Website Updates
2007

December 20, 2007
The update for this week is mostly behind the scenes. I had wanted to add more items to the auction but did not get around to doing that. I did work quite a bit on the HTML validation of the website. All pages have now been validated. The website is best viewed in 1024*768 although it is viewable down to 800*600. I used the services of Browsershots.org in order to test all of the pages on as many browsers as possible. Every page now displays identically on all tested browsers. I know that prior to validation, the pages did not display well on Mozilla. Other than the validation, I archived the Updates page by year. For the next update, I plan to continue working on the Auction and uploading new items.


December 13, 2007
The goal for this update was to get the auction off the ground. I have uploaded 34 auctions to the auction site but I still have quite a bit of material that to list. I hope that all of you will begin listing your items as well. While the auction displays all stamp items, I have tried to limit what I list to soccer related items only. Other than the auction listings, the remainder of the time I've spent on the website this week is non visible. Along with listing items on the auction, I updated the software, I've also spent quite a bit of time attempting to validate the website for HTML. This will be an ongoing project which I hope will eliminate some of the issues with cross-browser viewing. The website was designed in and IE environment so all of the pages work on IE. Some of the pages do not display properly in Mozilla or other browsers. Most of this is probably due to bad coding on my part. Anyway, the HTML code validation is time consuming. I've worked a little on updating the database as well, but will not upload the updates until the next database update. For the next few updates, I will continue adding listings to the auction. Both auction and fixed price sales can be listed and everything is free. The auction does have bulk listing capabilities.


December 6, 2007
The updates for this week consist of new scans as well as information and pricing modifications. A total of 15 new scans have been added to the following countries: El Salvador, San Marino, Senegal, Spain, Surinam, Syria, Wallis and Futuna, and Zaire. Additionally, the remaining G countries from Guinea forward and all H and I countries have been updated with new information and pricing. Approximately 12 new listings have been added to these countries. I still have a few new issues and recently purchased older issues to scan and upload to the website. However, I've reached a point where I will begin turning my attention to the auction and sales portion of the website. There have been a few people to sign up for the auction although no listings have been added. For the next few updates, I will begin adding listings to the auction. Both auction and fixed price sales can be listed and everything is free. The auction does have bulk listing capabilities but I've encountered a few problems with using it. Nevertheless, Kaqoo is continually improving the auction code.


November 28, 2007
The updates for this week consist of new scans as well as information and pricing modifications. A total of 34 new scans have been added to the following countries: Cyprus, Ghana, Grenada, Iraw, Ireland, North Korea, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, St. Thomas, St. Vincent, San Marino, Serbia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkish Cyprus, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, and Zaire. Additionally, Grenada, Grenada Grenadines, and Guatemala have been updated with new information and pricing. Seven new listings have been added to the country of Grenada. I still have a few new issues and recently purchased older issues to scan and upload to the website. The next few updates will probably still be primarily uploading scans and updating information and pricing.


November 21, 2007
The updates for this week consisted primarily of information and pricing modifications. The countries from C to F and the G countries through Great Britain have been updated with new information and pricing. A few new listings have been added to the database. No new scans were uploaded during this update. The scanner I have been using for 8 years finally died. I'm hoping to get another one within the next few days. Hopefully the next update will include uploaded scans.


November 8, 2007
This week scans from 45 different issues were added to the database. The following countries have had scans uploaded: Aland Islands, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Italy, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Malaysia, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Uruguay, and Vanuatu. All of the modified records have been flagged so they show up in the lists as "updated" or "new". The SG numbers have been brought up to date where possible. Im in the process of going through the C through F countries and updating values and database information where applicable. I still have a few more issues to scan in and upload, so for the next few updates I will continue to upload scans and update the lists.


November 1, 2007
This week 58 scans were added to the database this week. The following countries have had scans uploaded: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Central Africa, Chad, Comoro Islands, Congo, Croatia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, and Hungary. All of the modified records have been flagged so they show up in the lists as "updated" or "new". I've also spent some time this week cleaning up the list. In particular, the country of Benin with its many overprints has been updated. I am in the process of updating the SG numbers on the list as well. I continue to anticipate that for at least the next few updates I will be uploading scans and updating the lists.

The first version of the Statistics Page was uploaded to the website yesterday. All of the graphs and statistics are dynamically generated off of the database. On one of the graphs you will notice that there is only 1 Aerogram and 1 Postal Card showing. That's all that are currently present in the database even though many more exist. I have not yet reached a point where I can begin compiling the lists of those items. That's one of my long term goals for the website though. I have some additional ideas for the layout of the Statistics page, but for right now it's adequate and my time is better spent elsewhere on the website. Let me know if you have any specific ideas for the Statistics page.


October 25, 2007
This week 78 scans were added to the database this week. The following countries have had scans uploaded: Barbados, Benin, Bulgaria, Campbodia, France, Macau, Mali, Malta, Mongolia, Netherland Antilles, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Thomas, El Salvador, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turks and Caicos, Uganda, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Yugoslavia, and Zaire. I anticipate that for at least the next few updates I will continue uploading scans to the database. Even though I didn't do it this time, I will try to remember to flag the records that I modify so that they will be easy to spot on the lists.

I've also begun working on the Statistics page. Nothing has been uploaded to the website, but I anticipate that within the next few updates the preliminary version will be complete. All the statistics will be keyed off of the database and as such will be dynamically generated and always up to date. Currently I plan to have a brief paragraph with general information such as the number of countries, the total number of stamps, etc, a graph depicting the issues per year, and a graph depicting the number of issues by type. If there are any other statistics that would be helpful, let me know and I'll see what I can do.


October 19, 2007
This week was another database update. Approximately 35 new issues have been added, mostly from 2006 and 2007, in the countries from U to Z. Additionally, information in the database has been updated and expanded where possible. All of the countries from U to Z have been checked for new issues through the year 2004 and many of them have been checked up through the end of 2006.

The lists are now pretty well up to date. I still have a few additional sources to check but I anticipate that most of the issues from those sources are already on the database. For the next few updates I will be adding scans to the website. I've also started working intermittently on the Statistics page, but have not yet decided exactly what will be present. Perhaps within the next few weeks I'll have something that I can upload to the website.


October 12, 2007
This week was another database update. Approximately 33 new issues have been added, mostly from 2006 and 2007, in the countries from P to T. Additionally, information in the database has been updated and expanded where possible. All of the countries from P to T have been checked for new issues through the year 2004 and many of them have been checked up through the end of 2006. I intend to continue working on the lists for the next update as well. I should be able to finish the rest of the countries in the database for the next update. No scans were added this week.


October 5, 2007
In spite of my promises to begin adding stamps to the auction, I continued working this week on updating the database. Approximately 50 new issues have been added, mostly from 2006 and 2007. Most of the new issues added were in the countries from G to O, Additionally, information in the database has been updated and expanded where possible. All of the countries from G to O have been checked for new issues through the year 2004 and many of them have been checked up through the end of 2006. I intend to continue working on the lists for the next update as well. No scans were added this week but I still have many issues yet to scan when I have the time.


September 27, 2007
This update is primarily a database update with numerous changes and additions. Many new issues have been added with more to come in future updates. Some of the highlights of the changes are (1) countries from J to O have had values updated, (2) many new issues have been added for countries from A to F, (3) more data has been added/updated to the stamps in countries beginning with A and B, (4) the database for the stamps in Bosnia (Herzegovina, Croat, and Serb areas) has been corrected, and (5) scans have been added to Argentina, Ireland, Japan, Korea(North), Korea(South), Kuwait, Laos, Libya, and Liechtenstein. I have a lot more to scan in but don't have nearly enough time. I've begun to set up a more organized process to update the lists on a routine basis. I am still pulling data from many different sources so the timeliness of the updates depends entirely on the amount of free time I have.

There was one major programming change which I neglected to mention in last weeks update. I changed the layout of the stamp page. I think it's a bit cleaner and both the data and pictures are more visible. During the last update I mentioned that the website now has auction capabilities. I hope that some of you have taken the time to look at it and possibly consider using it. There are no fees associated with any part of the auction. Currently, I have only two groups showing, the Automobile group and the Stamp group. The only reason I'm showing the Automobile group is that the Stamp group currently has no auctions. My focus for the next update will be to begin listing soccer stamps and philatelic material on the auction. The auction has the capability of listing fixed price items as well as auction items so it can also be used like a store. Another benefit is the ability to automatically relist any item. There is also a bulk listing module which can be used.


September 21, 2007
There were several critical updates to the website. Within the past few months, SoccerPhilately.com migrated to a different web host. The server that the website was originally hosted on was incompatible with some of the new scripts I wanted to run. A new auction script from Kaqoo Auctions, has been implemented on the website. It is a networked auction which means that anyone on the Kaqoo network can see any item from any website on the network. Each website can control virtually every aspect of the auction on it's own website, including the fees and the categories of auctions that the website displays. There are no final value fees for the auctions and at least for the time being I plan on having no listing fees either. I hope that it's something that many of us can begin to use. Just click on the button on the navigation menu to the left. Registration is required to buy and sell.

Other minor changes have been implemented as well. I created a landing page for soccer stamp statistics and a Links page too. With the addition of the Auction, the Statistics page, and the Links page, the navigational structure of the website is complete for now. The links listed on the Links page are some of the ones I've found useful, maybe you will too.


June 21, 2007
After a year and a half, I've finally gotten around to posting an update on the website. I have made substantial updates to the stamp lists though. Many new issues over the past year have been listed. My source for new issue information has dried up and I've not yet been able to find another one. It looks like I've added close to 200 new listings since the last update. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 scans have also been added. Pricing information has been updated for the P to Z countries. I've also modified the introduction pages. I didn't like the original navigation system of drop down boxes so I went with the standard html links. It seems to simplify things.


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