Sorry for our sites being down sometimes recently as I host my sites with NAS at my home and the internet connection is not stable. And finally I have switched our sites to a web hosting company, hope the sites will become more stable and faster to load. If you encounter any problems when visiting the sites, please feel free to let me know.
I have checked our affiliates if they are still online or not and found that many of them have gone. As I previously said, I have encountered some new websites about Anne Rice, so the page has been refreshed with active websites. And a new application form for affiliate has been uploaded.
As I am not a programmer and I do not have much knowledge on programming. I found free scripts on the internet for my site building. Unfortunately, some installed scripts have faded out and no version upgrade after years.
One of the scripts I used is FanUpdate, that is a blog script for multi-sites. I have used for years as site news. It is useful but it is really not user-friendly when removing spams (no batch removal function). I have got fed up with removing the spams one by one or removed them in phpMyAdmin. So, I have decided to use another script.
After searching on the internet, not many scripts fit to my requirements, i.e, light and can be embeded in multi-sites. I have given a try on Cutenews, but unfortunately, I cannot login to the dashboard after several repeated installations. Finally, I install WordPress, which I have used for my personal blog for years. Though it is not light, but it is well-maintained and able to manage the blog for multi-sites.
So, our update blog has been back again!
Sorry for being idle for such a long time. Luckily, our sites are still alive.
Recently, I have planned to change the hosting service due to the issue of IP frequent change. However, I have encountered some script problems when switching host and causing errors. Therefore, I have a detailed review on the installed scripts.
The script causing errors is from one of our sites, TVC Online Resource Centre, for displaying the resource at The Dark Heaven and The Vampire Coven. I cannot fix the errors, so I only can remove it. And I think it is hard to maintain TVC Online Resource Centre under WordPress, I have decided to close it. Probably, the resource stuff will appear at The Dark Heaven but I really need more time to think on it.
The adaptations to the work of Anne Rice has been completed. I am quite surprised that there are so many comics have been released. The covers of the comics are very beautiful. I am very looking forward to the comics of Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story. It will be released in Nov 2012.
When planning about the coming content, I just think the original layout is not user-friendly enough. So, I base on the existing design and do a revamp. By adding a menu tree at the left, I hope it helps the visitors to browse the site easier. I love the icons of the tree menu, bats, fangs and tombs. And with a wider layout, the content, usually in long paragraphs, can be displayed in a more tidy way. Moreover, I have re-grouped the content for some sections.
I have added a new section of Anne Rice. This is about her writing career, bibliography and adaptations. I am still editing for the content. Hope I will finish it soon.
The vampire bloodline has been updated with Thorne. He is the fledgling of Maharet. Please let me know if there are any other vampires should be included in the bloodline.
I am re-reading the books of Anne Rice and still get deeply addicted to the characters. Though many websites of Anne Rice have been gone offline, I wish I can keep mine alive. And actually I have many ideas in my mind and I am squeezing time for putting them in action. So, hopefully new content is coming!
Meanwhile, you can feel free to visit my other websites of Anne Rice:
The Vampire Coven – The Fanlisting of Anne Rice’s Vampires
The Vampire Coven Banner Exchange – Other websites of Anne Rice
The Vampire Coven Online Resource Center – Fanstuff (wallpapers, avatars etc) for download
Few years ago before my sites got hacked, I had a topsite for Anne Rice related websites. But after the hack, I have given up this topsite since I don’t think the script using is user-friendly. But the idea of keeping a topsite for Anne Rice related websites is always in my mind. Perhaps it is time to search for a good script and start this project again. Any suggestions?