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I built this site because I closely follow several TV shows, but I was continually frustrated by the lack of a location in which all the necessary information on a variety of shows was available. There are many hundreds of show fan sites, gossip sites, spoiler sites - the list goes on, but what I really wanted was a site that left the other types of sites I just mentioned, alone, and that just contained the stuff I wanted to know. I wanted a fast loading site, that was viewable on my iPad and iPhone, that looked great, that was simple, that was well designed, and that contained info such as a ratings table, an episode guide, and a simple cast page. I also wanted the site to have nothing in it that made it slow, or limited the use of the site to just my computer.
So that was the problem - or in fact, many problems. I eventually came to the conclusion that nothing was going to change, and no other solution would become available any time soon To make matters worse, all the sites nowdays have all sorts of flashy animations, large images, massive menus, and an ever-increasingly jammed layout. What's more, they are slow to load, and full of unnecessary junk such as popups and advertisements.
I then decided that I would try to solve all my problems myself. I really had nothing to lose, except some spare time here and there. My HTML and CSS knowledge is solid, and I knew that I could give it a good shot. So I did. And this site is the result
I set myself some goals
- Simple to use and to navigate. You can get to everything in 3 clicks or less
- Extremely fast loading
- Good looking
- Compact and light on data usage
- Cross-platform and mobile device capable
- To have all the info in an intuitive, and easy to read format
- No massive background images, flash objects, or bad plug-ins
And this site is the result. It's taken about 1500 hours work to get the site to where it is today. At the moment, the site currently supports 35 shows. They are:
- Person Of Interest
- Grey's Anatomy
- The Blacklist
- The Big Bang Theory
- Criminal Minds
- Modern Family
- The Mentalist
- Game of Thrones
- Last Resort
- The Mob Doctor
- Once Upon A Time
- 666 Park Avenue
- The Following
- The 100
- State of Affairs
- How To Get Away With Murder
- American Odyssey
- Minority Report
- Castle (my personal favorite, and main show on the site)
I want to focus on shows that are popular, and that are highly unlikely to be canceled any time soon, otherwise all my work will be down the drain!! However I don't want to add reality based shows, or live shows because they just aren't as interesting, or easy to do when compared to a great scripted series. However guessing which freshman shows will make it past the first season is pretty tricky.
I am not out to make money, get famous, or prove anything. I just got sick of a problem, so I decided to solve it. I was so happy with the results that I thought "why not let everyone else make the most of this??" So I put the site on my own webserver, brought a domain name, and posted the link to it here and there. The response has been absolutely incredible, and blew away my wildest expectations. So I'm left with what seems to be a very popular idea, which means I have to keep things going, because the site has such a large following. So I am now putting in a couple of hours a day, tinkering and updating stuff, and looking into new shows to add. and all at no cost to you, the viewers.
The feedback has been awesome, so I can only say a massive thank you to you for the many emails and forum posts. It is very much appreciated. It keeps me going strong, and wanting to keep improving the site and make it better.
I use a variety of popular and well respected sources for the info on this site. These include:
- ABC MediaNet
- CBS Press Releases
- Social Media - eg. Facebook, Twitter (official pages only)
I collate the information from these sources, and maintain a collection of spreadsheets for each show to produce the statistics.
I am committed to ensuring the information on the site is true and correct, but mistakes do occur. If you find an error in the information, please use the contact form on the site to let me know. If you want to use the information on this site, that is not a problem, just remember that I am not the original source of the information
Me, Jimmy. Just me. I have built the site from scratch, I develop and maintain everything, and I intend to keep it that way
I'm not in any way affiliated with any networks or media corporations. This site is my idea, built my way for you to enjoy, and that won't be changing any time soon. I do write regular articles on SpoilerTV.com, about ratings and statistics, but again, there's no direct connection to a media corporation or TV network
I am really keen to grow the site and get it out there for more people to use and enjoy. If you have any suggestions for ways to do this, please contact me
The site is hosted on a web server based in Sydney, Australia
The site is fully compatible with all major desktop browsers, and is optimized for very high speed loading, using very low bandwidth. All images are tiny, and the very simple design and layout mean pages load almost instantly. The site also works great on small screen devices such as tablets and smartphones. Adobe Flash is only used in some advertisements, (depending on the type of web browser being used), and some embedded video players
There is no back-end database running the statistics on the site. I manually input the data each time a show needs updating into either the page itself or a Google spreadsheet embedded into the site
Google Analytics and software provided on the web server are used to view statistics about the site
I use Google Analytics to analyze how the site is doing. It gives me plenty of information about how users interact with the site. All of this information is anonymous, and I have no way of getting to the raw data.
The web server also provides some software to look at how the site is doing, but it is quite limited, and not that useful
Lijit and Infolinks serve the advertisements to the site. I have no control over what these ads are. Lijit and Infolinks use information they gather to serve the appropriate ads, such as ensuring ads appear in the country they are relevant to
All the forms use a service called JotForm. I've used this service on several sites, and it is a very good service. Data from the forms is stored there, then looked at by me. Using this service means the information is more secure, and it also keeps the costs down
There is one main contact form on the site. All the pages on the site link to it. This form emails the data you input to me so I can read it, and respond if you wish
I do not maintain any sort of database containing the names or email addresses of the contact form users. All I am interested in is the comments. The form collects a name and email address so I can reply to a user individually, should they request a reply when they complete the form.
The forms automatically log the IP address of the user. This is to prevent abuse of the form, and I can't disable this feature. It is automatcally logged by JotForm
The form on the site homepage which users can use to suggest a show, logs nothing but the name of the suggested show, and the IP address of the user to prevent abuse
Running a website, especially this sort of website, requires a lot of time and effort.
It also costs money, like costs for the web hosting, domain name, and the sheer amount of time I've put into the site.
I really want to keep the site going, but I am am amateur, and everything on the site is being offered for free.
If you want to donate, please get in touch using the contact form
I want to keep this site going as long as there's great TV to watch. I'm not planning on going anywhere anytime soon!!
Several viewers have suggested I should add a messageboard, or write some articles on some of the shows, but I don't want to do either because there are already plenty of forums, blogs, and official show sites that cater for messageboards and discussions, and I don't want to take their users and ruin already-established online communities
If you follow SpoilerTV.com you will see occasional articles written by myself, mostly on the topic of ratings analysis and the odd series review. Keep an eye on there for more ratings and analysis information exclusive to that site.
If the site became a huge hit, and all of a sudden there are tens of thousands of viewers a day, and I'm making enough money from the site to quit my day job, then yes, I would definitely consider doing some articles - or getting someone to write them for me - and building a messageboard. It all depends on you - the viewers - to tell your friends and family about this site, share it via social networking, and get it "out there." Who knows, it might even become the next TV Line, and me, the next Michael Ausiello!!