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:  Paul Osborne, Stewart Payne, Mary Burrows, Jon Petersen,

Volunteers needed to help with Website

Hambledonsurrey.co.uk has been running for seven years now.  It has been the template for other communities to copy and even cloned by the British Museum Archive project.

However it is time for an upgrade and a fresh look.  The original Web Development Team – 4 or 5 residents of Hambledon with varied skills – are working on upgrading the site and are looking for volunteers for two new roles to compliment the Team:

Firstly we would like someone to create content, interesting stories, news items, and maybe photographs to bring a new set of eyes on village life, and reflect that view in the website.You don’t need to be a web designer or computer geek – just have enthusiasm with a journalistic twist.   If you have used a WordPress website or blog then that is a bonus, but full training will be given on how to get those ideas onto the website – it is not difficult.

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 18.44.01Secondly we would like to find someone to take on a little more of the design and development of the site, as well as working alongside webmaster Paul Osborne, on the occasional tweaks and refinements to the site.   This will be a WordPress site – the World’s most popular platform for blogs and websites, so we are confident there is someone out there that has built their own WordPress site and can help steer our new site in the right direction, help give it a creative refresh and assist those residents keen to create content on the site.

If either of these roles is right up your lane then please do contact Paul Osborne, or call 07977 119935 and have a chat on the phone with Paul about what it entails.

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.

Paul Osborne, Webmaster.