Force-directed directory structure of
Screaming Frog site visualisation

On the recent discussion of seach engine optimisation using the Screaming Frog web-spider tool there were some visual representations of the structure of the Fireplace Aquarium site.  These do a nice job of illustrating the higher-level structure, but don’t convey a good sense of the internal connectivity of the various pages.  Browsing the interwebs on the topic I came across an interesting implementation by Kiran Tomlinson, done while a PhD student in Computer Science at Cornell.

Below is a view of the Fireplace Aquarium site generated using Kiran’s app that shows the direct linkages between resources.  Pages are blue spots, images or any other internal non-page resources are green spots, and anything external is shown as a red spot.  The graph is zoomable and slideable and you can hover over the individual nodes to show which resource they represent and highlight direct connections to other resources.  Try click-dragging any one of the nodes to see what happens.

Fireplace Aquarium connectivity graph (25-Mar-2021)

As you might expect for a WordPress site, there is a central ball of very highly interconnected resources. ➔ favicon

Today I changed the domain name for the Fireplace Aquarium from to niade.comDreamhost (my web hosting provider since 2005!) made the WordPress domain changeover process super easy:  register and host the new domain name, go into the web hosting control panel, push the appropriate button and in a minute or two everything is switched over.

What to do with the old domain?

It’s poor form to deactivate the old domain and let anything out there with links or bookmarks pointing to the previous site break with 404 errors, so I’ve instructed the old web pages to automatically redirect to the corresponding new versions.  Naturally, Dreamhost made the redirect process super easy as well.  (Check it!


Hylas and the Nymphs by J.W. Waterhouse
Hylas and the Nymphs

From time to time I have a poke around at what might be available in short and usable domain names, ideally with the .com TLD.  The usual result of this exercise is “not much”, but in this instance was available and since it reminds me of ‘Naiad‘ – freshwater nymph – it has a vague watery/fishy feel to it that seemed appropriate.

Web browser fish icon

The ‘favicon’ is a small 16 x 16 px graphic you can see before the web page title in each tab of your web browser.  The favicon is an homage to the 5-banded barb (Puntius pentazona).