Hambledon’s newly re-vamped community website

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You may have noticed a new look and layout to www.HambledonSurrey.co.uk.  This is the look of the re-launched website after some substantial changes to the platform that underpins the workings of the site.  The Website Development Team, along with a new volunteer from Hambledon resident Jon Petersen, have been working on migrating the website to a new design and publishing system. After 7 years the old Joomla software was not able to be updated and was proving difficult to keep secure and efficient.  We have now migrated to WordPress software which is a popular and more modern platform.

It brings significant benefits –

It is more intuitive and easier for residents to add content, articles, events, photographs

It has a greater flexibility for design changes to the look and function of the site

It integrates well with Twitter & Facebook.

It allows residents to Subscribe – they are sent emails when News is added.

Residents can add Comments to many articles.

It is easier to upgrade to combat potential hackers.

It has a number of added functions such as galleries, forums, and Twitter feeds

Finding volunteers to help contribute to the site may be easier as WordPress is a popular platform.

Over the next few weeks we will be showing how these new features will work.  In addition we will be offering one-to-one training to  residents who have expressed interest in adding articles and updates to the site.  In the meantime, take the first step by following us on Twitter or Facebook or Subscribe by email – see the blue buttons and options in the righthand column.

For a video overview:

The Web Development Team

Hambledon selected for National Archive Project

altAt the start of the year Surrey History Centre chose our website as one of three Surrey websites to be part of a new archiving project in association with the National Archives.  I am pleased to say that the project is now completed.   This is a super feather in the cap for Hambledon.

A page on their website gives further details and also includes a link to the archived version of the Hambledon Village site.   More information is also available on the National Archives website. 

http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/recreation-heritage-and-culture/archives-and-history/surrey-history-centre/surrey-website-archiving 

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/web-archiving-pilot.htm

Website upgrade – COMPLETE

You may have noticed a number of website outages in recent weeks.  Our original choice of website host has proven less and less reliable in recent months – so the web design team have decided to move the website hosting to another provider that will hopefully offer a more reliable service for Hambledon’s website.  The transfer took place over the weekend.