St Mary’s website has been given a face lift!
After nearly four years of sterling work by webmaster Malcolm Lench, who designed the original site and kept it running without a hitch during all that time, the decision was made to make a change.
There are a number of reasons for this.
First of all, the renewal of our hosting was coming up. Whilst not a terribly expensive item, it would have been twice as costly to keep with the old arrangements as it will be from now on.
The second reason was not financial but human. It’s the old under-the-bus syndrome. This new site is based on a WordPress blog and it would be relatively easy, should the need suddenly arise, for someone without much website knowledge to take over.
On top of that, WordPress makes it very easy to incorporate features such as a linked Twitter feed and it is good to see St Mary’s Twitter account @WivStMarys being directly linked to St Mary’s website.
The old site will no longer be updated- in fact you probably won’t see it at all even if you log in from an existing bookmark but you might want to update bookmarks.
The name has hardly changed: it just lost the .uk at the end.
The one innovation that we hope will be useful is the inclusion of the This Month page, which carries all forthcoming events so there is no longer any need to click through to St Mary’s News blog to find out what’s going on.
We hope that eventually this site will attract as many thousands of views as were clocked up every year on our first one, and we look forward to your feedback.