Posted: 22 February 2009 10:50

Blog maintenance and redesign I've been continuing with tidying up the blog and have now hopefully fixed a few small presentational errors.

Most entries should now have a thumbnail image to assist with identifying a particular posting.

I've also now added a basic search facility, which is what has really been needed since day one.

You can now search for keywords in the title or body of the text as well as identifying posts that belong to a particular project.

There are still one or two minor refinements I want to make, but I nneded to get the essential work done first.

I'm also considering whether to drop the name Pillblogs, as it was devised at a time when I mistakingly believed that pillboxes were some sort of yardstick of research.

I want to get away from 'pillbox-this' and 'pillbox-that' (aside from the address and Pillboxopedia; these actually help people find the site) as it places too much emphasis on the hardened defence works that always overshadow the earthworks. The Armoury pages are also too pillbox-centric and will need revision.

There's an outside chance that I may also re-introduce the blog response system to allow readers to add their thoughts. I removed this feature about 18 months ago after it was being inappropriately used; I managed to filter out most automated spam messages by not permitting any text containing certain keywords, but I was also having problems with people trying to post off-topic messages or just trying to get their website mentioned on my site to drum up some business for them.

I'll have a think about how to manage this and see if it's worthwhile.

- Pete



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Generic term for a hardened field defensive structure usually constructed from concrete and/or masonry. Pillboxes were built in numerous types and variants depending on location and role.

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