The Heptameron

Site Updates

This page records all updates and changes to the site made after March 29, 2008. The site has been in existence since 2007-02-23, but before then I did not keep track of the changes.

Future Upgrades:

  • Correct Page formatting which has the text centered. Increase the font size.
  • Character description for Simontault, Saffredent, etc
  • Add text of Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles, perhaps as a subdomain
  • Change top amazon ad over to Google
  • Convert all ads to asynchronous code

March 26, 2021 -- Added an article about the character Saffredent. Undertood a najor revision, adding new images and converting more pages to the mobile friendly version. It is possible to keep the picture navigation with the new design after all, see the front page where this was done.

May 19, 2020 -- Created a prototype responsive template which will make this site accessible to mobile users. Applied the new template to the Who's Who page. The new design works but sacrifices the image navigation and also the translation and google search function. In addition I have not gotten the formatting of the headers quite right. This is a work in progress and once I have it right I will segmentize the navigation elements into SSI slices.

May 16, 2020 -- Made a small tweak to the page describing the who's who behind the characters. The change consisted of removing a link to a dead site and replacing it with a link to the Canterbury Tales. Also corrected some spelling mistakes.

May 8, 2020 -- It has been a while, hasn't it? The site is still very much alive but is in need of some maintenance and some TLC. Today I changed the google ads to an asynchronous mode so that they load faster. Also removed a link to a dead site and replaced it with a link to

February 25, 2017 -- added short descriptions of the characters Nomerfide and Dagoucin. Also added google analytics.

December 12, 2015 -- added a section which provides short bios of the real people mentioned in the stories.

December 13, 2014 -- changed htaccess to allow faster site speed through compressed and cached content

November 17, 2014 -- wrote an article about Simontault, one of the story tellers in the book

February 25, 2014 -- Added an RSS feed and a robot.txt file..

February 12, 2014 -- Added an updated xml site map.

February 10, 2014 -- Enlarged and centered all of the principal images. Edited the title tags.

February 9, 2014 -- Completely revamped the layout of all days. Added cross links to description of the characters. Added lots of images from medieval illustrations. Added reference to "story" instead of just "tale" as this is a popular search term.

February 2-3, 2014 -- Redid the layout for Days 6, 7, 8 (Note to Self: continue changing each day using template in New Day Conversion, then save over the existing days as done. 67 still to do.) Also cross link names of narrators such as Hircan to the character pages.

February 1, 2014 -- updated the Adsense code to modern asynchronous code which loads faster and better.

January 24, 2014 -- Minor alterations to the front page and the title tag to improve SEO

January 23, 2014 -- Added a new ad unit to the front page.

January 21, 2014 -- added a character sketch about Ennasuite, one of the narrators in the Heptameron.

October 1, 2013 -- Revamped the About and Link Pages. Added a section on the Recipe for a Happy Life. Revamped pages on Oisille, Hircan and Parlamente (characters in the Heptameron).

March 20, 2013 -- fixed some broken links

March 17, 2013 -- Added a contact form.

March 14, 2013 -- fixed some broken links.

March 9, 2013 -- rewrote the main page. Added links to Heptameron related resources on the web.

March 7, 2013 -- corrected some typos on various pages.

March 4, 2013 -- added an article about Pietro D'Abano and his Heptameron

March 1, 2013 -- added summaries of each day of the Heptameron. Also redesigned the shell of the site and navigation menu. Still need to make the changes to existing pages.

January 21, 2012 -- Minor site tweaks.

June 18, 2011 -- added large ad to top of page. Added a plus one button. Updated the site map and also added an author tag to comply with new google outlines.

May 22, 2011 -- added an xml feed.

May 21, 2011 -- added an article about Hircan, one of the main narrators in the Heptameron and also the husband of Parlamente.

May 18, 2011 -- added articles about Oisille and Parlamente, two of the main narrators in the Heptameron. Also build a summary of the Prologue.

May 16, 2011 -- upgraded the stories told on days 1,2, 5. Still need to do days 2,3 but already made some minor upgrades to those sections. Googled recrawled the the site today. Not sure if it caught all the changes. Will have to see what effect they had on my ranking.

May 15, 2011 -- made and added a favicon icon to the main page using the favicon generator found here Also converted the stories of Days 6 7 and 8 to the new format. Added a drop down menu on the front page.

May 14, 2011 -- added a page of links related to the Heptameron

May 13, 2011 -- completed overhaul of Day 3 and Day 4. Then I overhauled all of the other intro pages too.

May 12, 2011 -- completely redesigned the front page by adding more images and hopefully making it more search engine friendly. Also redid day 1 and day 2 in the same way.

February 13, 2010 -- repositioned the adsense ads on the front heptameron page, day 1 summary, and also the biography of Margueritte de Navarre

October 20, 2010 -- added an article about the Kingdom of Navarre.

September 11, 2010 -- added repetitions of the word Heptameron in the title and meta description of the main page to see if this improves rankings or not.

April 17, 2010 -- well I did it sooner than I expected. Converted the entire site to SSI (server side includes) so I can change the layout of every page by only changing one file. Also completed the bowdlerization of the images so Mr Google doesnt get mad at me. This is probably the last significant update of this site which will now be an archive, though I will tweak it from time to time. And speaking of Google, as of today this site ranked in the top ten for all main search terms related to heptameron. Eureka! Lastly, I also added an updated link report and new site map. Also added a final page entitled Navarre Heptameron because that is actually a common search.

April 15, 2010 -- Carried out a major site overhaul and construction. Added the entire text of the Heptameron as well as illustrations for each of the tales. Changed the title headings, and blurred out the naughty bits on some of the images. This is probably the last major content upgrade but in the future I plan to improve the coding of the site by sing divisions and SSI includes.

March 25, 2010 -- Added an about page.

March 24, 2010 -- improved section about Heptameron. Added an illustration gallery.

March 14, 2010 -- Added the tales of Day 5 of the Heptameron: Tale 1, Tale 2,Tale 3,Tale 4,Tale 5,Tale 6,Tale 7,Tale 8,Tale 9, Tale 10. Spruced up the section on the characters in the Heptameron.

February 21, 2010 -- Added a biography of the author, Marguerite de Navarre.

February 3, 2010 -- The first change of the new year! Added a section in Italian for my Italian visitors.

October 21, 2009 -- Added the tales of Day 6 of the Heptameron: Tale 1, Tale 2,Tale 3,Tale 4,Tale 5,Tale 6,Tale 7,Tale 8,Tale 9, Tale 10.

October 4, 2009 -- Added content to day 8: tale 71, tale 72.

October 3, 2009 --- built a page to catch Heptameron search term off google

September 29, 2009 ---removed the adsense ads and replaced them with chitika and amazon. Added content to days 1 and 2. Still need to add 3-7

September 21, 2009 -- revised the privacy policy.

December 16, 2008 -- added a Privacy Policy

November 2, 2008 -- added a biography of the author.

November 1, 2008 -- cleaned up the Who's Who Page which discusses the real life persons that the characters in the Heptameron represent.

March 29, 2008 -- created this page to record changes to the site. Added an error page.