Website redesign

In the coming year, I'm looking into building a redesigned "Bridgehunter 3.0" website. Some features I'm considering:

International expansion

  • Reorganize into four levels of geography: Continent... Nation... State... County (or equivalent)
  • Add support for Metric and other units
  • Upgrade database to support Unicode for showing bridge names in native languages
  • Switch to new URL structure while maintaining backward compatibility with existing bridge pages
  • Revamp list of bridge design types to handle international differences

Mobile-friendly redesign

  • Redesign page templates to use grid-based layout suitable for any screen size
  • Revamp menu bar and photo viewer to work with touch screens
  • Add interactive map with "What's Here?" tool

New editor features

  • More modern photo upload tool
  • Automatic check for duplicate pages when adding bridges
  • Better method of assigning categories to bridges; allow assigning categories to individual photos
  • Method to optionally apply watermarks to photos
  • Add other dimensions (like bridge height) and allow specifying the source for dimensions (NBI, field measurement, wild guess)
  • WYSIWYG editor for essays
  • Editable glossary/reference guide

I wanted to get everybody's feedback before venturing too far down the rabbit hole...

Comments  (14)

Website redesign
Posted December 29, 2017, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This can be done independently of the redesign, but you could add a category for bridges that have been demolished but piers or towers still exist. Perhaps "Remnants" would be a good name. There are a lot of bridges that are grayed out that have evidence of the old bridges. A bridge site with abutments, piers, towers, girders, anchors and other relics is far more interesting than a site where the entire old bridge was obliterated.

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Posted December 27, 2017, by Brian Manville

Mobile app sounds like a super idea! Everything else is OK by me.

Happy bridge hunting in 2018, everyone!!

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Posted December 25, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Way to go back to get rid of typos. This curved screen makes it harder and 60 year old fingers and eyes...ty

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Posted December 24, 2017, by Kenny Fairhurst (dwf0403 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Whatever you do with the site (besides take it down) I will support. This site is the second physical form of Christ.

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Posted December 23, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Passing thought: could there be a way to flag trolls or spammers?Not that there's a serious problem.

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Posted December 21, 2017, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

I greatly appreciate this website because I can easily find bridges and plan out my hunting expeditions more efficiently and I don't have to drive down backroads un-necessarily wearing out tires! I can also look for interesting bridges and 'nab' them on trips / vacations. Finally, I get to admire everyone else's awesome pictures and finds around the country. I pray all of you will have safe adventures!

James, your updates sound pretty awesome. My best to you & all of you fellow bridge nuts as we end 2017 and begin 2018.

allen & ken ballard

new London, mo

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Posted December 21, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Would it be possible to add a feature which allows for multiple build dates, similar to the builder feature? I know there are many bridges which have been pieced together, relocated or altered; and having multiple build dates would be helpful to accurately represent the bridge.

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Posted December 17, 2017, by Luke

Dibs on bruggen in Nederland.

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Posted December 17, 2017, by Ice pont (Samoa)

Dibs on the bridges of Fagaalu Stream Anerican Samoa!

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Posted December 17, 2017, by Kim Harvey

Able to upload from the mobile phone. I got a few photos on iPhone that I can't upload to the site

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Posted December 17, 2017, by Don Morrison

I'd like the ability to edit forum posts. Occasionally. I have had to to copy the content of a post to a new post, fix whatever was wrong, and delete the original post.

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Posted December 17, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The Mobile friendly upgrade is a welcome addition for me as I tend to access BH more on my phone these days!

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Posted December 17, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Add a friends of Bridgehunter so folks could drop a coin or two in to help fund.

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Posted December 17, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Whatever you come up with, I am for! LOVE this site!!!