New York Times zeroes in on Indiana marriage debate

December 25th, 2013 at 10:31 am by under Jim Shella's Political Blog
The New York Times is making the marriage debate here in Indiana into a national story.  The link below will take you to a comprehensive story of the issues involved both locally and nationally.  Additionally there is a link in the article to a story about results from the WISH?-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey.

New Weather Page

October 13th, 2009 at 1:49 pm by under Inside WISHTV.com, Weather

new_weatherOver the past two weeks, we’ve been putting the final tweaks on our new main weather page layout.  This afternoon we made that page live.  Our goal of this new look is to provide you a simple weather snapshot of what going on now and what’s going to happen in the near future.   We’ve also lowered the amount of tabs on the main page to speed up page load time.

We haven’t taken any maps away, in fact we’ve added several new ones.  Click the “more” link below to see what maps are now available and where to find them.

We are also getting ready to unveil a new school/business closings page format that will make it much easier to find out if your school or business has been closed or delayed.  Look for that in the next few weeks.

If you have thoughts, feedback etc. about the new page format, leave a message in the comments section.  While we can’t accommodate every suggestion or request we do read them and use them in building a better WISHTV.com.


New Weather Page design

September 30th, 2009 at 9:00 am by under Inside WISHTV.com, Weather

new_weatherOver the past few weeks, we’ve been working on a new layout for our main weather page.  Our goal of this new look is to provide you a simple weather snapshot of what going on now and what’s going to happen in the near future.   We’ve also lowered the amount of tabs on the main page to speed up page load time.

You can preview the upcoming changes here: http://www.wishtv.com/subindex/weather/weather_2

Also, we’ve not removed any of the current weather maps/images, just moved them to new homes.  Keep reading to learn about the new categories and what maps are now available.

Please feel free to leave us your thoughts about the new layout.  We’ll apply it to the main weather page in a week or two.


Browsers & Page Load

February 26th, 2009 at 6:00 pm by under Inside WISHTV.com

Since we’ve launched our new platform, we get lots of questions on page load time.   Unfortunately there’s isn’t one simple answer.  Several factors can contribute to page load, but for many of our users having the right browser can help make the load time better.

Most users who visit our site use Internet Explorer.  The version is where we run into issues.  A large percentage of our users use Version 7 or better.   But there’s a small percentage of users who still have Version 6 on their computers.  For most, that’s where the problems start.

IE6, was released in 2001.  Since then web standards have changed dramatically, which makes sites like WISHTV.com & INDYTV.com difficult to load.    In some cases the columns don’t display correctly or get push down below another.

If your computer is running Windows XP, you can upgrade to Internet Explorer 7 at the Microsoft Update site.  It’s a free update.  Just so you know, IE8 is just around the corner.  It’s currently in public beta and can be downloaded from Microsoft Update.

Our site works best in Firefox.  It’s a bit more secure and complies with many of the web standards WISHTV.com & INDYTV.com were designed to meet.   Best of all it’s a free download and will run on Windows operating systems including Windows 2000 & Windows ME.

For MAC users, our old site was very difficult to use.  I’m not a MAC user, but Safari and Firefox for MAC should render our pages just fine.

Another issue of course is your connection speed.  Pages that include tabbed browsing like our weather page and home page, may take some time to load.  I see this frequently when working on my mobile broadband card.  Our development team continues to look at ways to improve the load time for slower connections.

As always, if you have questions, feel free to email me or leave a comment below.

New imporvements to WISHTV.com

February 10th, 2009 at 12:09 pm by under Inside WISHTV.com

This morning we pushed our latest code update was pushed to the site.  Based on the feedback from our users, we made several changes to the top story section of our home page.

  1. The tabs now automatically rotate among the five sections.  We’re still tweaking to find the right time amount, but for now…it’s set at 12 seconds.
  2. Our sub-headlines now click directly to the story page.  This was probably the most confusing part of our redesign, we hope this new functionality will be more user friendly.
  3. The most recent stories will display a xx min ago time stamp.
  4. A “More Stories” link has been added to the bottom of the headlines, so you quickly access more content.

We’ve also made changes to our story pages, the biggest change is our maps now show up already zoomed-in.  You’ll also see some cosmetic improvements in the story body text, so the random ? will now appear as curved quotes.

Several other features were also implemented today, that will enable us to bring you a much more robust site.