AlignMap.com Web Site Tune-Up and Spring Cleaning
Today, the time usually devoted to developing a post about patient compliance was instead spent in tweaking the mechanics of the WordPress blogging platform and the interface with AlignMap.com’s hosting site that are the means by which AlignMap is displayed on the internet.
Because most of this effort consisted of updating, replacing workarounds with solutions, eliminating redundant code, and the like, the results should be invisible to the viewer. There was also, in the course of the work, some incidental rewriting of content to correct typos and a couple of egregiously horrid sentence constructions.
Google-Powered AlignMap Web Site and Blog Search Engine
AlignMap.com did gain one new feature of significance the brand new, shiny SiteSearch, which can be accessed by clicking on the “SiteSearch” tab at the viewer’s upper right on each AlignMap page.
SiteSearch is a Google-powered search engine that covers only the AlignMap.com web site and blog. While it is only now being introduced here, I’ve used it long enough at my personal Heck Of A Guy blog to be convinced that it is often more thorough and almost always more convenient to use than the WordPress Search.1 The familiar Googlesque interface and functions2 also render this search easy to use for regular Google users.
While Google charges no fee for the use of the technology, there is, of course, a cost. The price of using Google custom search is the display of context-sensitive ads on the search results page. These ads are not controlled by AlignMap, do not feed revenue to AlignMap and do not imply AlignMap’s endorsement of any advertised product or service. My experience with this process thus far is that it seems a fair exchange, not unlike having ones barn painted in exchange for displaying “See Amazing Merrimac Caverns” on the barn’s roof.
So, give SiteSearch a spin, and if there are problems with it or any other web site operations, please let me know.