A rebuild?

If things appear a little disjointed here it is because I am toying with a change to the look of my website. Everything is still in the same place as it was. If you cannot find what you are looking for please email me. Edited 1900 hrs 11/5/15


Maungatautari May 2015

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2011 in review | michaeljeans.co.nz

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for michaeljeans.co.nz.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. michaeljeans.co.nz was viewed about 27,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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michaeljeans.co.nz – browser share

Browser share MichaelJeans.co.nz

There are no surprises about these percentages. Internet Explorer accounts for 57% of browsers used to visit my website. Though, as noted elsewhere, folk still using IE6 will not see the website as intended. Upgrade! Safari comes in at 25%, Firefox at 13% with Opera at 2%. I have recently returned to Opera (10) and find it is excellent. My favourites are in inverse order to these stats. Opera, Safari and Chrome (which surprisingly does not figure – perhaps it is bundled in with Safari – a close relative) are all great. Firefox, I haven’t been so happy with recently and I really do steer away from IE. And that’s about it. Funny old world.

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Extending WordPress – WP3.0

I haven’t spent much time with the .ORG version of WordPress recently but now have a couple of projects, on that platform, in need of attention. So, I returned last night to Whitehall.CO.NZ – neglected for the past 10 months – and had a play. Updating to WordPress (Version 3.0) – the version released in the past few days – is now fully automated, as is the bulk updating of installed plugins (a new feature). BTW I make the point, when asked (well, so does everyone else); WordPress.ORG (selfhosted) is the more flexible, the more exciting, and if you have the time, the more extendible – while WordPress.COM (WordPress hosted) is, for the content provider who doesn’t want to be bothered with too much computer geekery, the safe, cuddly, secure choice. There is a third way, I have only become aware of recently, which sort of sits between the two – here is a good example Waihi East Primary School. I have only had a cursory look at this and their web host provider – but it appears to be the best of both worlds (while you are there you had better get your head around this). There are bound to be others offering a version of this service. If you are tossing up between the various WordPress options have a look here first: About WordPress. If you want to go down the self hosted track read this: WordPress hosting. If not rock on over to WordPress.COM and create an account (you will want to create a .COM account whatever you decide – to handle spam and stats.) and have a play, it’s free and you can’t break anything. Anyway back at Whitehall.CO.NZ;  I had a play with a grid theme to come up with this for a front page:


I’m fairly certain I could have done this with WP2.9 but never got around to it. Also, in my rush, I have over looked the fact that this theme is not listed as being 3.0 compatible – and that it appears to be based on code that is most probably much more flexible than I have the time to delve into. It is not quite what I want but the idea is there. Oh, and if you haven’t heard about WordCamp then check this out. I’m going to WordCampNZ in August.

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Back to tables

Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010 Michael Jeans Day gallery - in galleries by date Michael Jeans portraits
A gallery of favourite images A slideshow of photographs published here Michael Jeans Day gallery

This week I resorted to building an html table (css not an option) for a project. Having laboured with the absolute logic of said construction (simple when you know how) I just can’t seem to let it go – so here it is – the shortened version. The trick, of course, is using percentages not absolute values. This may have a use – I like it enough to consider it as a navigation tool here. Though some design subtlety wouldn’t go amiss.

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Safari browsing

Apologies to Safari users who’ve been unable to my view recent video embeds. I think I’ve solved the problem – though can’t work out why it should have been happening. Is it an address thing (michaeljeans.co.nz v http://www.michaeljeans.co.nz)?  I don’t think so –  any ideas? It is definitely an issue at the Vimeo server end – I have over ridden the embed at this / these domain(s) only with a global setting for the time being – beyond that I’m a bit lost.

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Housekeeping 3/5/2010 – the missing sidebar

I’ve been reminded again, today, why some folk find navigating my site a bit of a mystery. This is what the site should look like – minimalist with two columns – with the wider left hand column holding the content – currently ten entries on the front or home page – the most recent at the top. (You can manually navigate back in time using the left hand column on its own with the older posts link at the bottom taking you to the ten next, most recent entries and so on.

Michael Jeans | michaeljeans.co.nz layout

The right hand and narrower column (also known as the sidebar) serves navigation in a variety of forms – the most useful being recent entries, a search functionsite map and search by month drop down along with links to useful and interesting places (IMHO) on this and other websites. So, to continue the story, I sat down at a machine this morning (XP / IE6) brought up my site only to find no sidebar – I can appreciate this is rather off putting if you are a first time visitor. My problem I guess – but I have only one answer – upgrade to the latest version of your browser – and there are other advantages – security for one. BTW the ten entries on my front page are there with the sidebar underneath – just scroll down – annoying,  but at least you know.

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Cambridge Chamber of Commerce profile 14/3/2010

Cambridge born and bred Michael Jeans has been a professional photographer for three decades. Wedding, portraiture and events photography have been the mainstays of Michael’s business as he has continued a passionate lifelong interest in what he calls – contemporary history photography – recording the people, places and events about him. www.michaeljeans.co.nz Michael’s website/blog which has just celebrated it’s 1100th posting includes a treasure trove of over 650 Cambridge / Leamington items – quite apart from those about Lake Karapiro, Whitehall and other local subjects and stories – a permanent online record of the vibrancy and beauty of our place – on call 24 hours a day! Michael works closely with photographer and chamber member Dianna Spitalny of Hot Shots To Go in Duke Street.

Server upgrade

Note: Most images will be unavailable here until about 1AM tomorrow morning 08/01/2010. This is to allow upgrade and maintenance work to be carried out on my image server – located at zenfolio.com – something which happens roughly every ninety days. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Michael Jeans Day galleries

Day galleries

Click the button to go to Day galleries.

The galleries on my server are filed by date in a tree structure similar to that found on your computer. If you know the month and date – click away. The server (michaeljeans.com) search function is somewhat compromised by laziness on my part – something I am trying to rectify as I go and things will improve with time. Another way to find an event is to return to my home page (michaeljeans.co.nz) and use the search function down here on the right which should return a result. Armed with the date of the posting you can return to the Day galleries and dig down to that day. Failing that go to my contact page and email me.

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Tracking visitors


We are trying to work out what Google is up to. I’m trying to understand page ranking as distinct from page indexing. It’s a bit of a mystery. The past fifteen months has seen a steady climb in daily visitor numbers here and to another site for which I am responsible. A few days ago the other site hit a blip – a sudden dive in visitor numbers. A quick look around confirms that while Google continues to index the other site (2000+ for Google and 1000+ with Yahoo – similar numbers to mine) page rankings enjoyed over the past six months have all but disappeared. We have a number of theories and intend to workshop the issue with an SEO expert tomorrow morning. I monitor both sites with the page view info that comes with WordPress.com and with Site Meter. Today I embedded FEEDJIT Live which tracks current visitors, into my sidebar. If you click the image above you can watch it in action. All of which tells me all I really need to know about visitors but little about how to maintain and indeed increase visitor numbers. Both sites are updated regularly (at least four times a week) and feature almost exclusively, original material. As always there is much to learn.

Update: Google is currently showing about 330 indexed pages from michaeljeans.co.nz ??Yahoo remains at 1500+.

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Housekeeping stuff

I’m a little snowed under  – work on a number of projects going back to early October is happening – apologies if your gallery is slow in appearing. I am also thinking through how to make it easier to find galleries. Current work is stored in Day Galleries here. Following this link will take you to the By Date page. I’m considering restructuring and renaming this so finding a dated gallery is more intuitive. If you dig down you will find specific days. If you cannot find something email me and I will help. Ordering prints or files remains a manual affair – the automated sales system lurking in the machine is on my list of things to do but does require a bit more setup time than I have available just now. BTW if you are happy typing URLs Day Galleries addresses take the form:


What’s happening here right now?

The Most Recent list, in the right column records my fifteen newest articles/posts. Below in Most Popular are those articles currently receiving most visitor attention. The Waipa Business Awards held last Friday remain close to top – any queries about these photos – or anything else here please email me using the contact page . Or you can phone or text me on 027 496 3802.

What’s hot: the oddly named wrch2010 – Rowing New Zealand’s New Zealand 2010 World Rowing Championships. What’s not, sadly, Waipa Rowing Dot Com.



Some changes

Good Friday’s upgrade of Zenfolio.com allows me to dispense with my gallery homepage. MichaelJeans.co.nz and MichaelJeans.com homepages are now one and the same. This allows closer integration of my blog and gallery. It is a work in progress and in the short term some links may return you to the blog rather than taking you to the gallery page you were expecting to find. I think I have it fairly well covered. Apologies if you do find yourself going around in circles. This won’t last long. The change should make seemless what is already in place.  

BTW. If you wish to invest in a Zenfolio Account you can receive a modest discount (while crediting a matching amount to my account) by using my Zenfolio Referral Code: HSU-YMW-KNV when you sign up.

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Blog update

Not that much to show. An upgrade of GetSocial software to include a Twitter button which will be used muchly in the coming week. Signed up or ‘claimed this blog’ at Technorati using OpenID which – if I had read the not so fine print – I am signed to as part of WordPress.com.

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If this all sounds like so much geekery. There is method here – taking my blog entries and pushing them into places where they will be seen by more – hopefully pulling more visitors back to MichaelJeans.co.nz. I have been doing this with selected posts to FaceBook and Twitter for a couple of months. The GetSocial tool at the bottom of each post makes this easy. For the coming week I will be using StumbleUpon and Delicious as well.

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About my blog

My website is a decade old this (southern) spring. It exists primarily to showcase my photography. Photography is my livelihood. I have blogged off and on since 2004 alongside other projects notably this and this. On the 21st of September 2008 I moved from a self maintained WordPress.org software site to the comfort of WordPress.com. The reason is covered briefly here, here, here and here.
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Normal service will resume

I have moved servers. Not quite in the sequence I had planned. Everything from the old server will be moved across as time allows.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

To contact me use michael@michaeljeans.co.nz.

If that doesn’t work try michaeljeans@gmail.com which will.

(Sorry, cut and paste).

My telphone number is 027 496 3803.

Web hosting

As regular visitors may be aware my site crashed about ten days ago. This experience has had me rethinking my hosting options. I have decided to make a move. This will probably take two to three weeks to research, plan and carry out.

In the meantime I am not going to publish any new posts. I will resume after the change over.

When I have a beta version of the new site running I will direct you to it as it will feature some new stuff. Both sites will combine at the change over.

My web address will not change.

If you wish to email me please use my backup email address michaeljeans*AT*gmail.com as my main email may suffer some outages along the way.

Note: If you are looking for photos of the start of the Cambridge Hamilton Kayak and Cruise (14/09/08) please email me.


As noted elsewhere viewing the ‘lighbox’ gallery can be a bit of a problem with Internet Explorer. This is what should happen. In the screenshot above the cursor arrow sits on the first thumbnail (you can choose any thumbnail). Clicking on the thumbnail results in the full sized image appearing above the page (as below). To activate the built in slideshow click on the right hand icon down on the left under the large image. Alternatively you can click through the images one by one – there are back and forward buttons beside the slideshow icon and on each side of the large image itself – run your mouse about until you find them. With Firefox and Safari this works fine even on fairly slow dialup as long as you wait for the thumbnails to load before trying to view the large versions. If you have any queries email me michael@michaeljeans.co.nz. Full coverage of the parade on Friday (29/08/08) can be viewed at Hot Shots To Go, 64a Victoria Street, Cambridge. Just pop in and ask.

Note 04/10/08 This advice is for the pre September 2008 website and currently redundant. I have yet to sort out inserting thumbnail galleries into the new regime.

Search box error

One of those things. I am showing off the marvel that is a dynamic website and am confronted with a search box problem. Multiple renditions of the same post are being returned with some search queries. I have done a little testing and it seems to happen when there are more than twenty or so instances of a particular search item. As usual I wonder if it is something I have overlooked. In my defence I had not noticed it before installing WP2.6 but then again I use the search function infrequently. It does not appear to be occurring with tag or category searches using the tag cloud or the place and month drop downs. Mmm. I am not receiving any error messages database or otherwise – so it remains one of those little WordPress mysteries for the time being.

Update 15/10/2008 Note to self. The above is redundant with the move from WP.org (self hosting) to WP.com. Well in a sense. It is still possible, I am sure, to create multiple entries of the same post. I have to admit it was me that caused the problem. Something to do with the auto save function when used repeatedly in editing a post. I think the record was 9 copies of one entry.


I am getting a significant number of 404 error reports from IE 6, 7 and 8 which, in my current headspace, I cannot resolve. Most*, if not all, are the result of ‘lightbox’ requests. I apologise, I will try and work out how to resolve this when I get a chance (which means it is not a high priority just at the moment). If you want to see my site error free employ Firefox – it doesn’t hurt a bit – and you will love it once you get to know it. There is a brief explanation of the lightbox function in the note at the bottom of this post.

* There are also approximately fifteen postings littered about the site which lack the correct connection to their image. The result of a stuff up I made some time ago. If you click on one of these it would be great if you could drop me a line – michael@michaeljeans.co.nz – and I will repair it.

This is my 401th posting.