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Old 10-13-2007, 02:17 AM
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I'm trying to improve the speed of the site. Are there any things that are slow about the site?

What are your load times? Does the menu work properly or is it slow?

Are there any pages that don't load properly or tables that are off?

This is the official bitch thread. Tell me what you like (or don't like) about the site and I'll try to improve it.




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Old 10-14-2007, 02:26 AM
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How about not being able to reach the homepage if you have Adblock? Rather than add ocmodshop.com to my whitelist, it makes me want to not come back.
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Old 10-14-2007, 02:12 PM
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How about not being able to reach the homepage if you have Adblock? Rather than add ocmodshop.com to my whitelist, it makes me want to not come back.
It's all from a revenue stand point. Alan uses the money from ads to pay for the site. It can get expensive to run a website. Hosting bills are not cheap, especially if you have a dedicated server. If no one sees the ads, then the site can not continue to operate.

I also used Adblock, but I added OCMS to my whitelist. I have actually clicked a couple of the ads before, I figure I'm just doing my part to help out the site (I was also interested in the links I clicked on).

It could be much worse (see: www.whyfirefoxisblocked.com/index1.php). At least he is still giving people a chance to enter the site.

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Old 10-14-2007, 09:30 PM
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Unfortunately, AdBlock is a necessary evil. And frankly it's not like these are the super annoying ads (except for the smiley faced ones).

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Old 10-15-2007, 12:47 AM
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I try to police super-annoying ads, and have even given some ad agencies the boot because their ads turn people away.

Most people come here for the product reviews to make a decision on whether or not to buy something. I think it's more convienint to see real-time pricing on these products you're already looking at. Alot of the product ads are highly focused on the current topic.

I see the reason for AdBlock, and there are many many arguments to be made for and against its use. I see the need to block popups, and ads that take over the browser, but inline banner ads? The only real argument is that people with dialup have limited bandwidth, and cannot easily browse a site with excessive ads.

The ads on OCMS are rather small in size, and are not obtrusively placed (and most actually load AFTER the main content is displayed). In one aspect they can actually increase the readability and usability of articles. It is very easy to lose your place in a text-heavy site, and breaking the article up with ads and images adds a "visual bookmark" in addition tomaking the article looknot-so-daunting.

Another reason I block AdBlock is because it can actually interefere with browsing the site! I was testing out an IE adblocker and just having it installed broke several online apps!

"Not wanting to come back" is a risk I face when choosing to protect my content. Thefact of the matter is I have to pay a LOT of money just to keep the site running, and if I don't get money to pay the bills then the site goes down. The only alternative is to turn OCMS into a subscription-only site.

This is my job, just like you have a job. If your employer came in and said "I don't feel like paying you today" would you work for free? I wouldn't either. If you were selling something and your customers said "I don't want to pay you" would you give the product away? The vendors and advertisers flip the bill so the site remains free to you.


I have plans to offer more services as we become more successful, in the ways of downloads, game servers, and other things that eat up alot of costly bandwidth.

I don't feel like the ads are excessive or obtrusive. I get fed up with magazinesthat havemore ads than there are articles. Why should I pay for a magazine when they apparently get enough money from sponsors? They should give away the magazine for free, and get their money from sponsors. This is what I do... I provide good quality content and don't charge you a single penny for it... and I do it without inundating you with excessive ads.

Most "free" sites get their money from advertising. If there were no ads, then there would be no sites on the internet. I'm not sitting on a gold-plated toilet or anything, and I have a day-job just like you do. The money made goes to keeping the site up.

The problem is the webmasters that use excessive ads, which make people want to use an ad blocker, and give good sites with quality content a bad name. My hope is that the more popular AdBlock gets, then webmasters will wise up and stop using excessive or obtrusive ads.

The irony of using an ad blocker is that if EVERYONE used itthen most "free" websites would go down, and then there would be no websites to browse.











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Old 10-23-2007, 08:26 PM
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:55 PM
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Man if I had to rely on donations then OCMS would certainly go down [img]/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

I'm thinking about a something like that, where if you donate or subscribe then you see the site ad-free.

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Gamespot offers an ad free site for those that buy a subscription to their site. It is a good idea and helps with the support of their site.

Alan, great idea! Your site is a good one.

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