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Well, here it is - a reworked website.

So what's so great about it? Well, truth be told, it's not a jaw-droppingly beautiful state-of-the-art vision of the future. I don't think the club wanted or needed that. I've tried to keep the layout fairly similar to the previous site, because I know a lot of people, myself included, very much liked the old website.

It doesn't yet have loads of new content either. No, but it will have all the old content, and it will have new material as well as additional functionality going forward.

So we know what it isn't... what DOES it do for the club?

It's all about sustainability. Tony was wanting to step back, and nobody else was frantically waving their arms in the air. I've been there before. I'm sure Tony had a lot of fun over the years, but I think he said he's been doing it for 8 or 9 years, and that's long enough for anyone. He was obviously doing the newsletter last year as well. Too much.

This website sits on a platform called Joomla. It's like a fancy dynamic website hosting environment. It's known as a Content Management System, or CMS and it does what it says on the tin. It's free and open source. It's well supported and has been for many years - and it works. Almost too good to be true. Best of all, I've used it before and I know the basics. I'm not an expert, and I don't code in any of these languages, but I can get by.

As the Joomla development team so eloquently put it: "A content management system is software that allows you to create and manage webpages easily by separating the creation of your content from the mechanics required to present it on the web".

That'll do for us.

If you've visited the website before, hopefully it'll look fairly familiar in layout for all it's differences in style.

It won't contain a newsletter though. Those individual articles will be integrated into one of the menu items - such as News or Feature Articles.

Joomla allows relatively straightforward global changes to the look and feel using 'templates', but I'm going for functional first. It's like many things in life these days - the more you customise them, the more trouble it is when it comes time to upgrade.

And upgrading is an absolute must when it comes to websites; particularly with respect to security.

Well, that's enough for now. I'll be transferring more and more of the old content over in the coming weeks and then I'll have a rest before breaking new ground. That ground will hopfully involve showing some of you folks how to add content to the website yourselves!


Berni M0XYF