Thank you for
this comprehensive description about the way
forward for the club web etc.
don’t appreciate how much things have changed
until someone knowledgeable drags you in to the 21st
like to know more about how the website is
constructed, and how to post items that will
hopefully be of interest to members.
Thank you for
taking on this mammoth task!
It seems my offer of managing the website and
newsletters going forward has been accepted, and so
things will be changing somewhat in the near future.
I offered to take on the role only if I could
streamline the whole process, as it's just too
onerous to manually handcraft every webpage and
every newsletter. It's just not fair to ask one
person to commit to all that effort.
I'm sure we would all like to thank Tony for what
has been a marvellous contribution to the club for
so many years. I'm not sure many of you realise just
how many hundreds of hours he must have spent
delivering your digital content over that time. He
did look very relieved when I saw him this morning!
Well done Tony, and happy webmaster retirement.
Change is a constant so they say, and there are now
more efficient ways of working. What this means is
basically two things:
Firstly, a redesign of the website. I'll be
utilising either the Joomla or Wordpress platforms
to host all the content. Not sure which yet. It
depends on what our web host can best support.
It will mean me manually converting many of the
articles on the current website over to the new
platform. In this regard, I'll probably only copy
the 'current' stuff, and just 'wrap' the historical
stuff. It means the website will look very
different, yet appear to contain the same content,
albeit completely re-organised. Please note, that
this is absolutely necessary to
significantly reduce the amount of effort required
to maintain the website in the future. I'm not
looking for a new full-time job. I just want to give
Tony a break and to do my bit for the club.
Secondly the newsletters will change. Rather than
assembling the submissions I receive into monthly
newsletters, I will post the individual articles as
I receive them. That way you get your news faster,
and it's way more manageable for me. I will manually
post each newsletter article from any member who
wishes to submit one, including the monthly copy
from the likes of Ken and Russell. If they send them
monthly, they'll be posted monthly. Hopefully we
will also enjoy the continued flow of articles from
the creative and innovative members who have
submitted such interesting features in the past.
News will become the focal point of the website,
with static content taking more of a back seat.
I'll commit to performing this one-time setup and
supporting the ongoing posting of news articles to
the website for now. However, I would very much
encourage you to submit your own articles directly
to the website, and I will help and enable you to do
that. I will be offering training to whoever needs
it. I foresee my future role as simply supporting
and extending the platform. The content, as ever,
will be down to you!
Please contact me if you would like to have access
to the new website and help create the next
generation of MSARS online presence. There will be
absolutely no expectation or pressure to contribute
anything. There will be no possibility of you
'mucking it up'. Everything will be subsequently
checked and moderated by me. If you can use Word,
you can post an article online. Get to learn Joomla
or Wordpress. The training will be available for
free, and let's face it - what else are you going to
be doing in Lockdown 3.0?