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Re: ECF Website

Post by Anthony Higgs » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:54 pm

On the new site I can't find any of the entry details/conditions for ECF Club of the Year. I can find the list of previous winners and articles about previous winners (via the 'more from the ECF' tab) but nothing about how to enter. This used to be on the old site - where has it vanished to??
http://www.horshamchessclub.org.uk - ECF Club of the Year 2010

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Re: ECF Website

Post by Carl Hibbard » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:57 pm

Michael Bennett wrote:Carl - just out of interest what CMS would you have recommended?
It's hard to do a WordPress site that doesn't just scroll down the screen blog like and I use WordPress!

I am not sure Michael without knowing the level of the operator?

Perhaps I might suggest:

http://www.squarespace.com/
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Re: ECF Website

Post by Adam Raoof » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:37 pm

Anthony Higgs wrote:On the new site I can't find any of the entry details/conditions for ECF Club of the Year. I can find the list of previous winners and articles about previous winners (via the 'more from the ECF' tab) but nothing about how to enter. This used to be on the old site - where has it vanished to??
http://chesscircuit.blogspot.com/

or, more specifically you can go to the ECF website and type 'club of the year' into the search box rop right - and there you are!

http://www.englishchess.org.uk/index.ph ... &Itemid=50
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Re: ECF Website

Post by Michael Bennett » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:55 pm

Carl Hibbard wrote:
Michael Bennett wrote:Carl - just out of interest what CMS would you have recommended?
It's hard to do a WordPress site that doesn't just scroll down the screen blog like and I use WordPress!

I am not sure Michael without knowing the level of the operator?

Perhaps I might suggest:

http://www.squarespace.com/
Squarespace does looks interesting - thank you.

I'm sure there are a lot of WordPress themes for business and organisations now though, and I'll be interested to see what becomes of the ECF site after conversion to WordPress.

Personally I've been using the Textpattern CMS for the last few years. It's extremely flexible, quick to build a site and very handy for developers. It's great for small & medium size sites - for example http://www.hendonchessclub.com, http://www.kingstonchess.org.uk and http://www.buca.org.uk - but I've never used it for large sites. It can be done though: here's a showcase: http://welovetxp.com/
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Re: ECF Website

Post by E Michael White » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:13 pm

Johns Upham & Philpott

JU re: PCI DSS. – I recall PM-ing you about this in 2008. The implications depend on whether you go seriously for compliance or accept the downside. Compliance will involve work and/or employing specialists with time and finance implications, whereas not doing so could have implications such as fines and termination of the ECFs ability to take payment by card services, if you hit a future processing issue. The worst scenario is I suppose – you put this in without fully considering PCI DSS – it becomes very successful taking payments by CC wherever possible – when the ECF are thoroughly reliant on it you hit an issue and the ability to take payments by CC is withdrawn by the card companies.

JP – I meant governance (small g) committees to be the IT committee and whoever looks after DPA and information security, rather than your Governance ( capital G) committee.

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Re: ECF Website

Post by Anthony Higgs » Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:11 am

Adam Raoof wrote:
http://chesscircuit.blogspot.com/

or, more specifically you can go to the ECF website and type 'club of the year' into the search box rop right - and there you are!

http://www.englishchess.org.uk/index.ph ... &Itemid=50

Many thanks Adam. :)
http://www.horshamchessclub.org.uk - ECF Club of the Year 2010

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Re: ECF Website

Post by Malcolm Peacock » Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:31 pm

whilst we are discussing content managements systems, I have been using drupal:
http://drupal.org/
Its advantage is that almost any aspect is configurable, but that is perhaps also its downside, in that there is a lot to learn, if you want to configure all those things.

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Re: ECF Website

Post by John Upham » Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:07 pm

Drupal is also a good solution. The migration work is proceeding having had authority from the Manager of IT. The SSL cert has been ordered but not deployed.

I hope that enabling https will encourage thoughts of allowing new memberships on-line, and at the very least, renewals.

I hope that we will repatriate the hosting from the Hey Joes outfit sooner rather than later!
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Re: ECF Website

Post by Carl Hibbard » Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:20 pm

The ECF site has moved although the links could do with some TLC I think :(

http://www.englishchess.org.uk/
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Re: ECF Website

Post by Mike Truran » Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:58 pm

It certainly seems to be a great improvement on the previous website.

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Re: ECF Website

Post by Alex Holowczak » Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:44 pm

It is much easier to navigate and find things.

One small issue, by clicking "more" on the left sidebar, I appear to have mysteriously gone to: "http://andreww.myzen.co.uk/?page_id=27"

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Re: ECF Website

Post by Michele Clack » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:19 pm

The new website is very good and it is much easier to navigate to the grading database. Thanks to everyone involved. Anyone know who the 2 chess players are at the very top of the website?

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Re: ECF Website

Post by John Upham » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:17 pm

All credit for the new site should go to Andrew Walker who migrated the Joomla! version to WordPress.

The shop is the work of both Kirstie and Andrew and I thank them for them their speedy turnround on this.
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Re: ECF Website

Post by Carl Hibbard » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:00 pm

It's faster I have to agree but the "look and feel" is still that of a blog and hence "wrong" in my opinion!

But then what do I know :shock:
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Re: ECF Website

Post by Carl Hibbard » Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:10 pm

Alex Holowczak wrote:It is much easier to navigate and find things.

One small issue, by clicking "more" on the left sidebar, I appear to have mysteriously gone to: "http://andreww.myzen.co.uk/?page_id=27"
People are "watching" Alex so this one does appear now to be fixed!
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