:35 AM
    beautiful, i liked it so much but i have a tiny comment, the header and side bar are all great, but the grey background for the posts listing is 1/2 1/2 kind of liked the older arrangement better but all in all, ya3teek il 3afieh, its so fresh :)
    Qwaider,

    I really do appreciate the effort you are putting into QP. I hope one day that I would vote for you for parliament!
    I was looking for a place to comment about it... lak shu hal new look, wallah ma 3refet Q world! na3eeman :D
    • #22
    • KJ
    • Windows Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 3/11/2008 5:33:55 AM
    Hani, white thing is NOT Sydney! It is Burj al 3arab in Dubai, the other white thing on the left I believe is a landmark in Kuwait

    Qwaider, I know that my complaint was a bit uncalled for cuz it is browser-dependent not OS dependent. I just thought of brining it up cuz Firefox on Fedora has been rendering things differently so I lowered my IQ a bit and thought it is an OS thing. Went back to Konquerer on Kubuntu and saw it isn't there, THEN I read your remark in the post that I need to register mihmihmih.

    Yalla keep up the good work - and kudos on whoever did the header.

    PS: Why 15 minutes for the scalability? (I'm a n00b/fresh grad so I'm gonna be asking lots of stupid stuff).
    Wow ... amazing banner :-)
    Askadenia
    No I didn't design it. It's my idea though :), so I might have designed it, but the rest I had to resort to someone else

    Hala
    Thank you, I'm glad you liked it
    I know (I still have hopes that they will come back)
    I want Qwaider planet to be out of the way. I don't want it to keep popping pages and stuff. But I promise you, I will look into it

    Jumana
    I'm so happy that you like it.
    I'll look into the indentation issue, although it would help if you can describe to me more what you like.

    Hani Obaid
    I try to answer, I've been too busy recently but I try.
    There's no Taj Mahal man :), nor is that Arc de triumphe, or anything from Syndey

    Nido,
    Thank you .. I'm glad you like it! And I'm also proud that you're a member of the planet

    Maioush
    Thank YOU :)
    I'm still working on the logo though. It's been very hectic Monday so far

    Lost Within
    Thank you .. thank you ... wallahi khajjalteeni

    Jasim
    I'm so happy you like it and find it helpful
    As I told maioush, I'm working on it, but it's taking a while because I've been so busy with Blog about Jordan day

    Tala
    I am so happy that you like it and find it fresh..
    I will see what I can do about the background, do you have any specific preference?

    Garfan
    Thank you man, I'm looking forward to your vote, and I don't even have to buy it! :)


    Batoul
    I'm glad you like it :)

    KJ
    You're right, it's not Sydney. I'm not going to give them away ... I will give this one to Za3tar... It would be awesome if we can play the "Name the landmark game"
    Yep, Kudos to them
    Imagine you have thousands of articles (which is the case on Qwaider Planet with over 14000 after trimming over 33,000 old posts). I get over 1500 visitors at the same time (sometimes). So imagine 1500, rating 14000 articles all at the same time. Now keep that thought. Imagine doing that for 100,000 posts, 1,000,000 posts. You will get the idea. Instead of accessing the database for writing so many time. You access it once to update the values. And you shave so much time in processing this way.

    Za3tar
    Now that you're here, we can play the "Name the monument game" Would you like to do it? I would be happy to supply the high res picture for your convenience ... and since you're the best at it. Then I would be glad if you could do it! What do you think?
    • #25
    • sara
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 3/11/2008 7:15:57 AM
    Samer Qwaider,I wish you all the best.. MashaAllah, you're the good example of the hard working man carrying a useful message that will, inshaAllah, lighten at least one life  :)I'm with you brother Sam all the way inshaAllah  :)lots of appreciation,along with respect,& some more of both  :)
    • #26
    • KJ
    • Windows Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 3/11/2008 7:24:02 AM
    Thanks for the edu info Qu. I still believe 15 minutes is a lot of lag. I don't believe that setting up a conn to the DB takes that much time >> if you're considering 1 minutes instead of 15 that's quite a difference in how "real time" the Planet appears. Make is as low as possible with a margin of expansion then increase the amount as users increase, but this isn't really scalable in true terms cuz if your visitors increase exponentially then so does the lag.
    اسف قويدر ما كنت قرأت ملاحظتك لزعتر...ممكن تحذف ملاحطتي
    I LOVE the new look ! absolutely wonderful
    Good Job, as usual, taking care of the community in many ways. allah ya3teek el 3afiyeh.
    • #32
    • Moey
    • Apple Mac Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 3/11/2008 4:35:45 PM
    Mabrook. good effort
    Sara
    Thank you so much

    KJ
    I will be considering alternatives. don't worry :)

    Shaltaf
    I took it off for now :)

    Whisperer
    Thank you

    Tamara
    Thank god that you do. I'm so excited about it

    Summer
    Allah y3afeeki ya rab :) I somehow feel it's my obligation

    Moey
    Thank you very much moey. Coming from you, that's awesome :) Thanks
    Does this mean there will be a post called Demystifying the Monuments of the Qwaider Planet Header ?!
    Maybe :)
    Well I don't if you fixed it, but I got it on my blog instead of the regular link-to-us logos, and it's cool, I liked it. :D
    oh yeh, i wanted to say i really REALLY like the header :)
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