Re organizing page

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I want to reorganize one of my pages (Radio shows- In Transition archives). Right now I am using a table format to display the page using an alphabet layout from A-Z. Maybe there is a better way of doing this so that visitors can quickly search on a song or artist and it would display them? I'm looking forward to what is out there that I can use. Maybe an online Jukebox I can incorporate into my site page?

My site is www.mcran.com
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Hi Randy,
First off, I like your color scheme and the very intuitive navigation on your page. There are three questions I always like to ask when considering an organization change:

What are other sites doing?

With so many options, a good early step is to see what other people are doing. Your site reminds me somewhat of the page for PBS's Woodwright's Shop, where clips of the show are organized by date. If you consider your site more of an encyclopedia of music, then Wikipedia, IMBD or Encyclopedia Britannica have items listed in a way similar to yours. If you consider your site more of an entertainment site, a number of televisions show pages have a different layout scheme.

What are viewers looking at?

Setting up hit counters on pages shows which get the most traffic, so you can tell if readers are getting to the most popular pages in the fewest clicks. If, for example, you notice a lot of clicks on the alphabet links but not a lot on the artists' pages, it indicates people may be spending excessive time searching for information.

What do you want them to see?

If the goal of your site is to have viewers surf various artists and songs, then you'll want the list visible in a lot of pages. If the goal is to help them pinpoint a specific topic, then the goal is to get them in and out of the search as quickly as possible.

Once you have answers to these questions, you can see where viewers are not looking at what you want them to, what other sites are doing, and you can plan layout accordingly. From there you can see if adding a site search gadget, dropdown lists or other tools is the way to go.

Hope these thoughts help.
-Nate
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Thanks Nate. Nice to hear from you and your comments. Actually I think I may keep it the way it is or I may also experiment with putting all the snippets on one page with a floating alphabetical menu. I will also take a look at the sites you mentioned for more ideas. Thanks again!!!
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Hi Randy,

Thanks for sharing your site and kudos on what you have accomplished. Your site is very lovely and easy to navigate, which is helpful with maintaining positive site visitors.

I actually feel like your 'In Transition Archives' page is set up very nicely.

It is possible to upload files of information into the Sitebuilder, but it is not possible to have that file searched like a database. If you need to upload a document, such as an Excel document, it would have to be a file on your site that people would be able to click on and open on their computer, as long as they have the relevant program.

If you want the data from the file to be searchable on your site, you will need to manually input the data into your site using a widget. You will then be able to use a site search feature to search the site.

There are a few options for a site search such as, Google Custom Search Engine and quite a few others. Google Custom Search Engine requires your site to be indexed, so it will not work until that has happened.

Here is a link to a thread in our public forum where others are discussing these site search features: Site Search.
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Thanks Brianna for your comments. My In Transition Archives page is done using tables. I hav the code setup so that it is very easy to edit and add new snippets. All of my snippets reside on my Hostmonster server because they offer unlimited storage as long as the content is being used in a web site. This works very well for me.

I guess I was looking for ways for people to search my archives site based on artist and songs but that may be a bit cumbersome to do. I find that the way I set up my Archives page allows visitors to explore at their own leisure and discover some of the snippets I extracted from my radio shows over the years.

My goal has always been to keep my site simple for the visitor as well as for the administrator (Me), and also it should be flash free so iphone users can access the site.
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Hi Randy,

You may want to check this site out: http://www.freefind.com

They allow you to get a site search box on to your site and it is indexed in minutes.

Just add the HTML code to your HTML Widget. I hope that helps!
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Thanks Sanja!!

Have you heard anything from jalbum yet?
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Sadly, I have not. I have already sent them another email but have not yet heard.
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Hey Randy

Just noticed a bunch of 404 errors for the files on your site and so I checked your site with Link Sleuth only to find a boatload of file not found errors. Lost count at 40 :(

You might find this thread useful as you have a site that has a vast quantity of files and in most part a site which would take a month to comb through for the lost files.

Link Sleuth can check your entire site in minutes and then gives you the detailed info on what to fix... Give it a try, it's FREE and it might just become one of your most used resources as it is so handy...

Note: As a good amount of your files are hosted elsewhere ensure that you tick the "Check external links" box on step number 5.

Happy site building
Ed

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Thanks Ed!! I will definitely check this out.
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Unfortunately I can't use Link Sleuth because I have a Mac. Do you know what page (s) on my site have the 404 errors?
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605 URLs not found Mate...

The missing files are listed and then the page they are on is right below.

I hope that this list helps you get through this a little easier and faster by knowing which files are missing... ;)

http://www.honeybearplayhomes.com/res...

Good luck...
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By the by, not all your hostmonster links are bad you know... Just the ones shown on the "Not found" list. The results did say that 3947 URLs were OK.. There is some good news right?
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Yes. Although I can't figure out why some of the links are dead. I'm still looking into it and really appreciate you letting me know about this!!
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Glad to help... Let me know when you have saved the txt file or copied the data from it so I can delete it from my file manager...
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Thanks! You can delete it now.