I have created a new landing page using Bootstrap 5 at uglek.com/landing/ . This landing page aims to get more user signups by beginning the signup with just the email and guiding the user through the rest of the form. I also added a redirect to the checkout page on new signups so you can browse the site entirely ad-free if you choose to. Ads haven't been very lucrative so far, so I am finding more ways to make money from the site. Premium memberships are a good way to do this because they provide users with a cleaner user experience and access to more content. I have added a premium page for members, where you can access exclusive content. If you like, check out the landing page at uglek.com/landing/
You can now pay a small monthly or yearly fee and subscribe to Uglek for an ad-free experience and soon-to-come features including a stock market app. I am also working on adding pages for displaying stock market data and implementing stock trading for subscribers using the Alpaca API. With this, I plan to enable manual and automated trading features, along with stock market prediction data from S&P500 companies. Supporting Uglek will help me add these features and keep the site operational for the future. It's only $3 per month or $25 per year, and Uglek will keep your content and privacy secure as well as provide a seamless user experience without any advertisements. Ads help keep Uglek free, but subscribing is an even more powerful way to support Uglek. If you'd like to subscribe, please visit uglek.com/checkout/ or tap the image below. This is the checkout page.
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You can now follow uglek on google news I am featuring some of my posts from this site in Google News. The spam protection I have employed seems to be working, I'm not having any problems with spam on the site anymore. The emails are also working well, and it's awesome to just be able to send emails to subscribers through the app. If you're interested in science and technology news stories, follow Uglek on Google News with this link, or the image below - news.google.com/publications/CAAqBwgKMMvGpgsws9G-Aw?oc=3&ceid=US:en
I implemented an anti-spam API on Uglek to protect against spam posts. The API I am using, OopSpam, gives posts a score based on IP address and content. I use this score to determine which posts to accept on the website and which posts to hide for further reference. When posts are flagged as spam, they are no longer public and must be made public again or deleted by the administrator. Though the captcha has mostly been effective at preventing spam so far, I think it was a good idea to implement another solution. They also give me 40 free API calls (spam checks) per month, so that should be plenty as I'm not seeing that much posting yet. I've also done some reorganization of the buttons in the sidebar and added some links to the site for groups and games. I added in the code for groups I wrote, which seems to be working properly. Below: A screenshot of the code that checks user IP and flags posts as spam (API key hidden)
Uglek is a social online community for professional content. You can create a profile with your username and add content you want to share, like photos from nature hikes, music, games, or posts about various topics. Many posts link to playlists on Spotify so that you people can find new music as well. Videos and audio are supported, making Uglek accessible for many different users who may not be able to use other platforms due to accessibility concerns. When you comment on posts, it's possible for other viewers to reply back - this gives both sides the opportunity to have a conversation and learn more about each others' opinions! There are many topics to explore and the community is divided into topics, usually, one word that sums up what's discussed but sometimes several words about a topic. For example, there is one topic all about nature hikes and another that's just for posts in general. Users can create posts with a topic or leave it blank. Users' profiles can be viewed and they're able to like, comment on posts, follow them, and build a following of users who see content they will share. There is also the opportunity for both sides of a post conversation to learn about each other's opinions! Uglek is a social online community built around professional content - profiles and posts that are SEO optimized.
I have made a few more small changes to the site. I am making fixes to optimize the site and make it easier to use and less easy to get stuck. I am hiding some of the links that require login (you'll need to be logged in to see them) so people don't get stuck on the login page. I've also made it so images on posts with URLs in them point to the first URL in the post on click. I did this with a simple regular expression that gets the URLs in the post inside a template filter that reads the post's content and returns the first URL if there is one. This way, I can add links to my Spotify profiles, songs, and playlists, and the "Listen on Spotify" promo cards will be clickable.
I added a new feature to the site which is part of some changes I am making to make the site ready to allow users to monetize their own content here. I have created a view counter which counts unique views (each user's view can only be counted once) for users logged into the site. This counter counts views every time a page is loaded with posts on it, for every post on the page. I will use these counters in the future to calculate how much to pay users who are posting content on the site and gaining viewership.
I have added a suggested post preview feature to the website! Hopefully, it will be useful for seeing content you are interested in and finding the content you want to see again. The suggestions are random, three per page, and I did some work to make them relevant to the topic viewed and include them on various pages while excluding posts you already see on the page. These post previews show the 70 character page title, along with the meta description of the post, similar to a search engine. You can see them in the sidebar in the home, explore, topics and single post views. In the single posts, you will randomly either see posts from any topic or posts in the same topic of the post you are viewing (with a 50/50 chance). The suggested posts feature is live now, along with a few other features. I also added a share link feature which allows you to share links you view on the website, and made the selected page bold in the navbar. I really enjoy running a website because I can make so many unique changes and edit the code to have the site look exactly how I want with all the features I want. This has been an awesome experience so far. On a side note, I have noted that the captcha and email on the site is working very well, there haven't been any problems with spam as far as I can tell. The ReCaptcha integration works well with Django, protecting the entire site and keeping the forms secure. I knew this would take some time because Google isn't perfect and the ReCaptcha usually takes a while to adjust to new sites before it becomes more effective. Thankfully it is working well now. I hope you enjoy the new features on the site. Check back soon for more articles, photos and music.