Apr 062013
 

Please Read – IMPORTANT stuff in ‘ere

Firstly thanks very much for the compliments on the website. I still have lots more to do and I hope to make the website a source of information for all amateurs and the forum the focal point of the club.

The Website and the Forum are different sites and each one needs it’s own login and a password.

I did this for a number of compelling technical reasons, in time I may be able to integrate the databases but there are risks with that.

So sorry you need to register for both sites.

There is absolutely nothing stopping you from using the same user name and password on both the website and the forum.

Members and none members and guests

At the moment the website does not have any protected content for members but it soon will have. Things like minutes of the AGM etc should not be visible to all and sundry.

If you want to leave comments then you will have to register on the website, leaving comments is helpful to other readers and me! There will be articles on there. I encourage people to submit their own articles soon. It can be anything radio related and don’t worry about spelling and grammar we have people who can do that.

Take G4RCG for instance, he has done contests from all over the place, a few photos and a few from John would be interesting. I’ll put some stuff up about VHF DX, little short articles are best. Tony could do a story about last years rally. The club does stuff and its time that people knew about it.

Don’t forget that you can subscribe so that when anything new is posted you are notified. At the moment I have to publish everything, we might change this. Once your first comment has been approved then after that your comments will appear immediately.

There are a few issues about membership types that I need to resolve:

Website

Some people are not paid up members but have done loads for the club – people like G4RCG and Gerald G3SDY, not paid up members but they should have access to to most things – I’m going to call  them Affiliates, I’ll set them up with the right level of access they need only register. It would be nice to get old lapsed members back into the fold I’ll stick them in Affiliates as well. If anyone has a better name  for this group let me know!

  • Guests may register on the website, they are known as Free members, they can then leave comments at the moment I have restricted them to 90 days but in hindsight I will lift this restriction.
  • Then there are members – these are paid up members or at least should be – I could do with a list :) I have guessed a lot of it!

Forum

  • Guests can read limited sections of the forum but they cannot posts
  • There is a members section which will be for members only and affiliates
  • There is a committee forum that is only visible to the committee and anyone that the committee may invite from time to time

A lot of the traffic will be in the general section, however things like organisational matters between members for Special Event stations etc will only be visible to members and affiliates.

The committee forum is for us to talk about you – most won’t even know it’s there.

This is posted on the web and to the email server

  4 Responses to “Website and Forum are Different!”

  1. Mmm looks as though I have found a way of integrating the forum and the website after all. It’s called WP-United and it should allow a single log-in. I will also make the forum appear in a page on the website and according to the blurb on the site it allow things to posted on both the site and the foum. This will be useful for announcements etc.

  2. That will be better

  3. Yes it will but it’s not trivial, it will take me a whole day I think. Lots of editing of the phpBB3 code, which can go horribly wrong :-(

  4. How many members have logged in and rgistered?

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