Site Progress July 14th 2018

A quick update

So many hours have gone into the site over the last few weeks trying to get it all lovely ready for documentation and writing to begin.

Gallery items

Portrayal animations progress

With a stunning 655.48 GBP raised so far goodness knows how many Gallery plugins and different pieces of software I’ve trialled to attempt to import some of the wonderful artwork and animations worked on to raise money for the Make A Wish charity page and the RSPCA to help a good friend Sarah.

I’ve settled on Envira however this has a cost of around £60 for the first year so some animations may be offered to raise the money needed to cover the annual cost. Everything else will continue to go to good causes. I don’t intend to make any money from the Portrayals work but it’s fair I believe to cover my net costs. A choice will be always offered to my friends and those I’m working with.

If you visit what I’ve got in place so far over at the Portrayals Animations Gallery you’ll see some stunning artwork by many of my Spirit Artist Friends. Click on an image and it will then link over to the animated version. Pretty pleased how it’s shaping up however need to find a way to standardise the size of the frames in the lightbox settings (help if there’s any experts out there please)! I’d be VERY grateful.

Arthur Findlay College

I have placed some of my cherished photographs on line having been fortunate to attend the college on a number of occasions. These have been split into 3 categories at present:

1) The Arthur Findlay College Building Photographs

2) A few of my Arthur Findlay College Horse Photographs, greatly cut down so as not to show faces of other friends that have attended (privacy and respect, very important)!

3) Some beautiful photographs of the Arthur Findlay College Gardens.

All of these I’m happy to have shared, printed or discussed. A truely magnificent and beautiful location indeed.

Inspired Thoughts

I’ve added 1 so far! not much I know but i’m sure this will grow as I’m going to include those Pearls of Wisdom I see that others come up with and this should end up being a very nice section. Again, like anything, take it share it print it quote it. No problems at all with regards to doing so. Not to be chopped and changed into your own work though please. I too respect the work of others and share only with a link back.

Paranormal Investigation Locations

Somthing I’ve only recently started to take an interest in. So far I’ve just added in some of my Harwich Redoubt Fort Photographs taken during June 2018. A wonderful place to spend time at having had much loving input from the local residents. Much going on of a spooky nature? Didn’t experience much but certainly I felt an interest from the Spirit World while we were there. Off to Skegness tonight so more to be added soon.

Frequently asked questions section

Up and running and tested. So far a little information including:

Do all Mediums work in the same way?

How many healing sessions are required?

What is Spiritual Healing?

Traceys best selling item

I’ll be regularly adding an image to the left hand side of the site showing Tracey’s current best selling item, done in this way as I believe the link into ebay will calulate shipping for our non UK based friends. Much too complicated I found to do externally from eBay without commiting some quite high costs and as a non profit making site I have to find practical and cheap ways to operate at present.

Here is a link to Tracey’s eBay Shop with some wonderful items for purchase. Also linked in to the top menu structure of the site.

Spirit Artist Appointments with Lee-Anne Higgs

A big thank you to those of you that have contacted Lee-Anne via this site. I know it’s appreciated and have been very privaledged to have Lee-Annes agreement to be included on this site.

Lee-Anne Higgs Spirit Artist

Is there something you are missing?

I’ve had a couple of people get in touch looking for previous documents. I’ve got them all backed up. If you are looking for a document that’s been removed temporarily please Contact Me and I’ll get an email copy over to you.

The site is continuing to take shape and is looking like a proper website again. Hardly any content at present but the foundations are in. Plenty of testing successfully completed now too.

There’s much to be getting on with and although progress has seemed slow it’s all starting to take shape nicely.

My very best wishes for the week ahead

Shane

Site Progress June 10th 2018

So progress made this week has been with the adding of a few posts now. All viewable on my Blogs page (including this one).

I’ve added an Events page and this should grow nicely into notifications about local events for friends. Just one MBS listing in there at present but I’ve put a message out today to my local friends asking if they would like to be on board.

Testing of the routing to my Contact Form, the Absent Healing Request Form and Lee-Annes Contact Form has been completed and all working correctly.

Next main tasks coming soon:

  • add in more of the old documents that were stored when the site was removed.
  • add more events as I receive them.
  • a youtube channel feed in (this one I’ve got lots planned for)
  • a facebook feed from the Shane Frost Mediumship page down the side would be nice. Still, haven’t figured it out.
  • my lovely face on the side of all posts with a Gravatar, if it’s working those receiving this by email will see it when this post is published (fingers crossed), think I figured out the bugs now!

Is there something you are missing?

I’ve had a couple of people get in touch looking for previous documents. I’ve got them all backed up. If you are looking for a document that’s been removed temporarily please Contact Me and I’ll get an email copy over to you.

The site is continuing to take shape and is looking like a proper website again. Hardly any content at present but the foundations are in. Plenty of testing successfully completed now too.

There’s much to be getting on with and although progress has seemed slow it’s all starting to take shape nicely.

Shane

A summary of the week

So the week off from work has been spent spending almost as long in front of screens. I am pleased with what’s been achieved having no option than to delete the old site.

Latest progress

I’ve added a gallery into Lee-Anne’s Page showcasing some of her beautiful Spirit Guide portraits.

The Shop redirect is in place showing many beautiful items my wife Tracey has for sale at present.

Where’s the old site gone?

There’s an updated Privacy Policy which really was the reason behind the big reshuffle. My original site was full of flaws and it would have been harder to get it compliant than it would have been to build again from fresh.

What happened to the old documents?

I believe I have most of them backed up ready to review, rewrite and republish. Many of my views have changed over the years so content will naturally evolve as I have.

New things planned

I’m playing with local event ideas. More links to good trustworthy mediumship friends, an FAQ section. Regular healing events following one I attended recently. A feedback forum. Video links for my mutterings about mediumship related items.

I hope you’ll visit regularly as I know they’ll be more documents and thoughts with a hope the site will again attract the same interest as previously.

Have a great week

Shane

Adding pages for the blog and the shopping

Today’s progress

So today I’ve been fighting with a multitude of e-commerce programs and finally came up with one that sits quite nicely on the site so far.

You’ll find the blog and shopping pages on the menu along the top and I’ve made fair progress on both.

Blogging Page

This page primarily displays all the blog entries or as I like to call them daily musings, thoughts, rants (on the odd occasion) and just general progress. Newest items always at the top. If you subscribe to the site you’ll get an email copy of each blog or new page as they are published, I’d love it if you came aboard!

Shopping Page

 

Struggling massively with international customers and the plethora of settings required for shipping and taxes so for now this page is just a redirect to our eBay shop.

My efforts only worked for UK buyers. So I have now removed the shop I created and posted in a redirect.

Lots of visitors at present so hoping they will all return as I gradually get more good content in place.

Struggling this end with site performance speed wise, however, tests have found it only seems to be me that I’ve scuppered! Any issues noticed I’d be very pleased to hear from you.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and normal service will resume at some point! I do hope that so far you’re enjoying the changes and that it’s all worth it!

Shane

 

Welcoming a Spirit Artist friend to the site

Today’s progress

So today I’ve been busy getting a new page in place for a good friend who is an extremely talented Spirit Artist and Medium. The main redirect from the old site is in place courtesy of KVC Hosting however it will take time for all the Google crawling bots to update and delete the previous history.

You’ll find Lee-Annes Page under “Services Offered” and I do hope that some of you will support her in her ventures. I know nobody will be disappointed if they ask her to work for them. Lee-Anne was so much help when I was raising funds for my Make A Wish Charity Page.

Not much else to report today. Considering a selling section for my wife to include some of the amazing items she sells. Trying to figure out a quality gallery function where spirit art can be viewed. Thinking of how to get a local events page built in. Loads left to do getting older articles back in place but don’t forget if you saw something previously you miss now drop me a message via my Contact Page and I’ll get a copy across to you by email.

Wishing you all a great day.

Shane

 

Site Progress May 30th 2018

SEO, Meta Descriptions, focus keywords, internal links, external links, cookies, compliance, privacy policies, corner stones, data request forms, disclaimers, legalities, readability, image alt attributes, PHEW.

Having thought yesterday I was doing pretty well I looked at the behind the scenes requirements in order to get a reasonable footprint on the internet.

Absolute mine field for someone who’s fairly techie but not a professional web developer!

Now’s the time to do it though as once the sites growing there’s no chance to get the opportunity back.

Historically I thought I was doing well as the site became very popular however I know now there were vast improvements to make. Hopefully, this new approach is apparent with some of the new layouts.

The home page is finalised with the links working and I’ve now added a page about Spiritual Healing Sittings.

Today’s main tasks:

  • getting a social toolbar in, tested and working! One I’ve tried a number of times over the last few days but not nailed as yet!
  • a facebook feed from the Shane Frost Mediumship page down the side would be nice.

Is there something you are missing?

I’ve had a couple of people get in touch looking for previous documents. I’ve got them all backed up. If you are looking for a document that’s been removed temporarily please Contact Me and I’ll get an email copy over to you.

The site is continuing to take shape and is looking like a proper website again. Hardly any content at present but the foundations are in. Plenty of testing successfully completed now too.

There’s much to be getting on with and although progress has seemed slow it’s all starting to take shape nicely.

The beautiful photograph above is free for commercial use and was obtained from Pixabay courtesy of Arek Socha. Enjoy and I hope you have a great day and thank you for stopping by.

Shane

Site Progress May 29th 2018

So the site is starting to take shape and is looking like a proper website again albeit one with very little content at present but the foundations are in and lots of testing is proving it’s all starting to fall into place.

I’m pleased after lots of tweaking with how the Absent Healing Form and the Contact Form have turned out and I do need to spend quite some time getting pictures of the work I’ve done on Facebook for the Portrayals animations published.

The link to Instagram is working well but again I need to get pictures and animations over there to build it up.

The menu structure is now looking right with a decision to add in submenus meaning in future they’ll be less clutter on the screen. I’m going to be putting work today into a Spiritual Healing page and “SEO” something I’m sure is important but at present, I have no idea what it does or how to use it!

I tried a social feed yesterday that went weird on me so took that away again. It’s nice to have a pop up “subscribe and share” facility however it was just too much in your face and in my opinion a bit of a put-off, presenting a feel to the site I didn’t want it to have. Will see if there’s anything less intense out there so the idea isn’t fully written off at present.

The mandatory Privacy & Cookies bar is in place and tested. More legalities that have to be acted upon.

I tested GDPR plugins yesterday and they have the functionality needed to provide readers with copies of any data held and a Data Access Request form which simplifies the process for visitors to this site. This really was the major contributing factor that determined my decision to remove the old site and create the present one.

So much still to do but I can now see a light at the end of the tunnel and there’s much more feeling of hope on the horizon than there was 24 hours ago.

The beautiful photograph above is free for commercial use and was obtained from Pixabay courtesy of Arek Socha. Enjoy and I hope you have a great day making future memories whatever you are up to.

Shane

Site Progress May 28th 2018

So what do we do when we get a week off from the IT job?

Spend it doing IT and the GDPR thing that’s been forced upon us. I do see the point but it seems quite something to get your head around if like me you’re a small site developer with very little knowledge of the legalities.

I got myself in a right muddle so backed up what I could and started the site off again totally from scratch.

Most of the last 3 days have been spent creating, reading, getting Privacy Policies in place, building in mandatory Data Request stuff, adding in consent tick boxes and terms, conditions and disclaimers.

SSL is FINALLY in place – Testing of the email relays and the patience of the hosting company over in the USA is completed.

A huge thank you to KVCHosting in the USA who have been fantastic. If you’re thinking of starting out on the internet or looking for a new host I’d highly recommend them as not only are the far cheaper than many but they are always there and very professional in a crisis!

So I’ve finally got the Absent Healing Form and Contact Form. Found a great site for free to use images over at Pixabay and started building a link to the Facebook pages for Portrayals and Shane Frost Mediumship.

The link to Instagram to is tested and working and I’m thinking of publishing the Spirit Guide animations that have taken off so well recently bringing in over £600 including gift aid for my Make A Wish Charity Page as well as enabling me to pass some money over to Sarah Turners RSPCA Charity Page. A massive hi five to a lady and a bunch of very cute dogs stepping 10,000 steps a day EVERY day in June. I’d have been there to join in but it not for having to be here getting the site right! A sad and desperate escape excuse but one I’m sticking with! There are still opportunities to have your pictures and photographs animated at £4 each for a short while so please come over an look at what I’m doing over on my Portrayals Facebook Page.

Anyway, so that’s what I’ve been doing the last few days.

Anyone that has previously submitted anything to the site sorry it’s all gone now. After much difficult thought processes, it seem that the easiest way forward was just to blitz any data held up until the 25th of May 2018 and completely start all over again and I do feel that has been the right decision. Later on today I’ll hope to have the subscribe to site-side back up and running but it’s giving me a bit of GDPR troubling at the moment.

I’ve got some exciting things planned for this site and I will be gradually feeding in those documents that were on the previous site. It certainly seems now that the decision to start again and bring the site up to scratch with regards to background processes and procedures has been the right one so I can gradually start getting some of the ideas I have in my head out and published.

Thank you for your support during this major transition and I hope you’ll find the site refreshing and of interest again shortly.

Shane

Start of a new site

Welcome to my slowly being resurrected website. I know there have been hundreds of readers some weeks so it’s been a very hard decision taken to completely flatten the site and rebuild it and a decision I haven’t taken lightly. GDPR in a nutshell. Something forced upon us which, to be honest, I do see as being a positive step forward as our data is in so many uncontrolled areas it’s well overdue for a big shakeup.

In order to comply I’ve issued a Privacy Policy and upgraded the Site Terms & Conditions. Both are to the best of my limited abilities but a much better option in my opinion than the head in the sand one just waiting for disaster to strike. Due to all previously received comments, healing requests, contact form details etc being received prior to the GDPR guidance I’ve totally blitzed the lot to start again from scratch and that decision was made as I’m not clever enough or have the time to go back to every single contributor asking them to regrant me permission to use again.

So I’m very reluctantly starting all over again but I do have a reasonable copy of all the previous documentation I’ve posted so I can gradually start to review, rewrite and replace.

Site maintenance, to be honest, is long overdue and much of the historical content was no longer pertinent. Many items I’ve written would be written quite differently if created now as I’ve learned more about some things, dropped and discarded others that are no longer relevant and in some ways humour me when I say my views have “matured”? Great word but “changed” would probably be a more honest and fitting one.

So persevere with me over the next few weeks as I get back up to speed please, it will be worth it as I’ve new sections planned, some beautiful animations to share based on the work I’ve been doing for charity over at the Portrayals Facebook Page which I’ve had immense pleasure with and I’ve been staggered at the amount of support and money that’s been raised for my Make A Wish Charity Page and Sarahs RSPCA Charity Page in just a couple of months. Please if you are able to, pop over and support us as we try to do something magical for 2 very deserving causes.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy the new site and as always thank you for your interest and support.

Shane

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