Category Archives: Website
Some of the site’s regular contributors and authors have given me some really useful feedback over the past few weeks and as a result I’ve edited the “How to Contribute” article and added a few tips on formatting your text, … Continue reading
Back in December I wrote an article aimed at helping you add content to the new website. I promised to add an update in the future which explained how to add pictures / PDF documents… here it is. I hope … Continue reading
I’ve written a (relatively detailed and lengthy) article on how to contribute and post to the new web site. You can find it here – hope you find it useful and I look forward to receiving an influx of new … Continue reading
As many of you know, I’ve been meaning to upgrade the website for some time now and some of you have provided very useful feedback over the past few months – thank you. Well, the time has come to bite the bullet!
The problem with upgrading is that there’s never a perfect time and *something* will always go wrong! To mitigate this, I’ve built a test server out of egg boxes and sticky back plastic and done some "offline" experimentation.The outcome is that I can successfully migrate the entire site to new software with one proviso – the comments module which allows registered users to add their own comments to other people’s articles does not exist in the new software 🙁 So, if I upgrade we’ll lose people’s comments. I’ve pondered this long and hard and come to the conclusion that this is a price worth paying. The reasoning goes something like this…
In early September, the website hosting fees (£30 last year) will come up for renewal. As such, it seems timely to solicit feedback on whether or not people want the Thornhams website to continue and if so in what guise. In my role as webmaster, I have certain views as to what works well and what doesn’t, what should be changed and what shouldn’t etc but I’m not necessarily a very good judge of the general view because I spend all my time tied to a screen and keyboard – it inevitably taints my perspective! As such, it would be great to get an online discussion going on this article to see what people want / think, so PLEASE follow the "read more" link below to read the rest of this article and then add your comments so that we can try and get a representative selection of feedback from the community. Thanks.
The Thornhams website is based on what is called a Content Management System (CMS). Broadly speaking, this allows many people (registered users in our case) to collaboratively contribute, edit and share content – stories, articles, photos, personal comments etc. In short, the goal is to allow everybody with an interest in the village to contribute freely and help promote an inclusive and coherent community spirit. There are of course responsibilities and standards to uphold and this document aims to clarify this hitherto undocumented aspect of the site.