Hill Country Explorer
Recent Changes To Hill Country Explorer
October 1, 2021
Removed under used
from the site.
March 2, 2021
What happened to the sites in July?
page link from main header.
September 13, 2020
Fixed paging bugs in
August 29, 2020
Re-implemented Amazon recommended items.
August 19, 2020
Fixed crash in
forum search page
July 31, 2020
Moved all of the sites to a new hosting provider following a hacking attack on the old one.
December 17, 2019
Improved social media sharing functionality to include relevant Twitter tags where possible.
October 23, 2019
mileage ranking page
bug that was causing errors.
Restrict new user names from using the @ character. Email addresses as user names are not a good idea!
September 1, 2019
Fixed the show mapped hikes page for users. For example,
July 24, 2019
Removed the "Share on Google" button from pages since Google+ is no longer supported.
July 8, 2019
Increased the size of the Austin Explorer
virtual cache confirmation page
's answer text box.
May 10, 2019
Updated the Austin Explorer
virtual cache confirmation page
. Layout is a bit better and it can now handle any virtual cache, even those outside of the Austin area.
March 13, 2019
More SEO and performance fixes.
Limited photos on a location page to the latest 12 and paginated remaining photos on a separate page. See
San Angelo State Park
for an example.
Updated the show location logs page to paginate when the count gets high. See
San Angelo State Park
for an example again.
February 26, 2019
HTML validation and performance fixes.
February 15, 2019
Fix photo orientation issue with uploaded images that contain EXIF orientation values.
January 24, 2019
Deprecated external article pages.
December 24, 2018
Scale images on the ShowImage page so that photos are not clipped on smaller screens.
Improve Amazon item caching.
November 18, 2018
Fixed pricing errors on Amazon items.
instructions to be valid for tablets as well as PCs.
July 6, 2018
Update layout of the
July 2, 2018
Use the latest
on the website to avoid spam.
Fix redirect from older static maps to the current
May 27, 2018
Added help page for
account and password recovery
code to the latest version.
May 1, 2018
Fix bug in the
add a location page
that caused improper location field settings to appear.
Fix bug in show location page that showed deleted pictures.
January 24, 2018
newsletter subscription pages
to use new email subscription service.
January 15, 2018
Info window pop ups on map markers added for increased mobile device usability.
December 30, 2017
Use latest recaptcha code on contact and registration pages.
November 28, 2017
Fix links to user pages from image thumbnails.
November 26, 2017
Update forum code to the latest version.
November 24, 2017
Start of work to modify page layout using Bootstrap to improve displays on tablets and smartphones.
December 17, 2016
Restore latest log list to Hiking Trailhead front page.
November 12, 2016
Remove Geocaching log support from AustinExplorer.com.
November 5, 2016
Improved GPX track file parsing.
August 7, 2016
Fixed bug that allowed new track files to overwrite existing track file for locations.
June 1, 2016
Added social media markup to locations pages to make them easier to share.
May 4, 2016
Fixed URL links when socially sharing locations and photos.
Fixed aspect ratio for some photos placed within location writeups, such as
with updated info.
October 15, 2015
Fixed bug that allowed some non-Texas hikes to be listed in search results on
September 8, 2015
Fixed the code so that we refrain from showing log entries for hikes not actually covered by the website.
September 7, 2015
Fixed external article pages.
October 9, 2014
Added ability for users to archive photos that may have been uploaded by mistake.
September 3, 2014
The first track file uploaded to a location will automatically be marked as the featured track and shown on the location page.
Fixed bug that caused some hike track file links to be improperly formed.
Modified some links between pages to look simpler and cleaner.
March 26, 2014
Fixed a bug that prevented some track files from properly displaying in a large map.
December 6, 2013
Increased photo upload size to 12 MB.
November 29, 2013
Updated the add and update log entry comment box code to resolve some compatibility issues with Internet Explorer and Chrome.
November 18, 2013
Consolidated file upload code for photos and track files. You shouldn't notice much difference, but this was an important step for infrastructure improvements going forward.
Size limitations on uploaded photos has been changed to 5MB.
October 31, 2013
print location map page
so that it works again.
add a location page
to use Google Maps v3.
August 11, 2013
Increased maximum GPX file upload size from 1MB to 10MB.
April 14, 2013
Added the ability to filter out locations from
search results for which you've already logged a visit. Now it's even easier to find new places to explore!
Fixed broken document icons that indicate locations with writeups in the find locations search results.
March 31, 2013
Added scale indicator to Google
to give a frame of reference for trail length of a location's surroundings.
Fixed bug in the
view all hike log pages
that was preventing logs from showing up.
February 28, 2013
Added a brand new
to the websites. The forum is now available for the first time to users on
Through the forum now (and other parts of the websites later), introduced the concept of
. Set up your gravatar now so that your profile and log entries will be ready when support for them is expanded.
January 31, 2013
September 24, 2012
Fixed a bug in the ShowImage page that prevented photo owners from changing the photo's caption and description.
Modified the ShowLog page to show the log owner how many log entries and/or trail miles would be needed to move up to the next applicable rank. The informational text will be displayed for a day after entering the log.
Added support for embedded YouTube videos in forum postings. The forum that exists on sites that support it needs to be replaced, but this is a stop gap measure to make some posts more interesting in the meantime.
September 16, 2012
Added the first cut at a ranking system for logs and mileage. Look for the link to a user's rank on
their activity pages
and follow it to an ordered listing of activity accomplishments for
where appropriate. Look for some more features related to this in the near future.
August 26, 2012
Add code to fix some format issues with
so that they can be properly displayed after uploading.
Fixed an issue with improper display of the page footers.
Added page of
showing all of the sites that share the common database and infrastructure with Hill Country Explorer. Your login account here works on all of those sites.
August 5, 2012
Some more map tweaks:
Expanded the use of the latest Google Maps to pages other than just the
main map page
Added a marker on maps pinpointing a specific location when something other than a track file is being shown.
Fixed bug that prevented photos from being shown with some
June 28, 2012
main map page
Expanded the size of the map.
Added the option to only map those locations that the user has actually logged.
Added the ability to remove or add location types without having to reload the entire map. Only applicable on sites that support more than one location type such as
map links from "My" pages
to default to only showing locations logged by the user.
March 4, 2012
Added the ability associate your
with your Hill Country Explorer login account. We currently support Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and Yahoo. For now, this allows you to login using your social network credentials and not have to remember another password to log in here. Eventually, you'll be able to broadcast your adventures to your friends and family via your social network accounts.
Fixed an issue with the
find location page
that prevented some valid queries, such as finding a list of hikes that don't allow bikes.
January 16, 2012
Further enhanced the new email system to queue up failed emails in case of an email server error.
November 27, 2011
Implemented changes to use a new email service, which should cut down on the number of errors that email generation has caused.
November 21, 2011
Enabled all users, not just registered ones, to view
Implemented a new user registration process that validates email addresses at the time of signup. This change was put into place to try and cut down on the number of bogus accounts being created on Hill Country Explorer. Please let us know if you encounter any problems registering with the new system.
Increased the size of track files that can be uploaded to 1 MB.
Increased the size of photos that can be uploaded to 350 KB.
Added the ability to reference articles on hikes or locations not stored on Hill Country Explorer.
Added the ability to enter trails over 3,200 miles long. Yes,
they do exist
September 25, 2011
add location page
for all registered users. Now if you know about a trail or site that needs to be added to the database you can do so right away without having to shoot me an email.
Enabled login capability for all registered users on
. For now, unregistered users are still not able to visit the site.
August 1, 2011
Fixed cascading drop down lists for geographic areas on
July 3, 2011
Photo upload page will now warn when photo description length exceeds allowable size.
Fixed some problems with the report an error page.
May 31, 2011
Fixed the layout of photos in a log entries photo album (such as
) so that they properly align.
Fixed layout problem of
pages that affected both
Hill Country Explorer
May 2, 2011
Redesigned sites for wider pages. The wider pages allow for more spacing and larger maps.
Added the ability for certain users to add locations to the database. Do you want to be added to the list of users who can add locations before it goes live?
Started beta testing for a new site,
. Hiking Trailhead will eventually cover hiking trails all over the world. If you'd like to be added to the beta users list,
December 12, 2010
Removed the "Log It Now" button from location listings that have been archived.
Revamped the membership system backend for future features and products.
change password page
so that it will display a reasonable error when login fails.
Reworked some of the backend code to allow for the rollout of
Hill Country Explorer
and eventually other sites.
October 18, 2010
Fixed a bug in the add log entry page for caches on Austin Explorer that proper logging of virtual caches.
Fixed a bug in the view log entries pages of
that caused any page other than the first one to fail to show all available columns.
September 14, 2010
Fixed a bug in the
page that prevented Internet Explorer from checking location type boxes that were being displayed. This affected Austin Explorer only.
Fixed a bug in the reset password system.
August 22, 2010
Modified the ShowLocation pages to allow for the display of historical marker text when such text is available. This affects AustinExplorer.com only and you can see examples
. Look for more of these in the near future.
Fixed bug in code that always indicated more than 10 log entries and providing a link to the show all log entries page.
Changed title of /My/ page to include "Logbook" instead of "Activity".
August 8, 2010
Added larger printable map pages for
Added the ability to center
on your current location, if your browser supports the
standard. Look for the "Center" button that now includes a drop down list of center options. "Website" centers on the coordinates at the center of the website's coverage area. If your browser supports geolocation you should also see "Your Location". This has been tested with Firefox 3.6, Chrome 5 and the latest Android browser. IE 8 doesn't support it.
July 12, 2010
Limited the list of log entries that show up in the Show Location page to the last 10 entered. A link can take the user to a page where all log entries for the location will be shown.
control on Texas Hiking that was preventing registrations contacting the site without logging in.
July 5, 2010
Added some redirect pages so that old links will continue to take visitors to the new location pages.
June 27, 2010
Reorganized pages internally, making way for future products and enhancements. This list of changes now apply to AustinExplorer.com, TexasHiking.com and new sites that are in the pipeline.
My Explorer and My Hikes menu items are standardized to be named
on both sites.
The login link is now on the upper right hand corner of the screen, easier to see and following the example of many other websites.
Added list of recent log entries to the main page for
. This includes all supported location types that support log entries (
) with the exception of
(which would overload the list).
The menu on the left side of the page has been revamped. Nested sub items allow for the menu to take up less of the screen, particularly for
. It's also now possible to get right to an item you want, such as a
map of historic sites
, without having to load up the main map first and then filter the other location options.
find a location page
has been fully consolidated so that you can search for any kind of location that the site supports. On AustinExplorer.com you can also now search for locations of different types at the same time, say any
containing the keyword McKinney. The list of values returned in the search results differ depending upon the location types searched for.
The "My" page has been generalized to provide recent activity for an individual, whether that be for
all location types
, or only for
. Even the
page on Texas Hiking has a few new items in summary.
Photos have been moved to a separate server, which should make the sites a bit more responsive.
Added a real topographic map layer to the Google Maps shown on the site. The "MyTopo" link at the top left corner of the maps give you the option of looking at the location's surroundings with the backdrop of the government's USGS maps.
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