Site Update: Major Backend Overhaul to PaddlingInstructor.com

Tuesday, 15 February 2011
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Though it looks like things have been quiet here over the past week or so, there has been a flurry of activity behind the scenes. Over the weekend I rolled out a new system that handles the site content. You shouldn't notice too much of a difference except that the template has changed slightly but the change will allow for some added functionally including a much stronger article tag system then before.

This is the biggest overhaul the site has gone through in the five years it's been around and of course that means that many of the pages URL's have changed so it's another thing still on my list to get cleaned up with Google.

Some might have noticed that I have also changed over to Discus comment system. It's a bit more stable then the system I was using before (intensedebate) and it allows me to migrate comments if the page URL changes down the road. For some reason intensedebate doesn't provide that feature.

Creative Commons LicenceFinally the biggest change (and the one I'm most proud of) is the change of copyright on the site over to a Creative Commons license. Making the switch over to Creative Commons is something I have wanted to do for quite some time. Its win win for everybody because you get to make use of and modify the content without stealing it yet I still retain some control over the content by saying you can't use it for commercial use. Just remember that the license is only available to my written text, photos that I have shot or images on the site that already have a commons license.

As far as future plans, the next big one is an overhaul of the events calendar. I'm doing some initial testing of a new system that should make adding your paddling events to the website much easier. If all goes well look for that to roll out sometime over the next 2 weeks.

Ok, that's it for now. Feel free to return to your normal (work avoiding) surfing.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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