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Banshee
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Joined: 15 Aug 2002
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:30 pm    Post subject:  Project Perfect Mod Heads Up!
Subject description: 2030 is getting closer and closer, but parts of our site were more 1995ish.
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Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've created my last news post here. However, we have not been inactive. I just had a lot of work to do in this place, Project Perfect Mod Website and Forums and you might be probably feeling some of the results, although they might not be evident if you are not aware of it. So, let's get started:

1) Friendly Links: If you pay attention to the URLs when you access a section of the site, a forum, a topic, a post, or even user profiles, it is easier to understand its potential content by paying attention to its URL. Also, the title and few attributes were changed, which should affect what you see on the tabs of your browser.

2) Improvement on Performance: We have optimized everything we could on both site and forums, and even other internal subsystems that keep this place working. Everything is faster, and PPM is no longer fighting at the top list of resource hogs of the server, losing its traditional second place (it was only beaten by Revora forums before) falling to fifth or sixth place.

3) Downloadable Classics: During this whole procedure, we have reformed, fixed the content here, and, in the meantime, we have found many broken links and mods that were no longer downloadable or near extinction. We have rescued Tiberian Sun Retro 1.21. Other classics like Tiberian Sun Dusk, Reign of Steel and Tiberian Sun Squared (Pure 2012) received mirrors at PPM.

4) Updated Site Content: We have updated most of the site content. We have rescued as many broken pictures as we could. Some of these pictures were lost forever since Photobucket accounts were deleted, other images were blurred to death, and some other domains were deleted on these recent decades, and, unfortunately, Web Archive could not retrieve a copy of them in time. Several sections received grammar and spelling fixes, from tutorials, ancient Zero Hour screenshots to Command & Conquer community summit reports. Most pictures now use SSL protocol, and most links were updated to the new friendly links standard.

5) Search Engine Optimization: Friendly links, improved site title, descriptions, improved performance are certainly part of the process to enhance PPM's performance with search engines. Also, some forced redirections, revamp of robots.txt, sitemaps, meta content, HTML5 semantics on the site (not forums yet), and some other efforts were made in this direction. In a low term, there won't be noticeable differences, but with some months, things might be better. We still have a lot of work to be done to get better with search engines, but it should be done from the next month onwards.


And that's all for now. We will resume our news post-activity shortly. A lot of exciting things happened this month, and they will receive attention here. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Location: Germany

PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like you had to do a lot of manual fixes for many of the points. Approved!

I noticed point 3 already during this week. Nice job on rescuing those old mods.
It pretty sucks when people used external hosters that made many topics useless when the hoster deleted the files.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tiberian Sun Retro had something like 8 or 9 external mirrors... All of them were dead.

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