Monday 1 December 2008

Vottle vibes

Can you believe it, the year is almost over - wow, this was one intense year!

On the Vottle side we are learning many lessons, some good and some bad - next year we are going to change direction a bit... more to come on that in the near future.

And, here is the news from this month gone by: there have been two main focuses this month. Firstly, we have made numerous security enhancements, which should help prevent various types of automated attacks on the system. We have also redone our CAPTCHA (human word verification) mechanisms, not only to be more secure, but also more user friendly. Users can choose to display new CAPTCHA's if they are too difficult, and also we have included an audio version for users who are blind or visually impaired (we actually have such users!). There are a few areas that still need refinement, but we have certainly made some good strides forward in keeping the site clean and safe!

Secondly, we have begun some back-end restructuring of our code which should allow far greater flexibility in adding, removing and changing content on the site. This will benefit us in many areas. It will allow more options for banner advertising, placing of more relevant and interesting content on many of the pages, allow new content to take the place of old content that is static throughout the site. We will also be implementing new landing pages and even some competitions, all of which will be easier to integrate with the site because of this code restructuring.

Finally, our upgrades are continuing to grow! In November we had an almost 50% increase in revenue - thank you to all of you for making this happen!

Posted by the Vottlers