New on Gangleri

These are the last 10 additions to Gangleri.nl. On the right you can see what is new per section and the latest comments sitewide. You can click the button to subscribe to the news feed.

New design

From time to time I start working on a new design, only to strand when going live on the complexity of the live site(s). After a comment in the music reviews section from someone who told me to not review music that I do not like, I started thinking again. The music reviews section already had a ‘blog’ for information that are not reviews, but I have no idea if people actually find these messages. Consequentally, when a label sends me promo material and I only make a blog-post to not have to write a review about a release that is not my taste, will anybody see it and did the label not spend money and effort on me for nothing? Then I figured that in a new design with two ‘sidebars’, I could use one of those sidebars for ‘other information’.

I have been working on that idea for a couple of weeks, found a flexible “theme” that I can use to have just one sidebar where just one is needed and two when two is convenient and style it quite a bit like I want it to be. The layout is not entirely perfect, but I did find a relatively easy solution for the ‘custom post types’ (I will not tire you with the details), so I decided to finally replace my stone-age “theme” with a modern one. I can now make room for larger parts of texts, such as in the articles section, a ‘blog bar’ for the music reviews and quotes accompanying the book reviews.

Of course I have been testing thoroughly, but should you find something that does not work (properly), please let me know. There are a few details that I want to have another look at, but the large changes are ‘live’ from on.

Stats March 2014

It has been a while, but let me fill you in a bit more about the statistics of this website.

The main site has had 39.7 unique visitors per day in the last weak. The last time I checked (a year ago), this was 37 visitors. the main referrer is still Hex Magazine, all the rest is spam.
The most popular searchword are obviously used by people looking for this very website. Gangleri, Gangleri.nl, monas.nl, that sort of search terms.

A year ago I had 90 unique daily visitors on an average day for the articles section. This time I come to 92.7. Taking that nothing much happens there, that is not too bad. Popular articles remain Christian Cabala, Angel Magic and Rune Calendars, but also Germanic Concepts Of Fate and Nine World Of Nordic Mythology. Top referrers remain Wikipedia and Google. Popular search terms “Babylonian calendar”, “nordic mythology”, “cabala” and “nine worlds”.
A new statistic makes the articles that I offer for download in PDF and Epub. “Traditionalism vs Traditionalism” has the counter on 307 for the PDF and 31 for the Epub version, Traditionalistic Asatru respectively 115 and 45. Did anybody hear of download spam? The high number of the first article it a bit weird. Today, it has been downloaded numerous times, three times per minute. I hope my server can handle that. Also I wonder what is the use of this. (Further investigation showed that this file was accessed three times per minute about every half hour. Because I did not like the idea of somebody using so much of my server load, I created a new download package and reset the counter to something fictitious, but more credible.)

On to more happy events. The book reviews section comes to 85 unique visitors per day, which is substantially higher than the 63 visitors of a year ago. Top referrer Google, the rest is mostly spam. The popular search word list looks like the previous, Galdrabók, Peryt Shou, De Tuin Der Goden, Dumezil Loki. Popular entries in this section are a quote about the tripartite soul and two Dutch titles (Tussen Wodan en Widar and Godenschemering). The most popular English title is The Journal For Contemporary Heathen Thought.

Film reviews then. 37,6 Unique visitors per day, 45 a year ago. This is a little strange, since this is the section where most happens. I suppose I do not review popular enough films! The only non-spam referrer in the top referrer list is the Facebook page of this website. Popular reviews remain Tideland, c’Est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous, In The Name Of The Rose and Be With Me.

To close off with the music reviews; 85,6 against 74; Google and Facebook do well. The feed is extraordinary popular, so are general pages like the alphabetical list, the blog and the stories. The awfull World End Broadcasting remains the most popular review (2546 hits) followed by the old album “Mandragora” by Orchis.

DDOS attacks at host

I have not noticed much of it myself, but my host keeps Twittering that they suffer DDOS attacks on their servers. They say things are under control, but just in case you experience any downtime, that could be due to this.

No new layout

Every couple of years I forget how many customations I made to this website. I start to work on a new “theme” on a testsite, everything goes beyond expectation and when the time seems ripe to activate the new theme on the live website, I find out how much I fiddled with WordPress to have it working the way I want. Today was another such day. I thought I remembered where the problems were going to be, but there was A LOT MORE to be done. The annoying thing is that these are things I cannot do on a test site.

I guess I will stick to the old design and functionality for a couple of years when I again forgot the massive amount of work it takes to make something more modern…

Most original spam

Spammers seem to become more original. Instead of the usual ‘all link spam’, I frequently have spam that seem to notify me of CSS problems. Of course that does not work when the same text is posted ten times. Besides, my anti-spam plugins do not even let these texts pass anyway. Recently I have been receiving spam in the vein of:

Hey! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the great work!

But my eye just fell on the most original spam message of all:

Greetіngѕ fгom Carolina! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to check out your site on my iphone during lunch break. I love the info you present here and can’t wait to take a looκ when Ι get homе. І’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, јust 3G .. Anуhow, wonԁerful blog!

Well thank you Carolina. I did indeed recently make a mobile version of my website. I am glad that it works so well for you :-)

WordPress brute force attack

In recent days there has been a massive brute force attack on WordPress websites. The new is all over the internet, but it is nothing like ‘hacking sprees’ in the past. There is close to nothing about this on the WP forums, indicating that the more ‘serious’ WP user is not affected. This quite logical, since the attack involves nothing more than trying to log in using obvious credentials such as “admin” (in earlier versions the default user) and “welcome” or something stupid like that. There is another risk though. The bot can keep pumping login attempts on your login screen until your server goes down.

So, should you have a WP powered website, there are a few things to take care of quickly (if you have not done so): get rid of that user named “admin” (I can tell you how if you cannot figure it out) and install a plugin such as “limit login attempts” so that after a few attempts the IP is blocked from using your serverload and they will have to use another IP to try again.

For your information. I have a few WP websites, but none displays strange login activities, so perhaps this thing is made bigger than it really is. But, better safe than sorry!

More about this at Sucuri.net.

Other statistics

Sometimes I find all kind of weird websites indexing my website and giving all kinds of values, rankings, SEO-tips and who knows what. I collected a couple of them. Good for a chuckle. Continue reading Other statistics

Gangleri.nl goes mobile

And suddenly it looked extremely simple to create a mobile version for this website. Of course, it was not… After some fenagaling I got to about 80%. It looks like crap, the mobile theme is not the least bit flexible, the mobile version lacks different functions (and the blog sections do not work) and I had to think of something to allow you to navigate to other sections, but here it is (for the moment), check it out. Get your mobile device and have a look.

Stats March 2013

The number of visitors is substantially lower than before. Perhaps I should start doing quizes and a Facebook campaign?

Main page (website index):
37 average unique per day in the last week
Top referrers Hex Magazine, Google, WordPress, Wikipedia
Popular search terms: mostly Gangleri in different spellings.

Articles:
90 average unique visitors per day in the last week
Top referrers Wikipedia, Facebook, Google and most of the rest is bogus
Popular search terms: babylonian calendar, nordic mythology, cabala, nine worlds
Popular articles: Christian Cabala (280007 hits since counting), Germanic Concepts Of Fate (22232 since counting), Angel Magic (12432 since counting), Nine Worlds (12065 since counting)

Bookreviews:
63 average unique visitors per day in the last week
Top referrers: google and mostly spam referrers
Popular search terms: Galdrabók, Peryt Shou, De Tuin Der Goden, Dumezil Loki, Altgermanische Religionsgeschichte.
Popular posts: Tripartite Soul (a quote) (4849 hits since counting), Godenschemering (3384), the Heathen Journal (2592).

Filmreviews:
45 average unique visitors per day in the last week, but peaking between 96 and 25 visitors
Top referrers: Google and a whole lot of spam
Popular search terms: Maaz Christian Volckman (only used 24 times by the way, so why does Google come up relatively high?) and the rest is only 10 in total.
Popular reviews: Tideland (4373), c’Est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (4260), In The Name Of The Rose (3992) and Be With Me (3362)

Music reviews:
74 average unique visitors per day in the last week, but peaking between 156 and 44 visistors.
Top referrers: Google, the WordPres forum and the Gangleri Facebook page.
Popular search terms: cunttt, real punk (eh?), haus arafna you review, in slaugther natives.
Popular resources: the feed (massive!), the index (high) and after a big gap the alphabetical overview and the blog, then follow a few old reviews.

WordPress 3.5

Alright, the latest and greatest version of WordPress has been made available and my backend is screaming to be upgraded. Since this is a whole new version with some serious changes, there is always the risk of something going wrong. I will (most likely) perform the upgrade some time later today. Should you get errors or whatever, know that I am working my ass of in the background and if needed, keep you posted on the Facebook page.

But of course the upgrade will prove to be a five-minute job with no bugs whatsoever!