Data entry from HollywoodChicago.com 1.0 to 2.0

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As HollywoodChicago.com 1.0 was based on completely different technology and underlying architecture, much of the work to bring the previous content over to HollywoodChicago.com 2.0 is manual.

I am aware that we have a good number of “page not found” errors at this time as hundreds of articles from the previous site still aren’t here at our new home.

In part one of the process, I have created all our previous “labels” on the new site. Labels (i.e. “Denzel Washington,” “The Dark Knight,” etc.) help us easily categorize content specifically written about that person, movie, etc.

Clicking on a label brings you to a page only about that particular label. These (and there are more than 1,500 of them already) can be see here along with how many times they’ve been referenced: http://www.hollywoodchicago.com/sitemap

As for all of our previous articles, I started working backward from the present. I currently only have all of our content in the new site through Dec. 20, 2007. I’ll keep efforting and keep you updated about the progress here.

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Jan. 30, 2008 update

I’m now on Oct. 30, 2007.

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Jan. 21, 2008 update

Life has set back my data entry progress and I haven’t been able to work on this for the past week. I did tonight and I’m now on Nov. 8, 2007.

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Jan. 14, 2008 update

I’m now on Nov. 20, 2007.

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Jan. 13, 2008 update

I’m now on Nov. 30, 2007. Data entry for each article takes about three minutes as the body text needs to be copied, the URL needs to be the same as before, labels need to be correct, an image has to be added, the previous publish time needs to be reflected, etc.

We have about 500 total articles to add from the previous site. As of this posting, we have about 425 articles remaining to add. At three minutes per article, that’ll take me about 22 more hours. If I spend two hours on this every night after tonight, I’ll be done by Jan. 24.

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Any problems with the RSS

Any problems with the RSS feed as you do this?

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Nope!

Nope! I’ve got it under control now. We’re just sending to the RSS what we should be (and also therefore the mailing) and data entry isn’t going.

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Jan. 12, 2008 update

I’m now on Dec. 10, 2007.

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Jan. 10, 2008 update

I’m now on Dec. 17, 2007 with data entry.

I was held back tonight because I added some audio to the interviews section. Also, I realized I needed to categorize everything in movie news as “Movie News” and had to backtrack and tag everything entered so far as such.

This one tag (http://www.hollywoodchicago.com/taxonomy/term/1557/all) will grow very large. It now displays all our movie news and will allow it to have its own RSS feed (http://www.hollywoodchicago.com/taxonomy/term/1557/all/feed).

We also have this for “Movie Review,” “Interview,” “DVD, Theater & TV News,” etc.

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What happened to the built

What happened to the built in player on the interview section?

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Good question

I’m not sure why, but the system said the audio files I uploaded couldn’t be played with the Flash player even though they were the type it said it could play. I have figured out a workaround, but I will have to look more into this.

Another problem is I can’t put an interview in that section without an audio file and sometimes I have interviews in text only.

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