I think the title says it all. I have started on my biggest project so far. After spending 15 years building the pub history site, which is amazing, I am now starting the london wiki site.
The new site was started today, at the same time I cancelled the subscription to this blog! It has been a good blog, but expensive. I can do similar on my server anyway.
Back to london wiki, there are just two partial pages, as I have added on my first day. I am not great at writing articles, but these are not bad.
A simple post. I am about to start updating my posts on the London accessible rail travel site in London, and need pictures of the various rail stations in London, in fact, any of them
I have added quite a few updates for the Mulberry Tree today. Lastly, it appears to have existed until at least 1925 at 133 Stepney Green. By 1930 it is the Labour Party Office and Club. I think it looks like a synagogue is also built at about this time.
The Mulberry Tree appears to list from at least 1802, and I list many records from trade directories, licensed victuallers transfers and census to show the relevance of who lived at differing times at this pub. I won’t repeat them here, as they are all listed in a very long and boring list. But every one of its occupants could probably tell a story.
Just for the record, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of similar pages on my site. None are inspiring, but they do go into quite detailed examination of a public house through time.
OK, the story is in the heading. I have been building web sites, good & bad, for about 18 years. The idea was that this would be my pension top-up, apparently not the case. This is not surprising as there are some billions of people out there who also have the same idea. There is also China who steal and copy what they cannot create; probably like the rest of the UK, and the world.
Anyway, along the way, I have built a few sites which are not bad. I always trend in the top ten for pub history, and more recently for London street directory, these are my main identifiers.
I have been let down by google adsense over the years, I believe, but have stuck with this process for a long time. It is simple, and just works. I like a system which is painless, and just does what it should do. It covers my costs for running my own web server, just about.
So, why do I do this? I spend vast amounts of hours updating pages, and building web sites, etc. I could stop any time, and just stare at my phone, like the vast majority of people who need that recognition.
Why do I do this? Because I want to be Number 1, or in the top ten, or just recognised for doing something nobody else can do. Its a recognition thing.
Being my normal self, I thought I would have a bit of a change today. So, the london19.com site became important again, it should, what a great name.
I have added the street directories for 1818,1832, 1842, 1843, 1940 and I think that’s all to this site. I have kept all pub stuff on the pub history site, and the 1921 street directory too. I am not sure why I made this decision, but anything can be changed.
The good thing is that the pub history site now has just under 50,000 html pages, which all fit on one sitemap for google. Good old google.
If you are ever interested, i can tell you how to create a site map of even this magnitude in a matter of a minute. Lets do it.
You first need to login via ssh to your linux web site hosting, I use putty which is a free ssh utility. You need to know the correct login details, too.
You then change directory to the top folder for your website, something like :
/var/www/vhosts/p**/httpdocs , e.g. cd /var/www/vhosts/p**/httpdocs
You then run a simple script which finds all files in the folder/s:
find `pwd` > foundthislot.txt
You then need to pick the specifics from this file, i.e. all of the .html pages
cat foundthislot.txt | grep shtml > findjusthtml.txt
Its quite simple.
Download this last file via ftp as you would normally, then do a grand edit of this file so that each line is relevant to the web page you are visiting.
Sitemaps are very important, and although this is easy; it took me a couple of years to get this right!
Don’t laugh at me for posting such a ridiculously simple way of creating google sitemaps. It really is that simple, it just took me a long time to realise the potential of linux power against the weakness of running in a Windows environment, which is good for desktop applications only.
You also need to use google webmaster tools to upload the sitemap at some stage, and see how your site is doing in desktop and mobile visibility, but this is another story.
Well, the London updates are not going to stop, although this blog is likely too. It is an expensive site which is OK, but it is American, and therefore does not do what it says it should do, a bit like Trump. Lots of stuff.
Anyway, whilst the site is working, what do we have?
That will do for a moment.