Update (Mar 25): The migration process is complete.
Not long ago, I migrated all my PowerPoint projects from MediaFire to Google Drive. Since Google Drive cannot track download counts, I used the Google URL shortener, goo.gl, to help me do so.
Now that goo.gl is about to shut down on March 30, I need another way to keep the download counter going. Thankfully, GitHub comes to save the day! It turns out GitHub tracks the download count of any file uploaded to a repo's Releases page, and man I wish I knew this sooner.
So here's what's gonna happen:
This week, I will migrate Flashcards for PowerPoint and Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint to their own GitHub repos. The repo links are as follows:
Each repo will include the full VBA as .vb files. That way, you can make sure the VBA is safe to use before even downloading the PPT file!
I will upload the latest versions of each project to their Releases pages. For each versions' release notes, I will attach a badge that shows the download count of that version. The badges will look like this, courtesy of shields.io.
- On each projects' GitHub README, I will display the total download counts, which will update automatically! Along with the badge that will show all downloads after March 2019, I will also include the download counts archived from goo.gl and MediaFire.
- Existing download links won't change! Although the download endpoints will be different, I will continue to use my GitHub Page URL format to process download queries like before.
- All previous versions of each project and any retired projects up to now will remain on Google Drive. While Google will still properly reroute the goo.gl links, I will no longer track the download counts of these files.
Ideally, nothing should feel different on your end. It's just that you and I now have the ability to more easily track download counts and the VBA! I'm a fan of the increased transparency, and I hope you are too.