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Clean Round! Site Log

Clean Round! is a fan site for jumping sports and news about equestrian activities.

Our purpose is to share information about the sport and to guide readers to current equestrian media content.

French team members of the winning 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Finals squad. - 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Finals - Photo courtesy of Henry Moreigne - © HMP Photography

 

This log is posted to inform interested visitors about the site’s changes and additions. If you have suggestions or feedback–or want to help out–please send your thoughts.

Hope your day is a fantastic clean round!

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Log

April 23, 2019

– Adding a new blog section with 16 new feeds, including a new blog called Equestrian Spectator.

– New masthead (top left) with nav links to the new Blog Roundup section and other homepage sections. Starting off with About, Blogs, and Eventing links. Hope to add a Resources section/page soon.

February 18, 2019

Facebook feed feature is working! Lots of hoops but seems stable.

The thumbnail issue with the main feeds is ongoing. Lots of techie talk, no action.

WordPress did a ridiculous overhaul of their software to incorporate a ‘Gutenberg’ interface, one which is makes the site more of a design tool. It made things harder for a while, and it’s an ongoing disaster, but it has been sidestepped for the moment.

wp guten/ divi change

December 4, 2018

Technical issues with the main feed plugin, which stopped displaying thumbnail images of the articles in the feed. This looks ugly. Put a default thumbnail in, which works, but it also ugly. Have a ticket into the software developers, but they have other issues with a new update/overhaul by Facebook.

Removed the weekly blog … going to move it into a new Blog section with a selection of horse blogs (if they have RSS, more and more don’t)

November 3, 2018

Have been reworking the Facebook Clean Round page to feed onto the main site. Facebook just did an update and blew out the settings, but some WordPress techs are working on it.

September 30, 2018

Redid the twitter account to allow a front-page feed. Calling it “Center Court” for now. It’s another dimension.

The ethos of the site was refreshed, in the sense of what Clean Round! can be.

Recap:

The site was set up to cover the new Nations Cup series the FEI promised after receiving buttloads of euros from their Arab sponsors to do just that. By strenous and immediate sustained effort by the FEI they were able to completely consumed the sponsorship without any positive effect to the sport, and destroy it completely in the name of the undone change. So that was interesting.

Though the site hung out in cyberspace doing its RSS auto-feeds, the feeds were pretty good … so the site’s been a hobby of mine (John Royce). I’ve been just updating it and making it a little more stable.

Reevaluating the site, it seems viewer figures are steady, but technology is moving on. Still seems valuable to highlight horses and horse sports in the media. So … planning to add some more interactivity to the site.

July 14, 2018

Been a while since an update … but the site has not been idle! We now have … SSL! The little green padlock the imperium hath degreed by way of making your site look disreputable and yellow-tinted.

As I understand it, we used to be legit, and now we are again. The redirection of all spare time for the site for a couple of weekends has … … allowed us to stay in place. It’s still 1985.

January 23, 2018

Site has scanned clean since the move to A2 Hosting.

Upgraded blog functionality, and added a RoundUp section to highlight interesting articles.

March 6, 2017

Site was hacked late last fall, still cleaning up. It took over a week to get the site back. Weak security at Hostgator; sad because they were good once. Now at A2 Hosting. Costs a bit more, but better security.

October 16, 2016

Site has been on autopilot in recent months (too much life going on!) The feeds still refresh continually.

Cleaned database and placed plugin updates to automatic.

January 1, 2016

The first site blog post was issued and shared, both on the front page and in social media. Seems to be working.

On the backend: over the past two weeks, the news feeds have been refreshed and re-implemented. Recent Archive page recreated for each news category and linked to homepage columns. The Org page was removed, but its homepage section expanded and refreshed. Menus updated and/or replaced.

December 13, 2015

The site is back up and updated with a new backend feed system. This was required as many communication technology sources and systems have recently been terminated, including the feeds from what used to be revolutionary software, Youtube’s Pipelines, and the sudden abandonment of what was the main display “app” (plugin).

June 8, 2014

The site is on temporary hiatus for redevelopment … progress will be noted in this space, with the goal of having most major changes completed by the end of June 2014.

Clean Round! met the original goal to archive coverage of the 1st year of the new sponsorship of the FEI Nations Cup Show Jumping series by Furusiyya. The next phase will put the site on a more current basis and focus on interactivity and an improved platform for contributors.

February 18, 2014

Updating and maintenance … next projects include a Calendar of Coverage and a forums, with a general focus on creating a platform for new contributors.

December 23, 2013

Celebrating end of the first season for Clean Round! Show Jumping Report … here’s to a great 2014!

November 23, 2013

Annual Report filed, new member project established for 2014. Preliminary research into installing a forum space on the site for show jumping discussion.

October 20, 2013

Backend reorganization of categories and tags reflecting first season’s usage. Updated site, plugins and theme.

August 28, 2013

Slider Archive page added for the 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup season, so all pages can be accessed … even if not loaded in current slider.

July 10, 2013

Backend caching upgrade to improve loading speed. New sidebar for Archive pages, new blogroll link section added.

June 15, 2013

Posted a Newsroom of live Facebook, Twitter and RSS streams of international organizations and top riders.

Expanded ‘International Jumping Coverage’ column to allow additional links, and increased thumbnail size for ‘Articles & Profiles’.

May 11, 2013

Interactive polling added … polls for both the Nations Cup 2013 season and for Site Feedback created.

Resource page “What is Show Jumping?” was created. Plans are to further develop this page to explain the sport and highlight information online.

Content categories created for polls, original site content, column link archives, and future author posts.

May 2, 2013

‘Masthead’ box added to highlight information about the sport and this site. New sitemap updated and linked to provide readers with additional navigation tools.

Site colors were changed from blue to green to signal the end of the individual World Cup season–the team Nations Cup season will extend until September of this year.

April 21, 2013

Clean-Round.com was launched on April 21, 2013 as a project to promote the humane and beneficial sport of Show Jumping. Like the sport itself, this site is not fully developed but rather the start of a developing experiment in bringing horses to the public in the modern age.

The initial goal is to highlight coverage of the sport and its related issues. Clean-Round.com is not a ‘breaking news’ site but a timely aggregator and archive of links.