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Being responsive: a better layout

This week I have started a programme of upgrades to UK Free TV, and now I have changes that you will see if you use a mobile device.

Making the features easier on mobile   Photograph: Shutterstock
Making the features easier on mobile Photograph: Shutterstock
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As you can see from this graph, the number of people using UK Free TV from mobile and tablet devices has risen again.


To better server these users, UK Free TV is now a "responsive" web site.   This means that the HTML code for the site adapts to make the site look better depending on the device.

This is done by the browser software on the phone or tablet, without the web server having to provide a different site.  This means that the old "mobile site" at has closed and the users are divered to the new responsive site. 

This means that mobile users will find that the content of the site fits better on the screen of their device: the "live updates" appear at the end of each page for mobile users, not to the left as desktop people do.

The end of each mobile page looks like:


Please let me know if you have any extra requirements, and I will see what I can do.  


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Sunday, 5 October 2014
Monday, 6 October 2014
8:56 PM Trowbridge

Hi Briantist

Tonight I have had unusal problem trying to view several pages on your site. It appears to be related to some 'rogue' code that appears above any content that does display. The code is:


Could you investigate please?


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MikeP's 2,617 posts Platinum Platinum GB
9:22 PM

MikeP: Sorry, I moved the cache folder to a new location and some of the the code broke.

It seems to be fixed now.

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Briantist's 38,786 posts Owner Owner US
10:55 PM

A big apology to anyone who had problems tonight.

The code was copied over earlier in the day from the "staging server" but there was problem with the configuration of the software.

Everything on the site gets pushed though a central "cache" system. This uses the server's hard dish file system to store all the elements that make up the page.

Anything that has to be taken from a database or computed uses the cache system.

To make the site easier to manage, I changed the cache system to use a new folder that is outside the web-server file system. Before there were several different cache structures for different parts of the system: now there is only one.

The development system I use is Windows, but the main UK Free TV server is one flavour of Linux and the test environment a different Linux system.

What worked on the dev and testing servers didn't work as expected on the live system and sadly blocked pages for a short while.

I've fixed it all now and New Relic is showing "no errors on any server" for the last hour.

I've also fixed the problem with Your comments | - 12 years of independent, free digital TV advice so it now shows everyone's pictures again!

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Briantist's 38,786 posts Owner Owner US
10:59 PM

One last post to see if I've fixed the hidden comments problem.

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Briantist's 38,786 posts Owner Owner US
11:10 PM

I've just found the bug in the changed comments system. This means that comments won't hide themselves any more...

Sorry about that.

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Briantist's 38,786 posts Owner Owner US
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
8:58 PM Trowbridge


Thanks for all that work, seems to have had the positive result wanted.

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MikeP's 2,617 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Iain Martin
11:39 PM

Please delete the inappropriate comment on Page 149 of Sandy Heath.
Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) Full Freeview transmitter
Maybe ban the idiot's IP address too!

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Iain Martin's 16 posts GB
Thursday, 11 December 2014
1:00 AM

Iain Martin: Thanks. Sorted.

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Briantist's 38,786 posts Owner Owner US

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