Updates on the findaconservative.ca project. An effort in learning political search engine optimization.

Welcome to the new home of the Project

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Welcome to the new home of the Find A Conservative Project blog and so much more.

Earlier this week, I announced that EDA Help was moving to NationBuilder.

It may take a few months to fully transition edahelp.ca and the rest of the Conservative Associations that wish to join our new Association Nation over but the task is easy compared with the prospect of moving findaconservative.ca

As a first step I’m re-launching the project blog on NationBuilder.

The plan is to use this site as a testing grounds, a source for documentation, and as a hub for digitally inclined conservatives.

If you’re interested in getting involved there are three ways you can help:

When I first built the site, I never imagined it would get the traffic it did. It was an important lesson to learn early in my digital campaigning career – If you make Google happy, Google will reward you.

Updating the Associations

Over the weekend, Elections Canada updated the EDA records for the 338 ridings. We now have 208 287 of 338 Conservative Associations listed, so it was time to get to work updating the Associations.

Cleaning My Mess

I did almost break the site adding a bunch of Associations at once, but thankfully that was sorted out. Unfortunately, my bulk update missed a couple (dozen). I was tempted to blow it all up and start a new but decided this was another opportunity to clean them up right. I’ll hold off on the nuclear option for a bit longer.

The challenge with WordPress is that if I want to be lazy and use the standard WordPress archive for entries then I have to order them by date. When I initially upload the first time, they all had the same date but because they were created in the right order they appeared alphabetically.

As I started to update the site, this order fell apart and with re-distribution, scrambled it good, especially after updating new EDAs in three separate batches. So I went through, updated the 338* Associations that were continuing to each have a unique publication date alphabetically, but set the menu order to use the riding numbers. Bonus, the links to the next EDA and previous EDA have a logic that was missing initially.

Changing Profile Criteria

Initially I had added the email addresses provided in the Elections Canada database. That is fine in many cases, but in a large number, they use the president’s personal address. This is obviously a problem as the President’s change over time. Going forward, I will only be using or updating an unambiguous EDA email address, ie donate@youredahere.ca or youredahere@gmail.com.

That said, I have still been adding the President’s contact information. I have just added it to a Members only section. Add your name to my mailing list to learn more about the Members Only Section.

EDA To Do List

I have still left the older entries for now to preserve any existing links, though I doubt there are many. Where possible I have tried to re-direct the pages for old association to new associations or updated the old associations with only small name modifications or additions.

Set-up the auto-messaging on @FindATory to share the links on social media.

Finally, I hope to contact the Associations this week with current email addresses to let them know they can update their pages contact information.

 

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Updating the Associations

Over the weekend, Elections Canada updated the EDA records for the 338 ridings. We now have 208 287 of 338 Conservative Associations listed, so it was time to get to work updating the Associations.

Cleaning My Mess

I did almost break the site adding a bunch of Associations at once, but thankfully that was sorted out. Unfortunately, my bulk update missed a couple (dozen). I was tempted to blow it all up and start a new but decided this was another opportunity to clean them up right. I’ll hold off on the nuclear option for a bit longer.

You Break It, You Buy It

I broke my website.

I know how I broke my website. I tried to add a bunch of EDAs at once. That worked, but now a number of pages are not working. Basically any page that has to load an EDA won’t display anything.

I don’t know how to fix my website, but I have a hunch. If I manually update all the new entries that might fix it.

But it might not, in which case, I might have to blow it all up and start again.

 

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Adding the Nominations

As mentioned in the previous post, I have created a custom post type for nominations. With the help of the Gravity Forms + Custom Post Type plugin I have now created the submit a nomination page and built a custom view to display all the current nominations listed by province under their respective Associations.

I should have done this type of documentation from the start before it got unwieldy but live and learn. Below is a description of the views used on the site. Maybe my next challenge will be to figure out a way to display this information automatically.

Nominees Post Type

Schema Page Name – Nominee Page
hCard Post Name – Nominee Posts
WordPress Archives – Nomination Archives (Displays a table with links to their websites, facebook, and twitter)
Custom Taxonomy Views – To do

Custom Child Views

Association Pages us the view Association Nominees (Displays nominee posts in the Association page Template) using the Nominee Posts content template

The List page uses the view The Subs Site Map – Nominees Child (Nominees ordered by Field – wpcf-nominee-last-name, ascending) is inserted into the content template Nominees Listed. That content template is inserted into Nominees List By EDA (EDAs ordered by post title, ascending) which is inserted into the taxonomy view for Provincial Desks Nominees By Province (This View selects Taxonomy of type Provincial Desks, ordered by Name, ascending)

Custom Fields

Nominee Contestant First Name Nominee Contestant Campaign Address (Street Address)
Nominee Contestant Last Name Nominee Contestant Campaign Address (City)
Nominee Contestant Website Nominee Contestant Campaign Address (Province)
Nominee Contestant Email Nominee Contestant Campaign Address (Postal Code)
Nominee Contestant Facebook Page Nominee Contestant Campaign Phone Number
Nominee Contestant Twitter Page Nominee Contestant Profile Photo
Nominee Contestant Google Plus Page

If you know somebody seeking the nomination, encourage them to submit their profile.

 

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Holiday Updates

Over the holidays I slowed down on the updates, but I did introduce some new post types and have begun work on a new custom taxonomy.

Sponsored Posts

“Sponsored Posts” aka advertisements, now appear around the site. If you would like to advertise on FindAConservative.ca, please feel free to contact me.

Nomination Contestants Posts

I have created a post type to display nomination contestants under each Association. If you are planning a run for a CPC Association riding nomination or have already declared, please feel free to submit your nomination profile.

Conservative Activists Posts

The last post type I created over the holidays was the Conservative Activist. There is still some work required in setting up and displaying the post type. If you are interested in creating an Activist profile, please, sign up for updates, and I will let you know when it is ready.

The Geography Taxonomy

This will be the most ambitious taxonomy project. The Geography taxonomy will cut across all posts and allow people to find Conservatives by city.

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Holiday Updates

Over the holidays I slowed down on the updates, but I did introduce some new post types and have begun work on a new custom taxonomy.

Sponsored Posts

“Sponsored Posts” aka advertisements, now appear around the site. If you would like to advertise on FindAConservative.ca, please feel free to contact me.

Nomination Contestants Posts

I have created a post type to display nomination contestants under each Association. If you are planning a run for a CPC Association riding nomination or have already declared, please feel free to submit your nomination profile.

Conservative Activists Posts

The last post type I created over the holidays was the Conservative Activist. There is still some work required in setting up and displaying the post type. If you are interested in creating an Activist profile, please, sign up for updates, and I will let you know when it is ready.

The Geography Taxonomy

This will be the most ambitious taxonomy project. The Geography taxonomy will cut across all posts and allow people to find Conservatives by city.

What’s up with Quebec’s Ridings

Finishing Quebec is taking a lot longer because like Alberta there were a lot of changes. I didn’t need to read the entire ALberta report to know adding 5 ridings to a province with 26 would change a lot, but adding 3 to 75?

As I started making the updates to Quebec, I noticed a large number riding name changes while very little actual boundary adjustments. I decided to read a bit and found this from the final report of the Quebec Commision:

These changes led us to seek new names for a large number of electoral districts and to assign names to the three added electoral districts. We drew on the guidelines of the Geographical Names Board of Canada concerning the selection of names for federal electoral districts

I’m skeptical they needed to make so many changes to the names. They also argued one of the factors in making their decisions on boundaries is “the current trend toward limiting urban sprawl”. Reading the report it sounded like they were being forced to add ridings to the suburbs around Montreal.

If I didn’t know better I would say they were making it harder to find conservatives.

With the name changes, and the likelihood I won’t revisit the Quebec ridings anytime soon, I am taking a bit more time with each riding but I am 1/3 through, and hopefully one big push this afternoon will put me over the top.

My complaints with Quebec’s Commission aside, I don’t envy the task any of the Commissions had.

 

 

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